Travel News: February 4, 2019

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Airbus A380’s future at risk again
Travel Weekly

Emirates Airline’s aircraft order that provided a lifeline to Airbus’ A380 program could be in jeopardy.

In a brief statement Thursday, Airbus confirmed that it is in discussions with Emirates over its A380 contract. “The details of Airbus’ commercial discussions with customers remain confidential,” the company said.


Caesars building its first US non-gaming hotel in Arizona
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Caesars Entertainment Corp. is building its first non-gaming hotel in the United States in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The company announced Monday that ground would be broken in the second half of the year on the four-star, 266-room Caesars Republic Scottsdale near Scottsdale Fashion Square, one of the region’s top luxury retail malls.


Star Wars and Marvel Days Return to Disney Cruise Line in 2020
Travel Agent

Disney Cruise Line will bring back two of its popular themed experiences: Star Wars Day at Sea and Marvel Day at Sea. Early next year, select cruises aboard the Disney Fantasy and Disney Magic will feature character encounters, live shows and entertainment inspired by the two pop culture phenomena.

Star Wars Day at Sea will take place aboard nine seven-night Caribbean cruises between January and March 2020. The event will feature interactions with iconic characters, including Darth Vader, Kylo Ren, Chewbacca, C-3PO and R2-D2, as well as Star Wars-themed family and kids’ activities, unique food and beverage offerings and special merchandise. The day will end with a themed “Summon the Force” deck party and fireworks show.


Beijing’s Forbidden City will open a new portion to tourists for the first time
Fox News

A historic portion of Beijing’s famed Forbidden City will soon open to the public for the first time.

The World Monuments Fund (WMF) has announced that the sprawling Qianlong Garden, said to hold “some of the most significant, exquisitely designed interiors to survive relatively unchanged from imperial China,” will soon open for visitors for the very first time since its centuries-old origins.

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