Travel News: February 5, 2019


Caribbean Destinations Poised for Record Visitor Growth in 2019
Travel Weekly

The strong visitor growth several Caribbean destinations exhibited prior to the devastating hurricanes of September 2017 is quickly resuming, with several countries in the region announcing sharply increased visitor numbers for 2018, along with strong early season results in 2019.

Tourism officials shared the improved visitor numbers at this week’s Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association’s Caribbean Travel Marketplace at Jamaica’s Montego Bay Conference Centre.


Southwest Airlines set for first test flight to Hawaii

Southwest Airlines is making its maiden voyage to Hawaii this week — but there won’t be any vacationers aboard.

Federal safety inspectors will fly on the Boeing 737-800 from Oakland to Honolulu in a key step for the low-cost airline’s process of getting government approval to begin commercial flights to the islands.


Minnesota debuts new ‘True North’ tourism campaign
West Central Tribune

“Find Your True North.”

That’s Minnesota’s new tourism marketing campaign slogan.

What do you think of it?

John Edman, director of Explore Minnesota, the state’s tourism promotion office, announced the new marketing campaign Monday, Feb. 4, at the start of a three-day tourism industry conference at the InterContinental St. Paul Riverfront Hotel.


Machu Picchu Is Wheelchair Accessible for the First Time
CN Traveler

Even more people can visit Machu Picchu now thanks to Wheel the World, a California-based travel company that began offering trips to the UNESCO World Heritage site a few months ago. It’s the first-ever wheelchair-accessible tour of the site, a maze of stone stairways and temples built 7,970 feet above sea level in the 15th century by order of the Inca ruler Pachacutec.

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