Travel News: February 7, 2019

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Barcelona Received Record Number of Cruise Passengers in 2018
Travel Pulse

According to recently released 2018 figures on cruise port traffic in Barcelona, the Spanish city had a record-breaking year.

The Port of Barcelona reported a total of 4.4 million passengers last year, an increase of 8.6 percent, says a recent article in Hosteltur.

Three million of these passengers were cruise passengers, an increase of 12 percent over the previous year.


United adds upgrade-friendly premium seats in battle for big spenders
USA Today

Looking for an upgrade? Tired of cramped regional jets? United wants to be your airline.

United says it’s adding more than 1,600 premium seats to about 250 of its aircraft, part of an effort to compete against rivals for high-spending road warriors.

The carrier is even planning to introduce a new type of 50-seat regional jet. Complete with first-class seats and a self-serve beverage and snack area, United believes the new Bombardier CRJ 550s will help it attract business travelers flying from small markets to its hubs or connecting to international markets.


Venice unveils details of tourist fee proposal
Travel Weekly

The mayor of Venice has proposed May 1 as the start date for the city to begin charging access fees for day visitors.

Under the proposal, the fee would be set at 3 euros (about $3.40) for the rest of 2019 as an introductory rate.

Starting in 2020, the fee would vary by demand. The basic fee would be 6 euros, rising to 8 euros on heavy traffic days and 10 euros on exceptionally busy days. The fee would be 3 euros on days of low inflow.


Hotel booking sites forced to end misleading sales tactics (UK)
The Guardian

Hotel booking sites will be forced to make major changes after Britain’s competition watchdog found they routinely engaged in pressure selling, misled consumers over prices and gave more prominence to hotels that paid the most commission.

The Competition and Markets Authority is clamping down on websites including Expedia, and over practices that give a false impression of a hotel’s popularity, with claims such as “one room left at this price” and “booked four times in the last 24 hours”.

The CMA said the pressure tactics used by six firms – which also include Trivago, ebookers and Agoda – could prevent customers finding the best deals in practices that could amount to breaches of consumer law.

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