Travel News: February 8, 2019

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Increased Access Drives Brazil’s Visitor Growth
Travel Pulse

Brazil’s tourism profile among Americans reached unparalleled heights in the earlier half of this decade when the South American nation hosted back-to-back international sports tournaments: the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

One million foreign tourists visited Brazil during the World Cup, according to officials at Embratur, the Brazil Tourist Board. More than 60 percent were visiting for the first time and U.S. and Canadian residents bought more than 200,000 match tickets, trailing only Brazilian purchases, said FIFA. Meanwhile, flights to Brazil increased by 289 percent between in the weeks prior to the 2016 Rio Olympics compared with the same period in 2015.


Delta Air Lines apologizes for ‘creepy’ Diet Coke napkins, is removing them from flights

Delta Air Lines and Coca Cola have apologized for creepy in-flight napkins that featured a spot for passengers to write their phone number to pass onto their “plane crush.”

The airlines said in a statement that it was already in the process of removing the offending Diet Coke napkins from flights even before a social media outcry from passengers.


Four Seasons Opening Nine New Hotels in 2019
Travel Market Report

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts is continuing to build its portfolio with openings in new and established markets this year. The luxury hotel brand will unveil nine new properties that include hotels, resorts, and residential offerings.


New Study Finds America Slipping As Destination For International Tourists

According to a new study of worldwide tourism exclusively released to Forbes in this article, the United States is slipping in its attraction of foreign visitors. While the worldwide tourism market grew seven percent in 2017 to 1.3 billion tourists, tourism to the U.S. remained the same from the year before. Blame the strong dollar or tougher visa vetting procedures , but the numbers are undeniable. As places like Canada and the U.K. welcome tourists in droves, the U.S. is receiving fewer foreign visitors. Even students around the world are shying away, with international enrollment at U.S. colleges and universities dropping four percent during the 2017-2018 school year. This is a source of concern as tourism brings the United States over $ 210 billion in revenue each year and students bring in a further $ 32 billion per year.

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