Travel News: February 13, 2019

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Saudi Arabia, Trying to Lure Tourists, Hosts Music Festival
New York Times

The new Italian-designed concert hall in the middle of the desert shimmered in the sunset light, its walls of mirror reflecting the golden sandstone hills and cliffs.

Inside, a symphony orchestra from China rehearsed a Western classical piece, preparing for a concert featuring the Chinese pianist Lang Lang. The serene and lilting notes floated through the empty hall.

The concert was part of a series with performances by Andrea Bocelli, Yanni and Majida El Roumi taking place this winter in Saudi Arabia.


Lufthansa sues passenger who missed his flight

A method commonly used by airline passengers to get cheaper fares is at the center of a court row between a German airline and one of its customers.

Lufthansa has taken a passenger, who didn’t show up for the last leg of his ticketed journey, to court in an apparent bid to clamp down on “hidden city” ticketing.

The practice involves passengers leaving their journey at a layover point, instead of making a final connection.


Carnival Cruise Line Plans Port in Freeport Despite Concerns in Nassau
Travel Pulse

Carnival Cruise Line announced last week that it plans to open what the company called a “mega” cruise port in Freeport, Grand Bahama.

According to the Caribbean Journal, Bahamas Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis said the new port is expected to be completed in late 2021 and will create at least 1,000 jobs during the construction process.


Two big names in luxury travel buy Abercrombie & Kent
Travel Weekly

Luxury tour operator Abercrombie & Kent has been purchased from troubled Chinese real estate company Zhonghong Holdings Group by A&K founder/chairman Geoffrey Kent and Silversea executive chairman Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio.

Lefebvre said a portion of proceeds from his sale of 67% of Silversea to Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. last June will be used in the transaction. His family’s holding company, Heritage Group, will own 85% of A&K, with Kent owning the remaining portion.

Royal Caribbean and Silversea are not involved in the acquisition.

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