Travel News: February 15, 2019

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India wants to make medical tourism a $9 billion industry by 2020

There are many reasons people go to India: the culture, the food, the weather. But in recent years, another factor drawing visitors is health care.

India’s medical tourism industry could grow by 200% by 2020, hitting $9 billion, according to Ministry of Tourism figures. As it tries to expand the industry, the country is trying to make it easier for people to come for medical reasons. It’s touting advanced facilities, skilled doctors and low-cost treatment but also traditional practices such as yoga and Ayurveda.


Norwegian Air: U.S.-Caribbean routes will not return
USA Today

European low-cost giant Norwegian Air will not return to the Caribbean once its current seasonal service comes to an end this spring.

While Norwegian is perhaps best known to Americans for offering dozens of trans-Atlantic routes to Europe, the carrier also flies several routes from the USA and Canada to the French Caribbean islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe.


Crystal Cruises’ New Expedition Ship to Sail the Northeast Passage
Cruise Critic

Crystal Cruises’ new luxury expedition ship — Crystal Endeavor — will take adventure seekers through the Northeast Passage in 2021. The rare itinerary is a first for Crystal, which made history in 2016 when Crystal Serenity completed a 32-night Northwest Passage cruise as the largest passenger vessel to ever sail the icy Arctic waters of Canada.

Crystal Endeavor, scheduled to launch in summer 2020, will begin its 28-night Northeast passage cruise on August 18, 2021, from Anadyr, Russia. It will visit several remote islands, archipelagos and coastlines before concluding in Tromso, Norway on September 15. The cruise is one of many off-the-beaten-path itineraries offered on Crystal Endeavor.


L.A.-San Francisco high-speed rail project shelved
Travel Weekly

California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared Tuesday there “isn’t a path” for completing the state’s plan for a high-speed rail line between San Francisco and Los Angeles, yet his office insisted he is fully committed to building such a project.

Newsom, delivering his first State of the State address, said he’d shift his focus to completing just a 171-mile segment of the line already under construction in the state’s Central Valley. The project is key to the economic vitality of the state’s agricultural heartland, he said.

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