Travel News: February 18, 2019

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Virgin Voyages Launches Bookings, Reveals Bimini as New Destination
Caribbean Journal

The highly-anticipated Virgin Voyages just crossed a major threshold.

It’s officially open for business.

Sir Richard Branson’s new adults-only cruise line launched bookings on Thursday for its new-build Scarlet Lady ship, which will be sailing out of PortMiami beginning in 2020.

The ship’s inaugural season will run from April 1 to Oct. 25, 2020.


Airbus stopping A380 production
Travel Weekly

Airbus will end production of the world’s largest passenger jet in 2021.

The aircraft manufacturer will stop producing the A380 after reaching a deal to allow Emirates to reduce its outstanding A380 orders from 53 to just 14.

“As a result of this decision ,we have no substantial A380 backlog and hence no basis to sustain production, despite all our sales efforts with other airlines in recent years. This leads to the end of A380 deliveries in 2021,” Airbus CEO Tom Enders said in a prepared remark.


Preferred Hotels & Resorts Welcomes 15 New Member Hotels
Hospitality Net

Preferred Hotels & Resorts – the world’s largest independent hotel brand representing more than 700 distinctive hotels, resorts, and residences across 85 countries – is pleased to announce the growth of its global portfolio with the addition of 15 new member hotels between October 1 and December 31, 2018. From an adults-only all-inclusive resort to a 16th century palace, these exciting new properties deliver authentic, one-of-a-kind experiences that speak to the spirit of independent hotels and encapsulate #ThePreferredLife across exciting destinations including Jaipur, Lisbon, and the Yucatan Peninsula.


China Shuts Everest Base Camp to Trash-Dropping Tourists

The Chinese government is blocking non-climbers from visiting the base camp on its side of the world’s highest mountain, Everest, known in China as Qomolangma.

Mountaineers and tourists who were making the trek to the basecamp at around 17,000 feet were leaving too much trash, authorities said when they announced the restrictions last month.

Since then, the news has gone viral on Chinese social media and on Thursday a Chinese official clarified the restrictions to state news agency Xinhua. Until further notice, ordinary tourists will have to stop at Rongpo monastery at around 5,000 meters above sea level.

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