Travel News: February 21, 2019

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Manchester United and Marriott International Announce Global Marketing Partnership
Travel Pulse

Marriott International and Manchester United announced a multi-year marketing partnership, giving the 120 million members of the Marriott Bonvoy travel program exclusive opportunities for once-in-a-lifetime Manchester United football experiences – including the chance to become the club’s Stadium Announcer or Kit Manager for the day.

The new partnership launches today with a film that features familiar faces from the Manchester United first team and team management, bringing these magical moments to life.


Brexit Claims Its First Airline As Uncertainty Continues

This Saturday, British Midland Regional Limited, based in the East Midlands in the UK, and operating as Flybmi, announced that it had ceased operations with immediate effect and would file for bankruptcy.

The airline, which can trace its history back to a Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve air training school established by Captain Roy Harben in 1938, has gone through a number of evolutions and revolutions over the decades. These have led to many changes of ownership and name, as well as changes in the scope of service. At the time of closure, Flybmi had a fleet of 17 regional jets serving routes to 25 European cities.

In a statement issued at the time of closure, a spokesperson directly attributed the airline’s failure to Brexit uncertainty.


The Peninsula makes history as first hotel brand to sweep Forbes’ Five-Star ratings
Chicago Tribune

Forbes Travel Guide is out with its annual list of “Five-Star” hotels, a prestigious distinction that was awarded to every one of the Peninsula properties — a first in the ratings’ 61-year history.

Until now, no other hotel brand has ever landed the highest Five-Star rating across its entire portfolio.


Faroe Islands to close for maintenance, and open for voluntourism
Travel PR

Nordic nation restricts tourists for one weekend in April – unless they wish to help locals care for their 18-island archipelago in the North Atlantic

The pristine Faroe Islands – a group of volcanic islands in the North Atlantic, halfway between Iceland and Norway – welcome around 100,000 visitors each year, attracted by the country’s dramatic scenery, including rugged cliffs, sea caves, spectacular waterfalls and an abundance of birdlife, not forgetting a population of just 50,000 Faroese people and their 80,000 sheep.

But, for one weekend in spring 2019, the Faroe Islands will be closed to tourists.

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