Travel News: March 4, 2019

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Saudi Arabia approves tourism visa for foreign tourists
Independent Online

Saudi Arabia’s cabinet has approved electronic visas for foreign visitors to attend sporting events and concerts, local media reported, as the world’s top oil exporter tries to diversify its economy and open up its society.

The conservative Muslim country has previously restricted visas to resident workers, business travellers, and Muslim pilgrims who are given special visas to travel to holy sites.


WestJet adds two more U.S. destinations
USA Today

WestJet is expanding its U.S. presence with new flights from Portland, Oregon, and Austin, Texas.

The new cities will give Canada’s No. 2 carrier a total of 23 U.S. destinations. WestJet also recently announced plans for nonstop flights to Atlanta from its hub in Calgary.


JetBlue sweepstakes requires entrants to delete all Instagram pics
Travel Weekly

Would you clear all the photos from your Instagram account for a chance at a free year of flying? JetBlue is betting that people will be willing to do just that.

The carrier’s All You Can Jet Sweepstakes offer three grand prizes of free flying for a year for the winner and a companion within JetBlue’s network of 103 cities in the U.S., the Caribbean and the Americas.


JW Marriott Announces Immersive Gastronomic Festival
Travel Pulse

Gourmands and fans of Italy, take note: JW Marriott, part of Marriott International Inc., today announced that the luxury hospitality brand will return to the Veneto region for its second epicurean festival following the success of last year’s inaugural event.

Taking place at the award-winning JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa, a private island retreat nestled on Isola delle Rose, Gather by JW will bring together an incredible roster of chefs, wine experts, and other culinary talent and include a range of mindfulness experiences.

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