Travel News: March 11, 2019

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Carnival kicks it up a notch with Emeril restaurant
Travel Weekly

Renowned New Orleans chef Emeril Lagasse will open his first restaurant at sea in the French Quarter zone of Carnival Cruise Line’s new Mardi Gras ship.

To be called Emeril’s Bistro 1396, the restaurant will serve items such as fried oyster po-boy sandwiches, muffaletta sandwiches, seafood ceviche and Emeril’s signature barbecue shrimp.


TSA Preparing for Record Number of Spring Break Travelers
Travel Pulse

As spring break kicks off, the Transportation Security Administration is preparing for a record number of travelers taking to the sky between late February and April.

In total, TSA officials announced they would screen an estimated 107 million passengers and crew members between March 14 to April 28, an increase of more than three percent compared to the same period last year.


Spirit unveils new ‘Dumbo’ airplane at Detroit Metro Airport
USA Today

It’s not exactly a flying elephant, but air travelers will soon get the chance to soar through the skies in the next best thing: A giant “Dumbo”-themed Spirit Airlines jet.

The carrier on Wednesday debuted a specially themed Airbus A321 that features a larger-than-life image of Disney’s Dumbo. The plane was wrapped with the Dumbo decal at Spirit’s maintenance hangar at Detroit Metro Airport.

Director Tim Burton’s upcoming live-action take on the 1941 Disney classic, “Dumbo,” stars Danny DeVito, Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton and Eva Green. It opens nationwide on March 29.


Airbnb To Buy HotelTonight As It Pushes Deeper Into Hotel Booking Business

Airbnb wants to become the go-to place for anyone booking a trip—even if they want to stay in a hotel. The company, which built a business valued at $31 billion by matching travelers to homeowners with a room to spare, said Thursday it plans to acquire last-minute booking platform HotelTonight.

Airbnb will continue to run the HotelTonight brand, including its website and booking app. HotelTonight’s CEO, Sam Shank, will now run Airbnb’s luxury hotel business line, and most of the company’s employees will be joining Airbnb, which did not disclose the price of the deal.

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