Travel News: March 12, 2019

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United States citizens will need a visa to visit Europe starting in 2021

US citizens traveling to Europe without a visa will be a thing of the past come 2021.

The European Union announced on Friday that American travelers will need a new type of visa — a European Travel Information and Authorization System or ETIAS — to visit the European Schengen Area.

The Schengen Area is a zone of 26 European countries that do not have internal borders and allow people to move between them freely, including countries like Spain, France, Greece, Germany, Italy and Poland.

Currently, US citizens can travel to Europe for up to 90 days without a visa.


Six Senes Bhutan Opens in Land of The Thunder Dragon
Travel Pulse

Located in the colorful Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan famous for its Gross National Happiness (GNH) philosophy, Six Senses Bhutan celebrates its highly-anticipated arrival with the opening of its first three lodges in Thimphu, Punakha and Paro.

The lodges seamlessly combine the brand’s commitment to wellness, sustainability and out-of-the-ordinary experiences with the country’s rich culture, warm hospitality, and spirituality.


United has good news for flyers with tight layovers
Travel Weekly

United is testing a data tool that informs the airline if flights can be held to accommodate connecting passengers who are running late.

The tool has been in trial at United’s Denver hub for approximately a month, spokeswoman Erin Benson Scharra said, and will be rolled out in phases to other hubs later this year.

During a presentation Tuesday at the J.P. Morgan Industrials Conference in New York, United president Scott Kirby said the tool has already saved thousands of customer connections.


Hong Kong Residents Grapple with Tourism Boom
Voice of America

On a recent Sunday afternoon, thousands of shoppers crowded the hallways and stores of the Citygate Outlets shopping mall in Tung Chung, one of Hong Kong’s new town developments just a short train ride from the airport.

While Citygate Outlets has long been popular with visitors, the mall and other areas around Tung Chung became the latest political flashpoint in Hong Kong late last year as tourist numbers surged following the opening of the bridge. More than 1 million people crossed the bridge in November alone, according to figures from the Census and Statistics Department, although it fell to around 740,000 last month.

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