Travel News: March 14, 2019

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Winter Storm Ulmer Causing Thousands of Flight Cancellations, Delays
Travel Pulse

As travelers see glimpses of spring weather, the Rockies, Plains and Midwest regions of the United States are being hit by Winter Storm Ulmer, causing thousands of flights to be canceled and delayed.

According to Weather.com, the storm system is expected to bring damaging winds, heavy snow and blizzard conditions through Thursday, with Denver likely the city most impacted by Ulmer as 12 inches of snow is forecasted in some areas.

 

Universal plants forest to go with Harry Potter roller coaster
Travel Weekly

A new Harry Potter-themed roller coaster will open June 13 at Universal Orlando Resort’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Universal released details about Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, a coaster that will reach up to 50 mph and travel forward and backward.

The ride “will combine a new level of storytelling and innovative coaster technology with rich environments and sets — including an actual forest with more than 1,200 live trees,” Universal said in a statement.

 

53 countries taking part in Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative
Irish Examiner

Rollerskaters in Paris carrying green glowsticks, cyclists in Amsterdam with green-illuminated wheels and start-up entrepreneurs pitching for funding in a green-lit ice hole in Finland – all part of St Patrick’s Day celebrations globally.

Themed-events worldwide have gone from strength to strength following Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative which started in 2010 when both the Sydney Opera House and the Sky Tower in Auckland turned shades of green in honour of Ireland’s patron saint.

Around 425 sites in 53 countries have signed up to take part this year.

 

Thailand’s Tourism Industry Looks to Cash In on Same-Sex Partner Law
Bloomberg

Thailand is advancing same-sex partnership legislation. And one of the nation’s biggest industries, tourism, is paying close attention.

Amid an election campaign, a measure that would give gay and lesbian couples more rights — yet doesn’t legalize same-sex marriage — was approved by the Cabinet and was headed to Parliament. Though the session ended before the bill became law, the tourism industry is using the occasion to actively promote Thailand as an LGBT-friendly destination.

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