Travel News: April 1, 2019

Grand Canyon Arizona

Grand Canyon tourist falls 1000 feet to his death while taking photos
CBS News

Two people have died at the Grand Canyon in separate incidents this week. Officials said in the latest incident, a man stumbled over the edge of the rim while trying to take pictures.

A helicopter lifted the body of the Hong Kong man from 1,000 feet below the rim of the Eagle Point observation area Thursday afternoon at Grand Canyon West. The site is a popular tourist destination on the Hualapai reservation outside the boundaries of the national park, spokesman David Leibowitz said. The man’s identity has not been released.


Viking Sky cruise ship engines failed because of low oil levels
USA Today

The Viking Sky cruise ship that had to be evacuated off the coast of Norway over the weekend had low oil levels that led to engine failure, according to the Norwegian Maritime Authority, which has been investigating the incident.

Norwegian officials opened an investigation into the incident Monday, and the NMA has been working with Viking Ocean Cruises and Lloyd’s, the ship’s classification society, to identify why the cruise ship suffered a power blackout Saturday.


George Clooney calls for boycott of Brunei-owned luxury hotels in protest of anti-gay death penalty
Washington Post

Actor George Clooney called for the boycott of nine hotels owned by the sultan of Brunei in an op-ed published Thursday by the industry website Deadline. The Asian nation will implement a law next week making gay sex and adultery punishable by death.

“Every single time we stay at or take meetings at or dine at any of these nine hotels we are putting money directly into the pockets of men who choose to stone and whip to death their own citizens for being gay or accused of adultery,” Clooney wrote. “Brunei is a monarchy and certainly any boycott would have little effect on changing these laws. But are we really going to help pay for these human-rights violations?”


American indefinitely suspends Venezuela service
Travel Weekly

American Airlines has indefinitely suspended service to Venezuela.

The carrier had been the last U.S. airline flying to the South American nation, which is suffering from political turmoil and a humanitarian crisis.

American had been operating two daily flights from Miami to Caracas and one daily flight from Miami to Maracaibo, Venezuela’s second-largest city. Operations were suspended on March 15 with a resumption date set for April 1. Now, the suspension has become indefinite.

By: Matt Long

Matt has a true passion for travel. As someone who has a bad case of the travel bug, Matt travels the world in order to share tips on where to go, what to see and how to experience the best the world has to offer.

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