Travel News: April 3, 2019

Udaipur India

Disney’s Star Wars lands generating excitement but trepidation about crowds, too
Travel Weekly

The excitement around the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort is only mildly tempered by concerns of overcrowding in the first weeks after the themed lands open in Disneyland on May 31 and Disney’s Hollywood Studios on Aug. 29.

“We would say there’s unprecedented demand” for Galaxy’s Edge, said Claire Bilby, senior vice president of sales, services and events for Disney Destinations. “We’re excited about the announcement of the dates with the lands and the initial attraction. We’re also really working to make sure we can deliver as great a guest experience as possible managing that excitement.”


Airbnb Will Invest Up to $200 Million in India’s Budget Hotel Chain Oyo

Airbnb has confirmed an investment in Oyo Hotels & Homes’ Series E round, although it would not disclose the amount or terms of investment. A source close to the development, however, affirms the deal is between $100 million and $200 million.

Until this, Oyo had raised $1.7 billion in funding from over 11 rounds, most recently being $100 million on February 14 from Didi Chuxing.


Indonesia’s famed Komodo Island may close for one year

Wildlife fans planning to visit Komodo Island to hang out with the largest lizards on Earth in 2020 will have to adjust their Indonesia travel plans.

According to local media, government officials are closing the popular island to tourists for one year.

A report by Indonesia’s Tempo newspaper quotes provincial administration spokesman Marius Jelamu as saying Komodo will be off-limits from January 2020.


Springtime in the Great Smokies means synchronous firefly extravaganza is coming soon
USA Today

Synchronous fireflies – the hottest ticket outside the flashing lights of Broadway – are about to get the party started.

The chance to see Photinus carolinus, a firefly species whose males display synchronous flashes to attract mates, is so hotly anticipated and so rare, that the National Park Service had to limit the hordes of humans and now holds a lottery for tickets to the show.

The lottery for vehicle passes will open at 9 a.m. April 26 and close at 8 p.m. April 29, said park spokeswoman Dana Soehn.

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