Travel News: April 26, 2019

Fort Lauderdale Florida

Many Americans Struggle to Afford Summer Vacation
Travel Pulse

The economy may be roaring, but millions of Americans are struggling to afford a vacation this summer.

According to a new Bankrate.com report, 39 million Americans will forego time off this summer due to financial reasons. Forty-four percent of those passing up a vacation said that day-to-day bills were a primary obstacle.

 

Celebrity shows off innovative features of Galapagos ship
Travel Weekly

The Celebrity Flora, the first ship being purpose-built for the Galapagos Islands, is about two weeks from completion, Celebrity Cruises officials said during a tour of the mega-yacht here.

The 100-passenger vessel is expected to be delivered by the De Hoop shipyard around the first week of May, and will then make its way toward its permanent home in the Galapagos for a maiden voyage scheduled for June 30.

 

Scandinavian Airlines strike affects 72000 travelers
Associated Press

Pilots for Scandinavian Airlines on Friday launched an open-ended strike following the collapse of pay negotiations, forcing the company to cancel virtually all its flights — 673 of them, affecting 72,000 passengers.

The Stockholm-based carrier said talks on a new collective bargaining agreement with the SAS Pilot Group, which represents 95% of the company’s pilots in Sweden, Denmark and Norway, collapsed early Friday.

 

Tourism leaders say shutdown of ‘Visit Florida’ would hurt economy
ABC Action News

It was a calm day on the West Palm Beach waterfront, but at the Visitor Information Center it was a different story.

“It’s definitely been a little high stressed,” said Kami Kreaps, a manager at the center which offers water activities for tourists.

She says recent news that the Legislature might shut down Visit Florida, the state’s tourism marketing agency, has local businesses worried.

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