Travel News: April 30, 2019

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Marriott May Expand Into Home Rentals
Travel Pulse

Marriott may be expanding into the home rental business.

According to various reports, including one in The Wall Street Journal, the hotel giant is preparing to take on Airbnb and the various other home sharing platforms that have sprung up in recent years.

The world’s biggest hotel operator may reveal the details of its plan as soon as next month, the publication reported. If that comes to pass, Marriott would be the first major hotel company to create its own home rental platform.


SAS cancels U.S. flights as pilot strike continues
Travel Weekly

Scandinavian carrier SAS has canceled U.S. flights through Tuesday as a pilot strike that began last Friday extended into its fourth day.

The carrier operates approximately 20 U.S. departures daily, servicing seven U.S. cities.


United Airlines is covering up cameras on seat backs amid privacy backlash
USA Today

United Airlines is covering up all the cameras on the back of customers’ seats amid backlash about privacy.

“As with many other airlines, some of our premium seats have in-flight entertainment systems that came with cameras installed by the manufacturer,” United Airlines spokeswoman Andrea Hiller told USA TODAY. “None of these cameras were ever activated, and we had no plans to use them in the future; however, we took the additional step to cover the cameras. The cameras are a standard feature that manufacturers of the system included for possible future purposes such as video conferencing.”


Egypt’s rebounding tourism threatens Red Sea corals

In serene turquoise waters off Egypt’s Red Sea coast, scuba divers ease among delicate pink jellyfish and admire coral—yet a rebounding tourism sector threatens the fragile marine ecosystem.

The Red Sea is a top scuba diving destination, but Egypt’s tourism sector was buffeted by a wave of security shocks through much of this decade, before a partial recovery since 2017.

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