Travel News: May 6, 2019

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Two French Tourists Kidnapped, Guide Killed in Benin

Two French tourists were kidnapped and their guide appeared to have been murdered while they were on safari near the border of northern Benin and southern Burkina Faso, France24 reported on Sunday.

Their car was found burned in the village of Diapaga and authorities found a body believed to be the Beninese guide, the TV network reported, citing Malian and Mauritanian security sources. No one has yet claimed responsibility, France24 said.


Airports Begin Loosening Restrictions on Non-Passengers
Travel Pulse

The attacks of September 11, 2001 changed everything we knew about flying, including security. No longer could passengers without a ticket go to the gate.

No more escorting friends or family to the gate unless it was a special circumstance, no more grabbing a bite to eat at a restaurant on the other side of security checkpoints, no more taking the kids to a great vantage point to watch takeoffs and landings.

It’s been the norm for almost 18 years now.

But the new normal is starting to change a bit.


Royal Caribbean officially opens upgraded CocoCay
Travel Weekly

Royal Caribbean officially opened its new and improved Bahamian private island, the first of five in a series it will brand with the “Perfect Day” moniker.

The Perfect Day at CocoCay is a $250 million upgrade of the CocoCay island that Royal Caribbean has been visiting for years. Its signature feature is a 135-foot tower with seven water slides running off it. The Daredevil’s Tower is part of an extra-fee water park that will also include a wave pool, billed as the largest in the Caribbean, and an adventure pool with an interactive obstacle course.


Rooftop infinity pool at JFK’s new TWA Hotel overlooks runway

Passengers flying from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City will soon be able to witness spectacular views of its famous runways from what could be one of the coolest pools on the planet.

Due to launch on May 15, the highly anticipated TWA Hotel features an impressive rooftop infinity pool complete with an observation deck where you can see as far as Jamaica Bay.

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By: Matt Long

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