Travel News: May 13, 2019

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Trump Administration Cuba Restrictions May Scuttle Cruise Ship Calls
Travel Pulse

Recently announced Trump administration restrictions on U.S. travel to Cuba could bring an unceremonious end to American cruise-line voyages and group travel to the Caribbean nation, said Engage Cuba president James Williams in a Thursday briefing with media.

Elimination of the specific license for group people-to-people travel, now used by the wide majority of U.S. cruise passengers and organized tour groups, would also dramatically diminish American travel to Cuba, Williams said. Cuban cruise arrivals grew 48 percent year-over-year in 2018, according to Ministry of Tourism official Michel Bernal.


Transgender travelers face unique challenges
Travel Weekly

From TSA checkpoints to border crossings to bathrooms, travel can be, and often is, particularly fraught for the transgender community. Travel is also an area where that community is set apart from its peers in the overall LGBTQ community and where it faces unique challenges.

“Traveling while trans is very different than traveling while gay,” Mara Keisling, executive director and founder of the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), said during last month’s International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association Annual Global Convention.

For transgender people, the top priority when traveling is safety.


American announces 16 new routes, including flights to Caribbean, Mexico
USA Today

American Airlines, looking ahead to next winter’s getaways, is adding new flights to the Caribbean and Mexico.

American is also adding Tuesday and Saturday service between Dallas and Acapulco and Huatulco, Mexico, on Dec. 21. Those flights will operate in the winter and summer.


“BigSurHatesYou” Social media strikes back against people behaving badly in nature
The Mercury News

Alluring “Visit Big Sur!” promotions by California’s tourism commission have long lured people to this rugged stretch of coast.

Now there’s also a different message: “BigSurHatesYou,” an angry new Instagram account by an anonymous resident seeking to shame visitors behaving badly.

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