Travel News: May 14, 2019

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Virgin Galactic establishing operations in New Mexico
Travel Weekly

Richard Branson said his commercial spaceflight company, Virgin Galactic, is making its move to New Mexico’s Spaceport America, signaling the final countdown to his long-awaited launch of space tourism.

New Mexico built the $250 million futuristic spaceport for Virgin a decade ago, but — like much of the commercial space industry — the company’s testing and development of the space vehicles needed to begin $250,000-a-head flights took much longer than initially expected.


Mexican Officials Fear Tourism Drop in Quintana Roo Due to Sargassum
Travel Pulse

Government officials in Mexico revealed the invasion of sargassum at Quintana Roo beach destinations would result in a tourism drop of as much as 30 percent this year.

According to, the secretariats of the Environment and Interior said popular destinations Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Morelos, Tulum, Cozumel and Isla Mujeres would be impacted by the influx of seaweed approaching the shores.


Southwest Airlines to add new Hawaii destination: Hilo

Southwest Airlines is adding another destination in Hawaii but has not revealed the timing or flight details.

The airline, which began flights to Hawaii in March, plans to offer interisland flights to Hilo International Airport, on the island of Hawaii or “Big Island.” Flights from the mainland to Hilo will not be offered. Travelers will have to connect in Honolulu.


Europe’s Tourism Boom Is Slowing Down

Europe’s rapid rate of tourism growth looks set to slow down over the course of 2019 as fears of a global economic slowdown and political uncertainty start to bite.

Rather than the 6 percent growth recorded in 2018 — or indeed 8 percent in 2017 — the European Travel Commission (ETC) expects a more modest rise of around 3.5 percent in international tourist arrivals this year.

Given the time of year, it’s difficult to gauge where the continent stands. Most of the countries have only reported numbers for the first few months of the year and should expect to see the bulk of their arrivals over the summer season.

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