Travel News: May 20, 2019

Pyramids of Egypt

Delta’s test of free in-flight Wi-Fi may shame other airlines into offering service

It wasn’t all that long ago (2000 or 2006, depending how you measure) that being able to access the internet on an airplane was a pie-in-the-sky idea.

Once the technology became generally available and airlines began equipping planes with Wi-Fi service, passengers soon found they couldn’t bear to fly without it. Inmarsat’s latest Inflight Connectivity Survey found that more than half (55%) of all airline passengers considered inflight Wi-Fi to be a crucial amenity. And almost as many (53%) said they’d be willing to forgo an alcoholic drink, tea, coffee, and other in-flight amenities in exchange for Wi-Fi access.


Rain Much on Your Vacation? One Italian Island Offers Hotel Refunds
The New York Times

Hordes of tourists visit the Italian seaside with dreams of dipping into cobalt-blue waters and sunbathing for hours under glorious skies. Only one thing can spoil those idyllic holiday plans: rain.

But beginning this month, the Italian island of Elba, off the coast of Tuscany, started offering tourists an unexpected guarantee: Hotels will refund guests if it rains.


Netherlands Will Continue Tourism Promotion Despite Media Reports

Tourism professionals and avid travelers probably saw the headlines a few weeks ago. “Netherlands revolts against over-tourism as sites trampled by influx,” read the initial story from the Telegraph, asserting that locals and authorities alike were fed up with overtourism.


Egypt explosion injures tourists near Giza pyramids

At least 17 people were wounded in an explosion that targeted a tourist bus on its way to visit Egypt’s Giza pyramids, a doctor at the hospital where they are being treated told CNN.

The bus was carrying 25 South African citizens, Egypt’s state-run Ahram daily reported. A device exploded near the bus, while the windshield of another vehicle was damaged.

By: Matt Long

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