Travel News: May 22, 2019

Machu Picchu Peru

Tour Company CEO Says New Machu Picchu Airport Will Destroy Famed Ancient Site
Travel Pulse

In a move that has sparked outcry from archaeologists, historians and locals, the Peruvian government has approved a multi-billion international airport near the famed site of Machu Picchu.

Work has already begun on the new facility, which is intended to bring tourists much closer to the ancient archaeological site. Bulldozers have begun to clear millions of tons of earth for the project, which will be located in Chinchero, a picturesque Inca town.

 

American Airlines scraps oversize bag fees for certain items
Fox Business

In a move that’s likely to sit well with customers, American Airlines on Tuesday announced they were saying goodbye to certain oversize bag costs.

The company said they have eliminated “oversize bag fees for common sports and music equipment” and the change goes into effect immediately.

 

Raffles Welcomes New Hotels in China and the Maldives
Yahoo Finance

Raffles Hotels & Resorts, renowned for bringing old world elegance, first class travel experiences and genuine charm to the world’s most fascinating cities and desirable holiday hot spots since 1887, is pleased to announce the opening of two important new landmark hotels, Raffles Shenzhen and Raffles Maldives Meradhoo. Both hotels opened in early May and are now accepting reservations at raffles.com.

Known as havens for royalty, film stars, writers and artists, many remarkable stories and cultural moments have taken place within the plush confines of Raffles hotels and resorts.

 

‘Game Of Thrones’ Tourism Growing Even As Show Ends
Forbes

Right now the Earth has just about reached peak Game of Thrones. After eight seasons and 72 episodes filmed in amazing locations in Ireland, Spain, Iceland and Croatia, the HBO series featuring conflict, sex and dragons ended Sunday, May 19, 2019.

For better or worse, Game of Thrones travel mania shows no signs of letting up. While the show may not be everyone’s cup of tea, HBO broadcasts it in 170 countries. Over 17 million people watched the premiere of this season on HBO, and millions more tuned in Sunday to find out who ends up on the Iron Throne. Then there’s the shadow audience. According to piracy monitoring firm MUSO, more than 54 million people illegally watched this season’s premiere. And lots of viewers, particularly Millennials, have a hankering to see the show’s stunning settings.

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