Travel News: June 6, 2019

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Third U.S. tourist died at same hotel in Dominican Republic
Travel Weekly

A vacationing Pennsylvania psychotherapist died at the same hotel where two U.S. tourists were found dead five days later, according to Dominican authorities, who said Wednesday they are investigating the causes of the deaths.

Miranda Schaup-Werner, 41, of Allentown was preparing to dine with her husband, Dan Werner, when she began to feel ill and died May 25 at the Bahia Principe hotel in La Romana. Family spokesman Jay McDonald told WFMZ-TV in Allentown that she collapsed after getting a drink from the minibar.


Cruise Lines Reroute Ships After Cuba Cruise Ban
Travel Pulse

Several cruise lines have eliminated calls in Cuba after the Trump Administration revealed new travel restrictions for Americans visiting the country on June 4, 2019, that effectively banned ships from calling on the country.

The new rules may have hit cruise lines the hardest. Within one day of the announcement, ships had to halt calls in Cuba. Passenger vessels were no longer permitted to sail to the island nation, and ships had to be swiftly rerouted.


US airlines are bumping more travelers as Boeing 737 Max planes grounded

Here’s some unwelcome news to start the summer travel season: Your chances of getting bumped off your flight is on the rise.

After boasting record low bumping rates, U.S. airlines in the first three months of this year denied boarding to travelers at the highest rate since 2017, according to Department of Transportation data released Wednesday. The increase was partially driven by the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max, which took more than 70 of the high-capacity planes out of service.


Disaster Tourists Are Flocking to Chernobyl, Thanks to HBO Series
Live Science

At the site of what is arguably the most horrific accidental nuclear explosion in history, tourism is booming.

The success of HBO’s dramatic series “Chernobyl” seems to have boosted the region’s tourism industry, with leaders of guided tours to Chernobyl claiming that bookings have increased by about 40% compared to last year, Reuters recently reported.

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