Travel News: June 12, 2019

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New Harry Potter roller coaster opens at Universal Studios Orlando
ABC Action News

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure – the epic new addition to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – will soar into Universal Orlando Resort and become the most highly themed, immersive coaster experience yet.

With Hagrid as their guide, guests will fly deep into the Forbidden Forest and brave the mysteries and thrills beyond the grounds of Hogwarts castle on a groundbreaking coaster experience unlike any other.


Camping Is an Upward Trend Among Younger Generations
Travel Pulse

The 2019 North American Camping Report, an industry-leading study conducted by the Kampgrounds of America (KOA), which details the camping habits and preferences of North Americans, has yielded some fascinating conclusions.

The report revealed large increases in camping interest among every generation, but especially within Generation X and among Millennials, and extending to the emerging Generation Z.


Virgin Voyages to feature Key West instead of Havana
Travel Weekly

With Cuba cruises from the U.S. no longer permitted, Virgin Voyages’ four-day “Havana After Dark” cruises will be replaced with a four-day cruise featuring Key West.

The new itinerary will be called “Fire and Sunset Soirees” and will include a sunset departure from Key West and a midnight departure from Bimini.

All Virgin cruises will visit the line’s Bimini Beach Club but only the Key West itinerary will offer a “late-night beach bonfire soiree” in Bimini.


Hotels Are Hopping on the CBD Bandwagon to Make Your Stay Even More Relaxing

Thanks to its supposed calming and anti-inflammatory effects, cannabidiol, better known as CBD, seems to be appearing in everything these days, from body lotions to kombucha and coffee. Studies from universities and biopharmaceutical companies have cautiously indicated that the cannabis-derived compound — which is separate from THC, the primary psychoactive component of marijuana — could help alleviate a range of health issues, including acne and seizures. (The FDA approved a CBD-derived drug for the latter last year.)

Still, CBD’s legal standing remains murky. Federal guidelines can be enforced differently from state to state (and city to city) depending on how it’s made, where you get it, and how you use it. More research is needed to evaluate CBD’s potential, but for now, that isn’t stopping some American hotels from jumping on the bandwagon.

By: Matt Long

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