Travel News: June 14, 2019

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Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts Unveils Plans for New Hotel in Minneapolis
Travel Pulse

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, the world’s leading luxury hospitality company, in partnership with United Properties, a leading commercial property development and investment company in Minnesota and Colorado, today announced plans for Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Minneapolis, expected to open in early 2022 at RBC Gateway.

The new 34-storey building will be situated at the convergence of business and leisure in Minneapolis, at the top of Nicollet Mall, the city’s pedestrian thoroughfare. A few short blocks from the Mississippi River, the mixed-use complex will also serve as RBC Wealth Management’s U.S. headquarters.


US airlines are pushing domestic prices higher again

Airline fares within the U.S. are inching higher again.

American Airlines confirmed Thursday that it raised domestic fares $5 each way. J.P. Morgan said Southwest Airlines followed by raising prices on tickets bought within a week of the flight and favored by business travelers.

Southwest did not immediately comment.

Airlines had raised prices just five weeks ago, and J.P. Morgan analyst Jamie Baker said he wasn’t expecting another round of increases so soon. Spot prices for jet fuel, a major airline expense, have dipped since May.


Animal rescue group opening hotel in Utah
Travel Weekly

Best Friends Animal Society, a national no-kill animal rescue group, is opening a pet-centric hotel near its headquarters in Utah.

The 40-room Best Friends Roadhouse and Mercantile will open Aug. 15 in Kanab, which is at the center of the state’s “Golden Circle” and serves as a convenient base camp for day trips to Zion, Bryce, and Grand Canyon national parks and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.


To aid tourism, Japan to expand language support and offer free Wi-Fi on 300 bus and train routes
The Japan Times

The government said Friday it plans to provide multilingual information and free Wi-Fi access on 300 public transport routes as it steps up efforts to boost inbound tourism.

As a first step, foreign language support and free Wi-Fi will be made available on 100 local bus and train routes running between airports and popular tourist sites by March 2020, with the government subsidizing roughly half the cost. The government plans to launch services on another 200 routes later in 2020.

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