Travel News: June 18, 2019

Venice Italy

Four Seasons To Expand Bay Area Portfolio With Second San Francisco Hotel
Travel Pulse

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, the world’s leading luxury hospitality company, has been selected by an affiliate of Westbrook Partners, a privately-owned, fully integrated real estate investment management company, to manage its hotel in the 345 California Center building in San Francisco’s financial district.

Currently known as the Loews Regency San Francisco, the Hotel will be renamed Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco at Embarcadero in 2020, following renovations.


Emirates Is First Major Airline to Launch Basic Business Class Fare

The airline industry has seen a lot in terms of unbundling of economy fares. For better or for worse, that segment of the market now has a ton of options for consumers. As Skift forecasted in our 2019 Megatrend that premium mediocre has gone mainstream, travel companies — hotels, tour operators, and yes, airlines too — are increasingly looking for new ways to sell average products at luxury prices. You can buy a deeply discounted, basic economy fare that doesn’t include any overhead space, or, if you want more perks, you can pay incrementally more for priority boarding and civil treatment.

The same currently cannot be said for business class. Typically you’re all-in on the fare, sometimes as much as $7,000 from New York to Paris. In some cases it comes standard with extras, like chauffeur service and lounge access, and in other cases it comes with a sad meal in a preflight lounge and a non fully flat bed. Such is the nature of the market.


Pier crash in Venice sparks demonstrations
Travel Weekly

Like a stick thrust into a hornet’s nest, the June 2 crash of a runaway MSC Opera into a pier has stirred up the long-running and emotional debate about how to host cruise ships in Venice.

A crowd estimated at between 3,000 and 6,000 protested in St. Marks Square on Saturday, June 8. A day later, scores of small boats and kayaks joined a protest regatta. Notably, it was the first time since 1997 that authorities had allowed a demonstration in the city’s historic main plaza.


From Amsterdam to Venice, the impact of too many tourists sparks outrage

Several recent events, incidents and widely shared images have brought the issue of “overtourism,” and its economic, environmental and human consequences front and center.

For three days in April, 10 popular tourist sites in the Faroe Islands were closed for maintenance but open to volunteers who came to create new walking paths, construct viewpoints, erect signs and rebuild ancient cairns.

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