Travel News: June 24, 2019

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London Heathrow Reveals Final Plans for Controversial Expansion
Travel Pulse

London Heathrow’s new third runway should be open by about 2026.

The airport, which is seeking to remain competitive with rivals in Paris, Amsterdam and Frankfurt, has just revealed final plans for the controversial runway, according to Bloomberg.

Plans call for finishing the project at Europe’s busiest hub by 2050. An ultra-low emission zone and a 6.5-hour ban on scheduled night flights are also part of the proposed plans, according to Bloomberg.

 

Grand Canyon Receives Official International Dark Sky Park Certification
Travel Pulse

After a certification process three years in the making, Grand Canyon National Park proudly presents itself as the world’s newest official International Dark Sky Park. What does that mean? Essentially, the park has been recognized as one of the best places on Earth for witnessing the wonders of an unpolluted starry night sky.

 

After a year without tourists, Kauai’s rugged coast reopens
NBCNews.com

To reach the northeastern corner of the island of Kauai requires driving or biking on a winding two-lane highway flanked by the mountains and the sea, where rocky outposts are interlaced with strips of sandy beach protected by fringe reefs.

A two-mile stretch of Kūhiō Highway reopened this week after being closed since April 2018 because of landslides triggered by record-breaking rainfall. Now, parts of the mountainside are held back with wire mesh that climbs 40 feet in a highway repair project estimated to cost at least $85 million. Three narrow bridges built in 1912 were wiped out and only one has been completely repaired; the other two are partially complete, with makeshift wooden guardrails and cones blocking cars from crashing into the Pacific Ocean.

 

LGBTQ leaders encourage genuine engagement from travel companies
Travel Weekly

Suppliers and destinations looking to attract the LGBTQ market need to do more than hang a rainbow flag, members of the LGBTQ community said at the Proud Experiences conference held in Brooklyn this week.

Speakers said companies need to actually engage with this market, which travels and spends more than others.

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