Travel News: July 1, 2019

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Marriott International Warning Travelers of Fraudulent Calls
Travel Pulse

On Thursday, Marriott International announced it had been made aware of a series of fraudulent telephone calls using the hotel and resort giant as part of the con.

Marriott officials said scammers are making calls in different parts of the world offering a complimentary stay at one of the company’s hotel to entice the person taking the call to listen to a sales pitch unrelated to Marriott.


Survey: 36% of Americans haven’t vacationed in two years
Travel Weekly

An Allianz Global Assistance survey found that 36% last vacationed more than two years ago, and another 15% last vacationed more than a year ago.

Allianz found that 27% have vacationed in the last four to 12 months, and 21% have vacationed in the past three months.

The stats came from Allianz’s 11th annual Vacation Confidence Index, a telephone poll of 1,005 Americans ages 18 and over conducted May 30 to June 2.


Southwest and United Airlines extend 737 Max cancellations after new flaw found
The Verge

Southwest and United Airlines have extended the cancellation of flights using Boeing 737 Max aircraft, following the news that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has discovered a new flaw in the plane’s flight computer.

Southwest Airlines had previously announced it would begin using the 737 Max again starting September 2nd, as long as the plane was re-certified by the FAA. Now, the airline says it won’t start using the plane again until at least October 1st. Some 150 flights will be removed from Southwest’s schedule of 4,000 per day.


Tunisia moves to reassure tourists after suicide attacks

Tunisian officials have sought to reassure tourists after twin suicide bombings targeting security forces struck the country’s capital on Thursday, killing a patrol officer and injuring at least eight people.

Prime Minister Youssef Chahed described the bombings as “a cowardly terrorist operation [to] destabilise Tunisians, the economy and democratic transition,” noting that they happened as the tourist season was in full swing.

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