Travel News: July 9, 2019


New Orleans mayor intent on razing abandoned amusement park
Travel Weekly

The Zydeco Scream roller coaster stands motionless, and so does the Big Easy Ferris Wheel. Scampering rabbits, slithering snakes and lurking alligators are the only visitors to the abandoned Six Flags amusement park in New Orleans. Once it resounded with children’s laughter and the shrieks of passengers on the thrill rides.

Now the only sound is the drone of the cicadas.

The amusement park on the city’s eastern edge is perhaps the most high-profile, lingering and ghostly reminder of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation. Ever since the levees failed and flooded the city with water in 2005, the park has stood empty, creating a nuisance for neighbors, a target for graffiti artists and an eerie landmark for sightseers.


Sri Lanka to slash airline charges to help boost tourism
New York Post

Sri Lanka’s government says it will decrease ground handling charges for airlines and slash aviation fuel and embarkation taxes to help the country’s vital tourism industry recover after the Easter attacks that killed more than 250 people.


Disney: Gran Destino Tower, a new hotel option, owes its look to Salvador Dali project
Orlando Sentinel

The long-ago collaboration between Walt Disney and Salvador Dali is being revived in an unexpected way. Gran Destino Tower, Walt Disney World’s new hotel project, shows off the duo’s thwarted-but-eventually-completed short film “Destino” in multiple ways, from the expansive lobby to tiny room details and all the way back up to the building’s top-floor restaurant and lounge.

Gran Destino Tower, an expansion of the Coronado Springs resort, opens to the public Tuesday. Its design roots are in the 7-minute film started by Dali and Disney in the 1940s and finished in 2003 under the guidance of Roy E. Disney, Walt’s nephew.


American Airlines Adds Routes, Expands Service With Cathay Dragon Codeshare
Travel Pulse

American Airlines announced it has reached a new codeshare agreement with Cathay Dragon, which will add four new destinations and increased service to three existing markets in Southeast Asia.

American will place its code on select flights from Hong Kong International Airport, allowing international travelers to connect to seven cities beyond Hong Kong seamlessly. Tickets for the new codeshare flights are now on sale for service beginning July 11.

By: Matt Long

Matt has a true passion for travel. As someone who has a bad case of the travel bug, Matt travels the world in order to share tips on where to go, what to see and how to experience the best the world has to offer.

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