In 2017, World Animal Protection, along with various travel industry leaders, presented a business case to a group of about 15 elephant camps in Thailand.
The international animal welfare organization and travel leaders sought to demonstrate the growing demand for “observation-only,” “elephant friendly” tourism.
In addition to detailing the public’s growing desire for such humane attractions, World Animal Protection added one more important point to their presentation: that the organization was ready, willing and able to support any existing elephant venues that stepped up and permanently banned elephant rides, thus putting the needs of the elephants at the forefront of their operations.
When Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando later this year, guests staying at Disney hotels or select partner hotels will have exclusive access to the land from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. daily.
Disney regularly allows resort guests into its parks for extra time before or after the park opens, its Extra Magic Hours perk, but that perk is expanding to become “extra” Extra Magic Hours at Hollywood Studios in anticipation of the popularity of Galaxy’s Edge.
American Airlines has a big problem with canceled flights. The 737 Max grounding isn’t helping, but it is not the primary cause of its troubles.
In June, American Airlines canceled about 4% of its scheduled flights, according to data tracker masFlight. American’s canceled flight rate is twice the rate of Southwest (LUV), and is more than six times that of United Airlines (UAL), according to masFlight. It is nearly 20 times the cancellation rate at Delta (DAL).
It can be tough getting to sleep sometimes. Some people like to have a window open to keep the room cool, while others use the sound of white noise to drown out outside distractions. One Japanese hotel has a slightly different idea about what will help its patrons sleep: a full-sized flight simulator installed in one of its rooms based on a Boeing 737-800 cockpit.