Travel News: July 12, 2019

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Brush fire on Hawaiian island of Maui prompts evacuations, flight diversions
USA Today

A brush fire has prompted evacuations and diverted some flights on the Hawaii island of Maui, officials said Thursday.

An evacuation notice was sent to the cellphones of residents in the town of Maalaea and in parts of Kihei, a Maui County official said. The county has opened shelters in Wailuku and Kihei.

 

Disney Reveals Opening Dates for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
Travel Pulse

The highly anticipated Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will open at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Florida’s Walt Disney World Resort on December 5 and at the new themed land at Disneyland Resort in California on January 17, 2020, Disney Parks announced Thursday.

The former date coincides with Walt Disney’s birthday

 

Uber offers riders more legroom, less chatting at a price
Travel Weekly

Uber passengers can now get a more spacious ride and a less talkative driver — if they’re willing to shell out a few extra dollars.

The ride-hailing giant launched “comfort” rides in dozens of cities Tuesday. Riders are guaranteed 36 inches of legroom in “newer” cars — meaning those that are under five years old — and they can request a preferred air temperature. Riders can also use the app to tell drivers they don’t want to chat, avoiding what some consider an awkward exchange.

 

New Numbers Hint at Tough 2020 for US Tourism Industry
Skift

You’ll get different answers depending on who you ask about a Trump Slump in travel to the U.S. Demand for flights remain high, but destinations and hotels outside top destinations have noted a slight decline in business.

Evidence is mounting, though, that the U.S. travel sector could suffer in 2020.

While both tourism and business travel continue to grow, the rate of growth is expected to decline sharply according to new research from the U.S. Travel Association. Demand has slowed over the last year, and the prospect of a flat 2020 is certainly a possibility.

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