Travel News: July 18, 2019

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Ghostbusters Coming to Halloween Horror Nights in Orlando and Hollywood
Travel Pulse

For fans of the popular film franchise Ghostbusters, Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood have announced the classic movie is coming to Halloween Horror Nights for the first time.

The Ghostbusters maze will bring the most memorable scenes, characters and supernatural spirits from the iconic film to Halloween Horror Nights starting this September. The premiere Halloween event kicks off September 6 in Orlando and September 13 in Hollywood.


Lawmakers introduce bill to reauthorize Brand USA
Travel Weekly

Citing travel and tourism’s large contribution to the U.S. economy, four U.S. senators introduced a bipartisan bill to reauthorize Brand USA in 2020.

Funding for the public-private travel marketing organization is scheduled to expire in September 2020 because of the 2018 congressional budget cap agreement that diverted Brand USA’s funding to general revenue. Brand USA uses no taxpayer funds: Its funding comes from international visitor fees and from the private sector through cash and in-kind contributions.


Inspirato launches luxury resort subscription, a Netflix for travel
Pacific Business News

Inspirato, a luxury destination club that has booking agreements at several luxury resort properties and vacation homes in Hawaii, has launched a subscription pass that allows unlimited stays at properties around the world for a monthly fee.

For $2,500 a month — or $30,000 a year — a subscriber can hold one active reservation at a resort or vacation home and pay “no nightly rates, taxes or fees.” Upon checkout, a member can make a reservation at another property for anywhere from two to seven nights.


Hong Kong tourism, hotel occupancy falls as protests drag on

Hong Kong tourism numbers are falling and hotel occupancy rates are slumping after the Chinese-ruled city was rocked by sometimes violent political protests over the last month, adding pressure on its already struggling economy.

The declines reported on Wednesday came a day after Hong Kong retailers warned that July and August sales could drop by double-digits from a year earlier as tourists put off their visits.

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