Travel News: July 22, 2019

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Tokyo Reportedly Looks to Cruise Ships to Resolve Olympic Hotel Shortage
Travel Pulse

The 2020 Summer Olympic Games is headed to Tokyo, but the city is anticipating a shortage of accommodations with the influx in visitors.

According to a report in Agency France Presse (AFP), the city is looking to cruise ships to serve as floating hotels to resolve the problem.

Even a construction boom cannot resolve the problem of a shortage. The report suggests Tokyo could be short as many as 14,000 rooms for Olympic-related tourists.


Indonesian Airline Bans Taking In-flight Photos After Blogger Posts Embarrassing Pictures
Travel + Leisure

The advent of social media forever changed the game when it comes to customer satisfaction. Though most brands are dealing with it by hiring an army of social media managers, one airline is getting inventive by outright banning people from sharing any photos of its airline at all.

Garuda Indonesia, Indonesia’s national airline, is facing backlash this week after it banned all passengers from snapping in-flight images. Why ban photos? According to The Guardian, the airline made the decision after a video blogger posted a photo online showing a handwritten dinner menu that the airline found embarrassing. It should be noted that several other airlines, including U.S.-based airlines, have strict photo-taking policies on board as well.


Shelter pets find work (and homes) as hotel ‘lobby dogs’
Today Show

Walk into the lobby of the Inn by the Sea, an oceanfront Maine resort near Portland, and you’ll be greeted by a smiling human and a tail-wagging dog. The dog might be big or small, young or old, but one thing’s for sure: He or she will be available for adoption.

For several years, the inn has fostered dogs from the nonprofit Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland to give guests a chance to interact with a dog and potentially take one home. So far 148 dogs have been adopted through the innovative program, according to Rauni Kew, Inn by the Sea public relations manager.


Southwest updates safety information cards to avoid Boeing 737 Max confusion
USA Today

Southwest Airlines used to tuck the same safety information card into the seat back pockets of its Boeing 737-800s and Boeing 737 Max 8s.The combined safety card system worked – until the Max 8 was grounded earlier this year following two fatal crashes in less than five months that killed 346 people.

After those incidents, passengers who saw Max 8 in bold yellow letters on the safety card bombarded Southwest flight attendants and the airline’s social media representatives with questions about whether they were on the troubled plane. As the grounding dragged on, the airline had to repeatedly reassure customers that, no, they weren’t on a Max 8.

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