US Issues Travel Ban to Parts of Peru
The U.S. State Department has re-issued a travel advisory to parts of Peru, warning Americans not to travel to certain areas of the South American country.
The advisory comes ahead of two big athletic events in the country involving U.S. athletes, coaches, trainers and fans.
Lufthansa resumed flying to Cairo Sunday following a one-day suspension due to safety concerns. The German airline’s website shows LH582 took off from Frankfurt after a two-hour delay and arrived in Egypt’s capital Sunday afternoon.
Meanwhile, British Airways continued with its seven-day suspension of flights to Cairo, and Egyptian Lt. General Younes Elmasry, Egypt’s minister of civil aviation, said he’s frustrated that the airline suspended flights without consulting Egyptian authorities.
Everyone is starting to get paired off in the airline-hotel loyalty square dance. American Airlines and Hyatt announced a new partnership in March in which elite members in either loyalty program could earn points or miles for flying or staying with the other partner. Then, in June, Accor and Air France-KLM one-upped that promotion and launched a partnership in which elite status wasn’t even required to earn bonus points. Now Marriott and Emirates are getting into the game.
The Your World Rewards partnership, announced last week, awards Marriott Rewards elite members bonus points when making bookings on Emirates. Emirates elites, in turn, can earn extra frequent flyer miles in the Skywards program when booking nights in a Marriott hotel. In addition to the mileage benefits, Marriott elites will also earn priority boarding and check-in at Emirates counters around the world while Skywards elites get late checkout and free Wi-Fi when staying in partner hotels.
5 American Cities Ask For Responsible Tourism Pledge
Tourism pledges are all the rage these days, with countries like Palau, Iceland, and New Zealand, and destinations like Big Sur and Hawaii, all asking tourists to stop and think about the place they are visiting and the impact they may have there. It’s all an effort to slow over-tourism and lessen the environmental impact of a steady stream of visitors to beautiful, delicate natural places. Now a consortium of western U.S. cities have teamed up for their own version, a conservation program called “Pledge for the Wild,” which launched this week.
The mountain towns of Bend, Oregon; Bozeman, Montana; Steamboat Springs, Colorado; Flagstaff, Arizona; and South Lake Tahoe, which extends between California and Nevada, are asking visitors to help protect the outdoor places they love.