Travel News: July 30, 2019

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Heat, then hail: Weather and travel woes hit Britain, France
Travel Weekly

The temperature’s dropping but Europe’s troubles aren’t over: A record-busting heat wave gave way Friday to thunderstorms and hailstorms, bringing the Tour de France to a dramatic halt and causing trouble at British airports and beyond on one of the most hectic travel days of the year.

In addition, travelers at London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports faced delays because air traffic controllers grounded flights over a technical problem.


National parks officials grappling with high volume as Instagram tourism booms
ABC News

If you’re on Instagram, then chances are you have a friend who’s taken a selfie at Joshua Tree National Park or one of the poppy fields in California, or maybe even atop a cliff overlooking the Colorado River known as Horseshoe Bend.

National parks and public lands across the country have seen an explosion in tourism in part due to the rise of social media and geo-tagging. However, amid the influx of crowds, there is a desperate effort to preserve the land for generations to come.


United Airlines Is Giving Its Frequent Fliers Free Membership to Clear
Conde Nast Traveler

If the mere thought of waiting in airport security lines causes your stomach to knot with anxiety, this might be your lucky day—if you like to fly United Airlines, anyway.

United frequent fliers can now get a free or discounted membership to Clear, the biometric identification company that helps passengers speed through security checkpoints with the literal blink of an eye and swipe of a fingerprint.

As of Monday, United Global Services and 1K Premier members will get a free Clear membership through the new program. The airline’s Premier Platinum, Gold, and Silver MileagePlus members, can get a discounted membership for $109 per year, down from the standard charge of $179 per year. All other MileagePlus members can sign up for $119 annually.


Hong Kong Tourism Starts to Feel Impact as Pro-Democracy Protests Rage On

Hong Kong’s tourism industry is going through a period of uncertainty and disquiet as political protests entered the eighth week without any signs of abating.

It’s unclear how the drama will further unfold after Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, Beijing’s top policy body for the two cities, broke its silence and slammed the protests at a press briefing Monday.

By: Matt Long

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