Travel News: July 31, 2019


Two Major Storms Possibly Threatening Hawaii Travel in Coming Days
Travel Pulse

Travelers planning a trip to Hawaii in the coming days should be keeping their eyes on two storm systems moving through the Pacific Ocean.

According to, Hurricane Erick continues to intensify as it moves west at around 18 miles per hour. The storm will slow its pace through Thursday as it builds strength, with maximum sustained winds currently registered at an estimated 75 miles per hour.


IHG to phase out mini plastic toiletries in all hotels
Business Traveller

Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced that it will switch to bulk-size bathroom amenities in guest rooms across its entire portfolio of hotel brands.

The company said it would mean the removal of 200 million miniatures per year.

IHG’s portfolio totals almost 843,000 rooms across brands including Hotel Indigo, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Intercontinental and Kimpton.


Sri Lanka to offer free visas on arrival to boost tourism

Sri Lanka will offer free tourism visas on arrival to citizens of almost 50 countries, a government document showed on Tuesday, as it tries to woo back visitors after militant attacks on Easter Sunday.

Islamist militants on April 21 bombed churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka, killing more than 250 people, including 42 foreign nationals.

Several countries then issued travel advisories, undermining the crucial tourism industry. Foreign visitor arrivals in May fell 70.8 percent, the lowest since the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war a decade ago.


Tourists’ photos from safaris could help conservation efforts
ABC News

By sharing their pictures with scientists, tourists may be able to help monitor and conserve the wildlife they came to see, according to new research.

Kasim Rafiq, a wildlife researcher at Liverpool John Moores University in the U.K., got the idea to join forces with tourists after trying for months to get a glimpse of a one-eared leopard known as Pavarotti. While Rafiq was busy following Pavarotti’s tracks and getting his car stuck in a warthog burrow, a nearby tour group had been watching the actual leopard, the tour guide told him during a chance meeting later that day.

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