Travel News: August 5, 2019

Venice Italy

Venice Asks Other Cities to Join in Effort to Curb Cruise Ships
Travel Pulse

Venice officials have asked several of Europe’s other popular cruise destinations, including Amsterdam, Barcelona, Dubrovnik and Marseille to join them in working toward the enforcement of new rules that would require cruise lines to adapt their ships to reduce the potential for injury to people as well as environmental impact.

The MSC Opera suffered a mechanical issue before crashing into a Uniworld riverboat and a dock in Venice in early June, injuring at least four people, while video surfaced last month of the Costa Deliziosa narrowly missing a yacht and the dock while being towed by a tugboat during a storm.


Universal Orlando unveils plans for Epic Universe park
Travel Weekly

Universal Orlando Resort will open a fourth theme park, Universal’s Epic Universe, on a 750-acre site a few miles south of its existing Florida parks.

Universal Parks & Resorts chairman and CEO Tom Williams said Epic Universe will be “the most immersive and innovative theme park we have ever created.”


Singapore’s historic Raffles Hotel reopens following two-year makeover

The scent of fresh paint still hanging in the air, there’s a feeling of electricity wafting through Singapore’s historic Raffles Hotel right now.

The revered property has officially reopened to guests following extensive renovations that left the hotel completely closed for about two years.

During a recent visit to the hotel, just days prior to its official August 1 reopening, the excitement among staff is palpable — and no one is more thrilled than general manager Christian Westbeld to see their years of conceptualizing and hard work finally on display to the world.


Swiss Will Add Service to Washington, D.C., & Osaka
Business Travel News

Swiss International Air Lines will launch service to both Washington, D.C., and Osaka, Japan, next year. Daily service between Zurich and Washington Dulles will begin on March 29, operating on Airbus A330-300 aircraft; Swiss partner United already offers a daily flight on the route.

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