Travel News: August 7, 2019

Star Wars Galaxys Edge Disneyland California

Disney park attendance falls despite Galaxy’s Edge debut
Travel Weekly

Attendance at Disney’s domestic parks was down 3% in the company’s fiscal third quarter, even though the ballyhooed Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge was open at Disneyland for part of the quarter.

Speaking during Disney’s earnings call Tuesday, CEO Bob Iger gave multiple reasons why attendance was down at Disneyland, where Galaxy’s Edge has been open since May 31. He said some guests stayed home in anticipation of crowds from Galaxy’s Edge, area hotels raised prices and Disney raised ticket prices. Additionally, the land opened with only one attraction, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, instead of the two it will eventually have (Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance opens in January).


United Airlines Is Cracking Down on This Trick for Cheap Airfares
Conde Nast

United Airlines fliers who work the booking system for cheaper flights could be in for a rude awakening: The airline is asking its employees to report customers who book using the so-called “hidden-city” ticketing trick to corporate security.


SIX To Hit The High Seas On Norwegian Cruise Line
Broadway World

It was announced today that SIX, the critically-acclaimed British pop musical about Henry VIII’s six wives will debut on board Norwegian Bliss, Breakaway and Getaway cruise ships beginning next month.

The show joins Rock of Ages, After Midnight, and Burn The Floor as part of the cruise line’s Broadway entertainment lineup.


Dubai’s Tourism Industry Is Running To Stand Still, Amid Heightened Regional Tensions

Signs of strain in Dubai’s tourism industry – one of the critical parts of its economy – are growing, with a $15bn hotel building boom taking place against a backdrop of plateauing visitor numbers.

Among the indications of difficulty, the local Emaar Properties reported a sharp drop in revenue from its hospitality business in the first quarter of this year, with the figure falling by 14% to AED388m ($105.7m). And in late July Bloomberg reported that Dubai-based Jumeirah Group – which operates the iconic Burj Al-Arab hotel as well as numerous other properties around the city – was cutting 500 staff.

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