Travel News: August 8, 2019

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JetBlue Plans to ‘Drastically Lower Fares’ to Europe
Travel Pulse

While travelers will have to wait until at least 2021 to fly JetBlue from the U.S. to Europe, the low-cost carrier is already planning to have a dramatic impact on first-class and business class fares.

According to Fox Business, JetBlue will offer its successful Mint product on transatlantic flights. The premium service launched in 2014 and nearly cut fares for flights between the East Coast and West Coast in half.

 

International travel slump continued in June
Travel Weekly

The U.S. Travel Association’s latest Travel Trends Index (TTI) found that inbound international travel decreased 0.8% in June, marking the third month of contraction in the first six months of 2019.

Domestic business travel fell 0.2%, which U.S. Travel attributed to “cooling business investment and ongoing trade conflicts,” which U.S. predicted would continue to be an issue through 2019.

 

Sri Lanka Boldly Asks Online Travel Agencies to Cut Commissions to Help Revive Tourism
Skift

By offering free tourism visas on arrival, reducing airline charges to encourage carriers to reinstate flights, and asking online travel agencies to cut commissions, the Sri Lanka government has been rolling up its sleeves to get its tourism industry revving again.

But how reasonable is it to expect the likes of Expedia and Booking groups to cut commissions as part of recovery efforts? And how effective is such a measure as waiving visa fees in bringing back tourists, especially from a market like China, which is also being pursued by a slew of other countries that has eased visa policies?

 

Rome Fines Tourists for Sitting on Famed Spanish Steps as Police Enforce New Restrictions
People

Tourists hoping to create the famous ice cream scene from Roman Holiday are in for some disappointment.

The city of Rome has banned people from sitting on the Spanish Steps, a popular tourist destination, and doing so could earn visitors up to a €400 fine, or about $450, the New York Times reported on Wednesday.

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