Travel News: August 9, 2019

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Venice to Begin Rerouting Cruise Ships Away from Historic City Center
Travel Pulse

Venice has taken a huge step toward banning large cruise ships from entering the crowded grand canal through its historic city center just months after a cruise liner smashed into a riverboat and dock and a week after city officials asked other European cruise destinations to join in its effort to curb cruise ship visits.

The Italian government announced that it will begin to gradually reroute the ships away from the city center starting next month.


Ponant plans to acquire Paul Gauguin Cruises
Travel Weekly

High-end French expedition cruise line Ponant plans to acquire Paul Gauguin Cruises, operator of its eponymous South Pacific-based ship.

Ponant currently has nine ships, that largest of which have 132 cabins. Ponant says it plans to grow the fleet to 14 ships by 2021.


Taco Bell hotel opens with hot sauce packet cutting ceremony
Fox News

The Bell: A Taco Bell Hotel & Resort opened its doors with a ceremony that only Taco Bell could pull off. While the hotel will only be open for a limited time, it’s quickly become one of the most talked about summer retreats of 2019.

The Taco Bell hotel made headlines when the reservations for the resort sold out in just two minutes.

Among the guests is reportedly a couple on their honeymoon. Not surprisingly, the newlyweds apparently tied the knot at the Taco Bell Cantina in Las Vegas on July 20th.


DOT ruling a victory for flyers with emotional support animals
Travel Weekly

The Department of Transportation will continue to enforce regulations requiring that airlines allow passengers to bring dogs, cats and miniature horses onto planes for emotional support. The department also reasserted that airlines cannot prohibit specific breeds of from being used as emotional support animals, including pit bulls.

The DOT issued its “Final Statement of Enforcement Policies Regarding Service Animals on Flights” Thursday, concluding a public process it initiated in May 2018 after airlines complained that many flyers were abusing the rules and evading pet carrier fees by falsely claiming they needed their pets for emotional support.

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