Travel News: August 12, 2019

Man Mo Temple, Hong Kong

New Orleans Passes Measure to Restrict Airbnb Rentals
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The New Orleans City Council passed a sweeping ban this week on short term rentals in the historic city.

The move was prompted by residents who complained that short-term rentals are not only leading to increased property taxes but are also destroying the character of historic neighborhoods, according to the Associated Press and other news reports.


Airlines hurt by the 737 Max grounding are scrambling to find replacement jets

Nolinor Aviation in Mirabel, Quebec, is a company in demand. Actually, its planes, pilots and maintenance teams are the hot commodity.

With 10 Boeing 737-200 planes, Nolinor is leasing jets to airlines that are scrambling to cover routes and schedules hit hard by the grounding of Boeing’s 737 Max.


The W Hotel Debuts $295 Room Service Menu For Making YouTube Videos

Whom among us staying in a hotel hasn’t retreated to our rooms, thrown on one of those fancy fluffy bathrobes, and ordered copious amounts of room service, just because? Now, the W Hotel in D.C. has debuted an enormous menu for making mukbang videos with all that food.

Mukbang is the YouTube vlogger genre of … well, eating a ton of food on camera. The trend originated in South Korea, where top stars have made as much as $10,000 a month on the videos, and have caught on with YouTubers in the U.S. These gorgers feast on everything from mountains of fast-food breakfast sandwiches to delicately stacked dessert pastries.


Tourism in trouble: Hong Kong demos hit economy

Empty hotel rooms, struggling shops and even disruption at Disneyland: months of protests in Hong Kong have taken a major toll on the city’s economy, with no end in sight.

City leader Carrie Lam has warned that the international financial hub is facing an economic crisis worse than either the 2003 SARS outbreak that paralysed Hong Kong or the 2008 financial crisis.

By: Matt Long

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