Travel News: August 14, 2019


Seabourn Introduces Luxury Private Air Service
Travel Pulse

Seabourn announced Tuesday it has introduced Seabourn Private Air, a new private chartered jet service available for private transportation to-and-from ports of call.

In addition, the Seabourn Private Air service will be available for mid-voyage overland options for cruises all over the world, with bookings opening August 15. The flights were designed for guests who prefer the luxuries and conveniences of private jet travel.


Tourists Scramble As Oahu Vacation Rentals Disappear Under New Law
Civil Beat

As Honolulu cracks down on illegal vacation rentals, hosts of Airbnb, VRBO and HomeAway units are canceling their bookings and altering their business models, leaving potentially thousands of tourists scrambling to find new accommodations – some within weeks of their flights to Oahu.

Renting units for fewer than 30 days outside of resort zones has been illegal for decades, but the city failed to enforce the law. The crackdown, which took effect Aug. 1, allows the city to use advertisements as evidence of illegal activity – a move that threatens the shutdown of about 5,000 rentals. Violators could face fines of as much as $10,000 a day. The day after the law took effect, the city said there was a nearly 37% decrease in listings compared to two weeks prior.


Slump in overseas travel to U.S. is expected to continue through 2020
USA Today

The steep decline in the U.S. share of the overseas travel market is set to continue until at least 2022 as trade tensions and a strong dollar chill foreign tourism, according to the latest forecast from the U.S. Travel Association.

International visits to the U.S. dipped 0.8% in June from a year ago, the worst performance since April 2016 and the latest development in a longer-term trend. U.S. visits as a portion of total global travel fell to 11.7% last year from a high of 13.7% in 2015, according to the travel group and Oxford Economics.  That has resulted in  losses to the U.S. economy of 14 million international visitors, $59 billion in traveler spending and 120,000 U.S. jobs.


Beyond Cruises Introduces “Lion King”-Themed Itinerary
Luxury Travel Advisor

Beyond Cruises has announced a new Kenya and Seychelles itinerary inspired by the Disney remake of “The Lion King.” The combination will include a Kenya Safari, where guests can explore the filming locations of “The Lion King,” followed by island hopping in the Seychelles aboard the mega yacht Pegasos.

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