Travel News: August 16, 2019

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Disney World Introduces ‘Mid-Day Magic Ticket’
Travel Pulse

Florida’s Walt Disney World Resort launched a new ticket offer for fall guests Thursday.

The Mid-Day Magic Ticket allows guests to enjoy admission after 12 p.m. to one theme park per day. As of Thursday, two-, three- and four-day Mid-Day Magic tickets are available for start dates on or before December 15, 2019.


Delta schedules daytime New York-London flight
Travel Weekly

Delta will introduce its first daytime flight from New York to London next March. In addition, Delta and joint venture partner Virgin Atlantic have established launch dates for their new London Gatwick service from New York and Boston.

Delta’s daily daytime New York JFK-London Heathrow service will launch March 28, augmenting the two daily overnight flights Delta operates on the route as well as the five daily flights operated by the Delta/Virgin Atlantic joint venture in Virgin aircraft.


Virgin Galactic reveals futuristic outpost for space tourism
Trib Live

Spaceport America is no longer just a shiny shell of hope that space tourism would one day launch from this remote spot in the New Mexico desert.

The once-empty hangar that anchors the taxpayer-financed launch and landing facility has been transformed into a custom-tailored headquarters where Virgin Galactic will run its commercial flight operations.


Portugal’s luxury hotel sector catching up with tourism boom
Travel Weekly

As Portugal’s tourism boom nears the 10-year mark, its luxury and boutique hotel sector is just starting to hit its stride.

“There’s definitely been a bit of a scramble to catch up with the tourism,” said Ryan Opaz, CEO of Porto-based destination management company Catavino. “It kind of hit all at once, and Portugal never really was set up to handle this type of mass tourism. And higher-end hotels were definitely a missing part.”

According to data from Portugal’s National Statistics Institute, the number of visitors to the country rose for an eighth consecutive year in 2018, climbing 7.5%, to 22.8 million. While that growth rate was notably lower than the 16.6% surge in visitors seen in 2017, hotel development has still lagged behind. As of July 2018, Portugal’s tourism accommodations sector had grown 4.3% year over year, to 6,868 establishments.

By: Matt Long

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