Travel News: August 23, 2019

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Tourism to Cuba plunges after tightening of travel ban

Tourist arrivals to Cuba plunged 23.6% on the year in July, official data showed on Wednesday, confirming the blow dealt to the sector by the Trump administration’s tightening of U.S. restrictions on travel to the Caribbean island.

Data from the Statistics Office had already shown a 20% drop in arrivals in June, after Washington that same month banned cruises to Cuba and made it harder for U.S. citizens to get an exemption from the ban on travel there.


MGM Getting Into Boutique Hotel Business With New Acquisition
Wall Street Journal

MGM Resorts International acquired a 50% stake in the lodging company that operates the boutique NoMad hotels and five other brands, as it seeks to diversify and attract a younger crowd.


Qantas to Give World’s Longest Flight a Test Run
Travel Pulse

Qantas Airways plans to test of a pair of proposed nonstop 19-hour flights – the world’s longest – that are set to operate beginning in 2022.

The flights go from Sydney to New York and Sydney to London, respectively.

The objective of the test runs?

Simple. Can passengers and crew withstand that many hours in the air?


Trump’s Greenland pitch sparks tourism interest
Travel Weekly

All the recent publicity about President’s Trump’s desire to buy Greenland could spell good news for its still developing tourism industry.

Adventure travel operators Intrepid and G Adventures both say that traffic to their pages with Greenland itineraries is up more than 200% this week, and Visit Greenland says it saw traffic to its site pike 10-fold after Trump last weekend said he wanted to talk with the Danish prime minister about buying Greenland.

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