Expensive flights, long distances and unfavorable exchange rates are three of the top reasons international travelers are not visiting the United States.
Add to those concerns anxiety about personal safety, U.S. politics and burdensome security policies, and a picture emerges as to why the country’s share of international travelers is declining, a trend that is expected to get worse over the next three years.
American Airlines is having a difficult summer. On top of seasonal storms, the airline has struggled with the months-long grounding of Boeing 737 Max planes and a protracted labor dispute with its mechanics that the carrier says has forced it to cancel hundreds of flights and caused long delays.
Operations have been improving but the Fort Worth-based airline is calling customers hit with travel disruptions to apologize, an executive said Tuesday.
Marriott International, the world’s largest hotel chain, said Wednesday it will eliminate small plastic bottles of shampoo, conditioner and bath gel from its hotel rooms worldwide by December 2020. They’ll be replaced with larger bottles or wall-mounted dispensers, depending on the hotel.
Tourists have been banned from swimming with bottlenose dolphins in New Zealand in a bid to protect them from “being loved into extinction”.
The population of bottlenose dolphins in the Bay of Islands, on the country’s east coast, has fallen in recent years and the species is classified as endangered in New Zealand.