Travel News: August 30, 2019

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Former Silversea Cruises CEO Takes Over at Luxe Travel Giant Abercrombie & Kent

Abercrombie & Kent has a new CEO following a recent change in ownership.

In February this year, Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, the former owner of the Silversea cruise line, announced the purchase of an 85 percent stake in the luxury tour operator for an undisclosed figure.

Now Lefebvre has brought in Amerigo Perasso, who spent 14 years at Silversea  serving as CEO between 2007 and 2010, to head up his newly acquired company.


United Airlines Declares MileagePlus Members’ Miles Will Never Expire
Travel Pulse

In an unexpected, official announcement on August 28, 2019, United Airlines declared that effective immediately, accrued MileagePlus rewards miles will never expire. This means that its rewards-program members now have, literally, a lifetime in which to use their accumulated miles on United flights, travel experiences, hotel stays and more.

In 2019, United has committed to focusing its business on the customer experience than ever before, and the carrier is continuing to examine every aspect of its service to re-center its business practices and policies around the best interests of its clientele.


Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge reaches capacity minutes after opening at Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios
ABC Action News

Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge reached capacity minutes after opening at Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios on Thursday morning.

Just after 6 a.m., guests who wanted to be transported to a galaxy far, far away had to use Disney’s virtual queuing system to receive an assigned timed of when they could enter the highly anticipated new land.


Indonesia’s Komodo Island to shut down for tourists from 2020
Times of India

Indonesia has finally confirmed that it will close the Komodo Island for the public from January 2020. This move comes in the wake of conserving the world’s largest living lizard species, the Komodo Dragon.

This plan also involves moving out around 2000 inhabitants off the island.

Referring to this development, Deputy Governor of the province of East Nusa Tenggara Josef Nae Soi said as of now, authorities are talking with community leaders regarding ways to relocate the residents. It is believed that there are around 1700 giant lizards living on Komodo Island, but reports suggest that their numbers have been reduced in the past few years because of poaching and over-tourism.

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