Travel News: September 4, 2019

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Bahamas Officials Coordinating Hurricane Dorian Relief Efforts
Travel Pulse

Bahamas government officials continued to track Hurricane Dorian as they coordinated rescue and relief efforts focused on the archipelago’s northwest region. The “extremely dangerous” category 3 hurricane remained stalled over the country Tuesday, with Grand Bahama Island continuing to experience “catastrophic winds and storm surge,” said officials from the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation (BMOTA).

Widespread reports indicate Hurricane Dorian has devastated the northeast Bahamas after making landfall on September 1 over Marsh Harbour on Great Abaco. The hurricane “severely damaged parts of the island’s chain,” , said BMOTA officials, with at last five deaths reported and more expected as recovery efforts intensify. Dorian’s core is expected to continue to impact Grand Bahama Island through Tuesday.

 

Singapore Airlines launches the first ever nonstop flight from Seattle to Southeast Asia
The Seattle Times

The first ever nonstop flight from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Southeast Asia took off on Tuesday.  Covering 8,010 miles in 15 hours and 50 minutes, the flight to Singapore’s Changi Airport is now also the longest nonstop flight from Sea-Tac.

Tuesday’s inaugural flight was sent off with a ceremonial ribbon cutting, a lion dance, and remarks by Lance Lyttle, Sea-Tac Airport’s managing director and Campbell Wilson, the senior vice president of sales and marketing for Singapore Airlines.

 

The Pound’s Decline Hasn’t Done Much to Boost U.K. Tourism
Bloomberg

Brexit has sent the pound sterling plummeting and made holidays in the U.K. cheaper, but that hasn’t made Britain a more attractive place to visit.

According to the World Economic Forum’s tourism rankings, released on Wednesday, the U.K. actually fell from fifth to sixth most competitive nation for travel this year. Among the top 10 countries, it was the only nation to drop in the rankings, overtaken by the U.S.

 

Curio Collection Debuts in Southeast Asia
Travel Pulse

Hilton announced today the opening of SAii Lagoon Maldives, Curio Collection by Hilton, a free-spirited tropical escape that offers sun, sea, style, and sustainability, creating a playful getaway for groups of fun-seeking friends, couples and families.

Nestled within the idyllic Emboodhoo Lagoon, SAii Lagoon Maldives forms part of CROSSROADS Maldives, the country’s first and only integrated resort and game-changing retreat.

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