Travel News: September 9, 2019

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Travel Slumped During What is Typically a Peak Season Worldwide
Travel Pulse

Tariffs, trade wars and Brexit are all taking a toll on the travel industry.

New data surrounding air passenger demand for July reveals that peak season for travel got off to an unusually sluggish start and officials from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) link the slump to the troubles occurring around the world.

According to IATA, total revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs) rose 3.6 percent in July compared to the same month in 2018. The figure is a marked decrease from the 5.1 percent annual growth recorded in June, IATA said.

 

Tourist-dependent Bahamas says it’s still open for business
AP

The Bahamas was on track for a record year of tourism before Hurricane Dorian hit. Now, the outlook for that vital sector is uncertain.

Some of the best-known resorts in the 700-island chain, like Atlantis, Paradise Island, were unscathed by the monster storm. So was Nassau, the largest city.

 

TripAdvisor defends itself against claim that up to one in seven reviews might be fake
CNN

TripAdvisor has defended itself against accusations of misleading travelers by failing to stop some of its highest ranked hotels winning their status with fake reviews.

UK consumer group Which? Travel analyzed a total of almost 250,000 reviews for the 10 top-ranked hotels in 10 global tourist destinations, from Las Vegas to Cape Town. It found that one in seven of the hotels had “blatant hallmarks” of fake reviews, with others raising “serious concerns.”

But TripAdvisor called the analysis “flawed” and said its more sophisticated detection tools were able to weed out fraudulent feedback.

 

Los Cabos Opens First International Office After Mexico Pulls Plug on Tourism Marketing
Skift

Less than a year after Mexico’s national tourism board was dismantled, the Los Cabos Tourism Board is opening its first international office in Los Angeles on Thursday.

The former national tourism board’s international outposts were either closed or transferred to embassies in the wake of the funding loss. Los Cabos will now be the only Mexican destination to have a promotional office outside of Mexico. Los Angeles was a natural choice, said Rodrigo Esponda, managing director of Los Cabos Tourism B

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