Travel News: September 10, 2019

San Francisco California

British Airways Grounds Hundreds of Flights Ahead of Pilot Strike
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British Airways has grounded nearly all of the 1,600-plus flights scheduled to fly to and from London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports Monday and Tuesday in anticipation of the largest strike in the carrier’s history.

“We’re extremely sorry for the problems caused by the strike action called by the pilots’ union, Balpa,” the airline said in a statement. “If your flight is canceled, please do not go to the airport.”


Hong Kong Tourism Sees Biggest Drop Since 2003 SARS Crisis

The ongoing protests in Hong Kong, now in their 15th week, have delivered a blow to the city’s tourism industry not seen since the 2003 SARS epidemic.

Tourist arrivals in the city declined almost 40% in August from a year earlier, Financial Secretary Paul Chan wrote in a blog post Sunday. That’s the biggest year-on-year decrease in visitor numbers since May 2003, when arrivals sank almost 70% in the midst of the disease outbreak that ultimately claimed hundreds of lives in the city, according to data compiled by Bloomberg from the Hong Kong Tourism Board.


Tourists may pay tolls to drive San Francisco crooked street

Thousands of tourists could soon be forced to make reservations and pay to drive the famed crooked Lombard Street in San Francisco.

California lawmakers approved a bill Thursday granting San Francisco the power to establish a toll and reservation system for Lombard Street. The bill still needs Gov. Gavin Newsom’s signature.


Carnival Cruise Line Resuming its Regular Calls in the Bahamas
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Carnival Cruise Line has just announced that, during the remainder of September, it will be making 41 calls to Nassau, Half Moon Cay and Princess Cays, as those destinations eagerly await cruise-goers, even in the recent wake of Hurricane Dorian.

While the islands of Grand Bahama and Abaco have suffered hurricane damage, Bahamian officials are keen to emphasize that other areas of The Bahamas are open for business and ready to welcome guests.

By: Matt Long

Matt has a true passion for travel. As someone who has a bad case of the travel bug, Matt travels the world in order to share tips on where to go, what to see and how to experience the best the world has to offer.

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