Travel News: September 25, 2019

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Salt Lake to Unveil U.S.’ First New Hub Airport of 21st Century in 2020
Travel Pulse

Salt Lake City, Utah is known for its accessibility and the remarkable speed and ease with which visitors can get from the airport to downtown, or onto the ski slopes to click into boots within 90 minutes of touching down on the tarmac. And as soon as next Fall, getting to Utah’s capital city will be even faster, easier and sleeker with the opening of the new Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) next

September, the first new hub airport to be built in the U.S. in the 21st century.


Thomas Cook collapse leads to massive repatriation effort
Travel Weekly

The U.K Civil Aviation Authority is organizing the return of more than 150,000 travelers following the collapse of Thomas Cook Group. The tour operator canceled all Thomas Cook Airlines flights and closed all retail shops when it was unable to raise funding to continue operations.

In what is being called the largest peacetime repatriation effort in the U.K.’s history, the CAA is chartering flights and working with other airlines to bring back passengers. The effort will last for two weeks.

Passengers scheduled to return after Oct. 6 will have to make their own arrangements, according to the CAA. The effort is even larger than the one following the collapse of Monarch Airlines in 2017, in which about 110,000 passengers were stranded abroad when the airline ceased operations.


Marriott CEO Says Cutting Out Single-Use Toiletries Will Save 500 Million Plastic Bottles Per Year

Traveling is full of variables, but voyagers can usually expect two staples upon checking into a hotel room ⁠— a Bible in a drawer and miniature take-home toiletries in the bathroom.

But the world’s largest hotel chain, Marriott International, says it’s ditching the tiny shampoo, conditioner and shower gel bottles for a more sustainable approach at all its properties by December 2020.


Paradise, polluted: Cook Islands tries to clean up its tourism sector
Monga Bay

With its white sand, turquoise waters and train of dreamy desert islands just offshore, it’s not hard to see why Muri Lagoon hits the spot for holidaymakers. Situated on the east coast of Rarotonga, the largest and most populous of the Cook Islands, the lagoon is the biggest tourist attraction and collective revenue earner in the country.

But in the spring of 2015, dark patches of noxious algal bloom began spreading across Muri Lagoon’s sandy floor, clouding up its famously clear water and prompting many visitors to turn up their nose at the prospect of diving in.

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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