Travel News: October 2, 2019

St Thomas USVI sunset

Radisson Hotel Group Signs Groundbreaking Deal to Enter New Zealand
Travel Pulse

Four agreements with subsidiaries of NZ Horizons Limited and Remarkables Hotel Limited, the privately-owned companies specializing in hotel development in New Zealand’s South Island, will lead to the launch of brand-new Radisson Blu and Radisson RED hotels in Queenstown, and Radisson Blu and Park Inn by Radisson hotels at Lake Tekapo.

The four new properties are scheduled to open in 2021 and 2022, adding a total of 777 comfortable, well-appointed rooms and an array of international amenities to New Zealand’s booming hospitality sector.


Worries rise over shrinking airline seats as passengers grow older and wider
The Dallas Morning News

As airlines shrink seat widths and legroom, the FAA is ready to investigate if shrinking space on airplanes is becoming a safety risk.

After pushes from groups such as American Airlines’ flight attendants union, FAA deputy administrator Daniel Elwell said the agency will hold tests in November on seat sizes and how it impacts evacuating commercial aircraft in emergencies.


The Baht Is ‘Frightening’ Thailand’s Tourism Industry

One of the main groups monitoring Thailand’s tourism industry said it’s too early to expect a revival in the sector despite a recent spike in arrivals.

The strength of the baht is the biggest impediment to wooing more holidaymakers, the Tourism Council of Thailand said Monday. It revised down its estimate for foreign tourist numbers to 39.7 million this year, from an earlier projection of more than 40 million.


Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas reopening ahead of schedule
Travel Weekly

The Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas will reopen a week earlier than planned, on Nov. 22. The hotel has undergone an extensive $100 million restoration and renovation.

Originally scheduled to reopen Dec. 1, the 180-room hotel has been shuttered since hurricanes Irma and Maria damaged it in late 2017.

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