Travel News: October 14, 2019

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New Report From Safety Experts Slams Boeing, FAA Over 737 MAX
Travel Pulse

A long-awaited report from an independent group of international aviation safety experts blasted both the Boeing Co. and the Federal Aviation Administration on Friday, the former for development flaws in the aircraft and the latter for lax oversight in certifying the 737 MAX to fly.

The 737 MAX has been grounded worldwide since March, when two separate flights involving the aircraft crashed, killing a total of 346 passengers and crew.


Hard Rock Hotel collapses on Canal Street, New Orleans

Several construction workers had to run to safety on Saturday morning as a large portion of the Hard Rock Hotel, which has been under construction for the last several months, came crashing down suddenly.

It was not immediately clear what caused the collapse or if anyone was injured.


Barcelona tourist tax initiative draws ire from hotel industry
El Pais

Barcelona’s city council has agreed to ask the parliament of Catalonia for the right to apply a local surcharge to a regional tourist tax that has been in place since 2012.

The issue of tourist taxes is something of a hornet’s nest in a country where the only other region to charge visitors is the Balearics, home to the popular islands of Ibiza and Mallorca.

Tourist taxes are charged in many European countries and years of experience show that tourism arrivals are not significantly affected, but the Spanish hotel industry remains a vocal opponent of the move.


Japan, Thailand and Singapore benefit as Chinese tourists skip Hong Kong over golden week
South China Morning Post

Fewer Chinese travellers went overseas during “golden week” this year – but for those who did, Japan, Thailand and Singapore were the top-ranked destinations as tourists from the mainland gave Hong Kong a miss, according to China’s largest travel company Ctrip.

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