Travel News: October 21, 2019

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Marriott International Announces Purchase of Elegant Hotels Group
Travel Pulse

Marriott International announced Friday it had reached an agreement to purchase the Elegant Hotels Group for approximately $199 million.

Elegant owns and operates seven hotels with 588 rooms and a beachfront restaurant on the island of Barbados, with the majority of the properties operating as all-inclusive resorts along the Platinum Coast of the island.


JetBlue, Norwegian Air ink interline agreement
Travel Weekly

JetBlue is expanding its Europe connectivity ahead of plans to begin its own transatlantic flights in 2021.

On Thursday, JetBlue signed a letter of intent to interline with discount carrier Norwegian Air. Connecting itineraries between the carriers for summer 2020 and beyond are expected to be available for purchase on the JetBlue and Norwegian websites and via the GDSs early next year, the airlines said.


Hong Kong protests catastrophic for tourism, but visitors who go find deals, no lines
USA Today

The impact of the protests on tourism is verging on catastrophic for Hong Kong, one of the world’s great destinations and geared up to receive 65 million visitors a year.

On Victoria Peak, restaurants with knock-out nighttime views of the city’s neon-lit skyscrapers stand empty. The snaking lines of tourists for the clicketty-clacketty 19th-century tram to the top are now just a memory.


A selfie ban in the Czech Republic is the latest effort to combat bad tourist behavior
Washington Post

Next year, the Czech Republic chapel known as the “Church of Bones” will enforce stricter rules to curb a rise in inappropriate and derogatory photographs, Czech news agency CTK reported. According to the Sedlec Ossuary’s parish director, Radka Krejci, tourists have been taking insensitive selfies and manipulating bones to stage more interesting photos, desecrating a holy site that draws hundreds of thousands of tourists annually.

The crackdown is part of a trend that’s likely only to grow at the planet’s main points of interest as people travel internationally more than ever.

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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