Travel News: October 22, 2019

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Kimpton Coming to Key West in 2020
Travel Pulse

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants will open a new hotel collection in historic Key West, Florida, early 2020.

Kimpton Key West will offer a gateway to the island’s varied experiences, from live music to shopping, sailing, sport-fishing and beyond. There will be five separate hotels located in Key West’s historic Old Town district.

 

Thomas Cook collapse creates hotel crisis in Spain and Greece
Travel Weekly

Spain and Greece are scrambling to mitigate the economic impact of Thomas Cook’s collapse, which has dealt a major blow to hotels.

The demise of Thomas Cook Airlines, which transported many Brits to Spain on scheduled and charter flights, has left some destinations with significantly less airlift. Meanwhile, hotels and resorts that had relied heavily on Thomas Cook’s wholesale business to sell the bulk of their inventory are now facing financial insolvency.

 

World’s longest nonstop flight touches down in Sydney 19 hours after departing from New York
CBS News

Qantas Airlines completed a record-breaking commercial flight Sunday morning when one of its Boeing 787-9s landed in Sydney at 7:42 a.m. local time after a nonstop journey from New York. The total trip took 19 hours and 15 minutes.

The survey flight, the first time the two cities have been connected by air in one go, is part of Project Sunrise, Qantas’ effort to push the limits of commercial flying. Though the Australian airline is well-versed on operating long-haul routes, connecting Sydney and Melbourne to both New York and London has up until now remained outside the airline’s grasp.

 

Space Tourism Price War Begins Before First Flight
The Motley Fool

Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin says its mission is to provide “safe, reliable and frequent access to space … by lowering the cost of access to space with operationally reusable launch vehicles” — including its New Shepard reusable suborbital rocketship for space tourism.

Virgin Galactic has a reusable spaceship of its own: the SpaceShipTwo, a hypersonic spaceplane launched midair from a WhiteKnightTwo airplane mothership. Virgin Galactic has already begun taking reservations, and is publishing a firm price for its tickets — $250,000.

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