Travel News: February 18, 2020

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‘Scarlet Lady’ Is First Cruise Ship to Be Constructed Carbon-Neutral
Travel Pulse
On the heels of Scarlet Lady’s delivery ceremony yesterday, Virgin Voyages today announced that the impressive new vessel has officially reached completion.
The first to be delivered out of a fleet of four ‘Lady Ships,’ and flagship to the new cruise line by Virgin Group, Scarlet Lady will now make her way into open waters from the Fincantieri shipyard in Genoa, Italy. Then, sailing away from her new homeport in Miami on April 1, 2020, she’ll officially embark on her maiden voyage.

RCCL’s redeployed ships to offer free cruises to first responders
Travel Weekly
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCCL) said it would offer of complimentary cruises to emergency responders in Australia and the U.S. and, later, China, using its ships previously scheduled to sail in China and Asia.
“When things go wrong, this is a company that wants to find a way to help,” Fain said in a statement. “At Royal Caribbean, we consider ourselves fortunate to be able to use our ships in a positive way during difficult times.

Mexico to Reportedly Limit New Hotel Growth in Cancun
Travel Pulse
The Mexican publication Reportur.mx has indicated that Fonatur (Mexico’s National Tourism Promotion Fund) and the Mexican government are, for the first time, engaging in discussions about limiting hotel growth in the tourism hotspot of Cancun.
Together, through a Master Development Plan and the State Territorial Planning Program, the authorities will reportedly be conducting a feasibility study for approximately 14,000 Quintana Roo hotel rooms that have applied for construction authorization in Cancun, in the state of Quintana Roo, but are still pending.

Coronavirus could be knockout blow for Hong Kong’s once-thriving tourism, retail sectors
Reuters
The coronavirus, which has killed more than 1,700 people across the border in mainland China and one of 60 patients in Hong Kong, has reduced tourist arrivals to a trickle and kept residents away from shops at a time when the city is mired in its first recession in a decade.

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