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DAILY BULLETIN
May 1, 2017
Disney’s Pandora: The
World of Avatar is a
full-on sensory experience
The new land at Disney World’s Animal Kingdom, which opens May 27, is a place where guests will want to take their time and explore, day and night.
Legislature slashes Visit Florida’s funding to $25 million
The tourism-promotion organization’s 2016 budget was $75 million.
United Airlines promises
a ‘culture shift’
Travel agents said they will wait and see if the carrier’s policy changes, including new procedures for overbooking and involuntary removals, will improve customer service.
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INSIGHT BY MICHELLE BARAN
New ships mean new
port calls in the U.S.
River cruise lines are promising to take passengers to places they’ve never sailed before, from the Erie Canal to the outskirts of Chicago.
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IN THE HOT SEAT
Marriott International’s
Arne Sorenson
The CEO spoke about the conflicts of populism and travel in the Trump/Brexit era.
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Chicago O’Hare security chief
fired weeks after United flub
The Department of Aviation gave no reason for Jeffrey Redding’s termination.
South African Airways,
Hawaiian enter interlining pact
The partnership will enable flyers to make convenient connections on a single ticket between Honolulu and over 75 destinations in Africa via New York.
Glass elevator will take guests to bottom of gorge near Kruger
Visitors will be transported roughly 170 feet to the bottom of South Africa’s Graskop Gorge, into a pristine forest environment.
St. Regis brand to enter
Los Cabos market in 2021
The 120-room hotel will be part of the Quivira master-planned residential community.
Alaska and Virgin America
moving to JFK Terminal 7
The carriers will consolidate their operations at the New York airport by October.
TripAdvisor adds IHG’s inventory to instant-booking feature
The travel-review site’s “Book Now" feature gains almost 5,200 hotels, including the Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express brands.
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