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How Greater Miami Successfully Weathered the Pandemic

How Greater Miami Successfully Weathered the Pandemic

CLAUDETTE COVEY | TravelPulse.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Travel   When the pandemic took root in March 2020, Miami hit the ground running with creative strategies to bolster its tourism industry, efforts that are clearly paying off. “We have gone through many crises in this community – 9/11, the Zika virus, oil spills and multiple hurricanes – and consistently we have rebounded quicker than other destinations, and I think that speaks not only to the tourism industry but the resiliency of this community and our DNA,” said Rolando Aedo, chief operating officer of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau. “The…
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US Announces Reopening Date for Vaccinated International Travelers

US Announces Reopening Date for Vaccinated International Travelers

DONALD WOOD | TravelPulse.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Travel   The United States government announced it would lift international travel restrictions on fully vaccinated foreign nationals arriving via land borders and commercial airlines, effective November 8. According to Reuters.com, the U.S. will soon allow fully vaccinated foreign air travelers from the 26 Schengen countries in Europe—including France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and Greece—as well as Britain, Ireland, China, India, South Africa, Iran and Brazil. Foreign travelers will need to show proof of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-approved vaccination and a recent negative COVID-19 test before boarding a flight to America.…
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Richard Branson’s Virgin Hotels New Orleans Opens in the Big Easy

Richard Branson’s Virgin Hotels New Orleans Opens in the Big Easy

 LAURIE BARATTI | TravelPulse.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Travel   Virgin Hotels New Orleans, the latest addition to Sir Richard Branson’s expanding brand of lifestyle hotels, celebrated its official grand opening with much fanfare on Thursday evening. St. Augustine High School's internationally acclaimed marching band, the ‘Marching 100’, provided the pomp and circumstance upon arriving from nearby Lafayette Square. Branson even donned a blue-and-gold drum major’s uniform, took up a ceremonial baton and led the procession himself. The lively marching parade concluded in front of Branson’s brand-new, $80-million luxury hotel, located in New Orleans’ Central Business District. There, Virgin Hotels Chief…
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Southwest cancels and delays hundreds of flights nationwide. Here’s what happened

Southwest cancels and delays hundreds of flights nationwide. Here’s what happened

Melissa Yeager | Laura Daniella Sepulveda | Haleigh Kochanski | Arizona Republic Troy Warren for CNT #Travel   If you're flying Southwest Airlines this weekend, make sure to check your flight before you leave for the airport. An air traffic control issue combined with weather delays on the East Coast have caused problems across the airline's network, forcing the Dallas-based carrier to delay and cancel hundreds of flights.  By Saturday afternoon, the flight-tracking website Flight Aware showed Southwest with 568 cancellations and 717 delayed flights nationwide.  "Air Traffic Control (ATC) issues and disruptive weather have resulted in a high volume of cancellations throughout the weekend as we work to recover our…
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Airlines Expecting Busy Holiday Travel Season After Slow September

Airlines Expecting Busy Holiday Travel Season After Slow September

DONALD WOOD | TravelPulse.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Travel   Airlines in the United States are looking for an uptick in demand heading toward the winter holiday travel period after the Delta variant slowed the momentum created during a strong summer season. According to Reuters.com, a study by Raymond James of the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) seven-day average passenger screening data showed that travel demand has improved from the lows in mid-September. Passenger totals were down in September as the coronavirus variant slowed down new bookings and drove up cancellations. As confirmed cases continue to drop, passengers are becoming more confident and looking…
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Carnival Outlines Ship Restarts For January & February 2022

Carnival Outlines Ship Restarts For January & February 2022

THERESA NORTON | TravelPulse.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Travel   Carnival Cruise Line outlined which ships will resume cruising in January and February as it works toward the return of its full fleet sailing from U.S. homeports in spring 2022. Seventeen ships are scheduled to be operating by year’s end, and Carnival Sunshine will restart from Charleston on Jan. 13 and Carnival Liberty from Port Canaveral on Feb. 11. Carnival’s operations will cover the following homeports and ships by February, and represents 90 percent of Carnival’s U.S.-based capacity: -- Galveston: Carnival Breeze, Carnival Dream and Carnival Vista -- Miami: Carnival Freedom, Carnival…
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Australia Announces Plan to Reopen International Travel

Australia Announces Plan to Reopen International Travel

DONALD WOOD | TravelPulse.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Travel   Australia announced on Friday that’s its COVID-related international travel banwill be gradually lifted, starting in November. According to Reuters.com, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison revealed that reopening the international border for citizens and permanent residents would be part of the country’s home quarantine program across its eight states and territories. The first phase of the reopening process will focus on citizens and permanent residents being permitted to leave Australia after an 18-month closure, with further phases expected to eventually allow foreign travelers to visit the country. As part of the plan, fully vaccinated Australians…
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Disney Announces Opening Date for Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser

Disney Announces Opening Date for Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser

DONALD WOOD | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Travel Officials from the Walt Disney World Resort announced Thursday that its upcoming Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser attraction is scheduled to debut on March 1, 2022. General bookings for the Star Wars attraction open on October 28, but Disney Vacation Club members, Disney Passholders and Disney Visa Cardmembers should be on the lookout for a special booking opportunity in the coming weeks. During a 50th anniversary celebration event, Disney crew members revealed new details of the first-of-its-kind vacation experience, which transports guests on a two-night adventure onboard a Halcyon starcruiser. Visitors will…
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American Queen Steamboat Co. Is Now American Queen Voyages

American Queen Steamboat Co. Is Now American Queen Voyages

THERESA NORTON | TravelPulse.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Travel   American Queen Steamboat Co., which purchased Victory Cruise Lines in 2018, has merged those two brands under the new umbrella brand name of American Queen Voyages. The new brand also will encompass the company’s expedition product to launch in April 2022 in Alaska and Central America. Part of Hornblower Group, American Queen Voyages is comprised of American Queen Voyages River, American Queen Voyages Lakes & Ocean (encompassing the Victory fleet) and American Queen Voyages Expedition. The 202-passenger Victory ships – formerly Victory I and Victory II – are being renamed Ocean…
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Delta pushes airlines to share no-fly lists names

Delta pushes airlines to share no-fly lists names

By Kelly Yamanouchi, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Troy Warren for CNT #Travel #Business Delta Air Lines shared with the Federal Aviation Administration the names of more than 600 passengers it has banned for unruly behavior, and asked other airlines to also share their no-fly lists. “A list of banned customers doesn’t work as well if that customer can fly with another airline,” Atlanta-based Delta wrote in a memo in advance of a Congressional hearing this week on air rage. The airline said sharing of no-fly lists would “further protect airline employees across the industry.” Such a practice could increase the ramifications of bad behavior on planes.…
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