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New Details Announced for Disney World’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

New Details Announced for Disney World’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

PATRICK CLARKE | TravelPulse.Com Troy Warren for CNT   Walt Disney World Resort has revealed additional details ahead of its 50th anniversary later this year. "The World's Most Magical Celebration" will begin October 1, 2021, kicking off an 18-month event highlighted by new entertainment and new looks for Disney's iconic characters and attractions. A new nighttime spectacular, "Disney Enchantment," will debut at Magic Kingdom on October 1, wowing guests with music, enhanced lighting, fireworks and immersive projection effects that will extend from Cinderella Castle all the way down Main Street, U.S.A.   Meanwhile, "Harmonious" will launch at EPCOT on October 1. Taking…
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Delta to hire 1,000 pilots as pandemic recovery continues

Delta to hire 1,000 pilots as pandemic recovery continues

By Kelly Yamanouchi, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Troy Warren for CNT Delta Air Lines plans to hire 1,000 pilots by next summer as it continues to recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Last year, Atlanta-based Delta cut more than 1,800 pilots from its payroll through early retirement packages and put about 1,700 junior pilots on inactive status. The cutbacks contributed to staffing issues that led Delta to cancel hundreds of flights around Thanksgiving and Christmas last year. The airline had more staffing challenges over Easter this year. Delta now has about 12,000 pilots. Operations chief John Laughter told pilots in a memo that the plan for hiring is a “positive…
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US Updates Travel Advisory Levels for Destinations in Mexico

US Updates Travel Advisory Levels for Destinations in Mexico

RICH THOMASELLI | TravelPulse.Com Troy Warren for CNT   The U.S. State Department on Friday raised the travel warnings to two states in Mexico while downgrading four other Mexican destinations. The U.S. raised its warnings from Level 2 (“Exercise Increased caution” to Level 3 (“Reconsider travel”) for Baja California and Guanajuato. Baja California, in particular, is a heavy tourist destination that includes Tijuana, Mexicali and Ensenada. The updated travel advisory cited crime and kidnapping as dangers in Baja California, according to the Mexico Daily News. “Violent crime and gang activity are common. Of particular concern is the high number of homicides…
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Florida Granted Preliminary Injunction Against CDC Cruise Restrictions

Florida Granted Preliminary Injunction Against CDC Cruise Restrictions

RICH THOMASELLI | TravelPulse.Com Troy Warren for CNT   A federal judge on Friday sided with the state of Florida’s lawsuit against the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), saying that the government agency likely exceeded its authority by issuing a Conditional Sailing Order (CSO)preventing cruise lines from sailing from Florida ports. Judge Steven Merryday issued the state a preliminary injunction against the restrictions and guidelines of the CSO, which include such mandates as taking test cruises and implementing vaccine requirements for passengers. "This order finds that Florida is highly likely to prevail on the merits of the claim that…
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Thailand Plans Mid-October Tourism Reopening

Thailand Plans Mid-October Tourism Reopening

JANEEN CHRISTOFF | TravelPulse.Com Troy Warren for CNT   Thailand is planning to reopen its borders to tourists in mid-October for those who are fully vaccinated, according to an announcement from the prime minister. “I know this decision comes with some risk because, when we open the country, there will be an increase in infections, no matter how good our precautions,” said Prayuth Chan-ocha, Prime Minister of Thailand. “But I think when we take into consideration the economic needs of the people, the time has come for us to take that calculated risk.” The mid-October opening is earlier than previously announced. Thailandwas…
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CDC Lowers Cruise Travel Warning Level

CDC Lowers Cruise Travel Warning Level

DONALD WOOD | TravelPulse.Com Troy Warren for CNT   The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lowered its travel warning for unvaccinated cruise ship passengers from Level 4 to Level 3. The CDC’s move from “Level 4: Very high level of COVID-19” to “Level 3: High level of COVID-19” recommends travelers who have received a full coronavirus vaccination should avoid river and ocean cruises. Health officials also said due to the ease of transmission in small areas, travelers with an increased risk of severe illness should not travel on cruise ships, including river cruises. The CDC update states that unvaccinated passengers who decide…
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Southwest still struggling with flight delays, cancellations

Southwest still struggling with flight delays, cancellations

By The Associated Press Troy Warren for CNT DALLAS — Passengers on Southwest Airlines had to deal with canceled flights and delays for a third day on Wednesday, as the airline tried to recover from technology problems that started earlier this week. By late afternoon Central time, Southwest had canceled nearly 400 flights and more than 1,000 were delayed, according to tracking service FlightAware. Combined, the disruptions affected 40% of the airline's schedule. Passengers took to Twitter to complain about long delays — and also report that Southwest’s online sweepstakes promotion didn’t seem to be working, either. A Southwest spokesman said…
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Face masks optional for Disney World’s vaccinated guests starting Tuesday

Face masks optional for Disney World’s vaccinated guests starting Tuesday

By The Associated Press Troy Warren for CNT Walt Disney World in Florida is making it easier to see smiles again, but guests still can’t hug the characters. Starting Tuesday, face masks will be optional for visitors to the theme park resort who are vaccinated, though Disney workers won’t require proof of vaccination, the company said on its website.   Visitors who aren’t fully vaccinated still will need to wear face masks indoors and on all rides and attractions. All visitors, whether vaccinated or not, will still be required to wear face coverings on buses, monorails and Disney Skyliner, the resort’s aerial gondola,…
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European Union Adds United States to Safe Travel List

European Union Adds United States to Safe Travel List

DONALD WOOD | TravelPulse.Com Troy Warren for CNT   The European Union announced the United States has been added to its safe travel list on Wednesday, clearing the path to make it easier for Americans to visit Europe. According to CNBC.com, ambassadors from the 27 European Union nations recommended the region allow nonessential travelers from eight new countries and territories, including the U.S., Albania, North Macedonia, Serbia, Lebanon, Taiwan, Macau and Hong Kong. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen revealed in April that fully vaccinated American tourists would likely be welcomed to the EU by the summer, but Wednesday’s changes made the details…
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Allianz Predicts Record-Breaking Spending on Summer Travel

Allianz Predicts Record-Breaking Spending on Summer Travel

PATRICK CLARKE | TravelPulse.Com Troy Warren for CNT   Allianz Partners USA has released its 13th annual Vacation Confidence Index, predicting that American travelers will spend a jaw-dropping $153.7 billion on summer vacation in 2021. The impressive figure marks a 160 percent increase over last year's pandemic-stricken season and a surprising 50 percent increase over the summer of 2019 long before the COVID-19 crisis came into frame. Each individual household is expected to spend an average of $2,122 on summer vacation this year, based on Allianz's research, which is up considerably from $1,888 last year and $2,037 in 2019. Plus, six out…
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