Trip News: February 8, 2018

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The Independent

Are you sitting comfortably? You might be but on planes these days you might also be feeling lonely, with your partner, friends or colleagues seated some distance away. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced a consultation into airlines’ seating policies, following a survey in which 18 per cent of passengers said they had been separated from their travelling companions when they chose not to pay to sit together.

Andrew Haines, chief executive of the CAA, said: “Airline seating practices are clearly causing some confusion for consumers. Airlines are within their rights to charge for allocated seats, but if they do so it must be done in a fair, transparent way.



One of New York City’s most exciting new hotels won’t be in Brooklyn or midtown Manhattan. No, it will be on Governor’s Island, one of the city’s most beautiful green spaces with views of the skyline and Statue of Liberty — and where there’s rarely been the chance to stay overnight before.

This May, the 172-acre, seasonal destination off the tip of lower Manhattan will see the opening of a hotel from Collective Retreats, a brand with properties in rural destinations including Hudson Valley, Montana, and Texas Hill Country. Collective Retreats is known for its high-end glamping tents, which highlight the outdoor lifestyle and connect their guests to nature and the destination.


Trip Weekly

Azamara Club Cruises has formed an entertainment partnership with the Broadway cabaret Feinstein’s/54 Below, which will create a version of the club on Azamara ships called 54 Below At Sea.

RWS Entertainment Group will transform the Cabaret Lounge on Azamara’s ships to reflect the “elegant and intimate” Feinstein’s/54 Below performance space in New York, Azamara said.

The lounge will serve drinks inspired by Feinstein’s/54 Below signature cocktails, and mimic its service style and ambience.



Along the heavily fortified border between North and South Korea, the Olympic thaw in relations has led to more tourists and VIPs and fewer security incidents, tour operators and international soldiers stationed there say.

The demilitarized zone (DMZ) offers visitors coming to South Korea for the Winter Olympics a surreal mix of doomsday military installations and tourist attractions, where gift shops and tour buses mix with razor wire, land mines and massive “rock drops” rigged with explosives to block roads for invading North Korean armies. (

Tourists can gawk at bullet holes that still mark the site where a North Korean soldier dramatically defected across the border at the Joint Security Area (JSA) in Panmunjom in November, under fire from his former comrades.

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