Travel News: March 16, 2018

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Japan’s railway operators use local attractions to draw foreign tourists
Kyodo News Plus

Japanese railway operators are making the most of local sightseeing spots along their routes to attract more foreign tourists, with social media proving an excellent promotional tool.

At Gotokuji Temple located on Tokyu Corp.’s Setagaya Line in Tokyo, foreign tourists snapped shots of a cluster of “Maneki-neko” beckoning-cat dolls. The temple is known for its extensive collection of the beckoning cats, a good-luck charm believed to bring prosperity to shop owners in Japan.


Chicago, American Airlines reach deal on O’Hare expansion
Travel Weekly

American Airlines is now onboard with the city of Chicago’s plan for an $8.5 billion, eight-year renovation and expansion of O’Hare airport.

“The mayor [Rahm Emanuel] and his team worked tirelessly and creatively to structure an agreement that keeps competition thriving at O’Hare,” American CEO Doug Parker said in a statement Thursday. “We look forward to growing at O’Hare in the years to come.”

American sparked headlines earlier this month by refusing to participate in the lease agreement that Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Aviation negotiated with air carriers to lay the groundwork for the expansion project. Both American and United maintain hubs at O’Hare, though Chicago-based United is the airport’s largest tenant.


AAA: Millennials taking more family trips, boosting travel expectation for future
St. George Daily Spectrum

Millennials are embracing family travel, which could translate into economic growth in tourism-heavy destinations like Southern Utah, according to new research by the auto club AAA.

In fact, Millennial travel is expected to accelerate this year, according to the report, which showed 44 percent of Millennials are planning a family getaway this year.

That means the Millennial generation is for the first time more likely than any other to take a family trip. By comparison, 39 percent of respondents from Generation X and just 32 percent of Baby Boomers travel plans.


Black Tomato Brings Luxury to Bolivia’s Otherworldly Landscapes
Robb Report

When it comes to dreaming up (and actually executing) bucket-list-level excursions into some of the most far-flung parts of the world, you would be hard-pressed to find a company that does it better than Black Tomato. The luxury travel outfitter is known for creating bespoke and highly personalized itineraries for clients, ranging from exclusive tours through Europe’s most beloved cities to treks through untamed nature designed to test the limits of even the most intrepid travelers. Now, the company is bringing its unique mix of luxury service and outdoor savvy to the dramatic and often otherworldly landscapes of Bolivia.

Blink in Bolivia, an extension of the brand’s Blink itineraries, launched in late 2016 and has Black Tomato’s team of experts working closely with guests to design and build luxe temporary accommodations almost anywhere in the world, giving them once-in-a-lifetime access to untouched places like the banks of Cambodia’s Mekong River, the foothills of Argentina, and the coasts of Oman. Typically, the accommodations built for the Blink excursions are dismantled and removed after guests have gone home, leaving little to no trace on the pristine environments in which they were built. But in Bolivia, the igloo-like structures created by the brand will remain standing from August through October, giving more travelers a chance to immerse themselves into typically inaccessible areas of the country.

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By: Matt Long

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