Two major resort reopenings on Anguilla — the Four Seasons and the Reef by CuisinArt — signal another milestone in the island’s recovery from Hurricane Irma last September.
The 181-room Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla, the largest private employer on the island, reopened on March 23, marking “an exceptionally good day on the island, following months of restoration,” said Vince Parrotta, Four Seasons’ president of hotel operations in the Americas.
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Our readers love Boracay, an island in the Philippines that has the kind of powdery white beaches and see-your-feet-clear water that inspires island cliches. It topped our Readers’ Choice Awards list of best islands in the world in 2017. Unfortunately, the tiny stretch of sand—just under four square miles—is a victim of its own growing popularity. With 2.1 million tourists arriving in 2017 alone (spending more than $1 billion), Boracay now has to contend with environmental degradation, traffic congestion, insufficient solid waste management, illegal construction, property disputes, illegal fishing…to name a few.
To future-proof Boracay’s natural beauty, the government has announced an unprecedented six-month closure of the island, set to begin next month and last through September, though an end date hasn’t yet been confirmed.
Alaska’s cruise season starts in May and this year promises to be the busiest the region has experienced. More cruise lines are heading there and the major players – Princess and Holland America Line – are sending a record number of ships.
CLIA Alaska estimates 1,165,500 passengers will cruise the Last Frontier in 2018, up from just over a million last year. CLIA Australasia says it’s an increasingly popular destination for Australian cruisers and numbers increased by 25 per cent in 2016.
The German National Tourism Board has announced that it accepts cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin for its services. The organization promotes German travel destinations with offices in 32 countries around the world. GNTB also intends to implement blockchain technologies in its finances. “We want to be a global innovation driver in the tourism industry,” its chairperson recently stated.
Services offered by the German National Tourism Board (GNTB) can now be paid in cryptocurrency. The organization which promotes Germany as a travel destination accepts bitcoin payments from March this year, according to a press release. It also announced “medium-term” plans to test blockchain technologies in the processing of its international financial transactions.