Trip News: April 5, 2018

Blue Lagoon Iceland

Iceland Monitor

Construction of a new bathing site in Snæfellsnes will begin next year. It’s called the Red Lagoon and will be located on the land called Eiðhús.


Trip Weekly

The State Department wants to require all U.S. visa applicants to submit their social media usernames, previous email addresses and phone numbers, vastly expanding the Trump administration’s enhanced vetting of potential immigrants and visitors.

In documents to be published in Friday’s Federal Register, the department said it wants the public to comment on the proposed new requirements, which will affect nearly 15 million foreigners who apply for visas to enter the U.S. each year. Previously, social media, email and phone number histories were only sought from applicants identified for extra scrutiny, such as those who have traveled to areas controlled by terrorist organizations. An estimated 65,000 people per year are in that category.



Hotels jostling for visibility on TripAdvisor can now buy their way to the top through the platform’s Sponsored Placements offering.

With Sponsored Placements, accommodations providers can purchase sponsored listings that live above search results to increase views to their properties as well as drive booking referrals.

Hotels subscribed to TripAdvisor’s Business Advantage program can operate the campaign by choosing among three monthly cost-per-click budget options, though customizable budgets will be available in the future.


USA Today

Alaska Airlines is ending service on several California routes as it looks to both cut underperforming routes and harmonize its schedule with merger partner Virgin America.

Four routes are from San Francisco, where non-stops to Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Minneapolis/St. Paul and Mexico City will end by mid-June. Another San Francisco route  — to Cancun — ended this month.

Two routes from Southern California — Los Angeles-Orlando and San Diego-Mexico City — will be discontinued by summer.

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