Travel News: May 4, 2018

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Rome rises to AAA’s top international destination this summer
Travel Weekly

Orlando is once again the top U.S. domestic summer travel destination, says AAA, while Rome has climbed a few spots to become the top international destination.

Honolulu climbed from No. 4 to No. 2 this year. Anchorage dropped one spot to No. 3, while Seattle dropped one spot to No. 4.

Los Angeles and Anaheim, remained in position No. 5, while Maui moved up one spot to No. 6. Fairbanks fell one spot to No. 7, Las Vegas remained No. 8, Boston rose to No. 9 from No. 13, and Salt Lake City rose from 14 to 10.

 

United Airlines bans dozens of dog and cat breeds from cargo hold under new pet travel policy
Los Angeles Times

In response to the controversial death of a dog on a United Airlines flight in March, the carrier is overhauling its pet travel policy, including banning the transport of dozens of breeds of dogs and cats in the cargo compartment.

Passengers can still bring small pets, including many of the breeds banned in cargo, into the cabin if the animal’s carrier fits under the seat without obstructing passengers from exiting.

The new policy doesn’t address service animals and emotional support animals. It also appears to effectively ban some fully grown large breeds, including Mastiffs and some bulldogs, since they won’t be allowed in the cargo hold and would appear to not fit under a seat in the cabin.

 

Hotels are killing one of travelers’ favorite perks
Business Insider

Hotels are ditching one of the best perks of traveling: the tiny toiletries visitors receive for free.

Hundreds of hotels owned by the largest hospitality companies in the world are swapping mini shampoo and conditioner bottles for larger bottles attacked to the bathroom wall, The Wall Street Journal reports.

“Marriott is switching to larger bottles in wall-mounted racks in 450 hotels at five brands and plans to expand to 1,500 hotels in North America by January,” The Journal’s Scott McCartney writes. “InterContinental Hotels Group is rolling out wall-mounted bulk dispensers at four brands this year. IHG’s upscale Kimpton brand already uses big bottles in showers.”

There are environmental reasons to ditch the tiny bottles. And, hotels told McCartney that many families were looking for more toiletries in the room to allow everyone to properly wash their hair.

 

Viking Announces Longest Continuous World Cruise
Travel Pulse

Viking Cruises announced Tuesday it will launch the longest continuous world cruise itinerary in history with the new Ultimate World Cruise, which will span 245 days, six continents, 59 countries and 113 ports.

The eight-month world cruise on the Viking Sun departs from London August 31, 2019, but travelers have the option to sail one of two shorter segments during the voyage. The shorter itineraries include Viking World Treasures, a 127-day sailing from London to Los Angeles that visits 33 countries and 61 ports, or Viking World Wonders, a 119-day journey from Los Angeles to London that visits 29 countries and 55 ports.

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