Travel News: May 11, 2018

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Travelers paid airlines a record $4.6 billion last year to check their luggage

Many travelers aren’t packing light, a habit that’s a boon to airlines.

Travelers paid U.S. commercial carriers a record $4.57 billion last year in checked bag fees, according to a U.S. Department of Transportation report released Monday.

It’s an eye-popping figure, but the pace of growth from 2016 to 2017 — 6 percent — is less than half of that from 2015 to 2016. While some passengers may have decided to wear a dress or shirt more than once on a vacation to avoid packing too much, or are using some co-branded credit cards to get a free checked bag, travelers may still find on some trips they’ll have to pay up to check their suitcases.


Vacation usage rises, but 52% leave time on the table
Travel Weekly

Americans’ vacation usage is the highest it has been since 2010, according to the U.S. Travel Association’s annual “Project: Time Off” survey.

Project: Time Off’s annual survey of more than 4,000 American workers about their vacation habits found that American workers took an average of 17.2 vacation days in 2017, an increase of 0.4 days over 2016. This marks the highest level for American vacation usage since 2010 (when the average was 17.5 days) and a more than full-day increase since Americans’ vacation usage bottomed out at an average of 16 days in 2014.


Silverseas’ Silver Spirit Gets A Makeover
Travel Pulse

Silversea’s Silver Spirit has left the Fincantieri shipyard in Palermo, Italy some 49 feet longer than when she arrived.

The newly-enhanced ship underwent a complex lengthening and refurbishment project.

During the nearly two-month dry dock, Silver Spirit’s hull was cut in half. She was lengthened with the insertion of a pre-built section and renovated extensively.

TravelPulse was among invited guests who witnessed the actual hull cutting and placement of the midsection at the shipyard.


Tourism Australia Targets High-Spending Consumers With New Premium Strategy

The Land Down Under is going upmarket.

Recognizing an opportunity to attract more high-spending consumers, Tourism Australia is rolling out a new premium strategy, showcasing the country’s quintessentially Australian style of barefoot luxury.

“We are looking to increase the focus on the markets with the greatest opportunity,” said John O’Sullivan, managing director of Tourism Australia.

Those markets include high-end travelers hailing from the United States, the United Kingdom and China. China has largest overall spend in Australia, although travelers from the U.S. and the U.K. spend more per capita.

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