Trip News: May 28, 2018

Charlotte Amalie St Thomas

Trip Pulse

Fans of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood will be happy to hear of the theme park’s plans to introduce new wand magic experiences, authentic costume replicas, lunchtime menu items and the return of The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle.

The magic wand experiences at Universal Hollywood’s Harry Potter-themed land are already a major highlight for visitors, and the addition of two new spells brings the total to 15 wand experiences for guests to practice.


Trip Weekly

Eight months after hurricanes Irma and Maria tore through the U.S. Virgin Islands, 60% of their lodging units are open, according to the USVI Department of Tourism.

With 100% of the islands now with power, airport arrivals are back to 85% of what they’d been before the storms. Cruise ships, which returned to the island before most forms of tourism, are at 100%.



The latest survey from AAA finds Anchorage is the third most popular summer travel destination this year, Fairbanks is seventh. Airport operators say they are ready, thanks to the airlines.

“They’re looking to increase some capacity, we have some additional frequencies, which means additional seats,” said Anchorage airport spokesperson Trudy Wassel.

Delta Airlines says it has increased the number of seats to Alaska this year by 5 percent compared to a year ago. Plus, it offers an extra daily direct flight between Anchorage and Seattle and Salt Lake City. Delta is the only airline that responded to KTVA’s request regarding increased service to the state.



Damage to the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu was worse than expected and it will remain closed indefinitely, officials said.

Boat transportation to the attraction was suspended May 6 after one of the vessel operators noticed a crack on the outside of the memorial, Hawaii News Now reported .

Tourists were allowed to disembark at the memorial after crews completed interim repairs. But the cracks reappeared hours later, indicating a more serious issue.

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