Trip News: May 30, 2018

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Trip Pulse

Tourists arriving by air in the Dominican Republic no longer have to pay a $10 entry fee in cash upon arrival. The fee is now included in the airfare.

The move eases the arrival process by shortening the time spent in airport customs.


USA Today

Alaska Airlines and Southwest Airlines are the USA’s top U.S. carriers, according to J.D. Power. If it seems like you’ve heard that before, it’s because you have.

Alaska Airlines was finished atop the annual J.D. Power customer service satisfaction survey of “traditional” North American carriers for the 11th consecutive year. Southwest was named best among low-cost airlines, finishing No. 1 for the second year in a year since unseating JetBlue in 2016. (Scroll down for a full list of the airline ratings)


Hotel Management

InterContinental Hotels Group and Thai real estate company Ratanakorn Asset have signed eight new properties in Thailand to open between now and 2027. The properties will be in the key resort destinations of Pattaya, Rayong, Phuket, Khao Lak and Koh Samui.

The signing, which includes new-builds and a conversion across the Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Staybridge Suites brands, will add more than 2,000 guestrooms. The new projects, which will expand IHG’s portfolio of 26 hotels in the country, align with the Thai government’s recent investment initiative. “Recognizing the Thai Government’s Eastern Economic Corridor project is set to fuel growth across many industries, including tourism, we took a very strategic approach at selecting, not only the location of these new developments, but the international hotel brand with which we would partner to make bolstering our hospitality portfolio here in Thailand a success,” Niti Ruangratanakorn, president of Ratanakorn Asset, said in a statement.


The Guardian

Partying tourists in Amsterdam are being sent a sobering new message: antisocial behaviour will be met with on-the-spot fines. The Enjoy and Respect campaign has been launched jointly by the city’s marketing body, council, police and hospitality industries, in an effort to point out that even in a city that is all about freedom, nuisance tourism has a price.

The campaign is targeting the city’s most troublesome tourists: British and Dutch men aged 18-34, who visit “to go wild and party all night”. By pointing out existing fines and providing police and enforcement officers with mobile, on-the-spot payment equipment, it hopes to hit them financially.

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