Trip News: June 8, 2018

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Trip Weekly

Carnival Corp. has made an investment in Alaska that includes ownership of the White Pass & Yukon Route excursion railroad in Skagway.

On its website, the railroad says it is Alaska’s most popular shore excursion, carrying 400,000 passengers in 2014. It operates a rail fleet of 20 diesel-electric locomotives, 70 restored and replica parlor cars and two steam locomotives. The oldest rail car dates to 1883.

Carnival said it entered into a purchase and sale agreement to acquire TWC Enterprises Limited’s division that includes the railroad, along with port and retail operations in Skagway, for $290 million.

 


Trip Pulse

Air Canada announced Thursday it has started offering next-generation satellite connectivity on its wide-body international fleet with the introduction of Air Canada Wi-Fi provided by Gogo.

Launched on Air Canada’s Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, the Wi-Fi service will be the fastest available on any Canadian airline and the only carrier from the Great White North to offer customers the ability to stream TV and movies in-flight through the internet.

Officials revealed the entire Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge wide-body fleet is scheduled to be equipped with the new Wi-Fi system by the middle of 2019. The airline also plans to offer customers connectivity through a ground-based system on their narrow-body Airbus A319/320/321, Embraer 175/190 and Bombardier CRJ-900 aircraft traveling within North America.

 


Chicago Tribune

As Chicago hotels gear up for the busy summer tourist season, they are pushing to meet a July 1 deadline to supply their housekeepers with panic buttons.

The portable buttons, mandated in an ordinance that won unanimous City Council approval in October, allow employees to instantly summon help if they are sexually assaulted or harassed by a guest – a job hazard worker advocates say is more common than most people realize.

The state hotel association has requested an extension of the deadline, concerned that implementation is proving more costly and complicated than anticipated. But some local hoteliers have embraced the responsibility.

 


Pew Research Center

It’s summertime, which means Americans are embarking on vacation trips to destinations near and far. One getaway in the “far” category would be a trip to space, something a host of private companies are trying to make possible. But it’s not an excursion that appeals to everyone – more U.S. adults say they would not want to orbit the Earth than say they would, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.

 

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