Trip News: August 6, 2018

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Trip Weekly

The TSA is considering ending screening of passengers at smaller airports across the country to focus security efforts at the largest airports.

It is unclear how advanced the proposal is and whether it will ever be adopted.

Still, aviation-security experts reacted with alarm, saying that dropping security at smaller airports could make those flights an inviting target for terrorists.

Who would have predicted the extraordinary scenes that took place in Harare following last November’s bloodless military coup? Overnight, after 37 years of misrule, Zimbabweans were dancing in the streets and President Robert Mugabe was toast.

His successor Emmerson Mnangagwa vowed to lead the country back into the light, promising an end to the bad old days that had crippled its once proud tourist industry. Now the violence surrounding the latest elections has put Zimbabwe’s future on hold and visitors will again be asking if this is the right time to go there.



Another cruise company is planning a voyage through the Northeast Passage — the little-traveled Arctic sea route across the top of Russia.

Silversea Expeditions says its 144-passenger Silver Explorer will cross the remote, icy waterway on an east-to-west routing in 2019. It’ll be the company’s first foray into the passage, which has seen few transits by vessels with tourists.

Silver Explorer will begin the 5,019-mile journey in Nome, Alaska on Aug. 10, 2019 and finish the trip 25 days later in Tromsø, Norway.


Trip Pulse

Mandarin Oriental Hotels Group has a small worldwide footprint that allows for the management company to maintain a high standard of luxury. With a limited number of hotels in the portfolio, it’s no small announcement whenever a new property joins the brand.

The newest hotel to become a Mandarin Oriental will be the Casta Diva Resort & Spa, Lake Como, which will close for a renovation and reopen as the Mandarin Oriental, Lake Como in the Spring of 2019. The hotel will be the brand’s second property in Italy, complementing the existing Milan property, and it will also be the first Mandarin Oriental Resort in Western Europe.

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