Trip News: August 16, 2018

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Trip Pulse

As North Korea prepares for the country’s 70th-anniversary celebration, officials have stopped issuing tourist visas for foreign travelers.

According to Channel News Asia, officials in Pyongyang suspended visits by Chinese tour groups, including the popular Koryo Tours, and froze all tourist visa applications currently being processed as North Korea prepares for the 70th anniversary of the nation’s formation.


Trip Weekly

Viking River Cruises is no longer allowing new bookings for passengers under the age of 18, becoming the only river cruise line to do so.

Viking quietly updated its policy on the terms-and-conditions page on its website, which states that for all Viking river cruises booked after Aug. 1, 2018, embarking passengers must be 18 years old. Passengers under the age of 18 may still board a Viking river cruise through the end of 2019 if the cruise was booked prior to Aug. 1, 2018.


USA Today

JetBlue Airways’ “TrueBlue” frequent-flier program topped the list for customer satisfaction for the second consecutive year.

That’s according to J.D. Power, which revealed its 2018 Airline Loyalty Program Satisfaction Study on Wednesday. It’s the second year that the group looked specifically at airline loyalty programs, a study that’s in addition to J.D. Power’s long-running overall customer-satisfaction ratings for airlines.


Los Angeles Times

Walt Disney Co. has put a hold on plans to build a luxury hotel in the Disneyland Resort’s shopping district, citing a feud with Anaheim officials over tax subsidies that the Burbank media giant was expecting to get from operating the hotel.

The dispute centers on a $267-million tax break that the Anaheim City Council approved in 2016 for a 700-room hotel — the fourth hotel at the Disneyland Resort and the first high-end property built in 20 years.

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