Trip News: August 27, 2018

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Trip Pulse

Allianz Global Assistance announced Thursday it has launched its new SmartBenefits that will reshape how travel insurance works.

The new benefits and enhanced plans are currently available for any trips booked through the Allianz’s travel agency partners. The improved technology and claims capabilities will help the company provide better financial and emergency protection, as well as pay claims faster.


USA Today

American Airlines is tweaking its international route network, a move that will see the world’s largest carrier adjust its schedules across both the Atlantic and Pacific. The airline also is trimming routes to Mexico, Canada and Haiti.

In total, American will drop two destinations from its international route map – Glasgow, Scotland, and Puebla, Mexico – while adding three new ones, all in Europe: Berlin; Bologna, Italy; and Dubrovnik, Croatia. (Scroll to the bottom for a complete list of American’s international schedule changes)

American will be the only airline flying nonstop between North America and both Bologna and Dubrovnik, based on current schedules. American plans to serve each of those cities with seasonal service from its hub in Philadelphia.


OPB News

An arm of Oregon’s Tourism Commission wants to warm tourists up to the idea of vacation in Oregon despite a summer of cold feet over wildfires in the West, driving a sizable revenue loss to the state’s tourism industry last year, leaders say.

Trip Oregon says it’s joining a coalition of leaders from Washington and California to encourage tourism to their states, all while fighting visitor hesitation shaped by historic wildfire-related events that now include the largest fire burning in California history and Portland’s hottest year on record.


Trip + Leisure

Off with their heads — and off with their crusts.

Disney’s worst characters have never tasted so good. Starting next month, Steakhouse 55 restaurant at the Disneyland Hotel will offer an afternoon tea service dedicated to all of Disney’s baddest villains. Ariel may have struggled to defeat Ursula and the Queen of Hearts’ temper remains, but at this seasonal delight, you’ll finally look forward to gracing their evil presences.

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