Trip News: September 7, 2018

Florence Italy Alley


After countless complaints of hotel workers enduring sexual harassment, the industry is finally responding by introducing increased measures to better protect its employees, including a portable panic button.

Thursday’s announcement is the largest step taken by hotel operators to address harassment and improve safety, and is being made in conjunction with the American Hotel and Lodging Association.


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Tourists planning an impromptu picnic on the packed streets of the iconic Italian city of Florence can now be hit with fines of up to $580.

The city’s mayor, Dario Nardella, introduced the measure after soaring tourism numbers, reportedly fueled by low-cost flights and Airbnb rentals, have left the narrow streets difficult to navigate for residents, who find tourists picnicking on precious pavement.



The U.S. Trip Association is making structural changes as it doubles down on domestic leisure travel growth after listening to membership feedback and working to reverse a three-year decline in international travel to the United States.

U.S. Trip, the industry’s Washington, D.C.-based lobby group, finally got its foot in the door with President Donald Trump at a White House meeting on Tuesday where international visitors were discussed. But the upcoming structural changes and focus on domestic tourism, which accounts for more than 60 percent of the U.S. travel industry, were in the works before the meeting took place.



United Airlines is planning to invest $200 million in upgrades to Hawaii airports over the next decade, officials said.

United CEO Oscar Munoz said the investment will be geared for modernizing the tools and resources employees use at airports in the state, aiming to give customers a better experience, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Tuesday.

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