Trip News: September 20, 2018

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Trip Pulse

Epcot’s IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth will be ending in the second half of 2019.

Disney made the announcement Monday.

While Epcot fans will be sad to learn of the closure of the show after almost 20 years of entertainment, Disney Parks Live Entertainment is already working to create new thrills to debut immediately following the conclusion of IllumiNations.


Trip Weekly

The cruise industry is doing exceptionally well, said Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings CEO Frank Del Rio, but advisers should take steps to prepare now in case the U.S. is close to another recession.

While the current “Goldilocks economy” is a boon for cruise lines and advisers alike, it won’t last forever, Del Rio said in an address to agents at the Signature Trip Network 2018 Owners’ Meeting at the Ritz-Carlton here on Friday.

He encouraged agents to maximize repeat business, emphasize value and not price, prepare to reorganize resources and ensure databases are current.

Del Rio also urged agents to target millennials. Baby boomers are cruise lines’ bread and butter today, but the influence of millennials will continue to grow.


USA Today

Delta Air Lines has increased its checked bag fees, joining United and JetBlue Airways.

The airline is now charging $30 for the first checked bag, up from $25, and $40 for the second checked bag, up from $35, according to its website.

American Airlines has resisted the increase so far but is widely expected to match its competitors. Southwest Airlines allows two free checked bags and executives have said there is no plan to change that.


Las Vegas Review-Journal

The Las Vegas tourism industry has come full circle since the 2008 collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings, which intensified the Great Recession.

Part of Southern Nevada’s reaction to the economic downturn left in the wake of the financial institution’s demise was a decision to put a needed expansion of the Las Vegas Convention Center on hold.

On Sept. 11, four days short of 10 years to the day that Lehman Brothers filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority voted to put the final pieces in place to start the $935.1 million expansion, which has been on hold for a decade.

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