Trip News: September 28, 2018

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Tourists heading to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia are being warned to stay out of the water following shark attacks on consecutive days this week.

According to The Associated Press, the warning was issued for the popular Whitsunday Islands after a 46-year-old woman was attacked by a shark Wednesday and a 12-year-old girl was bitten Thursday while swimming.

Both victims were transported to Brisbane hospitals with leg wounds, and they are in critical but stable condition.


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Disney Cruise Line for the first time will embark on cruises from New Orleans.

The Disney Wonder will sail six cruises from the Louisiana city in February and March 2020, including four-, six- and seven-night Western Caribbean sailings; a seven-night Bahamas cruise; and a 14-night Panama Canal voyage.



The government is one step closer to coming up with regulation on minimum seat sizes for airline flights after the House passed the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act.

The legislation would extend funding for the FAA for another five years but also includes provisions that would affect air travelers.

Chief among them: The bill orders the FAA to set standards for the size of airline seats, part of what’s known as the “Seat Egress in Air Trip (SEAT) Act.” The agency would have one year to come up with minimum requirements for seat width and for the space between seats.



BLESS Collection Hotels is a new luxury hotel brand from Palladium Hotel Group.  The first property will open in Madrid in January 2019, followed by Ibiza in Summer 2019.  Further hotels will be rolled out in cosmopolitan cities and international beach destinations.

BLESS Hotel Madrid will be located on Calle de Velázquez in the heart of the city’s Salamanca district, offering 111 rooms, rooftop pool, bowling alley, spa and gym, gourmet destination restaurant, three bars and conference spaces.   

The hotel’s gastronomic offering – from breakfast to dinner – will be headed up by world famous Basque chef, Martin Berasategui.  Holder of eight Michelin stars (more than any other Spanish chef), Berasategui’s eponymous restaurant has been voted “the best restaurant in the world”.  Berasategui will act as the hotel’s gastronomic guru overseeing all the hotel’s food and beverage, with the star being his signature restaurant, Etxeco, set to become a true destination culinary experience.

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