Trip News: October 8, 2018

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Trip Pulse

Officials from Royal Caribbean International have apologized and reimbursed passengers on a September cruise after the ship became a floating bachelor party.

According to, the Voyager of the Seas was preparing for a three-night sailing near Australia when an estimated 1,300 employees from Indian tobacco company Kamla Pasand boarded the vessel and began to party.

The group of mostly men overwhelmed the pool decks and bars on the ship and brought women dressed as burlesque dancers and Playboy Bunnies onboard. The wild group also forced Royal Caribbean staff to close the buffet to many guests.


Trip Weekly

The travel and tourism market in the U.S. is second in growth only to China’s in the past seven years, according to a report from the World Trip and Tourism Council (WTTC).

The WTTC ranked the top 10 countries in the world based on GDP growth, domestic spending, investment growth and visitor exports in its Trip and Tourism Power and Performance Report.


USA Today

John F. Kennedy International Airport will get two new terminals, centralized ground transport, and better security and runways in a transformation that will increase its capacity by at least 15 million passengers a year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday.

The project was initially announced last year, but the governor’s update offered the public its first glimpse at many details of the ambitious plan to rebuild one of the nation’s busiest airports.



Hotels are turning to new bar experiences as a means to keep luxury customers on their toes—and increase favorable food and beverage margins, while they’re at it.

Enter in-room cocktail service. While in-room dining has been on the decline—showing a 3 percent dip from 2016 to 2017, according to hospitality insights firm STR—hoteliers are realizing that expertly shaken martinis, rather than well-done cheeseburgers, are just what travelers want showing up at their doors. In some cases, that means dispatching a bartender for in-person service; at other times, it’s about making a room’s minibar feel more like a home bar.

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