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Amtrak Unveils Self Check-In Process on Some Acela Trains - travelpulse.com
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13.02.2024

Amtrak Unveils Self Check-In Process on Some Acela Trains

Amtrak has begun using self-check in technology on a limited number of its Acela trains in the Northeast.The new process, which is accessed through the Amtrak app, allows passengers to validate their train tickets once onboard the train, The Points Guy reported.Using the app, a button displays that says “Check In” on trips where the new self check-in process is available for use.After selecting the “Check In” button on the Amtrak app, passengers will be required to scan a barcode located above their train seat in order to complete the new process.When the train’s conductor passes through a train car, they will be able to tell which passengers have already checked in and validated tickets on their own.The self check-in process became available on select Acela trains in the Northeast in December, per The Points Guy. Slowly it has expanded to additional Acela trains as well. An Amtrak spokesperson told The Points Guy that the new self check-in is being used on: "more — but not all — of our Acela trains.”

Walt Disney World Adds New Water Park Perk for 2025 - travelpulse.com - Usa - state Florida
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27.02.2024

Walt Disney World Adds New Water Park Perk for 2025

Walt Disney World is making it even more appealing to book a vacation at the Orlando park in 2025.The entertainment giant just announced that Disney Resort hotel guests visiting next year can enjoy free admission to one of its popular water parks – Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach – on check-in day as part of a stay.The free day at the water parks, which feature lazy rivers, wave pools, and interactive play areas, will only be made available to guests staying at properties within the Disney Resorts Collection.“With this water park benefit, it’s easy to unwind on the day you arrive. Get ready to zip down thrilling water slides, relax on sandy beaches, float along a lazy river... and let your cares drift away,” states the Disney website announcement.Additional details about the new water park benefit will be made available by Disney later this year. Details will also be provided to guests who have booked a stay at a Disney Collection property in advance of arrival at the park.But Disney has confirmed that the water park benefit is exclusive to registered guests staying at a Disney Resort hotel with check-in dates between January 1, 2025 and December 31, 2025.  Additionally, all guests must be on the room reservation.And to be clear, the water park benefit is only available on the day of check-in at a resort property.Walt Disney World resort stays and theme park tickets for 2025 are available for purchase starting tomorrow (February 27, 2024).

JetBlue and Spirit Petition Appeals Court To Allow Merger - travelpulse.com - city Las Vegas - city Atlanta - city Boston - county Dallas - state Florida - state Alaska
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27.02.2024

JetBlue and Spirit Petition Appeals Court To Allow Merger

In what may be a last ditch effort, JetBlue Airways and Spirit Airlines have filed an appeals court brief asking that the merger between the two airlines be allowed to proceed.The brief, filed today with the Boston 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, asks that the court overturn a recent judge’s ruling that stopped the proposed $3.8 billion, according to Reuters. In the brief, the airlines argued that the merger was improperly blocked and pointed out that the same judge who ruled against the airlines joining forces also recognized that such a merger would: ”improve competition, and thus reduce prices, for the vast majority of consumers."

Twenty Years of Facebook: A Look At The Social Media Platform's Impact on Travel - travelpulse.com - Usa
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13.02.2024

Twenty Years of Facebook: A Look At The Social Media Platform's Impact on Travel

Two decades ago, travel inspiration and information often came from the pages of a Fodor’s guidebook or flipping through a glossy travel magazine.Those were far simpler days in the travel industry.Today, social media and Instagram in particular (not to mention the ubiquitous Instagram travel influencers) exert a profound influence over nearly every element of the travel industry and every step of the travel planning process. From the consumer perspective, social media not only guides and inspires decisions about where to go and what to do, but even influences how to dress while on vacation. It’s hard to ignore or deny the global domination IG has managed to exert over consumer travel.As for travel businesses and brands, being on Instagram and working with influencers has become an integral part of reaching audiences. But before Instagram, of course, there was Facebook. And February 2024 marks the twentieth anniversary of what was arguably the first wave of social media’s influence on the travel industry. Created by then Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg to offer a free way to keep in touch with college friends, Facebook quickly grew into a behemoth. And while the user base has shifted to a different and perhaps older demographic in recent years, the platform still has a staggering 3 billion monthly users.The content on Facebook has also evolved significantly since the platform was first brought to life in 2004. Today, it emphasizes ad revenue and data collection, rather than simply helping users connect with friends for free, as was Facebook’s initial value proposition.Those changes, however, are just a small part of Facebook’s evolution story. Over the course of 20 years, Facebook has also profoundly influenced the travel industry, impacting both consumer behavior and the way industry players reach and communicate with their target audiences. “It has definitely changed the landscape,” Erin Whitlock Brown, social media manager for Valor Hospitality Partners, tells TravelPulse. “I don’t think anyone from any industry realized that Facebook would have the impact it has had. Twenty years ago many businesses weren’t even sure they wanted to include Facebook in their marketing plans. Now it’s a key market.”In recognition of Facebook's two-decade anniversary, TravelPulse reached out to travel industry insiders and business owners to discuss the platform’s early days and its evolution into a force to be reckoned with.

Cruise Line's Private Islands in Bahamas To Lose Tax-Free Status - travelpulse.com - Bahamas - county Island
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09.02.2024

Cruise Line's Private Islands in Bahamas To Lose Tax-Free Status

The nine-year tax-free status enjoyed by many cruise lines with private islands in the Bahamas is about to end.The changes are slated to take effect on March 1 and are aimed at leveling the playing field, according to a report in The Tribune.The publication broke the news based on a Bahamas Department of Inland Revenue document it had obtained and later confirmed with local officials.Under the plans outlined in the document, in just a few weeks the tax treatment for goods and services provided to the millions of tourists who visit private islands in the Bahamas maintained by cruise ships will change. Moving forward, transactions on the island will be taxed the standard local rate of 10 percent.

Lufthansa Cancels Hundreds of Flights Amid Labor Action - travelpulse.com - Germany - city Berlin
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09.02.2024

Lufthansa Cancels Hundreds of Flights Amid Labor Action

Lufthansa has been forced to scrap hundreds of flights amid a 27-hour labor strike at five airports across Germany.

Here Are 2024's Most Powerful Passports - travelpulse.com - Spain - Netherlands - Germany - Norway - Austria - Belgium - Denmark - Finland - France - Greece - Italy - Luxembourg - Malta - Poland - Portugal - Sweden - Switzerland - Australia - Ireland - Japan - New Zealand - Britain - Usa - Singapore - city Singapore - South Korea - Afghanistan - state Indiana - Uae - Syria
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16.01.2024

Here Are 2024's Most Powerful Passports

The passport you hold is a powerful tool when it comes to effortlessly visiting countries around the world.And some passports provide far more access than others, according to the Henley Passport Index.The just-released 2024 index shows that for the first time in 19 years of producing the ranking, six countries are tied for the top spot of having the most powerful passports.The countries leading the ranking are France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Singapore, and Spain—meaning citizens from all of these countries are able to visit 194 destinations around the world either visa-free or by obtaining a visa-on-arrival.The Henley Passport Index is the only ranking of its kind and is developed based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Authority (IATA). The index compares 199 different passports and 227 different travel destinations.While Japan and Singapore have made it into the number one slot for the past five years running, according to CNN, the European countries that are now also ranked number one on the list is a new development.

Travel and Tourism Industry Employing Growing Number of Women Since 2010 - travelpulse.com
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21.12.2023

Travel and Tourism Industry Employing Growing Number of Women Since 2010

The number of women and young professionals employed by the travel and tourism industry has soared in recent years.

Mexico Inaugurates First Tourist Train on Yucatan Peninsula - travelpulse.com - Mexico
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20.12.2023

Mexico Inaugurates First Tourist Train on Yucatan Peninsula

The Yucatan peninsula has welcomed the first part of a new tourist train that's being constructed to connect the region’s many resorts and archeological sites.Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador attended opening ceremonies on Friday for what will ultimately be a 950-mile train line, which has been named the Maya Train. The $20 billion project is expected to be complete by February, according to a report from Associated Press. Once finished, the train will operate a rough loop around the Yucatan peninsula.The rail segment opened right now runs between the colonial Gulf coast city of Campeche and the popular tourist destination of Cancun. It's a stretch of train line that amounts to about one-third of the entire project.The train journey between Campeche and Cancun will take about 5 1/2 hours. The train will travel at an average speed of 50 miles per hour, Associated Press reported.

An Inside Look at How Americans Traveled in 2023 - travelpulse.com - Usa - New York - city Las Vegas, state Nevada - state Nevada - state California - San Francisco - county Miami - Vietnam - county Oakland - county Bay - Panama - city Sin - city Oakland
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20.12.2023

An Inside Look at How Americans Traveled in 2023

While many reports this time of year are focused on looking at what lies ahead, Skyscanner is taking a different approach.The global travel marketplace has crunched its voluminous booking data from the past 12 months to provide an insider's review of the “Year in Travel” for 2023. All of the Skyscanner number crunching resulted in insights surrounding the most popular travel destinations of the past year among U.S. travelers, cheapest flights, biggest hotel bargains, and even the most budget-friendly car rental destinations. Let’s start with the most popular travel destinations, shall we?Drumroll please….Sin City aka Las Vegas, Nevada nabbed the top spot in the hearts of American travelers in 2023, attracting more visitors than any other location.“From visiting one of the many world-famous casinos or checking out world-renowned restaurants and shops on the Las Vegas strip, US travelers loved to visit and feel the vibes of Sin City,” says the Skyscanner report.  Coming in second place among Americans was the eternal favorite, London.

The Critical Role Tour Guides Play in the Future of Sustainable Travel - travelpulse.com - Mexico
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28.11.2023

The Critical Role Tour Guides Play in the Future of Sustainable Travel

The travel and tourism industry has been busy the past few years acknowledging and coming to terms with the worsening effects of climate change and the environmental destruction that’s being laid bare the world over. From dramatic biodiversity loss to the scourge of plastic pollution, the planet is grappling with a long list of daunting challenges.Addressing these issues, as more than a few industry conversations have made clear, will take participation at every level—from the destination managers to the corporate offices of travel brands down to suppliers, transportation companies, and travel agents.But there’s yet another key player in the industry who also has a vital role to play in advancing sustainable travel and the proactive protection of the planet, as well. And these individuals are on the front lines of travel every day: Tour guides. Often overlooked in conversations surrounding the industry-wide transformation that needs to take place, tour guides are an essential part of realizing a better future.“Tour guides, through their direct interactions with tourists, have the power to influence behaviors and shape the tourism experience,” says Brian Raffio, senior adventure travel consultant for the travel company Climbing Kilimanjaro. “By embracing their role as ambassadors and change-makers, they can contribute significantly to the shift towards a more sustainable and responsible tourism industry.”Indeed, a tour guide’s actions, practices, and interactions with tourists can significantly impact the environmental, social, and economic well-being of a destination and ultimately the planet and its people.The good news is that many travel stakeholders have already been thinking about the increasingly important role that tour guides play. Including the tour guides themselves.TravelPulse talked with individuals from every level of travel and tourism about the role of tour guides as the industry attempts to shift toward more sustainable business models that will better protect nature, wildlife, and local communities for generations to come. Here are outtakes from those conversations and tips from these same individuals about how tour guides can actively advance sustainability and environmental stewardship on a daily basis.

Leisure Travel Is Poised To Get Cheaper This Winter - travelpulse.com - Usa - Canada
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21.11.2023

Leisure Travel Is Poised To Get Cheaper This Winter

With the budgets of Americans being pinched from nearly every direction these days, there’s good news in at least one category of spending: Travel.

Princess Cruises Announces Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sale - travelpulse.com - Australia - Japan - New Zealand - Britain - Mexico - state California - county Island - state Alaska - Greenland - Panama - Hawaiian
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21.11.2023

Princess Cruises Announces Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sale

If a cruise is on your bucket list, now is the time to book one at a bargain.Princess Cruises has just announced deep discounts as part of its Black Friday/Cyber Monday special. Between now and Thursday November 20, prices will be 50 percent off. The special offer includes all fare types even packages such as Princess Plus and Princess Premiere, which come with amenities like WiFi, beverages, desserts, fitness classes, crew gratuities, and more.In addition to the Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals, the cruise line is also offering a limited-time offer that will last until December 12 through which travelers get 50 percent off cruise fares and 50 percent off deposits on voyages of 45 days or less.Princess Cruises sails to a long list of popular destinations including the Mediterranean, Alaska, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, the Caribbean, Panama Canal, Mexico, Hawaiian Islands, Tahiti, California Coast, Northern Europe, British Isles, Greenland, South America. Princess also offers World Cruises.Here are the key details to know if you hope to score a Princess Cruise at a discount:

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