Travel News: Hotel Giants Update Cancellation Policies

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Hotel Giants Update Cancellation Policies

Marriott and Hilton getting tougher with their room cancellation policies, and Intercontinental Hotels Group has moved to clarify its own position. IHG, which operates brands including Intercontinental, Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza and Kimpton, will simplify the policy, which currently varies by brand and region. Major hotel chains around the world are moving to standard 24-hour (48-hour in select locations) cancellation periods. The aim is to get away from day of arrival cancellation. Willamette Intl Travel provides itineraries before your trip with cancellation deadlines for reservations, to better ease your travel experience.

US State Dept. Warns Tourists About Tainted Alcohol Served At Mexico Resorts 

The US Department of State is alerting travelers to Mexico about possible tainted or counterfeit alcohol that could cause sickness and blacking out. Yesterday the department updated its information page specific to Mexico, cautioning vacationers who chose to drink alcohol to “do so in moderation and to stop and seek medical attention if you begin to feel ill.” The warning noted: “The safety and security of US citizens overseas is one of our highest priorities.” The updated warning comes in the wake of a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigation surrounding a Wisconsin woman’s death that raised questions about drinks being served in all-inclusive resorts. Following the initial report, the Journal Sentinel has received accounts from more than three dozen people reporting similar experiences after drinking limited amounts of alcohol at such resorts in Mexico. US citizens should contact the nearest US embassy or consulate in Mexico. “The Embassy stands ready to provide appropriate consular services to any US citizens in need.”


Budapest named the Best Cruise Destination for 2017

Cruise Critic has announced the winners of its second annual Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards, naming the world’s top cruise destinations, based entirely on consumer ratings submitted with reviews. The awards name the top cruise destinations across 15 regions worldwide. First-place winners include: Top-Rated Alaska Port: Glacier Bay, Top-Rated Asia & South Pacific Port: Singapore, Top-Rated Australia & New Zealand Port: Akaroa, Top-Rated Baltic & Scandinavia Port: St. Petersburg, Top-Rated Eastern Caribbean, Bahamas & Bermuda Port: King’s Wharf, Top-Rated Southern Caribbean Port: Curacao, Top-Rated Western Caribbean & Riviera Maya Port: Cozumel, Top-Rated British Isles & Western Europe Port: Amsterdam, Top-Rated Eastern Mediterranean Port: Dubrovnik, Top-Rated European River Port: Budapest, Top-Rated Western Mediterranean Port: Villefranche, Top-Rated Hawaii Port: Kauai, Top-Rated Mexican Riviera, Central & South America Port: Cabo San Lucas, Top-Rated U.S. & Canada Port: Quebec City, Top-Rated Cruise Line Private Island: Disney Cruise Line’s Castaway Cay.

Hawaiian Airlines Opens Coastal Flights To Neighbour Islands

Hawaiian Airlines has announced it will add three new daily routes between the neighbour islands and the West Coast in early 2018. The new flights will be between Portland and Maui, Oakland and Kauai and Los Angeles and Kona. The airline states the arrival of new jets enabled the expansion. The service between Portland and Maui will launch on Jan. 18. The airline’s seasonal service between Oakland and Kauai will be offered until Sept. 4. The daily flight between Los Angeles and Kona launches March 11.

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