Travel News: Turkey Visas and the Hyatt

US State Department Announces Full Resumption Of Visa Services In Turkey

The State Department yesterday said it will fully resume US visa services in Turkey. The move follows a diplomatic row over local employees and US citizens who had been arrested during a state of emergency in Ankara. Washington had stopped issuing visas in Turkey after two staff members had been detained. In November, the US resumed issuing visas. The Department of State is confident that “the security posture has improved sufficiently to allow for the full resumption of visa services in Turkey,” it said, adding, however, that “serious concerns” remained.

Jilin To Build China’s First World-Class Ski Resort Complex

Baishan city in northeast China’s Jilin province, depending on its unique snow and ice resources, aims to become a global high-end snow-ice tourism destination by building a world-class ski resort complex. Located between 41 to 42 degrees north latitude, a recognized golden tourism belt, in the heartland of the famous Changbai Mountains, Baishan city is China’s first full-range forest tourism area, with a forest coverage rate of up to 84.1%. Thanks to the northern temperate continental monsoon climate, it has a frost-free period of just 90 to 120 days and an average annual snowfall of 400 millimeters. The long winter and abundant high-quality snow have given the city first-rate skiing conditions comparable with that of the Alps. Changbai Mountains are home to numerous starred hotels and professional skiing facilities.

Hyatt Standard Minimum Cancellation Policy Change To 48 Hours Effective January 1, 2018

Hyatt is revising their standard cancellation policy effective January 1, 2018, that applies to reservation made or changed after that date. The new minimum cancellation policy is 48 hours to avoid cancellation fee. Explorist or Globalist members are eligible for reduced 24 hour cancellation without fee. In a statement Hyatt said ” Effective for reservations made or changed on or after January 1, 2018, Hyatt will implement a revised minimum cancellation policy that allows hotels to manage guestroom availability more effectively, including offering rooms and upgrades to rooms that would have otherwise gone unoccupied. This new default cancellation policy requires guests to cancel their reservations at least 48 hours in advance to avoid a cancellation fee. Because each Hyatt hotel may continue to set its own cancellation policy based on local market dynamics and expectations, we always encourage guests to check the cancellation policy at the time of booking. It will continue to be transparently communicated at the time of booking and in guest emails.

Delta Starts 2018 by Retiring Its Last Boeing 747

Yahoo reports Delta will begin 2018 with a look back, as Delta flies its last Boeing 747 to an aircraft graveyard in Arizona on Wednesday. This will mean that in the US no passenger airlines fly four-engine aircraft now that Delta and United retired their last 747s in 2017. Elsewhere, the future of the four-engine Airbus A380 is very much in doubt. After Delta took delivery of its first Airbus A350 in October, it declared that the A350 had replaced the 747 as its flagship. This is just one aspect of the ongoing conflict between Delta and Boeing. Boeing’s conduct in 2017 perhaps reflect the 89% gain in the aircraft maker’s share price, as well as its skillful diplomacy, which led to a close affiliation with President Trump. Emboldened Boeing seized the opportunity to provoke a trade war with Canada after Delta ordered 75 Bombardier regional jets.

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