Busiest Air Route in the World Revealed
According to a report from the travel data gurus at OAG, the busiest airline route in the world is a domestic flight in South Korea. The 282-mile route between Seoul and Jeju, dubbed “South Korea’s Hawaii,” attracts enough people to manage 64,991 flights over the year—that’s 178 flights daily.
Sun Princess To Sail Extended Western Australia Program
Cruise Industry News reported Princess Cruises announced that the Sun Princess will homeport in Fremantle for the 2019-2020 cruise season for a record 141 days. The Sun Princess, which carries 2,000 guests, will also visit regional port destinations including Albany, Busselton, Geraldton and Broome. According to Princess, the move represents the biggest investment any cruise brand has made in cruising in Western Australia. The Sun Princess’ homeported season will include 28 cruise ship visits, including 18 to regional port destinations in Western Australia.
US State Department Lifts All Restrictions for Playa del Carmen
Nearly two weeks after the US State Department issued a travel alert warning tourists to avoid one of Mexico’s most popular tourist destinations, the agency has lifted all restrictions for Playa del Carmen. On Friday, Mar. 16, the State Department updated its warning to say that, “Effective immediately, US government personnel are permitted to travel to all parts of Playa del Carmen,” and use all ferry services between Playa del Carmen and Cozumel. Many local residents, including American and Canadian expats, disputed the notion that Playa del Carmen and its surroundings are any more dangerous than most major US cities.
It’s Easier Than Ever To Travel To Brazil
A faster visa process has led to a boom in US visitors traveling to Brazil. Since the launch of e-visas on January 25, 2018, there has been a 70% increase in visa applications from American visitors compared to the same period last year. 65% of tourists heading to Brazil have chosen to have their visa processed online. Currently, 550,000 Americans visit Brazil each year, however, that number is expected to grow. In four years, USTOA predicts more than 1.2 million American tourists will visit Brazil each year and revenue will increase from $710 million to $1.5 billion.
United Airlines Suspends Pet Cargo Travel After Dogs Go On Wrong Flights
United Airlines has halted its service for pets that travel in the cargo section of planes following a series of mishandled animals aboard flights, including a Kansas-bound German shepherd that was accidentally flown to Japan and a French bulldog that died after it was placed in an overhead bin. United said it expects to complete its review of that program by May 1. United said it will honor any existing PetSafe reservations. Along with the German shepherd sent to Japan, United also erroneously boarded a dog aboard a flight to St. Louis from New Jersey. The flight was diverted to Akron, Ohio, where the dog was supposed to be flown.
Oyster Bay Resort In St. Maarten Sets Grand Reopening For June 1
Travelwirenews reports the resort has been rebuilding and renovating since Hurricane Irma struck this past September, and Phase 1 of reconstruction is on schedule and guest reservations are being taken. The first phase of renovations included work on the infinity pool and hot tub, restaurant and bar, and lobby and courtyard. Forty units in mainsail have been beautifully restored along with 24 units in the marina front building, 9 units in the pool/ocean front building, and 12 units in the lobby/reception building. Also restored are the fitness room, guest laundry, the Shipwreck Shop, Bodega by the Bay, and the Indulgence by the Sea Spa. The Shipwreck Shop is open, Bodega by the Bay is open as well as the Indulgence by the Sea Spa.