Travel News: Holland America Line Partners With Rolling Stone Magazine

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Holland America Line Partners With Rolling Stone Magazine for Rock Room Music Venue
Cruise Critic reports Holland America Line continues to show its commitment to live music at sea with the announcement of its latest venue, Rolling Stone Rock Room. At a live-streamed event in Seattle yesterday morning, Orlando Ashford, president and CEO of Holland America Line, spoke about the new partnership. “We are so excited to tap into Rolling Stone’s incredible expertise to create a new live entertainment venue that will appeal to all our guests,” said Ashford.”Innovative and authentic music experiences are at the heart of all our entertainment offerings and is what distinguishes us in the industry. Classic rock appeals to people across generations because the music is universal, and Rolling Stone Rock Room will bring another incredible live music venue to our ships.” The rock ‘n’ roll-style space joins the Music Walk lineup of Lincoln Center Stage, B.B. King’s Blues Club and Billboard Onboard onboard the line’s Pinnacle-class ships. The Music Walk concept first debuted aboard Koningsdam in 2016, but individual venues have rolled out to other ships over the past two years. The space will feature a live band playing the greatest hits from four decades of classic rock. It will also feature its own themed drink menu. The Rolling Stone Rock Room will make its debut aboard Holland America’s upcoming cruise ship Nieuw Statendam in December when it launches and will be added to Koningsdam’s Music Walk that same month. 
 
Longest Nonstop Flight In America Announced
Travelwirenews reports Hawaiian Airlines announced the launch of “the longest regularly scheduled domestic route in US history, weekly between Boston and Honolulu ” which flies five days. Flight time from Boston to Honolulu will need around 11 hours, 40 minutes, the airline says. How far is that? 5,095 miles, challenging for most passengers, but doable according to the kind of seat and airplane configuration. Hawaiian Airlines Flights HA90 and HA91 will undoubtedly be flown by an Airbus A330, a wide-body twin engine that may typically seat about 275 passengers. Hawaiian said this flight could have 68 Extra Comfort seats in the primary cabin with a 36-inch pitch and 18-lie-flat leather seats in high grade, measuring 76 inches long and 20.5 inches wide in a 2-2-2 configuration. Later this season Singapore Airlines plans to start a flight that spends almost 20 hours in the air between Singapore and NY, about 9,500 miles. 
 
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Kenya Receives Formal Approval to Facilitate Direct Flights To The USA 
PR Newswire: Kenya Airways has received the Last Point of Departure (LPD) confirmation affirming that Jomo Kenyatta International Airport JKIA meets the Transport Security Administration (TSA) security standards. The US Ambassador, Robert Godec presented this letter to Kenya Airways Group Managing Director and CEO, Sebastian Mikosz at a ceremony held at the Pride Centre, Embakasi. The Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development, James Macharia witnessed the handing over of TSA’s Last Point of Departure security standards letter. This letter enables Kenya Airways to operate direct flights to the United States of America. “We are indeed delighted that JKIA has been granted the Last Point of Departure status. This will now permit us to fly daily non-stop flights to John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) New York as scheduled on October 28, 2018,” Kenya Airways Group Managing Director and CEO Sebastian Mikosz said.
   
Tons Of Marine Litter Removed In Arctic Cleanups
Seatrade reports as the Arctic cruise season draws to a close, the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators looked back on the results of the summer’s efforts to combat marine plastic pollution. AECO’s environmental agent Sarah Auffret has been working with cruise operators to identify ways to reduce the use of disposable plastic on ships. AECO’s UN-affiliated Clean Seas campaign also focuses on enhancing the involvement of expedition cruise passengers in Arctic beach cleanups. According to Auffret, people are becoming more and more aware of the problem of marine litter. ‘The project is about cutting down on single-use plastic and cleaning up litter that has already found its way to the ocean, but it’s also about educating people. Photos of polar bears chewing on Styrofoam send a strong message about how important it is that we change our habits,’ Auffret said. AECO’s efforts to change attitudes and address the problem are already yielding results. Auffret is impressed with what has been achieved in a just few busy months. ‘I’ve visited 21 ships and witnessed the changes they are making, for example by installing water dispensers to get rid of disposable water bottles. We’ve also seen that our members are making great contributions on the cleanup side of things. We know that at least 127 cleanups were completed by expedition cruise ships this summer, often in remote coastal areas where they can make a big difference. Fishing nets and other debris can have devastating effects on local wildlife and every cleanup counts,’ Auffret said. 
 
Delta Joins United, JetBlue In Raising Checked-Bag Fees
Associated Press reports Delta Air Lines is joining two rivals in raising fees to check a bag on a flight within the United States. Delta on Wednesday posted new fees of $30 for checking a first bag and $40 for a second bag, increasing the previous fees by $5 each. The changes match increases recently imposed by United Airlines and JetBlue Airways. By midday, American Airlines had not increased bag fees. Southwest Airlines lets passengers check up to two bags free. Airlines have been pulling in more revenue from extra charges for several years. Last year, US carriers raised $7.4 billion from fees on checked bags and ticket changes, led by American, Delta and United.
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The World’s Biggest Airport Will Open in 2019
Reuters reports Beijing’s new airport is set to be the world’s biggest. The Beijing New Airport, opening in the southern Daxing district in 2019, will serve as a way to meet the growing needs of air transport in Beijing and enhance the country’s civil aviation presence. It will become the new base for China Southern Airlines and China Eastern Airlines, according to China’s National Development and Reform Commission. This will put the SkyTeam alliance members under one roof, allowing for easy flight connections for passengers. According to BuroHappold Engineering, part of a consortium team that won the competition to help design elements of the space, visitors will find an array of open and expansive interiors. The late architect Zaha Hadid designed the Beijing New Airport Terminal Building, which will be filled with civic gardens and include separate passenger areas for international and domestic flights to create a more compact building and reduce travel times. 
 
Some European Cities Don’t Want Tourism Caps
Skift reports attitudes over tourism have been boiling over across Europe’s hotspots in recent years, some of the findings in this report, such as residents not wanting tourism numbers to be capped, are very surprising. More than 1.3 billion people took an international trip in 2017, a record high, and much of that growth was centered in Europe. Yet 30% of residents in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Copenhagen, Lisbon, and Munich said “there should be no limitations to the growth of visitor numbers” in their particular city, according to a new a United Nations World Tourism report. What’s more, the survey released Tuesday found that 23.8% of respondents believed “that there is still room for visitor numbers to grow further” in their cities, and only 2% (the lowest total) saying that “all tourism development should be stopped”. While this seems largely like good news for tourism-related businesses in these cities, those surveyed did express some concerns. Notably, the 13% who thought “the growth rate of visitor numbers should be slowed down,” the 12.7% who felt there was “still room for visitor numbers to grow further, but not in holiday flats,” and the 13.8% who said there was “still room for visitor numbers to grow further, but not in the peak season.” Taken together, more than half (54% percent) of those who responded had a positive response to tourism growth in their city, with no caveats.

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