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Four-Hour Limit For First Guests To Disneyland’s Star Wars Land

Travelmole reports the first guests to visit Disneyland’s hotly anticipated new Star Wars land will be racing against the clock to experience it all. They will only get four hours to see it when Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens to the public on May 31. Disney has set a four-hour window for guests presumably to minimize long lines but it is unclear how the company will enforce it. Disneyland sent out emails to guests who are guaranteed a first look at the land after booking stays at the resort’s three hotels. There were a few glitches with this as guests were allocated days before their hotel stay was due to start and in some cases even before the attraction’s official opening date. Disney says it has now rectified this. Disney also announced non-hotel guests can make free reservations to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge via Disneyland’s website from May 2.

Rooftop Infinity Pool At JFK’s New TWA Hotel Overlooks Runway

Open Jaw reports passengers flying from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City will soon be able to witness spectacular views of its famous runways from what could be one of the coolest pools on the planet. Due to launch on May 15, the highly anticipated TWA Hotel features an impressive rooftop infinity pool complete with an observation deck where you can see as far as Jamaica Bay. The pool, which measures 64 feet long, is said to have been inspired by the infinity edge pool at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes. Open 365 days a year, it will transform into a “pool-cuzzi” during winter, when its filtered water can be heated to up to 100 Fahrenheit. “Our rooftop pool provides a JFK runway view that rivals an air traffic controller’s vantage point,” says Tyler Morse, CEO and managing partner of MCR and MORSE Development, the developer and lead investor of the hotel project. “There’s simply no better place for plane spotting, and enjoying a cocktail, in a room which overlooks runway 4L/22R. Based in two low-rise buildings, the TWA Hotel will boast 512 guest rooms featuring classic Hollywood-inspired interiors and floor-to-ceiling, full-width soundproof windows. There are also six restaurants and eight bars, one of which is based inside a Lockheed Constellation L-1649A Starliner, along with a 10,000-square-foot fitness center that’s been dubbed the ‘world’s biggest hotel gym.” The TWA Hotel also holds a museum with exhibits devoted to the glamorous jet age as well as the history of TWA.

Tallest Modular Hotel In The World Will Be Built In New York City

Travelwirenews reports each “module” will contain a fully outfitted guest room. with beds, sheets, pillows, flooring and even toiletries. The world’s tallest modular hotel, which will carry the brand of Marriott International, is on track to be stacked in late fall in New York City with prefabricated and pre-furnished guestrooms. Once erected over a 90-day period, the 360-foot-tall tower will represent a milestone for Marriott’s ongoing initiative to encourage hotel developers in North America to embrace modular for new construction projects. To be topped with a modular roof and modular rooftop bar, the world’s tallest modular hotel is expected to open in late 2020 as the AC Hotel New York NoMad. The 168-room, 26-story AC Hotel New York NoMad is scheduled to rise at 842 Sixth Avenue with prefabricated guestrooms arriving at the hotel site fully constructed, inside and out. Besides finished, painted walls, each “module” will contain a fully outfitted guest room, with beds, sheets, pillows, flooring and even toiletries. The hotel’s roof and rooftop bar are expected to be produced using modular construction, and its more customized public areas such as the restaurant and lobby are expected to be constructed using traditional methods. Prefabrication is a process that Marriott has found typically reduces the construction timeline, curbs site waste and noise, and results in a higher-quality product produced with factory level precision. The time savings comes from the ability to perform two crucial functions simultaneously – building the public spaces on site while manufacturing the guest rooms offsite. Marriott, which has the largest pipeline of hotels in North America, began researching modular construction in 2014 to offset lengthening hotel construction times, a trend attributed to the nation’s building boom and resulting labor shortages. Since 2011, Marriott has seen the average time to build and open a hotel in North America increase by as much 50%, depending on factors such as location and size of the property.

US Travel To Cuba Made More Difficult Again With Non-Family Visits Barred

Skift reports when the Trump administration took office in 2017, the popular wisdom was that it would eliminate US travel to Cuba. The changes have turned out to be incremental, but now it appears that non-family travel to Cuba will be all but gone. The unraveling of the Obama administration’s opening up of US citizen travel to Cuba is just about complete. The US Treasury Department will issue new restrictions on non-family travel to Cuba as part of a multifaceted effort by the Trump administration to clamp down on the Cuban regime, and Americans’ freedom to travel. Details were sparse and there were no guidelines about the policy change on the US Treasury Department website. A Treasury Department spokesperson didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. The new restrictions on Americans’ travel to Cuba were part of a series of measures, including tighter limits on remittances that Cuban-Americans can send to families in Cuba and loosening restrictions on lawsuits designed to recover damages for properties confiscated on the island, designed to pressure the Cuban government. “U.S. travel and remittances are the lifeblood of the private-sector entrepreneurs in Cuba,” said James Williams, president of the Washington-based Engage Cuba coalition, a non-profit lobbying group. “These restrictions are a cruel betrayal and a knife in the back of Cuban civil society and the prospects for a growing independent private sector in Cuba. The Cuban people are already struggling under tremendous difficulties, and these actions only make it worse. We need a policy that focuses on empowering the Cuban people and advancing American interests, not continuing a 60-year failed policy that only serves fringe domestic politics in South Florida.” Bolton said the new Treasury Department restrictions on non-family travel to Cuba and the series of other measures he announced would bar American money from propping up Cuban military and security services “who control the tourism industry in Cuba.” Several US cruise lines, such as Carnival and Norwegian, as well as major airlines,  began cruises and flights to Cuba following the Obama administration lifting restrictions. With little guidance from the Treasury Department about the travel policy changes that Bolton announced, it’s unclear just how radically they will affect US travelers, as well as cruise lines, tour operators, and airlines. But the moves can’t be welcome news for the US travel industry or travelers. 

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