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February 24th, 2016

Sightseeing News & Views - February 24th, 2016




Virgin Galactic unveils new spaceship Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Virgin Galactic's race to become the first major private space tourism company just got closer to reality. After more than three years of construction, Richard Branson's company unveiled a new spaceship at the Mojave Air & Space Port in California. It is a replacement for the one that crashed in 2014, killing a test pilot.  READ MORE

Accomable: Could Airbnb-style service revolutionize disability travel? Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Srin Madipalli has spinal muscular atrophy — a genetic disorder that affects the control of muscle movement and has confined him to a wheelchair his whole life. Despite the inherent difficulties, he loves to travel. "I'm a bit of an adrenalin junkie," the 29-year-old former London lawyer says with a wry smile. "I enjoy being out of my comfort zone. It's scary, but for me it's been an important part of self-learning and self-development."  READ MORE

25 images from this year's Travel Photographer of the Year Awards Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Rough Guides
Every year, thousands of photographs are entered into the Travel Photographer of the Year Awards (TPOTY), from snap-happy amateurs of all ages to full on professionals. This year, with entries from over 110 countries, the winners of Travel Photographer of the Year will be on display in the Museum of London Docklands.  READ MORE

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Venture Out celebrating its 18th year Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

In its niche within the gay travel world Venture Out designs superlative, escorted gay tours for small groups to a variety of countries for savvy gay and lesbian travelers who desire the stress-free ease of an organized guided vacation and who like their comforts. The trips are insightful, fun, and casual. Relieving you of the effort of planning a finely tuned vacation. Their aim is to enable their guests not simply to see a destination but to experience it and appreciate it. Currently gay tour groups venture out to Spain, Italy, Croatia, France and Japan.  READ MORE


Cinque Terre to go strict on tourist numbers to avoid overcrowding Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Travel and Tour World
Cinque Terre, the spectacular coastline in Italy can't cope up with oppressive tourism and has decided to take steps that would limit pressure on this village of Liguria in Italy's northwest, which is described as a "pastel hued perfection" in the tourist guidebooks of Italy. Being a UN world heritage area the place receives huge number of tourists from the coach parties and cruise ships which have included the Italian coastline in its Itinerary.  READ MORE

This exclusive club at Disneyland costs $25,000 to join Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Travel + Leisure
Down a quiet street in the New Orleans Square section of Disneyland, far from the mouse-riddled streets of Downtown Disney, sits a secret clubhouse. This is no offshoot of the famed Mickey Mouse Club, though, nor is it a place to spot princesses eating breakfast. Instead, it's an ultra-exclusive restaurant and bar for the Disneyland elite, possible investors, visiting dignitaries, and, of course, celebrities.  READ MORE

DHS adds new travel limits out of terror fears Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Hill
The Obama administration is expanding restrictions for foreigners able to travel to the U.S. without a visa, due to increased concerns about terrorism. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently said that people who have recently traveled to Libya, Somalia and Yemen will not be eligible for a tourist program allowing them to come to the U.S. without first obtaining a visa.  READ MORE

Chinese airline mistakenly books passengers into S&M hotel Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
After a flight delay caused a Chinese airline to book overnight accommodations for its passengers, two women who did not previously know each other were booked into the same hotel room. The hotel room, though, happened to be in a love hotel and the date was none other than Valentine's Day. According to People's Online Daily in China, the two women were supposed to travel on a Hainan Airlines flight from Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport to Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport when weather caused a delay.  READ MORE

Hilton enlists travel agents to help educate consumers on direct-booking benefits Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Hilton Worldwide recently announced its largest marketing campaign in company history. The "Stop Clicking Around" campaign aims to emphasize the benefits of booking direct by rewarding Hilton's HHonors members who do so with exclusive discounted rates and other benefits including digital check-in and free Wi-Fi.  READ MORE

Zika virus missing the bite on travel plans so far Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Travel-Intel Newsletter
While the Zika virus, like the Ebola eruption a little over a year ago, is sending shock waves through the air waves, the travel industry is reporting little, if any, change in atmosphere from their clients. A leading travel network, the Travel Leaders Group, took the pulse of its agent membership to check the effect the Zika virus is having on vacation travel.  READ MORE


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