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Airlines Reroute Flights Over Pakistan

Thai Airways has resumed flights bound for Europe after it was forced to cancel many due to Pakistan closing its airspace over rising tensions with India, with other airlines rerouting services. According to the BBC, Pakistan has claimed that it shot down two Indian military jets after they crossed the border that divides Kashmir. India said on Wednesday that it …

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China Closes Tibet to Foreign Visitors for 2 Months

In a move not likely to win China many popularity points among world travelers, Tibet is now closed to foreign travelers through April. The Associated Press has reported that the decision to close the country to all foreigners during a time of sensitive political anniversaries calls into question the legitimacy of Beijing’s rule of the Himalayan region. According to the …

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Hilton Announces New Upscale Meeting Brand

Hilton has launched Signia Hilton, an upper-upscale hotel brand targeting meetings and events. Signia’s ballrooms, restaurants, bars, lobbies and guestrooms will be designed “so groups of any size can optimize work time and collaboration time and spark their most innovative thinking,” Hilton said. The brand will focus on urban and resort markets worldwide. At an event unveiling the brand, Hilton …

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The Temples of Thailand and Cambodia

Venture off the beaten path on this adventure exploring the amazing sites to be found in the jungles of Thailand and Cambodia. See Angkor Wat, the legendary complex built in the 12th century by the Khmer King Suryavarman II as a monument to the Hindu God Vishnu. As you stroll through this world-famous religious site, you’ll receive a master class …

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Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai Now Open

Mandarin Oriental’s newest resort makes its Middle Eastern debut with the introduction of the Group’s legendary hospitality to the region with the opening of Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai. Located in the heart of Dubai, and a stone’s throw from the water’s edge, the resort is set to bring a new wave of chic design and luxury experiences to the shores …

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Aloha Reckoning

In April 2018, a spring storm crept up on Kauai’s north shore, dumping record rainfall that generated flash floods that swept away homes, bridges, roads and crops. Most of the Garden Isle was unaffected, and Kauai went on to set a record for visitation for the ninth consecutive year. But traffic in the bucolic north shore tourist town of Hanalei …

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Fall in Love With Free Air!

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a romantic cruise past Germany’s fairytale castles to the picturesque vineyards of Austria’s Wachau Valley. There’s no better way to discover the breathtaking scenery and timeless traditions of Europe than on an AmaWaterways river cruise. And to help your Valentine’s Day be really special enjoy free flights to and from Europe! Get Free Air + Free …

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Airlines Tighten Lounge Access

If you’re a frequent airport lounge guest, have you noticed that they are getting uncomfortably crowded at times? The providers of those lounges certainly have, and they’re changing their policies this year to limit lounge access, even for members who pay the big bucks. American Express has been actively expanding its network of Centurion airport lounges for premium cardholders, but …

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Flybe Has Fire Sale, Investors Cry Foul

UK-based regional carrier Flybe has told its shareholders that it will have to close down operations if they vote against the proposed sale to Virgin Atlantic and Stobart Group. In a statement yesterday, the airline warned that losing the sale would mean investors risk walking away with nothing for their shares. Major shareholder Hosking Partners questioned the low price tag …

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“Southwest Effect” Hits Hawaii Fares

Southwest Airlines finally performed its first test flight to Hawaii last week and airlines already appear to be lowering fares in response with flights as cheap as $358 round trip. On Monday, flights from San Francisco to Honolulu started at $358 round trip for seven days of travel. Google’s flight price history shows flights reaching more than $600 for a …