SINGAPORE: A week after my 25th birthday, I received a mysterious package at my door. "Open only at the airport" was stamped on the envelope.It contained the details of my holiday - a trip I was taking the following week and had no idea where and how. The night before, I packed as suggested by a "teaser email", which included hints of the weather, list of activities I can expect and the exact time I was supposed to arrive at the airport.On Aug 4, 8.23am, I walked through the doors of Terminal 4, found a seat, sat down and then carefully opened the envelope. The destinations: Lembang and Sukabhumi, two places I have not heard of. I later found out that they are two towns in Indonesia.RISING DEMAND FOR CURATED AND UNIQUE TRAVEL EXPERIENCESA few years back, the idea of not knowing where you are headed for a holiday might shock people. But the experience seems to be what the growing number of adventure travellers in Singapore are looking for.Anywhr, the … [Read more...] about How travel is changing: ‘It’s all about personalisation’
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World The U.S. eased on Thursday a warning urging citizens against traveling to Cuba, where a decades-long embargo still restricts tourist traffic and where a series of mysterious symptoms afflicting Washington's diplomats set off fresh tensions late last year. The State Department has altered its travel advisory for Cuba, no longer asking U.S. nationals to "reconsider travel" and, instead, telling them to "exercise caution" when heading to the Communist-run Caribbean island state. Despite lightening the language used in the new advisory, the government warned of potential dangers linked to "attacks targeting U.S. Embassy Havana employees resulting in the drawdown of embassy staff." "Numerous U.S. Embassy Havana employees appear to have been targeted in specific attacks. We are unable to identify the source. Many of these employees have suffered injuries. Affected individuals have exhibited a range of physical symptoms including ear complaints and hearing … [Read more...] about Can I Travel to Cuba? U.S. No Longer Says You Should Not Go, But There Are Still Restrictions
U.S. Virgin Galactic made history Thursday when its spacecraft VSS Unity rocketed into space and returned safely, taking a huge step in forwarding commercial space tourism. In the process, Virgin Galactic turned two test pilots, Mark Stucky and C.J Sturckow, into first-time astronauts. Richard Branson, Virgin Group founder and owner of the company that built Unity, watched the historic moment from the Mojave desert in the California desert. It’s the first time since 2011, when the US retired the Space Shuttle, that humans have taken off from American soil and gone into space, reported Wired Magazine. The test flight reached an altitude of 51.4 miles above the earth — the company’s longest ever rocket-powered flight in its quest for space travel — after taking off from the Mojave Air and Space Port. The jet-powered Eve “mothership” lifted Unity from takeoff to 40,000 feet, where the carrier released Unity. For 60 seconds, the two-man … [Read more...] about Branson’s Virgin Galactic Rockets 51 Miles Into Space, Sets Space Tourism Milestone
Commissioner Designee Joseph Boschulte with Ben Brookman, Vice President of Network Planning and Revenue Management of Sun Country Airlines. Commissioner Designee Boschulte (right) meets with Andrew Bonney, Cape Air's Senior Vice President of Planning. Commissioner Designee Joseph Boschulte met up with LIAT's Scheduling Manager Jabari Jemmott (left) and Chief Commercial Officer Audra Walker. QUEBEC CITY, CANADA, February 16, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ -- The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism reports that airlines serving the Territory are satisfied with their route performance and some are looking forward to increasing capacity to the islands in the months ahead. Speaking at the conclusion of the 12th Routes Americas conference in Québec, Commissioner Designee Joseph Boschulte said the conference presented the destination with an opportunity to update airline partners on the progress the islands have made since the hurricanes of 2017. Airline executives were especially … [Read more...] about AIRLINES UPBEAT ABOUT U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS, TOURISM CHIEF REPORTS
Culture Brexit Air Travel Brexit is still being negotiated, but the U.K.’s departure from the European Union will undoubtedly have a ripple effect around the world. One issue bringing the reality of Brexit into focus for Americans is travel: Almost 4 million of us visited Great Britain in 2017, the highest number in nearly two decades. And some 12 percent used the U.K. as a springboard for travel to mainland Europe. So how will the Brexit impact American travelers? How Will Brexit Affect Air Travel to the U.K.? A British Airways jet flies towards McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Nevada, on September 2. Ethan Miller/Getty There’s some good news for American travelers: In 2018, the U.S. and U.K negotiated a new “open skies” accord that will “guarantee the continuation of the vital transatlantic routes used by tens of millions of passengers a year,” according to a statement by the British government. This agreement … [Read more...] about How Will Brexit Affect U.S. Travelers?