Travel News Roundup

Travel News Roundup

This week in travel:

New Zealand Earthquake: 6.5-Magnitude Temblor Leaves Homes and Roads Damaged
“Strong earthquakes shook central New Zealand near Wellington on Friday, damaging homes and roads and sending office workers scrambling for cover in the capital. No serious injuries were reported. A magnitude-6.5 temblor struck just after 2:30 p.m. near the small South Island town of Seddon, and at least six aftershocks were 5.0 magnitude or stronger.” Travelers should be aware of the potential for aftershocks, road closures, and travel delays.
Read more at weather.com >>

U.S. State Department renews Egypt Travel Warning
“The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens to defer travel to Egypt and U.S. citizens living in Egypt to depart at this time because of the continuing political and social unrest.  On August 14, the Government of Egypt declared a State of Emergency that includes a curfew from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. in select governates, including Cairo and Alexandria.
Read more at travel.state.gov >>

Smoking Banned on Disney Cruise Balconies
“Disney Cruise Line will prohibit smoking on stateroom balconies effective Nov. 15. However, portions of open-air decks on each ship will continue to be designated as smoking areas. Guests found smoking in their staterooms or on their verandahs will be charged $250 for air filter replacement, carpet extraction, verandah cleaning and cleaning and replacement of drapes, comforters, blankets and pillows.”
Read more at TravelPulse.com >>

Hotel Boom in Africa
“Currently more than 270 new top hotels are in the Africa pipeline. The Starwood Hotels, Hilton and Marriott are leading in the race for the best destinations and locations. Six new Ritz Carlton Hotels are planned for Cairo, Tunis and Marrakech. Further 17 new hotel projects by Ritz Carlton are in the pipeline in other parts of Africa.”
Read more at TopHotelProjects.com >>

US Department of Justice Sues to Block American Airlines, US Airways Merger
“Antitrust officials filed a lawsuit blocking the proposed $11 billion merger between US Airways and American Airlines’ parent company, AMR Corp., saying the deal would hurt consumers by leading to higher fare prices and fees.”
Read more at WashingtonPost.com >>