Travel News: January 30, 2020

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White House Considering China Flight Ban as Airlines Suspend Service
Travel Pulse
United States President Donald Trump and his administration are reportedly considering suspending flights to and from China as a result of the growing coronavirus outbreak.
According to, White House officials reached out to airlines based in the U.S. to inform them the administration was considering a temporary flight ban as China continues to deal with a rising death total and thousands of sick citizens.

Celebrity Cruises reveals details about the Apex
Travel Weekly
Celebrity Cruises revealed new menus, entertainment and spa/wellness programs for the Celebrity Apex during a hard-hat tour at Chantiers de l’Atlantique on Tuesday.
Celebrity Edge, first floated in 2018, has been a wildly successful ship, according to Vicky Garcia, COO and co-owner of Cruise Planners. But, for this second in the series, Celebrity didn’t rest on its Edge laurels.

London Opens Its First Cheese-Themed Hotel
Following Hard Rock’s guitar-shaped hotel and Atari’s video game-themed offering, London is now joining the ranks with the world’s first cheese-themed hotel.
Conceived by Café Rouge as “a homage to fromage,” The Cheese Suite is draped from top to bottom in yellow decor inspired by the food, including bedsheets, pillows, walls, dairy-based board games, and even cheese soap and a cheese and crackers delivery hotline.

From Bangkok to the Boulevards of Paris, Absence of Chinese Tourists Hits Hard
Wall Street Journal
From the Galeries Lafayette in Paris to the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok, tourist havens are feeling the absence of Chinese visitors, who normally would be flooding the globe during this Lunar New Year.
Ananta Warisnaratorn, 43, sells flowers outside the shrine, where Chinese come to pray. “Usually we will welcome over 100 buses of Chinese tourists, the shrine is crowded, and tourists are overflowing the footpath,” she said. “Now it’s empty.”
An amulet seller nearby said his daily income has dropped to about $5 from $30. Tour guides said they had to little to do in what should have been one of their busiest weeks of the year.

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