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Southwest Restricts Service Allowing Passengers to Purchase Enhanced Boarding Priority
Blog Name: News in Travel IndustryAuthor: Lev Shamilov , Chief Technology OfficerPosted on: August 24, 2023

No more Earlybird's for Southwest passengers on some popular flights. Doesn't mean you have to pay the full price?

Southwest Airlines is modifying its distinctive boarding process by reducing the availability of paid "EarlyBird" options, limiting passengers' ability to purchase priority boarding privileges.

The airline clarified that while "EarlyBird" has not been entirely eliminated, it is now offering fewer spots for purchase on select flights, routes, or specific days, as part of ongoing product enhancements. Consequently, the service may be unavailable to some customers seeking to buy it.

El Ojo Island - Argentina's Enigmatic Floating and Rotating Wonder
Blog Name: Undiscovered by tourists gemsAuthor: Travel Agency , Luxury Travel AdvisorPosted on: July 15, 2023

Located in Argentina's Parana Delta, El Ojo Island is a mesmerizing natural phenomenon that has captured the imagination of visitors and researchers alike. Known as "The Eye," this small, floating island is not only unique due to its ability to stay afloat but also for its mysterious rotation. In this article, we delve into the captivating formation of El Ojo, its distinctive features, and the intriguing reasons behind its floating and rotating nature.

Walking With Your Luggage in Dubrovnik Could Get You Fined
Blog Name: News in Travel IndustryAuthor: Lev Shamilov , Chief Technology OfficerPosted on: July 7, 2023

Heading to Dubrovnik anytime soon? Make sure your luggage doesn't have any wheels.

Dubrovnik, a beloved sanctuary for enthusiasts of Game of Thrones and sun-seekers alike, has become a captivating magnet for adventurous travelers. However, those planning a summer getaway to this Croatian gem should ponder the idea of traveling lightly, as they will encounter an intriguing requirement.

A fresh decree has been issued, proclaiming that those venturing into Dubrovnik's revered Old Town must relinquish the convenience of rolling their suitcases through its intricate alleys. Henceforth, weary visitors will be obliged to bear the weight of their belongings without alternative means of transportation.

How Much to Tip Around the World
Blog Name: Travel TipsAuthor: Travel Agency , Luxury Travel AdvisorPosted on: June 21, 2023

Figuring out how much to tip around the world can be a cause of serious stress. Tipping culture here in the US has evolved so much recently and is no real guideline as to how the rest of the world works. We created something very simple here that covers so many of the regions in our portfolio and we hope you find it helpful!

Read full article at: How Much to Tip Around the World
A Massive 5 thousand-mile-wide blob of seaweed is headed for Florida and the Caribbean
Blog Name: News in Travel IndustryAuthor: Travel Agency , Luxury Travel AdvisorPosted on: March 17, 2023
A Massive 5 thousand-mile-wide blob of seaweed is headed for Florida and the Caribbean

A gargantuan mass of seaweed that formed in the Atlantic Ocean is headed for the shores of Florida and other coastlines throughout the Gulf of Mexico, threatening to dump smelly and potentially dangerous heaps across beaches and put a big damper on tourist season.

The seaweed, a variety called sargassum, has long formed large blooms in the Atlantic, and scientists have been tracking massive accumulations since 2011. But this year’s sargassum mass could be the largest on record — spanning more than 5,000 miles from the coast of Africa to the Gulf of Mexico.

The blob is currently pushing west and will pass through the Caribbean and up into the Gulf of Mexico during the summer, with the seaweed expected to become prevalent on beaches in Florida around July, according to Dr. Brian Lapointe, a researcher at Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute.

Lapointe said this year’s sargassum bloom began to form early and doubled in size between December and January. The mass “was larger in January than it has ever been since this new region of sargassum growth began in 2011,” Lapointe told CNN’s Rosemary Church.

“This is an entirely new oceanographic phenomenon that is creating such a problem — really a catastrophic problem — for tourism in the Caribbean region where it piles up on beaches up to 5 or 6 feet deep,” Lapointe added.

He noted that in Barbados, locals were using “1,600 dump trucks a day to clean the beaches of this seaweed to make it suitable for tourists and recreation on the beaches.”

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