According to the National Parks Organization, more than 500 million straws are used each year worldwide, taking as long as 100 years to degrade. In light of this, the travel industry began shifting practices to more be eco-friendly.
Recently announced, Breezes Resort & Spa in the Bahamas, Hyatt Ziva and Zilara and Panama Jack Resorts all joined the #SkipTheStraw and #StopUsingStraws social media movements. The hashtags began in hopes of shedding light on the clean beaches initiative to preserve local wildlife and ecosystems from the harms of plastic waste.
Other accommodations joining on the plastic ban include boutique hotel One Aldwych in London. One Aldwych has done so far as to ban all plastic straws from restaurants including the Lobby Bar, Eneko Basque Kitchen & Bar, Indigo and private dining and room service. The Lobby Bar replaced plastic with glass straws and olive pokes with bamboo sticks.
Even airlines synonymous with laid-back cocktails and island vibes jumped on the cause with Thai Airways banning all plastic straws from flights, with a few exceptions. Guests with handicaps or children and elderly travelers requiring a straw to eat or drink will have the option. Fiji Airways is working on a similar program.
United Airlines recently announced the approval of 24 additional gates at Denver International Airport. United plans to grow its Denver hub from 500 daily flights to as many as 700 by 2025. The additional gates are part of the airport’s $1.5 billion concourse expansion and are planned for Concourses A and B. United will add a new United Club on Concourse A, as well as expand existing United Clubs at the airport.
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JetBlue kicked off service to Guadeloupe (PTP) this month. Flights began Feb. 1 from New York City (JFK). JetBlue is the only airline to offer flights between the Northeast and the Caribbean island. Flights are around four and a half hours.
The city took its name from Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and protector of the city. The financial, political and administrative center of the country and an all-powerful city-state in antiquity, Athens is a major center of culture. A visit to the first-ever museum dedicated to Byzantium, a stroll around the National Garden and a trip to the Olympeion archaeological site will take you back through time.
A new golf course opened last month at Costa Palmas, a 1,000-acre resort community on the East Cape of Los Cabos. The opening of the 18-hole championship golf course, christened The Costa Palmas Golf Club, and its unique practice facilities follows the opening of the first Costa Palmas resort, Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas. The course was designed by golf course architecture firm Robert Trent Jones II.
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.
New upgrades at Frankfurt Airport include renovations at the Sheraton Frankfurt Airport Hotel & Conference Center, as well as the addition of a new hotel, Frankfurt Airport Marriott. To make room for the new property, the Sheraton Frankfurt Airport Hotel was reduced to 779 guestrooms from its previous 1,008 guestrooms, allowing for 233 guestrooms at Frankfurt Airport Marriott. All Sheraton guestrooms are now refurbished.