2021 LuxPin Weekly Travel Abstract from the Latest News W4–1 August

Week 04–1, August 2021

“Here’s to freedom, cheers to art. Here’s to having an excellent adventure and may the stopping never start.” Jason Mraz

By LuxPin Team

1. These Are the Safest Airlines in the World

◆ AirlineRatings.com analyzes 385 airlines, taking into account their safety, in-flight product, and now, COVID-19 procedures, to rate them according to a seven-star system. Here are the world’s safest airlines this year, according to AirlineRatings.com.

2. This 85-year-old Shark Diver Who Worked on ‘Jaws’ Shares Awe-inspiring Stories and Diving Tips

◆ She’s also the subject of a new National Geographic documentary that premiered this summer. The fascinating story of the 85-year-old conservationist and photographer Valerie Taylor is now the subject of the documentary “Playing with Sharks” now available on Disney and is part of National Geographic’s six-week summer event, SHARKFEST available on National Geographic, Nat Geo WILD.

3. What Flying First Class Is Really Like and How to Decide If It’s Worth It

◆ Are the extra space and next-level service worth the pricey ticket? Here is what it looks like to fly first class on various U.S. airlines, how flying first class is different from business class and economy, and how the benefits change (in some cases, dramatically) when you book first class on a long-haul international flight.

4. Hilton Just Opened a Brand New All-inclusive Resort in Mexico — and It Has 14 Restaurants and 2 Infinity Pools

◆ In August, Hilton announced it’s expanding its all-inclusive portfolio with the brand-new Vallarta Riviera All-Inclusive Resort. Located between the Bay of Banderas and the Sierra Madre Mountain on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, the new 444-room hotel comes with a whopping 14 restaurants and bars, two infinity pools, and the peace of mind that you don’t need to pack anything but a bathing suit and a smile.

5. NYC’s Iconic Grand Central Oyster Bar Announces Return After Months-long Closure

◆ New York City’s famous Grand Central Oyster Bar is poised for a grand reopening. The Grand Central Oyster Bar has been serving seafood to commuters, locals and tourists for over 100 years and was forced to close its doors for months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This week, the Oyster Bar announced that it will make its re-debut on Tuesday, Sept. 7.

6. A Digital Waterfall ‘Flooded’ Times Square — See the Shocking Video

◆ In late July, Samsung unveiled “Waterfall-NYC (2021),” an art installation in partnership with the district in the heart of Times Square. The waterfall clocked in at 350-feet and used four vertical screens taking up some 11,639 square feet of space when combined.

7. Your Next Lyft Might Be the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile

◆ The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, which has acted as an Airbnb, crisscrossed the nation, and even hired a few lucky fans for a dream job experience, is joining the rideshare revolution with Lyft. According to the iconic meat brand, it’s teaming up with Lyft to “spark miles of smiles by trading Lyft XL rides for free Wienermobile trips in the nation’s hottest rideshare cities.”

8. A Giant Ferris Wheel Is Coming to NYC’s Times Square

◆ For the next few weeks, a gigantic Ferris Wheel will be right in the middle of Times Square allowing tourists and locals alike to take in a whole new vantage point of the famous Theater District as they soar 110 feet — or 11 stories — up off the ground. And while it won’t be high enough to see the tops of the nearby skyscrapers, riders will get a glimpse into some of the action happening around Times Square.

9. Canada Is Now Open to Americans — and These Stunning Home Rentals Are Worthy of the Trip

◆ Canada has officially begun welcoming travelers from the U.S. again after almost 16 months of non-essential travel restrictions. Private stays from websites like Vrbo are still incredibly appealing to people who want to take a Canadian vacation that still lets them avoid crowds.

10. Disney Reveals New Details About ‘The Princess and the Frog’ Attraction Set to Replace Splash Mountain

◆ Disney is celebrating our favorite royals with the first-ever World Princess Week, starting on Aug. 23. Disney kicked off the celebration with new details about “The Princess and the Frog” attraction that will replace Splash Mountain at Disneyland Park and Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.

11. Disney World Reveals Sneak Peek of Space 220, Its Latest Fine Dining Option

◆ Disney World’s newest attraction isn’t just out of this world, it’s 220 miles above it. On Friday, the theme park announced that its newest EPCOT restaurant, Space 220, will welcome its first visitors in mid-September. An immersive fine dining experience, the restaurant will make visitors feel like they’re sitting at a restaurant near the International Space Station.

12. This Small Town in Alaska Is the Perfect Place for a Father-daughter Trip

◆ Ketchikan is a beloved fishing destination, but the outdoor adventures it offers don’t end there. Many who saw Ketchikan as a cruise passenger’s day trip took the time to get to know it for what it really is: an outdoor adventure destination in its own right.

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