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This Week in Travel News: 11 Stories You Need to See
Saturday, December 16, 2023

A roundup of the week's most newsworthy travel industry press releases from PR Newswire, including an Alaska Airlines/Hawaiian Airlines merger and Disneyland's 2024 reservation calendar.

NEW YORK, Dec. 8, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- With thousands of press releases published each week, it can be difficult to keep up with everything on PR Newswire. To help journalists covering the travel industry stay on top of the week's most newsworthy and popular releases, here's a roundup of stories from the week that shouldn't be missed.

The list below includes the headline (with a link to the full text) and an excerpt from each story. Click on the press release headlines to access accompanying multimedia assets that are available for download.

    1. Alaska Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines to Combine, Expanding Benefits and
       Choice for Travelers Throughout Hawai'i and the West CoastThe combined
       company will unlock more destinations for consumers and expand choice of
       critical air service options and access throughout the Pacific region,
       Continental United States and globally. As airlines rooted in the 49th
       and 50th U.S. states, which are uniquely reliant upon air travel, Alaska
       Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines share a deep commitment to caring for
       their employees, guests and communities.

    2. Disneyland Resort is a Must-Visit Vacation Destination, Featuring
       Limited-Time Celebrations and New Fun in 2024Guests can book Disneyland
       Resort theme park reservations up to 180 days in advance with the
       expanded reservation calendar, and the slate of scheduled events can help
       them plan their visits earlier.

    3. Apartments by Marriott Bonvoy Now Taking ReservationsLocated in the Isla
       Verde neighborhood of San Juan, the 107-unit property boasts a rooftop
       pool with views of the sea and mountains and is steps from the beach. It
       is an ideal location for leisure and corporate travelers and should open
       just in time for high season to accommodate tourists seeking warmer
       climates during the winter months.

    4. Viking Announces 10 Additional River Ships in EuropeTo meet strong demand
       for European river voyages, eight of the new vessels will sail Viking's
       popular itineraries on the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers, while two
       additional Viking Longships will join the fleet on the Seine River.

    5. Universal Destinations & Experiences Creates First-Ever Theme Park
       Concept for Families with Young Children: Universal Kids ResortIt will
       feature family-friendly attractions, interactive and playful shows,
       unique merchandise, fun food and beverage venues and character meet and
       greets. The resort area will also include a 300-room themed hotel giving
       families a place to stay and to play following their day of adventure.

    6. RVshare Partners with Spot2Nite to Create "All-In-One" Bookable Packages
       for 2024 Solar EclipseAhead of the 2024 solar eclipse, the two booking
       platforms have launched 'All-in-One' bookable packages for celestial
       seekers; these packages include both a camping spot as well as a fully
       equipped RV that is set up ahead of the guests' arrival.

    7. Merlin Entertainments and Hasbro Reveal Rides and Attractions for PEPPA
       PIG Theme Park Dallas-Fort WorthFive rides, seven themed playscapes, a
       water play area and even more oinktastic experiences have been revealed
       for the PEPPA PIG Theme Park in North Texas, now under construction.

    8. A Third of Campers Now Camp in Winter, Says New Data from The
       Dyrt"Travelers have every option available to them again, but winter
       camping remains at an all-time high. People bought the gear, braved the
       elements and fell in love with enjoying the great outdoors at a quieter,
       cozier time of year," says The Dyrt CEO Kevin Long.

    9. Beach Book Lovers Rejoice! Apple Vacations is teaming up with Belletrist
       Book Club and Penguin Random House to Bring the Ultimate Beach Read
       Program to LifeNew Year's resolutioners looking to kick off the year with
       more reading, and more travel now have the best of both worlds with the
       ultimate readers retreat style beach-cation featuring a curated library
       of beach reads from their favorite book experts.

    10. 'Tis the Season for Star of the Seas: Royal Caribbean Opens Next Iconic
        VacationStarting August 2025, vacationers can get away in a new way from
        Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida, with 7-night vacations to the
        Caribbean and the cruise line's top-rated private island - Perfect Day
        at CocoCay, The Bahamas.

    11. California Welcomes New Attractions and Celebrates Milestone
        Anniversaries in 2024"California's abundance of natural beauty, diverse
        communities and innovative experiences make it the ultimate playground
        for visitors of all ages, interests and abilities," said Caroline
        Beteta, president & CEO of Visit California.

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