Travel News: June 4, 2019

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South African Airways and Alaska Airlines Launch New Interline Agreement
Travel Pulse

South African Airways (SAA), the national carrier of South Africa and Alaska Airlines, the fifth largest airline in the United States, announced today that they have established a new interline partnership, which provides new and convenient flight options for both SAA and Alaska’s customers traveling between North America and Africa.

Six Senses opening resort in Costa Rica
Travel Weekly

Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas is making its Central American debut with the opening of the Six Senses Papagayo in Costa Rica.

Scheduled to open by mid-2021, the Six Senses Papagayo will be located on the Papagayo Peninsula. The area, which is already home to several luxury hotel and residential developments and 15 miles of coastline, also functions as a nature preserve, with around 70% of the peninsula’s land mass expected to remain untouched.

After decades-long legal battle, Caspian Sea opens to tourism
CNN

Tired of the Caribbean? Called at every Mediterranean port? Bored of the Alaskan fjords and the Baltic capitals?

An entirely new body of water may soon be open to intrepid cruise fans seeking new horizons.

The only issue: It’s a landlocked sea surrounded by some of the world’s most cloistered countries. But for many travel adventurers, this will be part of the appeal.

Besides its fame as the main source of prized black caviar, the Caspian Sea is the world’s largest inland body of water.

Work has begun on Machu Picchu’s new airport, despite protests
CNN

The Inca designed Machu Picchu to be hard to reach and, for hundreds of years, the mountaintop citadel has been protected by the spectacular peaks and gorges which encircle its ancient fortifications.

Now, however, work has begun on a new international airport, according to a Peruvian government statement, which will make the ruins more accessible than ever. And the project has sparked opposition from those concerned about the impact on the surrounding landscape, known as the Sacred Valley.

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