Brexit: How Will it Impact Travelers?
The results of Friday’s referendum with the U.K. voting to leave the European Union has many wondering what short and long-term outcomes to expect, tourists included. The potential implications this has on travelers ranges from increased airfares to industry services and the value of the pound. As part of the EU, Britain benefited from the ‘Open Skies’ agreement, which allowed for inexpensive fares and frequent routes between the 28 (now 27) EU members on carriers such as EasyJet and Ryanair. These terms will now be renegotiated, so look out for route and price changes in the coming months. The article also stated that a whopping 70% of jobs in London’s tourism sector rely on foreign workers, who will be invariably affected if stricter immigration policies come into force.
As for money matters, in a report produced by travel intel hub Skift, the dropping value of the pound will affect London-based outposts of travel companies like Expedia, TravelZoo and Priceline. And, while residents of the U.K. will likely have less disposable income for travel themselves, the good news is that visiting the U.K. and Europe from the United States is about to get more affordable. The common consensus among experts and news outlets is that it could take up to 2 years for the affects of the referendum to be fully realized, if not longer. If you want to hear industry experts weigh in and learn more about how Brexit will impact tourism, The Telegraph Travel is hosting a Twitter Q&A today which you can view at #TeleTravelChat.
Stonewall Inn is the United States Newest National Monument
It’s Pride Month right now, and Pride Parades celebrating the LGBT community are happening in numerous cities across the globe. To commemorate this month, President Obama announced on Friday that New York City (whose parade took place on Sunday) will have a new National Monument dedicated to the LGBT community, The Stonewall Inn, located in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. Executive Director of the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, Wendy Stark, explained the significance of this landmark: “The Stonewall uprising, led primarily by people of color and people of transgender experience, was a watershed moment in our nation’s history, sparkling what many call the beginning of modern-day LGBT rights movements.” The Stonewall uprising occurred when patrons fought back during a violent police raid on the bar, which in turn sparked protests demanding equal rights for the LGBT community. Since then, the site has become a symbolic place of gathering for members of the community. In his speech, President Obama said, “From this place and time, building on the work of many before, the nation started the march — not yet finished — toward securing equality and respect for LGBT people.” The Stonewall Inn is the first National Park unit to honor the gay rights movement.
Deadly Heatwave Hits Southwest U.S., Impacting Air Travel
Scorching temperatures (as high as 120F) that hit the southwest United States in the past week had many fleeing for cooler areas, but aircraft weren’t cooperating. High ground temperatures effectively grounded planes in some areas, including Phoenix. Here’s why: hot air is thinner than cold air, and the loss of air density can mean problems for taking off and landing. An American Airlines spokesperson, Polly Tracey, told Conde Nast Traveler that the high temperatures will affect regional aircraft the most as they are less equipped to be able to “handle” the heat. So, if you’re looking to escape the scorching sun from Cali or Arizona, a trip all the way across the pond (Europe? Hawaii?) might be easier than hopping a couple of states over. Temperatures have cooled slightly, although another heat wave system – this time with temperatures reaching 100 degrees – is forecasted to hit California early this week.
Meanwhile, In Blackpool…
Two teenagers had an eventful night in Blackpool last week, after breaking in to the Blackpool Pleasure Beach and hopping on The Blue Flyer ride – a 84-year-old wooden roller coaster designed for children – for about 30-minutes until they were discovered by security. The Blackpool Gazette reported that the duo also raided a cafe. A community resolution order has been put in place for both of the teens, which the Lancashire Police noted in their statement is a way to deal with low-level crimes not resulting in a criminal record. The ride was inspected that day and was deemed fully operational shortly afterwards.