Best of 2023: New design hotels and luxury train routes

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Best of 2023: New design hotels and luxury train routes

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It’s been a bad, bad week for vacationers in the United States. First there was the raging storm that caught many people in dangerous situations far from home: Here are some of their stories. Then Southwest went into a multi-day meltdown that delayed or stranded hundreds of thousands of passengers. Insiders blame it on outdated technology.

Now let’s take a look at what else happened as we close out 2022.

Southwest’s spectacular implosion proved popular for what has been a chaotic year for the aviation industry. Here are 22 ways it’s been a very, very bumpy ride.

Airline passengers, international tourists and even airline pilots have also become more than a little lively this year, with punches, high jinks and scantily clad exhibitionism breaking out everywhere. Feel free to read here. – INSERT LINK –

Finally, tourism authorities also got caught up in the post-Covid fervor, putting their efforts into creating destination campaigns that were often bizarre, misguided or, occasionally, an inspired moment of genius.

China is battling its biggest-ever outbreak of Covid-19, after suddenly abandoning its restrictions and partially reopening its borders. Inbound quarantine to the country ends on January 8, meaning families can reunite after nearly three years of separation.

Chinese tourists are also keen to start traveling again, but some countries are reluctant to welcome them. The US, Italy and Japan are among the nations that have reintroduced Covid tests for travelers arriving from China and others may follow suit. Chinese state media called the new rules “discriminatory”.

It’s time to take down the holiday decorations, grab your laptop, and start planning your 2023 vacations. Here’s our guide to the hottest hotels to book in the new year, from luxury escapes in Dubai and Mozambique to hip hideaways in Paris and Palm Springs.

The Italian Dolomites are especially full of beautiful design hotels: Our roundup has the lowdown on where to soak, munch, ski and apres-ski.

If you’re looking for a rural retreat, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has just released its list of the world’s best towns for tourism, with idyllic spots in Chile, Ethiopia and South Korea among those to make the cut. pick up

There were plenty of new rail experiences to excite us in 2022, such as an overnight train running from Austria to the Italian Riviera, the new semi-high-speed line across Laos and a luxurious 2,000-mile trans-African odyssey.

In 2023, there is China’s spectacular new $3.1 billion Panda Panoramic Express, connecting Dujiangyan with a panda reserve and the Mount Siguniang scenic tourist area in Sichuan province.

Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula should open its 948-mile Tren Maya route by the end of the year, which will connect Caribbean resorts like Cancun with inland cities and cultural sites.

And for the very big traveler there is Orient Express La Dolce Vita. Accor Hotels Group’s new 11-car train, with interiors inspired by Italian decor of the 1960s and 1970s, will visit Italian cities including Rome, Venice, Siena, Matera and Palermo.

Why not spend your 31st December planning how you will do New Year’s Eve much better in 2023? Check out our list of top destinations to ring in the New Year and then – in unrelated news – learn what people around the world are eating and drinking to beat a hangover.

Sorry that the holidays are almost over?

If you lived on Christmas Island, it would be Christmas every day.

A puppy was abandoned at the San Francisco airport.

But now a United Airlines pilot and his family have adopted him.

One of the world’s most densely populated cities has opened its first metro line.

Dhaka commuters hope this will ease congestion.

These beautiful natural wonders are not American national parks.

But maybe they should be.

If there are any New Year’s resolutions we should make, it’s to be better, smarter, more aware travelers in 2023. Our partners at CNN Underscored, a product reviews and recommendations guide owned by CNN, have this list of six resolutions to inspire you.

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