ICYMI: You Can Keep Your Carry-On for Now; Biz Travelers Reinvent Themselves; and Universal to Close Water Park

You’ve had a busy week, so we complied the most interesting, funny, or downright odd travel stories from these past seven days in one post!


WAIT! Don’t buy that new carry-on just yet!



After all major U.S. carriers rejected and politicians condemned the new international guidelines for carry-on dimensions proposed by IATA, the organization has stalled on implementation and agreed to reassess the situation. Nicholas Calio, CEO of Airlines for America, said in Travel Weekly that U.S. carriers spend approximately $1.2 billion a month to improve the customer experience, which includes larger overhead bins. Others believed the new regulations would cause even more delays for business people—frequent travelers—who go to great lengths to avoid checking a bag.

Read who else condemned the new guidelines in IATA rethinks proposed change to size of carry-ons.


Name is Bond, James Bond.

More than 60 percent of business travelers admit to creating a new identity while on a work-related trip, according to a survey completed by SpringHill Suites by Marriott. The survey also discussed that many business travelers indulge in activities they usually wouldn’t do at home, including karaoke, faking an accent “with no shame,” and tasting new decadent food and drinks. Also, more than 70 percent of respondents named Scandal’s Olivia Pope or MadMen’s Don Draper as their ultimate travel companion.

Credit: Springhill Suites

Credit: Springhill Suites

Discover what travelers enjoy most about business escapes in Playfully Going Incognito and Belting Tunes on the Karaoke Stage Top the List of Ways Business Travelers Treat Themselves to “Me Time.”


Wet ‘n Wild is all wet.

We all knew this was coming the moment we heard about Volcano Bay (amIright?). According to Orlando Sentinel, the Universal-owned Wet ‘n Wild waterpark will close in 2016. The waterpark was the 10th busiest in the world but the fourth in the Orlando market, after Disney World’s Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach, and SeaWorld’s Aquatica.

Volcano Bay rendering

Volcano Bay rendering

Wet ‘n Wild first opened in 1977 and was brought by Universal in 1998. Universal leased the land Wet ‘n Wild occupied until 2013 when it brought the 50 acres for more than $30 million. No word yet on what will become of the area, but Dewayne Bevil of The Sentinel speculates it will be used for more lodging as Comcast, Universal’s parent company, wants to triple the number of hotel rooms at the resort.

Read more about Wet ‘n Wild’s history and how it was not the first waterpark, even if it’s the model for all others that came after it in Universal closing Wet ‘n Wild Orlando at the end of 2016.


Better book these getaways before you can’t.

VeniceWant to see a glacier? Visit the tropical paradise of the Maldives, or dive in the Great Barrier Reef? There’s no time like the present! The Active Times have ten great destinations that won’t be around much longer, so if you or clients want to see these places, then they better book their getaways soon. Some are more pertinent than others. The Maldives “should” be around another hundred years, so if you can visit in your lifetime, even if you were born yesterday. However, places like Venice, the Great Barrier Reef, and the Taj Mahal might not be around much longer. Get there—NOW!

Discover the destinations with expiration dates in 10 Places to Visit Before They Disappear.


Check out travel updates from this week!

Save the Date – Upcoming Events for 2015

Hotel Happenings: Property Updates – Week of June 15

All Aboard: Cruise News for Week of June 15

Now Boarding: Air Travel Updates for Week of June 15