It’s time for some travel updates as we go around the globe to find out what is happening in the world of Travel. This week, we have some exciting news from Orlando, Florida as well as Ecuador. Are you planning vacations and wintertime travel? Turns out a lot of travel during the cold weather season, and that makes a lot of sense. Who wants to stay in frigid tempartures when the warm weather is beckoning us? I am ready to travel and these 3 travel updates you want to know are provided to us by Ministerio de Turismo of Ecuador and Universal Orlando! Let’s lavishly live travel out loud and get the 3 Travel Updates For 2015.
First the Getting To and Getting Back of Travel: Quito To Houston and Vice Versa
There’s no time like the holidays for travel and United Airlines is ready to meet the demands.How about some additional flights in and out of Houston to Quito. U.S.-based airline United is planning to add two new flights to its existing Quito – Houston route to support the increase in passengers that will travel between December 18, 2015 and January 10, 2016. United Airlines flight 1294 will depart from the Mariscal Sucre International Airport on Saturdays and Sundays at 6:30 a.m. and arrive at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston at 11:05 a.m. The return flight, United Airlines 1293, will depart from Houston at 11:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, arriving in Quito at 05:29 a.m. the following day. Currently, the airline has a daily, non-stop flight that connects Quito to Houston. The new flights will operate Saturdays and Sundays, transporting 118 passengers on a Boeing 737-700. This will accommodate the increasing demand of tourists wanting to travel to Ecuador during the holiday season. The addition of new routes and air frequency strengthen the development of the country’s tourism and commercial sectors, especially in the U.S. market. United Airlines has operated in Ecuador since 1992.
Volcanic In Quito
Now as we talk about Quito let’s talk about the Cotopaxi Volcano Situation. Friday, August 14, a yellow alert was declared in the provinces of Cotopaxi, Tungurahua and Pichincha as a result of emissions of ash from the Cotopaxi volcano which occurred in the course of the last few hours prior this announcement. In this regard, President Rafael Correa, advised the public to remain calm and to keep themselves informed using the only official channel, which in this case is the Ministry of Security Coordination with its spokesperson, Minister Cesar Navas. According to the latest newsletter issued by the Ministry of Security Coordination, the Geophysical Institute reported that the afternoon and evening on Wednesday, August 26, through satellite photographs, gas and ash emissions were detected. The Institute also reported that so far, the atmosphere near the volcano remains clear, with the presence of light gas emissions in the vicinity of the crater. The Ministry of Security Coordination announced that the volcano is being monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with the goal of having permanent information on its activity. The local airports are open and operating normally, including the airport in Latacunga. Also, tourism activities are normal in the rest of the country as well as National Parks, such as: Cayambe Coca, Galapagos, Llanganates, Machalilla, Podocarpus, Sangay, Sumaco, Yasuni, Yacuri and Cajas. Remember also that Ecuador offers numerous options to visit and enjoy a unique journey in the Andes, the Coastal region, the Amazon and the Galapagos Islands; four worlds, each with spectacular destinations to discover.
Still want an adventure? For adventure lovers, here are some excellent options: Ilinizas Ecological Reserves, El Angel, Antisana, Cotacachi Cayapas; Pasochoa Wildlife Refuge, Pululahua Geobotany Reserve; Puyango Petrified Forest; Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve; Limoncocha Biological Reserve; among others.
In case to visit Quito or areas near the volcano, where ash fall is recorded, it is advisable to consider the following recommendations:
- Protect your eyes with goggles, nose and mouth with a damp cloth and mask.
- Wear clothes that cover most of your body, to prevent skin damage.
- Cover food and drinking water, to avoid contamination with ash.
- If you have animals, you should also pay attention to these recommendations.
- Insulate gaps in doors and windows, to prevent the ash from coming in.
Fun for the 2015 Holidays In Universal
– Beginning Dec. 5 and running daily through Jan. 2, families can create unforgettable memories as they experience one-of-a-kind holiday traditions at Universal Orlando Resort. All park guests will have the opportunity to:
Marvel at the iconic larger-than-life balloons seen in the famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City during the Macy’s Holiday Parade at Universal Studios Florida. This year, enjoy two all-new balloons exclusive to Universal Orlando’s parade, Turkey Balloonicle, a towering balloon with a self-powered vehicle, and Holiday Lights Balloon, as they dazzle guests while floating through the air.
Rejoice with holiday cheer as Grinchmas comes to life throughout Seuss Landing at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Experiences include a heartwarming live show, “Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular,” featuring the Whos from Who-ville. Guests will also have the opportunity to dine with the Grinch and Friends during a delicious breakfast within Seuss Landing.
Sing along to holiday classics with performances by the masters of modern Christmas music— Mannheim Steamroller—at the Music Plaza Stage in Universal Studios Florida. Performance nights are Dec. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 and 20. The celebration continues at Universal Orlando’s four on-site hotels, where guests will relish in the spirit of the season with holiday buffets and dining events, tree-lighting ceremonies, special music performances, Hanukkah candle lightings, visits from Santa Claus, holiday poolside “dive-in” movies and family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebrations. Eve at Universal CityWalk It’s never too early to plan how you’ll ring in the New Year. At Universal’s CityWalk, guests can experience a dynamic New Year’s Eve celebration which includes non-stop entertainment, unique party zones—each with their own entertainment and signature drinks—along with access to six different clubs with live music, unlimited gourmet cuisine, and Orlando’s largest dance floor. Information about Eve event tickets will be released at a later date.
About Universal Orlando Resort For 25 years, Universal Orlando Resort has been creating epic vacations for the entire family – incredible experiences that place guests in the heart of powerful stories and adventures. Guests can soar above Hogwarts with Harry Potter, swing above the streets with Spider-Man, grab a Krusty burger in Springfield, join the ranks of the Minions and so much more. Universal Orlando’s two theme parks, Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure, are home to some of the world’s most exciting and innovative attractions. Its on-site resort hotels, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, the Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, and Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort are destinations unto themselves. Its entertainment complex, Universal CityWalk, offers dining and entertainment for every member of the family. And just minutes away is Wet ‘n Wild, a family water park. Universal Orlando Resort has unveiled 18 new guest experiences in the past five years – powerful attractions, incredible dining opportunities and a dramatically themed hotel. And more is on the way. Coming in 2016 is Universal Orlando’s fifth on-site hotel, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort; and Skull Island: Reign of Kong, a groundbreaking attraction in Islands of Adventure. And in 2017 will come Universal’s Volcano Bay, an entirely new water theme park experience.
Are you ready to travel for the cooler part of the year and celebrate the fun with Universal CityWalk? Lavishly live travel out loud with 3 Travel Updates For 2015.
This post was made possible by releases sent to me via Universal Orlando and the Ministerio De Turismo as a professional blogger.