Culturally-booming Cincinnati is undergoing a transformation with enhancements to the arts, especially in the Over-the-Rhine district. Visitors can explore old breweries along the Brewing Heritage Trail, design their own works of art at the Contemporary Arts Center and learn about human rights issues at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.
Houston's Marriott Marquis continues to employ people from a pool that the city's hotels turned to for help during February's Super Bowl festivities: the once-homeless. "They come to work motivated; not only are they motivating, but being around them motivates the rest of our team," general manager Scot Cotton said.
AccorHotels will expand its luxury segment with the openings of Fairmont Amman in Jordan, Fairmont Riyadh in Saudi Arabia and The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery by Sofitel and Fairmont Abu Dhabi Marina Resort, both in the UAE, within the next year. Also in the pipeline are Fairmont Fuka Bay, Swissotel Fuka Bay and Fairmont Cairo Pyramids Hotel & Residences -- all in Egypt -- and the Sofitel Wafi Dubai, UAE, and MGallery Jeddah King's Walk, Saudi Arabia.
Florida's Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa has introduced new entertainment options and child-friendly activities. Marriott's New Guestroom Entertainment Platform gives guests access to their personal Netflix and other streaming accounts, and kids can enjoy hiking and snorkeling at the resort's Funky Fish Ocean Camp.
Deciding whether to create a niche can be a tough decision for agents, but agents who choose a specialty can benefit from it and set themselves apart from the crowd. For example, agents who sell only one destination brand gain a high level of knowledge in that one area, and agents who provide great customer service and use smart social media strategies can outshine the competition. Michael Schottey of TravelPulse will continue to discuss this topic at ASTA Global Convention 2017.
Sales professionals who complain, blame and act lame can knock themselves off the path to success, but they can get back on track by following five steps to positivity, Mike Marchev writes. They can recognize good work, laugh at their shortcomings and be a good loser, as well as generate and support ideas.
Hotel bookings are bound on both sides -- the consumer and hotel -- by the terms under which the booking was made and are unconditional unless conditions are initially stated, Mark Pestronk writes. "A promise by a hotel to deliver a room in the future in return for payment or a promise to pay constitutes a binding contract," writes Thomas Dickerson in his treatise, "Travel Law."
Los Angeles-based Nimes Real Estate has purchased two hotels in downtown Austin, Texas, from Journeyman Group of Austin for an undisclosed sum. The Hotel Indigo Austin Downtown -- University and the Holiday Inn Express Austin Downtown -- University both opened in 2016.
The Hewing Hotel in Minneapolis is opening its celebrated rooftop bar and restaurant to the general public one day a week. Originally reserved for hotel guests and social club members only, the spot known for distinctive cocktails will serve all comers on Tuesdays.
JetBlue Airways will launch twice-daily nonstop flights next March between Florida's Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The airline will also begin once-daily flights from Orlando, Fla., to Atlanta.
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