Carnival Corporation is now offering its original TV content such as "The Voyager with Josh Garcia" via its new OceanView Mobile app, which will also include videos of ship-christening ceremonies and onboard attractions.
As proof that it's not kidding about wooing a younger clientele, The Colony hotel in Palm Beach, Fla., has employed a "manager of fun" since November. A complimentary bicycle fleet and a pink buggy to ferry families to the beach are among touches Rickey Kalinowski has added, along with his own jolly persona.
Companies that rely too much on singular executives rather than collective leadership struggle to retain leaders and respond to competitive changes, according to a report by EY, DDI and The Conference Board that surveyed more than 25,000 people. Consider using team-based bonuses, hire and promote people known to collaborate and be able to explain the organization's purpose, write Richard Wellins and Evan Sinar of DDI.
Brazil offers several destinations where visitors can become immersed in the true magnificence of nature. Travelers can enjoy a panoramic view of Iguazu Falls on a Helisul helicopter tour, observe capuchin monkeys playing in the Tijuca urban rainforest and go hiking in Iguazu National Park.
Doing just a little more than your competitors and focusing on your top clients can make you stand out, advises Mike Marchev. Following other rules can be helpful as well, such as contacting potential clients seven times over 18 months and practicing the art of giving.
A decade after the Great Recession, hoteliers see an industry that has moved beyond recovery to growth mode. "Customers have more and more choice in their buying decisions, and providing a frictionless, personalized booking experience with seamless technology has been key to driving loyalty," said Patrick Fitzgibbon, a development executive with Hilton.
Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia became the first Pennsylvania property of Las Vegas-based Boyd Gaming Corp. this week as a $280.5 million cash purchase was finalized. The acquisition from Valley Forge Convention Center Partners LP expanded Boyd's casino property portfolio to 25 in eight states.
Holiday Inn's chain of Burger Theory restaurants celebrated National Cheeseburger Day on Tuesday by giving away 10,000 of their Classic cheeseburgers and launching a new burger called the Cheese Louise, to be sold through Nov. 11. The 25 Burger Theory locations in the US, plus one in Canada, feature craft beers, free dining for kids and individualized operations.
United Airlines has launched a new boarding process, called Better Boarding, that has travelers using two lanes instead of five. The airline tested the new procedure extensively at Los Angeles International Airport and says it reduces the time passengers spend in line.
A letter from American Airlines CEO Doug Parker encouraged Amazon to consider locating its second headquarters in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, area. Parker praised the "diverse and talented workforce" and "warm welcome" of North Texas. American continues to grow in DFW, investing in new facilities, and now has more than 31,000 local employees and one of the biggest annual payrolls in the region.
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