Hotels and resorts along the path of Monday's total solar eclipse seized the occasion with special programs, themed food and beverage offerings and, in some cases, room rate hikes. "The demand has been high with visitors from around the world," said Maya Stanic of the Westin Nashville in Tennessee.
Alaska Airlines helped passengers get a one-of-a-kind view by hosting a three-hour flight that chased the solar eclipse. Royal Caribbean offered the Total Eclipse Cruise, which featured Bonnie Tyler singing her hit song "Total Eclipse of the Heart."
Royal Caribbean has created a new "Adventurist" role, and signed up former "Pretty Little Liars" star Shay Mitchell as its first ambassador for adventure. The "Shaycation" travel blogger will travel with Royal Caribbean and share her adventures through social media.
The Greek islands remain a popular destination, and visitors who have explored the main tourism spots might enjoy a different destination, like Hydra, Skopelos or Ikaria. These lesser-known islands are often quieter, but have the same beautiful beaches and laid-back island culture that makes Greece such an easy sell.
Unfortunately, there are unscrupulous agents who betray their clients by running scams and this behavior reflects negatively on the travel industry, John Frenaye writes. Your clients trust you to do the right thing, so don't betray their trust.
Brand power -- and the need for franchisees to take better advantage of it -- dominated discussion at the recent Hotel ROI Midwest conference in Chicago. Executives noted that brands can help meet such challenges as excess supply, wage increases and home-sharing.
A report on the hotel industry in Orlando, Fla., shows more than 15,000 additional hotel rooms are planned for the city. The increase is attributed mostly to plans recently announced by Universal Orlando Resort to open two hotels, with a total 4,000 rooms, on the site of its former Wet 'n Wild water park.
Electronic wallets now can be used at many Las Vegas casinos and hotels to cover a range of transactions, excluding gaming. Credit cards are headed for extinction, according to a spokeswoman for Caesars Entertainment, which recently adopted the popular Chinese platform WeChatPay.
JetBlue Airways announced it will introduce three new daily flights from Atlanta, beginning March 8, 2018. The airline will fly once a day to Orlando, Fla., and twice a day to New York's JFK airport and Fort Lauderdale, Fla. "We are excited to bring our award-winning service and low fares to even more markets from Atlanta," said JetBlue executive Marty St. George.
American Airlines Cargo has chosen Heavyweight Air Express to serve as its general sales agent in the United Arab Emirates. HAE also handles American's sales in several African countries.
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