The Ritz-Carlton Reserve, under construction in Caroline Bay, Bermuda, is scheduled to open in 2019 with a 79-guest room hotel. Its initial phase, with 35 residences, is scheduled to open this summer; 114 more residences will follow next year.
Fans of winter sports and the great outdoors will find a bevy of activities in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Visitors can go snowmobiling on Togwotee High Mountain, relax in an outdoor hot tub at SpringHill Suites by Marriott Jackson Hole and see the area's wildlife on a tour with Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris.
Mazie Middleton of Travel This Rock has built a successful business specializing in group travel with referrals and repeat clients. She advises displaying integrity, knowing your products and being active in the local community as keys to building your brand.
Since not many agents specialize in river cruising, this may be the right time for niche-seeking agents to jump into the market, Michelle Baran writes. The segment is seeing continued growth, with more product offerings and increased interest from travelers and the media.
Several travel guides have named New Orleans a top destination for 2018, as the "The Big Easy" readies to celebrate its tricentennial year with special cultural offerings. Visitors can tour exhibits focusing on the history of the city, Catholicism's influence and women's efforts that helped build the vibrant city.
United Airlines has appointed Michael Leskinen managing director of investor relations. "Mike brings an outstanding mix of investing experience, sector knowledge and shareholder perspective, all of which place him in an excellent position to deepen United's relationships within the financial community as well as articulate our strategy going forward," said Scott Kirby, president of United Airlines.
With its $960 million casino and entertainment complex due to open in September in Springfield, Mass., MGM Resorts International is moving into its corporate offices in that city. The headquarters will house about 300 employees, while the complex will employ 3,000.
River cruise line AmaWaterways provides passengers with a desirable luxury experience, from onboard menus inspired by the region it's cruising through to well-organized tours. Another upscale offering is the chef's table dining experience, available at no additional cost.
The US State Department recently revised its country-specific travel advisory method by giving a travel advisory ranking to every nation in the world from 1 ("exercise normal precautions") to 4 ("do not travel"). "All in all, we view the new system as an improvement on the old," said Eben Peck, ASTA's executive vice president for advocacy.
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