The Lord Baltimore Hotel in Maryland will allow guests to bring their pets along beginning March 1, provided the dogs are leashed and under 80 pounds. The $50 fee will cover special features such as a dog bed and food.
Air Canada has started direct, seasonal service between Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport. The service will operate three times a week through May 28, resuming on Sept. 6.
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua in Maui is planning for the final phase of a three-year overhaul as it observes its 25th anniversary. Renovations include new covered, outside seating at the Banyan Tree restaurant and a new breakfast buffet at the Terrace restaurant.
Following a $50 million revamp three years ago, the Hilton Paris Opera hotel is attracting more visitors than ever. The hotel blends contemporary amenities with belle epoque decor, and its signature Le Grand Salon is perfect for socializing and dining.
Hawaii's popular tourism spots are well-known by travelers, but the state is full of lively neighborhoods and towns waiting to be discovered. Visitors can tour the Hawaii Sea Spirits Organic Farm in Maui's Kula district, for example, and visit art galleries in the Oahu town of Haleiwa.
When helping clients and prospects with travel plans, you often must personal questions in order to recommend the best options, but it is important to understand your boundaries, Charlie Funk advises. For example, if a client pays for a very expensive trip in cash, it wouldn't be wise to make assumptions about where the money came from.
Agents have to overcome many obstacles when selling cruises, including worldwide uncertainties, miseducation about cruises and an overabundance of promotions, agents say. To handle these issues, agents advise keeping clients updated about travel concerns when catastrophes occur, educating them on the value of cruises and developing a management system to keep track of promotions.
Known for its select-service specialty, Iowa-based Hawkeye Hotels is moving aggressively into the full-service sector. Raj Patel, chief development officer, said the chain plans investments in urban core markets including Denver, Minneapolis, Chicago, St. Louis, New Orleans and Des Moines, Iowa.
A robot named YO2D2 has joined the staff of Yotel, the new micro-hotel in Boston's Seaport District. The machine performs a variety of functions, among them providing amenities and mingling with guests in social spaces.
Diana Birkett Rakow, a vice president at Alaska Airlines, addressed local business leaders at an Economic Alliance Snohomish County event in Lynnwood, Wash., sharing the company's philosophy and commitment to community service. The airline plans to launch new service out of Everett's Paine Field in September.
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