Royal Caribbean Cruises has bought a two-thirds stake in luxury cruise line Silversea, and many agents see this as a positive move. "I believe it will help those clients who are 'Loyal to Royal' transition to a luxury cruise experience," said Vicki Briggs of Briggs World Travel.
Hard Rock Hotels is investing heavily in its four Florida properties, including the Daytona Beach location which held its grand opening May 1. Highlights include ongoing construction of a 15-story hotel tower at the Seminole Hard Rock & Casino in Tampa and a guitar-shaped tower at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood.
Marriott International is planning to make public space upgrades to Sheraton Hotels in an effort to revitalize the brand. The improvements include private, soundproof booths and a community manager located in the lobby to assist guests with reserving public spaces.
Enterprise Holdings has entered a deal with startup Voyage to manage a fleet of about 12 autonomous taxis. The agreement gives Enterprise entry into the driverless-car industry, but the company does not expect to see self-driving fleets at scale over the next 10 years, said Enterprise Chief Strategy Officer Greg Stubblefield.
The Alaskan city of Ketchikan is the perfect destination for visitors seeking to experience the great outdoors. Travelers can watch lumberjack teams compete at the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show, fish for migrating salmon during their summer run along Ketchikan Creek Falls and view the world's biggest collection of totems at the Saxman Native Village Totem Park.
A recent survey by the Adventure Travel Trade Association and Travel Leaders Group found 86% of agents experienced year-over-year adventure travel sales growth in the past three years. According to ATTA, adventure travel combines at least two of the following factors: cultural exchange, nature and physical activity.
Extended Stay America's new franchising and acquisition push is spotlighting Florida, Texas and the Carolinas because their business growth draws the chain's target traveler, said Jonathan Halkyard, president and CEO. He discussed the company's progress in an interview at the recent NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference.
Wellness has risen from an afterthought to an integral feature of luxury hospitality, expanding the pool of potential customers, public relations consultant Jennifer Hawkins writes. She urges her clients to connect with surrounding communities and tap into avid media interest in wellness trends.
The new Journey East Hampton offers a quiet, style-conscious alternative to visitors looking to eschew the more festive venues of the Hamptons. "We're pretty much the exact opposite of the stereotypical Montauk watering hole," said Atit Jariwala, CEO of developer Bridgeton Holdings.
In July, American Airlines will increase its ranks of flight attendants on reserve in preparation for an overall increase in the number of flights.
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