Marriott International will launch several of its brands at five or more Simon shopping centers in the US over the next few years. "With consumers increasingly gravitating toward walkable, mixed-use communities, opening new hotels alongside Simon's thriving retail destinations is an important part of Marriott International's growth strategy," Marriott executive Eric Jacobs said.
Princess Cruises has named several ships and destinations for its fall 2019 and spring 2020 itineraries in the Panama Canal and South America. The Emerald Princess' Panama Canal cruise will include stops in Mexico and Costa Rica, and the Coral Princess will voyage between Chile and Argentina.
More upscale travelers are choosing Iceland over warm destinations such as Miami, according to a Virtuoso study. Travelers can marvel at Iceland's Hraunfossar waterfalls, tour a Shetland pony farm and walk through the nation's biggest lava cave, Vidgelmir.
If you are contemplating going the home-based travel franchise route, you should study the franchiser's financial disclosure documents, which are regulated by the Federal Trade Commission, industry expert Drew Daly advises. The FDDs contain useful information such as any current litigation the franchiser is facing, representations of financial performance and franchise fees.
Blackstone Group will reportedly buy luxury hotel owner LaSalle Hotel Properties for $4.8 billion. The deal comes three days after Blackstone agreed to give up the last of its Hilton stake and represents a premium of nearly 35% above LaSalle's share price on March 27, the day before Pebblebrook Hotel Trust announced a proposed all-stock bid for LaSalle.
A free smartphone app that affords wide-ranging real-time communication between guests, staff and management has been unveiled by the One&Only hotel in Cape Town, South Africa. Called ALICE ("A life-improving customer experience"), the feature offers access to TripAdvisor as well as the hotel's amenities.
The Mannin Hotel on the Isle of Man has taken the UNESCO Biosphere pledge, calling for commitment to sustainability and community engagement in six categories. "Promoting the island as a special place to live, work and visit and protecting its unique qualities is embedded in our business culture," said Rom Kesa, the hotel's general manager.
The Transportation Security Administration is preparing for the busy summer travel season with higher levels of staffing, officials told lawmakers at a hearing with the House Homeland Security subcommittee on transportation. "The question that's still on the table is: How do we get those Precheck numbers up?" A4A's Sharon Pinkerton asked.
U by Uniworld's recent policy change to allow non-millennials to book the company's river cruises has caused some agent confusion on how to sell the brand to an older crowd. Other agents have praised the company for listening to agent feedback and expanding its potential client base.
River-cruise company Scenic will update all eight of its vessels, aka Space Ships, which sail the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers for next year. These renovations will include fewer but larger staterooms and new wellness centers such as a salt lounge.
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