New Year's Eve in Las Vegas is set to be a fun-filled celebration, with plenty of unique events, parties and shows on tap. Travelers can watch fireworks from a private cabin in the High Roller Ferris wheel, enjoy a Gerry McCambridge magic show and catch the Grammy-winning Foo Fighters in concert.
Hotel transactions in Orlando, Fla., rose this year through the third quarter, as did occupancy and daily rates, but remained far behind the peak year of a decade ago, according to a Colliers International report. Eighteen hotels sold for $446 million, compared to more than 60 sold for $1.8 billion in the same period in 2007.
Celebrity Cruises has recognized 22 agencies and other travel partners as being the best for their commitment and diligence. "We're continually developing new initiatives and programs to help their business and strengthen our relationship, but sometimes the best way to do so is by simply saying 'thank you'," said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, president and CEO of Celebrity Cruises.
Hotel chain DoubleTree by Hilton is doubling down on its famous free cookie service this holiday season with a "12 Days of Cookies" push, offering complimentary cookies to guests and the public. "Sharing our signature, warm DoubleTree Cookies during the holidays is our way of extending the caring, welcoming spirit and cheer that we champion all year," executive Shawn McAteer said.
Financial analysts are expecting the best profitability levels in a decade for Carnival, Royal Caribbean Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings. The companies' good fortune is partly due to a lengthy booking curve and a robust economy.
To help provide the best authentic experience for clients, agents can vet local travel services providers personally, or outsource the vetting to destination management companies and tour operators, Richard D'Ambrosio writes. Agents can also attract trustworthy suppliers by having a strong marketing plan, taking familiarization trips and attending trade shows and conferences.
Hotel owners can apply for a franchise online through a process created by RLH Corp. for its Country Hearth brand. Applicants can customize services and choose whether to use the Country Hearth name and logo, keep their own name or create a new one.
Amtrak's revenue for November was the highest in the company's history, thanks to a record number of passengers during the week of Thanksgiving. Amtrak has recently made almost $17 million in upgrades to its trains, including new carpet, drapery and cushions for seats.
JetBlue Airways has started nonstop service between Florida's Orlando International Airport and Toussaint Louverture International Airport in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Award-winning Austin, Texas, chef Damien Brockway will be on staff of the P6 restaurant on the rooftop level of The Line ATX Hotel, soon to open in Austin. The Line's parent company, the Sydell Group, is converting a former Radisson Hotel bought in 2016.
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