After training its staff and providing tools to welcome guests with disabilities, Carnival Cruise Line says its South Florida-based ships now carry a "sensory-inclusive" certification, with the rest of its fleet to follow suit by March. Staff members have learned about the sensory needs of children and adults with Down syndrome, autism and other special needs, and the ships can provide sensory bags with fidget toys, noise-canceling headphones and more.
The most impressive new hotels for the ski season "have pulled out all the stops," Mel Bradman writes, as she matches nine resorts to different types of ski aficionados. The Peakini Klubhaus at the Hotel Frau Holle in Obertauern, Austria, gets top marks for vacationers who like parties; the Refuge de la Traye at Meribel in Les Allues, France, is a small, out-of-the-way resort; and the Grand Hotel Soleil d'Or at Megeve in the French Alps offers the ultimate in elegance.
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is worried that the Federal Aviation Administration's legroom and seat-size testing is not only behind schedule -- its yearlong study's results were due in October -- but that its focus is too narrow to sufficiently address passengers' issues. The FAA says the study will wrap up by year's end.
Here are ways to cut your tax bill before the end of the year, including making donations, dividing your business and investing in opportunity zones. In addition, accountants note estate-tax and mortgage-tax options.
Hong Kong's troubles have been a boon to the hotel trade in Singapore, where dollar volume has swelled to five times the 2018 level. Officials cite avoidance of the current turmoil as a major factor in Singapore's largest visitation in at least a decade.
The Curio Collection by Hilton has made its Louisiana debut with the opening of the Higgins Hotel New Orleans at the National World War II Museum. The $66.5 million property figures in plans by the museum to expand its convention and symposium business.
Wyoming-based LR West Palm Beach has purchased the West Palm Beach Marriott in Florida for $50 million in a joint venture. PBM Properties, an affiliate of J.W. Marriott Family Enterprises, was the seller of the 353-room hotel, which traded for $20.5 million in 2002.
From the Fairmont Kea Lani renovating its way to better service with some significant renovations to Sheraton Maui infusing its lobby with more of a social element, Maui properties are kicking things up a notch to continue to remain a top destination.
Warner Bros. plans to open its first themed hotel in 2021, bolstering its array of tourist attractions and dialing up competition with fellow entertainment titans Disney and Universal. The eight-story property alongside the Warner Bros. World theme park in Abu Dhabi will feature DC Comics, Looney Tunes and Hanna-Barbera cartoon motifs.
Alaska Airlines will add a second flight between Indianapolis and Seattle on a seasonal basis, beginning in May 2020. The new flight will offer morning service between the two cities, complementing its existing service in the evenings and making commuting between the two possible.
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