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12/3/2021

Travel advisors will see their Carnival commission rates unchanged through 2023, the cruise line has announced. The decision affects cruises booked on Cunard, Holland America, Seabourne, Princess Cruises and Carnival Cruise Line.

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12/3/2021

Former President Donald Trump could come away with a $100 million profit from sale of the lease to his company's money-losing flagship hotel in Washington, D.C., experts say. The $375 million price reportedly paid by Miami-based CGI Merchant for the Trump International Hotel would be a record for the city.

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12/3/2021

Delta worked closely with Atlanta Technical College to resume its Aviation Maintenance Airframe Certificate Program this spring to recruit rising aviation maintenance talent. "Providing this curriculum not only enhances the opportunities available to students in our community, but also supports our efforts to present a compelling career path at Delta TechOps while students are in aviation programs," said Joe McDermott, managing director for people development and culture at Delta and a member of the college's board of directors.

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12/3/2021

Southwest Airlines has released a coffee table book that traces the airline's 50-year history through photographs of 50 objects and artifacts and accompanying stories. The book is available only on Southwest's online store.

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12/3/2021

A new alliance between Allegiant and Viva Aerobus could bring lower-cost flights between Mexico and the US by 2023 if the deal is approved. Allegiant serves more than 130 US cities and plans to invest $50 million into Viva Aerobus.

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12/3/2021

The Omicron variant has arrived in the US and the Biden administration imposed new requirements for travelers, including a negative test within a day of departure. The testing rule goes into effect Monday, while the mask mandate for planes, trains and public transportation remain in effect through March 18.

12/3/2021

Hopes for repurposing pandemic-vacated New York City hotels as affordable housing have failed to materialize, in stark contrast to California's success. Regulatory and zoning barriers have been the chief culprit behind thwarted plans by nonprofit developers to convert more than 700 hotels.

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12/3/2021

Florida-based Timbers Co. has created a brand called Soleil Hotels & Resorts adaptable for US locations ranging from urban centers to mountains and beaches. A host of partnerships are planned for the line, geared to remote working and the second-home trend.

12/3/2021

Starwood Capital Group's Baccarat Hotels & Resorts and Hilton Worldwide's LXR Hotels & Resorts are among 14 upscale lodging brands to be included in a forthcoming $50.6 billion development project in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The brands announced Wednesday are the first of 38 planned for the mixed-use complex in the historic city of Diriyah inside the capital.

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12/3/2021

According to new research published in the science journal Nature, mathematical models support that the high air exchange rate, HEPA filtration, air flow patterns and airplane seat configurations aboard commercial aircraft result in over 99% of pathogens being removed from the air.

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