Carnival Cruise Line's largest terminal in North America will be in Miami as of 2022, thanks to the approval for a renovation and expansion of PortMiami. The changes will allow for new Excel-class mega-ships.
The customer's nose knows the difference between hotels more and more these days as budget and luxury properties alike embrace aromatherapy and strive for signature scents. "All the hotels are trying to one-up each other and make staying there a whole experience. And scent is a big part of that," says Samantha Goldworm of 12.29, an "olfactive branding company" that blends fragrances for several hotel groups.
Mondrian Los Angeles just received a $19 million makeover that has turned its rooms into "old Hollywood glamour meets Alice In Wonderland," Amanda Lauren writes. The Skyloft, with more than 1,000 square feet, also was renovated and is "equally whimsical and elegant."
Celebrated hairstylist Odile Gilbert created flowing hairstyles with waves that lasted throughout the Oscar De La Renta Spring 2020 show at New York Fashion Week. She shares a step-by-step primer for creating this "relaxed yet refined" look.
Salon owners Atouzo and Yvonne Neihule opened The Neihule Academy of Beauty in Los Angeles this year with a mission to better prepare stylists, nail technicians and estheticians for jobs in real-world salons. "A lot [of] the schools' goals are just to make sure students pass the state board, but not to help them become successful salon professionals," Yvonne Neihule says.
Skin care therapists should always encourage spa customers to complete consultation cards with details to help estheticians determine conditions that should be addressed, Pevonia's national education director Christine Dunn says. She offers a list of 12 questions to help figure out what's causing specific skin issues.
As hotels have realized that many travelers average just over five hours of sleep per night, they've ramped up efforts to help, offering such amenities as pillow menus, climate control, remote-control room lighting and aromatherapy, SmartBrief writes. The focus on sleep is a natural evolution for luxury hotels, which since the late 1800s have focused on innovation and tiny details, Barak Hirschowitz, president of the International Luxury Hotel Association, says.
British tour operator Thomas Cook, which started business in 1841, failed to get financial assistance to keep operating and ceased business Sunday night, stranding tens of thousands of passengers and triggering instant job loss for about 21,000 employees in 16 countries. The UK will work to find alternatives for stranded citizens, and travelers are encouraged to contact their travel insurance agencies for refunds of trips not yet taken.
Thanks to her partner winning a spot in a yearly lottery for a travel pass into Alaska's Denali National Park and Preserve, Carey Restino was able to see a part of the state she never had. "Even for someone who has traveled to the far reaches of Alaska by boat and plane, driving through Denali was jaw dropping. It was as if all the beautiful vistas of Alaska were condensed into one place," she says.
The Transportation Security Administration is considering expanding facial recognition technology from some international flights at a few airports to many domestic flights at airports around the country. US Customs and Border Protection says photos taken during the process may be shared with other US agencies, and people with privacy concerns worry that Congress hasn't debated or approved it.
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