The Casa Fortunato in Lisbon, Portugal, has been named the year's Best Smith Hotel by the boutique hotel booking service Mr & Mrs Smith. The top 12 list by categories includes two American properties, the Maison de la Luz of New Orleans (Best Date-Night Bar) and the Sands Hotel & Spa of Palm Springs, Calif. (Best Budget Boutique).
A Boeing 777 from LATAM Airlines has been transformed into a "Star Wars" stormtrooper helmet with a little help from The Walt Disney Co., and "it looks ridiculously cool," Julie Delahaye reports. The inflight movie offerings of the 410-passenger plane include all 10 of the franchise's films, with travel routes between Latin America and destinations including Madrid, Miami and, of course, Orlando.
Capt. Mark Rowden of Holland America's Westerdam wanted to reach port on Japan's east coast after six days at sea from Juneau, Alaska -- but Super Typhoon Hagibis had other plans for the ship's 1,800 guests, who braved a wild ride to the west coast to avoid a direct hit. "Travel hiccups happen but, with a positive attitude, issues are resolved and worries float out to sea with the storm," Susan Young writes, who was impressed with the staff's cheerful ability to help passengers reschedule flights and hotels and cancel excursions.
A five-count complaint by Nevada's Gaming Control Board discusses alleged sexual harassment of employees by Steve Wynn and recommends penalties that likely would prevent him from ever having a casino license in the state again. Wynn, who has disputed the allegations, will have 15 days to respond after the commission serves the complaint.
Facebook is considering taking action against London-based Spinner, a startup that provides social media "sniper targeting" -- implanting computer cookies that provoke an avalanche of news articles and ads designed to promote more frequent wagering on online slots sites. Beyond the alleged manipulation that could encourage problem gaming is the concern over research that suggests people under 18 are being targeted by Spinner's services.
UK-based Business Traveller Magazine has named Delta Air Lines as the best airline for North American business travelers, followed by American Airlines and Air Canada. Marriott International took the top spot for best hotel chain for business travelers.
Brown's and Hotel de Russie parent Rocco Forte will expand its reach within five years from 14 hotels to 25 or 30. The company is eyeing Italy and China first.
A search continued late Monday for a missing worker after the partial collapse of a Hard Rock hotel under construction in New Orleans left two workers dead. As crews scrambled to stabilize a crane that was near toppling, officials warned that the site remained highly dangerous.
Venues from Boston to Beijing and Beverly Hills, 44 in all, passed a 900-criterion test to make the Forbes Travel Guide's Best Hotel Bars list for 2019. Standards included temperatures of beverages, presentation and whether napkins were linen or cotton.
US-based Blackstone Group continued pressing its $1.6 billion tender offer for Unizo Holdings after the Japanese hotel chain turned down the bid. Some Unizo investors expressed concern after the company welcomed and then rejected an earlier buyout proposal from Fortress Investment Group.
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