Royal Caribbean International has announced it will invest $900 million in fleet upgrades and work on expansion of its collection of private islands. The cruise line aims to add islands in the Asia-Pacific region to its Perfect Day Island Collection and will revamp 10 ships over the next four years.
Crystal Cruises has renewed its Platinum Level Partnership with ASTA and will participate in events aimed at growing the travel industry by bringing together travel professionals from around the world. "We are proud to welcome Crystal back as a Platinum level supplier partner," says ASTA President and CEO Zane Kerby.
Princess Cruises will partner with Bon Appetit to launch a culinary shore excursion program offering cooking demonstrations and tastings that feature local chefs and cuisine. "As a leader in culinary excellence at sea, we seek to offer our guests hands-on, immersive culinary journeys from the destinations we visit," says Princess executive Bruce Krumrine.
Locals in South America's remote archipelago of Tierra del Fuego are promoting exploration by welcoming visitors to their homes to experience the region's traditional ranching culture. It's somewhat challenging to reach, but Tierra del Fuego offers visitors majestic scenery, hiking, fishing and wildlife viewing in an area relatively untouched by tourism.
Part of a travel agent's job is to address fears clients may have about traveling to certain destinations due to warnings about drugs, violence or crime, Tammy Levent writes. Agents should be confident explaining that these incidents are not unique to specific destinations and advise clients on how they can stay safe while traveling.
Air Canada is planning to increase the frequency of seven routes linking western Canada with Hawaii and Mexico next winter, and will swap out rouge-branded Boeing 767-300s for mainline 737-8s.
Southwest Airlines has distributed $543 million in profit sharing to its employees, equivalent to about 11.3% of eligible workers' compensation. Most workers received 10% of their eligible compensation as a contribution to the ProfitSharing Plan and the remaining 1.3% in cash.
UPS has broken ground on the future site of its new 28,000-square-foot facility in Kentucky that will house three new level D flight simulators for pilot training. "UPS places the highest emphasis on the safety of our airline and its people," said UPS President Brendan Canavan.
Swedish regional airline Braathens, based in Stockholm's Bromma Airport, is offering passengers the option to choose flights that use aviation biofuel rather than conventional aviation fuel. Passengers pay the difference in fuel costs, but no other fees are added.
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