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Delta to fly nonstop daily between Atlanta and Tulum, Mexico

Delta to fly nonstop daily between Atlanta and Tulum, Mexico

Delta Air Lines has announced daily nonstop service between Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL) and Tulum’s brand-new Felipe Carrillo Puerto International Airport (TQO) when it opens for international service in late March 2024. The service will...

Seabourn reveals newest expedition vessel Seabourn Pursuit

Seabourn reveals newest expedition vessel Seabourn Pursuit

Seabourn has revealed its new Seabourn Pursuit, expected to launch in August of 2023. Seabourn Pursuit will sail five voyages in the Mediterranean before embarking on two voyages across the Atlantic and through the Caribbean. On Oct. 10, 2023, the ship will arrive in...

REI Co-op adds Canadian & U.S. multi-day tours

REI Co-op adds Canadian & U.S. multi-day tours

REI Co-op is diving deeper as a tour operator, with the expansion of rentals, day tours, and multi-day adventures. They have launched three additional Canadian Rockies trips that will take place year-round — as well as new destinations in the United States. "We are...

TeamSnap introduces new registration platform for youth sports

TeamSnap introduces new registration platform for youth sports

TeamSnap has introduced a new platform to its suite of technologies: TeamSnap Registration. TeamSnap is an online community for youth sports, and the addition of a registration platform will help "club and program organizers everything they need to register players...

Xiamen Airlines launches route between Xiamen and Paris

Xiamen Airlines launches route between Xiamen and Paris

Xiamen Airlines has launched a nonstop flight between Xiamen, China and Paris France — the 12th intercontinental route of Xiamen Airlines, and also the first intercontinental route launched by the airline since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The Xiamen to Paris route is...

Denver tourism increased to a record 36 million visitors in 2022

Denver tourism increased to a record 36 million visitors in 2022

Denver tourism is growing, with a 15 percent increase year-over-year for the city between 2021 and 2022. In 2022, a record 36.3 million visitors visited Denver and the visitors also spent more money in Denver than ever before: generating $9.4 billion in tourism...

Abercrombie & Kent adds small group tours in 2024

Abercrombie & Kent adds small group tours in 2024

Abercrombie & Kent has launched new tour options for Luxury Small Group Journeys across the world, including Brazil, Scandinavia, Colombia, the Azores & Madeira, Oman & the Emirates, and Saudi Arabia. “A growing number of our guests are seeking out more...

TeamSnap add three new business lines for teams & businesses

TeamSnap add three new business lines for teams & businesses

Youth sports management software TeamSnap has launched three new business lines: TeamSnap for Business, TeamSnap for Brands, and TeamSnap for Teams. The three brands are "enhanced versions of its offerings for sports organizations as well as for brands." "The...

Alaska Airlines adds new cross-U.S. routes

Alaska Airlines adds new cross-U.S. routes

Alaska Airlines is adding new routes for winter, including cross-U.S. routes. The routes include Portland, OR to Miami, Palm Springs to New York JFK, and San Luis Obispo to Las Vegas. "We believe our guests are going to love these new nonstops. We continue to see...

MoonPass Lookouts showcase history of Great Fire of 1910

MoonPass Lookouts showcase history of Great Fire of 1910

Kristie Wolfe, an airbnb owner who has created a number of unique experiences, including the Famous Idaho Potato airbnb (yes, you actually get to stay in a giant potato), has launched her latest property: MoonPass Lookouts. MoonPass Lookouts: An Elevated Forest...

Alaska Airlines launches Seattle/Everett to Honolulu flight

Alaska Airlines launches Seattle/Everett to Honolulu flight

Alaska Airlines will be introducing a new nonstop flight between Seattle/Everett and Honolulu beginning in Fall of 2023. The flight will leave from Paine Field-Snohomish County Airport, and will launch on Nov. 17, 2023. The flight is Alaska's first new route to...

Thailand Tourism launches 2023 Let’s Go Thailand campaign

Thailand Tourism launches 2023 Let’s Go Thailand campaign

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Los Angeles recently announced the launch of Let's Go Thailand, a new campaign designed to help travelers create their own unique Thailand experience. Let's Go Thailand began running in May 2023 and will run through August, and...

Puerto Rico’s meetings industry ends year with record numbers

Puerto Rico’s meetings industry ends year with record numbers

Discover Puerto Rico, the Island's Destination Marketing Organization, is closing fiscal year of 2022-2023 with record numbers in the MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions) sector driven by a diverse set of events hosted on the island. Puerto Rico...

Holland America launches new departures for 2024-2025 Asia season

Holland America launches new departures for 2024-2025 Asia season

Holland America has announced their 2024-2025 Asia season, with departures from Hong Kong, China; Yokohama (Tokyo), Japan; and Singapore. The routes will visit 10 countries, with a strong focus on Japan. “The demand for Asia remains strong as cruisers seek experiences...

Sports travel industry embracing international NFL games

Sports travel industry embracing international NFL games

With the NFL regularly planning multiple games overseas each year, sports travel has become an important industry for fans wanting to attend the games. Sports Traveler was founded in 2000 and specializes in sports travel packages to major sporting events all over the...

Pacifica Hotels purchases Kimpton Hotel Vintage Seattle

Pacifica Hotels purchases Kimpton Hotel Vintage Seattle

Pacifica Hotels has purchased the Kimpton Hotel Vintage Seattle for $33.7 million. Pacifica plans to undergo a renovation of the property, including 125 guest rooms, hotel restaurant, and lobby. Pacifica Hotels is the largest owner and operator of boutique hotels...

Experience Columbus launches summer campaign for visitors

Experience Columbus launches summer campaign for visitors

Experience Columbus has announced its new summer campaign, featuring the city's neighborhoods, culture, a concert series, and a brand new app. Experience Columbus is launching a new video series to showcase Columbus' neighborhoods and residents, including the Short...

Viking to launch 3 new ships on the Nile River in Egypt

Viking to launch 3 new ships on the Nile River in Egypt

Viking Cruises is launching three brand new Nile River ships, including the Viking Hathor, to debut in 2024. Viking's 2023 season on the Nile River is already sold out. Viking's new ship will sail on the 12-day Pharaohs & Pyramids itinerary, and will join the...

France bans short-haul domestic flights

France bans short-haul domestic flights

France will be banning short-term flights within the country, encouraging train travel instead. A new law requires any flights to be canceled that can be replaced by a train journey under two-and-a-half hours. The new law went into effect in mid-May, although many...

Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort completes $8 million renovation

Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort completes $8 million renovation

The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa has completed an $8 million renovation to its public spaces. The renovation began in July 2022 and was completed in May 2023. The renovation included the redesign of the 403-room resort's entry, lobby, reception areas,...

MAP: Silversea’s 140-day 2026 World Cruise announces on-sale date

MAP: Silversea’s 140-day 2026 World Cruise announces on-sale date

Silversea Cruises has announced details for their 140-day World Cruise 2026: "The Curious and the Sea." The World Cruise will embark Silver Dawn in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Jan. 6, 2026 and travel to 70 destinations in 37 countries, which is the most ever (so far)...

Hilton announces extended stay brand, Project H3

Hilton announces extended stay brand, Project H3

Hilton is adding an extended stay brand to their portfolio — to help meet the needs of the $300 billion workforce travel market. The brand will be for travelers looking for 20 nights or more in apartment-style accommodations. The new brand will launching in the U.S....

Texas Renaissance Festival open for 2023 weddings

Texas Renaissance Festival open for 2023 weddings

The Texas Renaissance Festival (TRF), the nation's largest Renaissance-themed event, has opened their wedding reservations for the 2023 season, which takes place over eight weekends from October 7 through November 26, 2023. TRF has four wedding venues, three wedding...

Hard Rock International to open Rocksino in Deadwood, SD

Hard Rock International to open Rocksino in Deadwood, SD

Hard Rock International is opening a brand new experience in the historic city of Deadwood, South Dakota with Rocksino by Hard Rock, opening on Aug. 8, 2023. According to Hard Rock International, the Rocksino by Hard Rock Deadwood will be a boutique hotel & casino...

Cambria Hotels two open first 2 hotels in Pacific Northwest

Cambria Hotels two open first 2 hotels in Pacific Northwest

Choice Hotels International, Inc. (CHI) is opening its first two Cambria Hotels in the Pacific Northwest. CHI has started construction on Cambria Hotel Pearl District in Portland, Oregon and Cambria Hotel Hillsboro in Hillsboro, Oregon. Both properties are expected to...

Visit Montana highlights Montana Dinosaur Trail for summer visitors

Visit Montana highlights Montana Dinosaur Trail for summer visitors

Montana is home to a busy prehistoric past, and Visit Montana wants travelers to know about the Montana Dinosaur Trail. "Winding its way through the state, the Montana Dinosaur Trail takes travelers back in time with 14 locations to learn about Montana's prehistoric...

Sabre unveils new group and leisure travel booking platform

Sabre unveils new group and leisure travel booking platform

Sabre has announced Sabre Vacations, a platform for travel advisors to book leisure and group travel booking. The roll-out to new and existing Sabre travel agency customers is expected to begin in July of 2023. Sabre Vacations is a travel comparison tool to allow...

AHLA Report: Women gaining more roles in hospitality leadership

AHLA Report: Women gaining more roles in hospitality leadership

Women are increasingly becoming a part of hospitality leadership, according to a new report by the AHLA Foundation. The report found that women now hold one in four of all chief-level positions at hotel companies, although it is mostly in human resources and...

US Ghost Adventures adds 8 new tours across the U.S.

US Ghost Adventures adds 8 new tours across the U.S.

US Ghost Adventures has announced an expansion of eight new tours across the United States. US Ghost Adventures offers entertaining and historic ghost tours of the most haunted cities in the U.S., and currently operates tours in more than 60 cities — as well as owning...

Inaugural Bahamas Dive Week kicks off in San Salvador

Inaugural Bahamas Dive Week kicks off in San Salvador

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Investments & Aviation (BMOTIA) is set to host the first ever Bahamas Dive Week on San Salvador scheduled for May 6-13. Dive Week Kicks off in San Salvador, and will also include destinations like Grand Bahama Island and Nassau....

Miami Beach kicks off summer with new itineraries and app

Miami Beach kicks off summer with new itineraries and app

Miami Beach is ready to kick off the unofficial start to summer with a collection of events and experiences for visitors. To help make it even easier for those ready to plan vacations or staycations now, the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority (MBVCA) is...

Playfly Sports to acquire The Aspire Sports Marketing Group

Playfly Sports to acquire The Aspire Sports Marketing Group

Playfly Sports will be acquiring The Aspire Sport Marketing Group, adding ticketing and hospitality sales to the sports media and marketing platform. The Aspire Group is a sports and entertainment marketing firm that specializes in consulting, research, and ticket...

Little Rock CVB preparing for the 2024 eclipse

Little Rock CVB preparing for the 2024 eclipse

The next solar eclipse over North America is happening April 8, 2024, and will pass over large cities like Buffalo, NY; Burlington, VT; Indianapolis, IN; and Little Rock, AR. The Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau (LRCVB) is making big plans for the “Great...

Taste of Iceland festival planned for NYC, Chicago, Seattle

Taste of Iceland festival planned for NYC, Chicago, Seattle

The Taste of Island 2023 is heading to New York City in May of 2023. The festival, organized by Inspired by Iceland will take place May 10-May 13, 2023. "The four-day cultural festival celebrates the land of fire and ice with more than a dozen events at venues across...

Topgolf to become officially-sanctioned Special Olympics event

Topgolf to become officially-sanctioned Special Olympics event

Topgolf will become an officially-sanctioned event at the Special Olympics in 2024. It is the first time a brand has become a medaled event. Athletes at the 2024 Special Olympic games will be able to compete in Topgolf as an individual or as a member of a team. "We...

Pilsner Urquell opens new “Experience” in the heart of Prague

Pilsner Urquell opens new “Experience” in the heart of Prague

Pilsner Urquell is opening a brand new home in the heart of Prague. The beer brand's original factory is located in Plzeň, Czech Republic, but the new opening will bring their experience to travelers in the Czech capital. The Pilsner Urquell Experience will be located...

Hyatt launches Event Experience Guides for meeting planners

Hyatt launches Event Experience Guides for meeting planners

Hyatt Hotels Corporation has launched a new tool to help event planners plan their next event at a Hyatt property. Together by Hyatt is a series of Event Experience Guides, which will provide event planners with "an interactive, easy-to-navigate online platform with...

Sodexo Live! to purchase Sports, Travel, and Hospitality Group

Sodexo Live! to purchase Sports, Travel, and Hospitality Group

Sodexo Live! has increased its stake in STH (Sports, Travel, and Hospitality) to 100 percent. STH is a provider of global travel, hospitality, and ticketing programs. The purchase will allow Sodexo Live! to increase their presence at international sports programs...

National Geographic Expeditions announces 2023 Signature Land Trips

National Geographic Expeditions announces 2023 Signature Land Trips

National Geographic Expeditions has announced their 2023 itineraries for Signature Land, including an expanded Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia: Ancient Temples and Natural Wonders expedition. The Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia itinerary is a 17-day, 16-night journey across...

‘Let’s Do London’ tourism campaign launches to US audiences

‘Let’s Do London’ tourism campaign launches to US audiences

London has launched their largest-ever international tourism campaign, welcoming travelers back to the UK capital. The $12.5 million "Let's Do London" campaign was launched to celebrate the lifting of US-UK travel restrictions. "Led by London & Partners, which...

Feature: A conversation with CityPASS on the future of travel

Feature: A conversation with CityPASS on the future of travel

Things have begun to return to normal in the travel industry, but most agree that travel will likely never be exactly what it was prior to 2020. For the companies who survived through the pandemic, the world of travel is a very different place. Companies have adapted,...

‘City of Museums’ Xi’an, China opens 2 major museums

‘City of Museums’ Xi’an, China opens 2 major museums

Xi'an, China has two museums for travelers and locals to learn the history of the area. The Shaanxi Archaeological Museum was recently completed in Xi'an, China and will be open to the public on a trial basis from April 28. The Xi'an Museum had also officially...

Discover Puerto Rico invites visitors to ‘Live Boricua’

Discover Puerto Rico invites visitors to ‘Live Boricua’

Discover Puerto Rico unveiled their latest brand campaign: 'Live Boricua.' Discover Puerto Rico is the Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) of the island, and is launching their campaign along with others in the Puerto Rican tourism industry. "A movement born out...

A&K Travel Group acquires Crystal Cruises’ name, 2 ships

A&K Travel Group acquires Crystal Cruises’ name, 2 ships

A&K Travel Group has announced the acquisition of the Crystal Cruises name, as well as two ships: the Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony. A&K's goal is to relaunch the ships in 2023 after "extensive refurbishment" and will operate under the name "Crystal...

US to end COVID-19 testing requirement for travelers

US to end COVID-19 testing requirement for travelers

The White House is expected to announce on Friday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will lift their COVID-19 testing requirement for travelers re-entering the United States from other countries, according to CNN. The new ruling will go into...

Atlantis Paradise Island to undergo complete renovations

Atlantis Paradise Island to undergo complete renovations

Atlantis Paradise Island is embarking on multimillion-dollar renovations at their resort in The Bahamas. The renovations include redevelopment of the Beach Tower, all Royal Tower guest rooms and suites, the Atlantis Casino, and the addition of another Michelin-starred...

Feature: Cypress Tours is ready to welcome the world back to Italy

Feature: Cypress Tours is ready to welcome the world back to Italy

There are so many tour companies taking travelers all across the world, but some of the more unsung heroes are the smaller or one-person companies introducing travelers to new locations and cultures. Lynette of Cypress Tours has been taking groups to Italy for more...

European travel by Americans to increase 600 percent in summer 2022

European travel by Americans to increase 600 percent in summer 2022

Although many Americans have opted to travel domestically since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the trend for summer of 2022 is leaning toward European travel. According to a report by Allianz Partners, the Top 10 Summer European Destinations, travel to Europe...

Top 10 airports in the world show 2021 show travel recovery

Top 10 airports in the world show 2021 show travel recovery

Although 2020 and 2021 were not normal for travel, the busiest airports in the world remained (at least relatively) the same with Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport taking the top spot once again. According to Airports Council International (ACI) World,...

Omni Hotels adds instant booking for groups and meeting planners

Omni Hotels adds instant booking for groups and meeting planners

Omni Hotels & Resorts, along with Groups 360, have announced a new instant booking experience for groups and meeting spaces. GroupSync is Group360's proprietary online booking marketplace, and is available now at the Omni Frisco Hotel in Frisco, Texas, and will...

Southwest to increase service in California, Hawaii, Cuba

Southwest to increase service in California, Hawaii, Cuba

Southwest Airlines will be adding additional services to its flight schedules beginning in early June, including destinations like California, Hawaii, the Pacific Northwest, and the Caribbean. “For a gamut of travelers seeking business opportunity, faraway fun, or...

Hawaiian Airlines to resume nonstop Honolulu-Auckland flights

Hawaiian Airlines to resume nonstop Honolulu-Auckland flights

Hawaiian Airlines is planning to resume its nonstop flights between Honolulu (HNL) and Auckland (AKL) after two years of pandemic-related travel restrictions. The flights between Hawaii and New Zealand will resume three times a week beginning on July 2. "Our July...

Hurtigruten Expeditions announces 2023-24 season

Hurtigruten Expeditions announces 2023-24 season

Hurtigruten Expeditions, the world's largest expedition cruise line, has announced their 2023-2024 itineraries. The new itineraries span five continents and 150 different itineraries, including to the Galápagos, Antarctica, Arctic, West Africa, the Caribbean, Canary...

Palms Las Vegas announces grand re-opening April 27

Palms Las Vegas announces grand re-opening April 27

Palms Casino Resort has announced plans to reopen on April 27, 2022, with fireworks on opening night. They will be open for stays on April 28, 2022. The iconic hotel had undergone a more than $600 million renovation beginning in 2019. "Our goal is to deliver a truly...

JetBlue plans to acquire Spirit Airlines

JetBlue plans to acquire Spirit Airlines

JetBlue has announced it is proposing the purchase of Spirit Airlines, which would make it one of the largest airlines in the United States. "The combination of the two airlines would position JetBlue as the most compelling national low-fare challenger to the four...

Hyatt adds 100+ all-inclusive resorts to rewards program

Hyatt adds 100+ all-inclusive resorts to rewards program

Hyatt Hotels is adding to its rewards portfolio, with the addition of more than 100 luxury all-inclusive resorts across seven brands to its AMR Collection portfolio. The new resorts will join the program in phases, beginning with six Cancun resorts joining the World...

Four Seasons launches Tuscany driving tour

Four Seasons launches Tuscany driving tour

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts have unveiled Beyond by Four Seasons, "An Exclusive Driving Journey Through Tuscany," as their latest destination tour. The weeklong tour will be curated by the brand and showcase the Tuscan countryside by luxury car with the Four...

CDC ends COVID advisory for cruises

CDC ends COVID advisory for cruises

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has officially lifted their COVID-19 risk advisory for cruise ship travel, two years after initially issuing the warning. The CDC posted the news online, removing their "Cruise Ship Travel Health Notice." The notice...

Vail Resorts purchases majority of Swiss ski resort

Vail Resorts purchases majority of Swiss ski resort

Vail Resorts are moving into Europe. The company announced they are purchasing a majority stake in Andermatt-Sedrun Sport AG in Central Switzerland from Andermatt Swiss Alps AG (ASA). The purchase will help Vail Resorts invest in the Europe market, with a resort that...

Air New Zealand launches flagship JFK-AKL flight

Air New Zealand launches flagship JFK-AKL flight

Just a few weeks after New Zealand announced their reopening to international travelers, Air New Zealand has announced a nonstop New York City to Auckland flight. The flight will operate three times a week and will run between John F. Kennedy Airport in New York and...

Survey: Majority of business travelers are ready to return to travel

Survey: Majority of business travelers are ready to return to travel

Business travel was one of the segments affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. As the world got used to online work, there were concerns that it would never return — at least not to the same level it was in 2019. But a new study found good news when it comes to the return...

Viking leads new Iceland cruise trend

Viking leads new Iceland cruise trend

Iceland has been a popular destination for travelers for year, in part to the country's tourism campaigns and in part to IcelandAir providing a stopover service for the country. And now cruise lines have taken the hint and are offering circumnavigations of the island....

VisitBritain & British Airways team up for new tourism campaign

VisitBritain & British Airways team up for new tourism campaign

VisitBritain and British Airways have teamed up to promote Britain in the United States, with a new campaign called "Meanwhile in Britain." According to Travel Weekly, the multi-million dollar campaign kicks off a three year partnership between the two companies. "The...

Travel agency air sales hits highest point since February 2020

Travel agency air sales hits highest point since February 2020

Travel agency air ticket sales hit their highest point since February 2020, according to a report by the Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC). The February 2022 sales totaled $5.4 billion by travel agencies. Air ticket sales also increased by 253 percent between February...

Report: EU’s tourism saw significant improvement in 2021

Report: EU’s tourism saw significant improvement in 2021

Those in the tourism industry understand how locations across the world have struggled since 2020. But as countries begin to open up and remove restrictions, tourism is making a comeback. The European Union's (EU) Eurostat found that tourism in the EU improved overall...

New Zealand will welcome visitors for first time since 2020

New Zealand will welcome visitors for first time since 2020

Just days after Australia announced they will be reopening to visitors, New Zealand is following suit. The island country closed at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and remained closed the last two years. Beginning on April 13, vaccinated visitors from Australia...

Southwest Airlines CEO opens door to assigned seating

Southwest Airlines CEO opens door to assigned seating

Southwest Airlines may soon be getting rid of one of their most recognizable features, maybe. According to new CEO Bob Jordan, there is a possibility they could consider assigned seating on the airline. Southwest Airlines has traditionally had open seating on all...

Thailand to relax travel requirements, beginning in February

Thailand to relax travel requirements, beginning in February

Thailand is planning to relax their entry requirements beginning in February, after getting through a short Omicron COVID surge. During a Thursday meeting of the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration, Thailand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and the Thai...

Map: What countries are open & what are travel restrictions?

Map: What countries are open & what are travel restrictions?

With constantly changing travel restrictions around the world, Sherpa has put together an interactive map to help travelers and travel advisors stay up to date on the current requirements and restrictions. The interactive travel restrictions map allows you to see the...

Crystal Cruises suspends operations

Crystal Cruises suspends operations

Crystal Cruises has suspended operations, due to its parent company's Genting Hong Kong's financial issues. The suspension was originally through April and may for ocean and expedition ships, respectively, but the new announcement means there is no reopening date for...

Wellness travel is expected to surpass $1.1 billion by 2025

Wellness travel is expected to surpass $1.1 billion by 2025

Wellness tourism continues to grow, with an expected growth of 20.9 percent every year through 2025, according to a new report. The report, The Global Wellness Economy: Looking Beyond COVID by the Global Wellness Institute, found that the industry will reach nearly...

Italy to pay cruise lines after Venice ship ban

Italy to pay cruise lines after Venice ship ban

The Italian government is paying cruise lines for their decision to ban large ships from the Venice lagoon. According to Italian newspaper The Local, the compensation will come out to 57.5 million euros, or around $65 million. Around 30 million euros will be allocated...

Silversea’s first hybrid ship has a name: Silver Nova

Silversea’s first hybrid ship has a name: Silver Nova

Silversea Cruises has named its very first hybrid ship. Silver Nova is a new kind of ship, which is a part of Silversea's Project Revolution. Silver Nova is expected to be delivered in summer of 2023, and will be the first hybrid, luxury cruise ship free of local...

Restored Grenada Underwater Sculpture Park is unveiled

Restored Grenada Underwater Sculpture Park is unveiled

The Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA) has completed the renovation of the Grenada Underwater Sculpture Park (USP), which is located off the West Coast of Grenada in the Molinere Beauséjour Marine Protected Area. A destination for snorkelers and divers, the Grenada...

Barbados becomes an independent republic, with no more queen

Barbados becomes an independent republic, with no more queen

Barbados is officially a republic, having separated themselves from Queen Elizabeth II. The ceremony took place in Bridgetown, with the swearing in of Dame Sandra Mason as president. Barbadan native Rihanna attended the ceremony, along with Prince Charles. The move...

Thailand’s reopening gives insight to other countries

Thailand’s reopening gives insight to other countries

Thailand's reopening has other Asian countries looking at how to open, and what that opening may look like. Although tourism in Thailand is increasing, it is slow and steady for the country. According to Reuter, Thailand has 106,117 foreign tourists between January...

Marriott CEO sees new desire for travel

Marriott CEO sees new desire for travel

Marriott is seeing the desire for travel — both domestic and international. Marriott International CEO Tony Capuano spoke during their third quarter earnings call, and is optimistic for the future. “It's been wonderful to see so many people traveling again and to...

Hyatt completes acquisition of Apple Leisure Group

Hyatt completes acquisition of Apple Leisure Group

Apple Leisure Group (ALG) has a new owner, as Hyatt Hotel Corporation has completed their acquisition of the travel company. The acquisition includes 100 hotels in 10 countries of ALG's AMR Collection, which will double the number of Hyatt resorts around the world....

Survey: 63% of Americans plan to travel for the holidays

Survey: 63% of Americans plan to travel for the holidays

Americans are looking to travel for the holidays in 2021, according to a survey by The Vacationer. The survey found that 63 percent of American adults (161 million people) are planning to travel for at least one holiday before the end of 2021, and 42 percent of...

Connect Meetings partners with World Meetings Forum to expand reach

Connect Meetings partners with World Meetings Forum to expand reach

Connect Meetings has partnered with World Meetings Forum (WMF) to bring their events to Latin American, Central America, and Spanish-speaking Caribbean destination management companies (DMC). "The increased presence of such destinations will meet the increasing demand...

IHG & PCMA introduce digital event course, on-site COVID testing

IHG & PCMA introduce digital event course, on-site COVID testing

IHG Hotels & Resorts has partnered with the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) to enhance their on-site and hybrid events, providing education for their employees by developing a Digital Event Strategist Introductory Certificate Course for...

Royal Caribbean launches their own world cruise

Royal Caribbean launches their own world cruise

Following the success of world cruises, Royal Caribbean has decided to launch its own Ultimate World Cruise. The itinerary includes 274 nights, seven continents, 65 countries, and more than 150 destinations. The new Royal Caribbean Cruise will sail on Serenade of the...

CRVA opens expanded $127 million Charlotte Convention Center

CRVA opens expanded $127 million Charlotte Convention Center

The city of Charlotte's new Charlotte Convention Center expansion opened this week after nearly two years of construction. The $126.9 expansion was welcomed by the city of Charlotte and the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA). The new center broke ground in...

US to allow foreign travelers starting in November, with stipulations

US to allow foreign travelers starting in November, with stipulations

The United States will be allowing in foreign tourists beginning in November, as long as they are fully vaccinated, according to White House Assistant Press Secretary Kevin Munoz. "The US’ new travel policy that requires vaccination for foreign national travelers to...

Viking introduces new ship and 3 new itineraries

Viking introduces new ship and 3 new itineraries

Viking is launching a new ship, Viking Saturn, which will join the cruise line's fleet in 2023. The ship will spend her maiden season with itineraries in Scandinavian and Nordic countries, including a 15-day journey to Iconic Iceland, Greenland, and Canada; a 15-day...

Report: Ryanair banning customers for credit card chargebacks

Report: Ryanair banning customers for credit card chargebacks

Ryanair has reportedly banned customers who were issued a chargeback by their credit cards for flights that were in operation. A chargeback is when a credit card customer disputes a purchase on their credit card, and is refunded — even if the company does not agree to...

Fiji to reopen after nearly 2 years of being closed

Fiji to reopen after nearly 2 years of being closed

After nearly two years of being closed, Fiji has announced they are reopening and are ready to welcome visitors, starting in December 2021. Fiji will be reopening with entry requirements in place, including required vaccines, providing negative RT-PCR tests taken...

Hawaii begins easing restrictions on events

Hawaii begins easing restrictions on events

Hawaii is looking to ease restrictions on gatherings, according to a news conference held by Hawaii Gov. David Ige and Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi on Friday, Oct. 8. In August, after a spike in COVID-19 infection rates, Mayor Blangiardi restricted large gatherings,...

TSA lowers TSA Precheck online renewal fee by $15

TSA lowers TSA Precheck online renewal fee by $15

If you are looking to renew your TSA Precheck any time soon, your fee just got a lot lower. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has announced the renewal fee for online renewals will be going from $85 to $70, effective Oct. 1. “TSA PreCheck was launched 8...

Top travel trending locations for holidays include Florida, Mexico

Top travel trending locations for holidays include Florida, Mexico

Travelers are once again looking forward to holiday travel, and are already planning. According to a survey conducted by Expedia, the top destinations include beach and mountain locations. "Whether you're hoping to spend your holidays on the sand or on a ski slope,...

Marriott brings back their hot breakfast buffet

Marriott brings back their hot breakfast buffet

Marriott will be rolling out their hot breakfast options for a "limited number of hotels" in their brands, including Residence Inn by Marriott, SpringHill Suites by Marriott, Fairfield by Marriott, and TownePlace Suites by Marriott. Travel trend: Wellness is an...

Travel trend: Wellness is an important part of future trips

Travel trend: Wellness is an important part of future trips

Although wellness has always been a travel niche, it has been growing in popularity in the last few months. According to a poll conducted by American Express, 76 percent of travelers want to improve their well-being while traveling and 68 percent said they are...

MGM Resorts plans to acquire The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas

MGM Resorts plans to acquire The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas

MGM Resorts International announced they will be acquiring The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas from Blackstone, for cash consideration of $1.625 billion. The Cosmopolitan opened in 2010, and was acquired by Blackstone in 2014. With the purchase, MGM will enter into a...

Survey: Families are ready to travel, but not too far

Survey: Families are ready to travel, but not too far

A new survey has found that the majority of families are hoping to travel in the next 12 months. The study, released by the Family Travel Association (FTA) and the NYU School of Professional Studies Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality, found that 88 percent of...

SE Asian islands are planning reopenings this fall

SE Asian islands are planning reopenings this fall

Much of Southeast Asia closed to tourists in 2020 due to COVID-19, but a few of them are reopening. Islands in SE Asia, including Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia, kept their COVID rates low in 2020 and 2021 due to the closures. Thailand officially reopened to tourism...

Study: Americans are ready to get out and travel

Study: Americans are ready to get out and travel

A majority of Americans are ready to travel again, according to a new survey conducted by Longwoods International. The study found that only 30 percent of Americans said COVID-19 will "greatly impact" their decision to travel in the next six months. Sixty percent said...

NYC mayor: The city will ‘fully reopen’ by July 1

NYC mayor: The city will ‘fully reopen’ by July 1

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he expects the city to "fully reopen" by July 1, with all COVID-19 restrictions lifted by then, according to the Associated Press. "We are ready for stores to open, for businesses to open, offices, theaters, full strength," he...

Los Cabos expects return to pre-pandemic numbers by summer 2021

Los Cabos expects return to pre-pandemic numbers by summer 2021

As things begin to reopen, locations that rely on tourism and meetings are figuring out the best ways to open safely and welcome visitors back to their towns. Los Cabos has done a lot since the beginning of the pandemic to be safe and encourage the reopening of travel...

Norwegian plans to sail from Caribbean, Europe starting in July 2021

Norwegian plans to sail from Caribbean, Europe starting in July 2021

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) is planning to sail this summer outside of the United States. Because rules by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will limit their sailings, NCL announced they are planning to focus on the Caribbean and Europe by summer of...

CDC says fully-vaccinated people are safe to travel

CDC says fully-vaccinated people are safe to travel

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its travel guidance for people who are fully vaccinated, and said that "people who are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine can travel safely within the United States." The guidance does come with...

Alaska Airlines joins oneworld as 14th member

Alaska Airlines joins oneworld as 14th member

Alaska Airlines has announced it has joined oneworld as the 14th full member of the global alliance. The alliance will allow the airline and its passengers a global network of flights to as many as 1,000 destinations across more than 170 countries. With its membership...

What will the events industry look like in the future?

What will the events industry look like in the future?

COVID-19 and 2020 has changed the way event planning is handled, but how much of that will continue on after the pandemic is over? Joanne Dennison, Boston University School of Hospitality Administration adjunct professor of hospitality meeting and event planning, and...

Silversea’s 139-day world cruise sells out on first day [video]

Silversea’s 139-day world cruise sells out on first day [video]

Silversea Cruises' new 139-day World Cruise 2023 has sold out on the first day of its general opening. The cruise, named "South Side Story - All the World's a Stage," will travel to 66 destinations in 34 countries across five continents. The World Cruise 2023 will...

Royal Caribbean will relaunch 3 ships in June, vaccine required

Royal Caribbean will relaunch 3 ships in June, vaccine required

Royal Caribbean has announced a return to cruising in June, but not for everyone. The cruise line, as well as sister cruise line Celebrity Cruises, will require COVID vaccines for all adult passengers and crew members. Passengers under 18 will be required to provide a...

Iceland begins to accept all vaccinated travelers

Iceland begins to accept all vaccinated travelers

Iceland has announced they will begin accepting foreign travelers beginning March 18, 2021 — with a certificate of vaccination for COVID-19. The requirements mean travelers who have been vaccinated will be able to travel to Iceland without a PCR test and quarantine,...

British Airways rolls out COVID-19 document trial on their website

British Airways rolls out COVID-19 document trial on their website

British Airways is starting a trial for document certification for travelers. Travelers will be able to upload their negative COVID-19 test results and other travel declaration forms, including a vaccination form, directly to a portal on British Airways' website...

IATA: Increased confidence in travel, support for Travel Pass

IATA: Increased confidence in travel, support for Travel Pass

Recent travelers are gaining confidence in returning to air travel, according to a recent poll by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The poll, which asked travelers about confidence in a return to air travel, frustration with current travel...

Hilton Grand Vacations to acquire Diamond Resorts

Hilton Grand Vacations to acquire Diamond Resorts

Hilton Grand Vacations (HGV) has announced they will acquire Diamond Resorts International (DRI), which is managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management. HGV said the acquisition is expected to combine the brand and culture of Hilton Grand Vacations with Diamond,...

Travel brand KAYAK to open first hotel, in Miami Beach

Travel brand KAYAK to open first hotel, in Miami Beach

KAYAK is planning to open their first hotel this year. The KAYAK Miami Beach is expected to open in April 2021. The company, which is a big name in the travel search industry, was founded in 2004 and has not yet ventured into the hotel owner field. “We see a big...

JetBlue founder to launch new airline

JetBlue founder to launch new airline

The United States Transportation Department granted approval for a new airline, Breeze Aviation Group, by the founder of JetBlue Airways. Breeze Aviation has up to one year to begin flights, with up to 22 planes. According to the Associated Press, the company plans to...

Canada bans large cruise lines through February 2022

Canada bans large cruise lines through February 2022

Canada has announced a ban on cruise ships, with a few exceptions. The restrictions will ban all cruise ships with more than 100 passengers through Canadian waters, including the Canadian arctic, through Feb. 28, 2022. Canadian minister of transport Omar Alghabra made...

Venues & event promoters may be eligible for new SBA grant

Venues & event promoters may be eligible for new SBA grant

Although the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was meant to help businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic, a new grant program is specifically looking to help venue operators. The Small Business Administration (SBA) set aside $15 billion from the latest stimulus for...

Marriott to open more than 100 new Asia Pacific hotels in 2021

Marriott to open more than 100 new Asia Pacific hotels in 2021

Marriott International is expanding their presence in the Asia Pacific, with 100 hotels expected to open in the area in 2021. In 2020, the brand opened 75 properties in the region. “I am proud of the way we have continued to grow and have moved quickly to adapt to the...

Hyatt to offer free COVID-19 testing at Latin American resorts

Hyatt to offer free COVID-19 testing at Latin American resorts

Hyatt Hotels has announced that they will offer free on-site COVID-19 testing at all their Latin American resorts through May 31, 2021. The tests will be offered to guests traveling to the United States after their stay. The offer is for 19 Hyatt resorts in Mexico,...

Rocky Mountain National Park considering permanent limited entry

Rocky Mountain National Park considering permanent limited entry

Rocky Mountain National Park has learned a lot during the COVID-19 pandemic, and is rethinking how to deal with the overcrowding they have been seeing for years. The park, located in Colorado, had implemented a time-entry reservation system in 2020 to promote social...

Marriott implements new safety procedures to allow for events

Marriott implements new safety procedures to allow for events

Marriott International has announced a series of health protocol options to help event planners and guests into 2021. Those options include COVID-19 testing for groups and events, beginning in January 2021. Marriott recently announced their Connect with Confidence...

Most Disney properties to remain closed, for the time being

Most Disney properties to remain closed, for the time being

Most Disney theme parks are staying closed for the foreseeable future, with Walt Disney World in Florida the only one to open so far. Disneyland in California has been closed for nearly 10 months, with no immediate plans to reopen, and Disneyland Paris just announced...

Royal Caribbean sells Azamara to private equity firm

Royal Caribbean sells Azamara to private equity firm

Royal Caribbean Group has agreed to sell their Azamara brand to a private equity firm, Sycamore Partners. "Royal Caribbean Group will work closely with Sycamore Partners to ensure a seamless transition of services as we move through this process, and you should expect...

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