Norwegian Pearl will host the four-night Walker Stalker Cruise in January, sailing from New Orleans to Cozumel, Mexico, in January. Many stars from "The Walking Dead" TV show will be aboard for the annual cruise, including Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Norman Reedus.
American Hotel Income Properties, a Canadian real estate investment trust, said it is closing on the purchase of 18 Hilton Worldwide and Marriott International hotels for around $407.4 million. AHIP will own 113 hotels in 33 states once the acquisition is finalized.
Southwest Airlines is poised to add its 11th international destination with a flight to Turks and Caicos, increasing the airlines' growing presence in Latin America and the Caribbean. The airline has increased revenue from international flights by 69% in two years.
Rhode Island may be the smallest state in the US, but it is big on education, culture and beach life. Travelers can tour Brown University, see works of art at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum and enjoy the beaches on Block Island.
The hotel industry in Florida's Palm Beach County showed gains in May over last year for revenue per room, average daily rate and occupancy rate, while counterparts in Miami-Dade and Broward counties were off slightly, according to hotel data firm STR. Broward's dip was attributed to high supply and reduced travel from Brazil and Canada.
The Pennsylvania House and Senate are trying to hash out differences relating to video gaming terminals in locations such as bars as well as a tax rate and fee structure change to support online gaming. "Video gaming terminals is an issue that I think a lot of members of the Senate are not supportive of, and that has become a roadblock, quite frankly, to reaching a consensus," Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa said.
ASTA has used several successful strategies in its campaign to raise consumers' awareness of agents, and the release of its "How America Travels" study next month will become the focus of the campaign. "It will help us get our foot in the door to some media outlets we don't have a strong relationship with. It's a tool for media engagement because consumer awareness happens in the consumer media," Erika Richter, ASTA's director of communications, said of the study.
Blog writing requires a careful plan designed to captivate, capitalize and capture, Catherine Heeg writes. Tactics to use include captivating your audience with photos that include attention-grabbing captions, capitalizing on your relationship with your audience by including social media sharing buttons, and capturing the audience's attention with creative headlines.
Consumers are looking for agents who are experts, instead of agents who a play a "traditional" role, and the best way for agents to meet this demand is to specialize in a niche, Gifted Travel Network's Lisa Fletcher says. Targeting the right market that fits your niche is key to attracting prospects, she says.
Hamister Group has sold the Fairfield Inn and Suites in Smyrna, Tenn., near Nashville. The New York-based hospitality and health company spent more than $1 million on upgrading the 62-room property after acquiring it in 2004.
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