Agents selling all-inclusive trips to Berlin can now offer the Berlin WelcomeCard, a pass that covers public transportation and admission to 30 city attractions, such as the Jewish Museum. The commissionable card can be purchased for durations of 48 hours, 72 hours and four days.
The Hilton Cleveland Downtown is graced with a giant mural comprising nearly 3,000 Instagram photos gleaned from the community preceding last year's opening. Work from local artists also festoons the 600-room hotel as management seeks to boost civic pride and the city's global image.
JetBlue has tapped Momofuku Milk Bar to provide sweet treats to Mint service passengers. Passengers will receive a gift box and pre-arrival cookie.
Texas' Lake Austin Spa Resort is celebrating its 20th anniversary by offering 20 new treatments at its 25,000-square-foot LakeHouse Spa. New options include the 50-minute Neroli Blossom Sensory Massage, which features essential oil to promote relaxation and better breathing.
From reducing waste to sourcing local foods to incorporating the sharing economy, Tracy Stuckrath offers tips based on her experience attending Slow Food international's Terra Madre Salone del Gusto event.
A Jewish heritage-themed visit to Warsaw can be heavy, so travel agents in the know should add a visit to the Warsaw Zoo. During a guided tour, clients can learn about zookeeper Jan Zabinski and his wife, Antonina Zabinski, who risked their lives to hide more than 300 Jews in their villa and animal cages during the Nazi occupation of Poland. The visit takes place at the Zabinskis' preserved villa, where clients can step into actual hiding places and hear incredible stories of bravery.
Porto Elounda, on the Greek island of Crete, is a family-friendly island destination that's less expensive than the nearby glitzy Spinalonga Peninsula. The Kids Ark water park is a great fun spot for children, while adults can enjoy a spa treatment at the Porto Elounda Golf and Spa Resort.
Since electronic devices are not allowed into the cabin of flights from eight designated countries, agents should prepare clients for how best to protect their devices in their checked luggage. Agents can suggest quickly retrieving bags from baggage claim, taking a device inventory and properly padding electronics, according to Bob Chambers of CSA Travel Protection.
SBE founder and CEO Sam Nazarian announced plans to buy the Hakkasan Group and fold it into his hospitality firm, forming a $1 billion hotel, restaurant and nightclub operation. The merger is expected to be completed within 60 days, he said.
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