Norwegian Cruise Line guests can experience an authentic side of Havana with a shore excursion to the Cabaret Tropicana, which first opened in 1939. Passengers on the evening tour are given free cigars and rum at the vibrant entertainment spot.
American Airlines has purchased 3D bag scanning machines that the airline plans to install at eight US airports once the machines are approved by the Transportation Security Administration. "We are always looking at ways to invest in technology that enhances global aviation security while improving the customer experience," said American's Kerry Philipovitch.
Royal Caribbean will launch a nonrefundable deposit program starting next month. "Nonrefundable deposit fares now give Royal Caribbean an opportunity to simplify our promotional landscape, while also providing our guests with added confidence to book early and our travel partners the reassurance in more qualified, dependable business," the company said.
Hospitality and travel brands are reaching out beyond the traditional older demographic to target the new wave of millennial travelers who make up a huge section of the travel market. For example, hotel chains like Hilton and Marriott have partnered with influencers, entertainers and musicians to attract a younger client base.
The Franconian village of Iphofen in Germany is the ideal destination for wine lovers, with guided tours of the region's vineyards. Iphofen has other interesting cultural places to explore, like the Kirchenburgmuseum and Iphofen-Knauf Museum.
Saving money consistently is a habit that should be ingrained as soon as possible, or down the road, you risk regretting not having saved early on, Mike Marchev writes. How much you save is less important than abiding by a set schedule of when to put money away.
Air Canada says it wants to enter into a joint venture with United Airlines now that Canadian regulators may be more open to the idea. The two airlines attempted to coordinate their cross-border flights in 2012, but the plan was stymied by Canadian regulators, citing concerns that the deal would hurt competition.
Nicholas E. Calio, president and CEO of A4A, tells CNBC's "Squawk Box" that consumers do not deserve to be treated like "piggy banks" while many airports are diverting about $1 billion per year in revenues to other purposes. Calio urged elected officials to hold the line against uncapping the airport tax hikes on the traveling public. "We are going to fight this because our passengers pay too much already in taxes and fees," Calio said. "What we have here are the airports and some politicians wanting more, and it's unnecessary."
EnCore's Lift seat has been designated the preferred seat for the Boeing 737 aircraft, complementing the aircraft's interior colors scheme. "Boeing spends so much time and effort in the Boeing Sky Interior and thinking about perception of space and perception of in-flight comfort, but the big missing piece for them is they had no influence over the seat, which is such a big piece of passenger experience -- the thing you actually sit [in]," said EnCore's Elijah Dobrusin.
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has approved language in the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill that will separate the FAA and air traffic control. Under the bill, ATC will be transferred to a nonprofit entity.
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