Downtown Miami is gaining popularity as it undergoes an urban vitalization, with the addition of innovative developments. Travelers to the area can visit many unique hotspots, including Verde for farm-to-table dining, retailer Frangipani for uncommon finds and the Langford Hotel for a retro lounging experience.
The QM2 is fresh off a redo that Cunard elegantly called its "remastering." Regulars will notice, and appreciate, the new Carinthia lounge and redone King's Court buffet on Deck 7. Other enhancements include technical upgrades, a fresh paint job, a redo of the cabin soft goods (still ongoing) and, in a nod to current trends, cabins for solo travelers. But the ship's overall feel is unchanged: The plush red carpeting and the huge art deco paneling on Decks 2 and 3 still signal to passengers the Queen's sense of grand occasion.
Marriott International CEO Arne Sorenson recently told agents at ASTA's Global Convention that they have an advantage over online travel agencies because of their very solid client relationships. Consumers come out on top when they use agents because agents can offer "special vacations" that are tailor-made to fit clients' needs, Sorenson said.
Alaska Air Group remains confident its merger with Virgin America will receive necessary approval and will provide consumers with more choices and lower fares. "Given the airlines' largely complementary networks ... and both Virgin America and Alaska's emphasis on customer service, the airlines are also confident the [Department of Justice] will agree this merger will provide consumers more choices and lower fares while allowing for more robust competition," the airlines said in a statement.
Alaska, American, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit and United have all received approval from the Department of Transportation to operate flights between the US and Havana. The department also gave slots at Tokyo's Haneda Airport to American, Hawaiian and Delta.
Four translation apps can help international business travelers better communicate with their foreign counterparts. For example, iStone Travel Translation offers more than 300 commonly used phrases in Chinese, Japanese, French, Arabic and other languages, and it lets users add phrases as they encounter them.
Nearly 200 countries will come together to debate a first-ever global cap on carbon emissions at the International Civil Aviation Organization's meeting in Montreal this week. The two-week meeting is well positioned to reach a global agreement. "It is important that the industry find a common ground and that governments have a universal system because the costs of individual systems in terms of inefficiencies are going to be huge," said Mark Dunkerley, CEO of Hawaiian Airlines.
Ely, an old Nevada mining town, centers around vintage trains that offer a taste of the old West. Visitors can stay at the Hotel Nevada to experience the cowboy lifestyle, get hearty home-cooked meals at the All Aboard Cafe & Inn and take a tour ride on the authentic Northern Nevada Railway.
American Airlines will on Oct. 1 merge legacy systems from the former US Airways and America West Airlines with its own.
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