Marriott International will launch several of its brands at five or more Simon shopping centers in the US over the next few years. "With consumers increasingly gravitating toward walkable, mixed-use communities, opening new hotels alongside Simon's thriving retail destinations is an important part of Marriott International's growth strategy," Marriott executive Eric Jacobs said.
Princess Cruises has named several ships and destinations for its fall 2019 and spring 2020 itineraries in the Panama Canal and South America. The Emerald Princess' Panama Canal cruise will include stops in Mexico and Costa Rica, and the Coral Princess will voyage between Chile and Argentina.
More upscale travelers are choosing Iceland over warm destinations such as Miami, according to a Virtuoso study. Travelers can marvel at Iceland's Hraunfossar waterfalls, tour a Shetland pony farm and walk through the nation's biggest lava cave, Vidgelmir.
If you are contemplating going the home-based travel franchise route, you should study the franchiser's financial disclosure documents, which are regulated by the Federal Trade Commission, industry expert Drew Daly advises. The FDDs contain useful information such as any current litigation the franchiser is facing, representations of financial performance and franchise fees.
JetBlue Airways has appointed Joanna Geraghty as its next president and chief operating officer. Geraghty joined the airline in 2005 and was most recently executive vice president for customer experience.
On Dec. 22, American Airlines will launch new nonstop weekly service between Miami International Airport and Argyle International Airport in St. Vincent.
Southwest Airlines announced it will join with iHeartRadio to give passengers access to programming that includes news, sports and music. Travelers who have the app installed on their devices will be able to access their personal libraries and playlists.
Alaska Airlines will replace single-use plastic items including citrus picks and plastic stirring straws with more sustainable alternatives beginning July 16. "Plastic is a serious issue for our planet. What's important is continuing to move the global supply chain toward making sustainable materials accessible and affordable," said Alaska Airlines spokeswoman Shaunta Hyde.
The Transportation Security Administration is preparing for the busy summer travel season with higher levels of staffing, officials told lawmakers at a hearing with the House Homeland Security subcommittee on transportation. "The question that's still on the table is: How do we get those Precheck numbers up?" A4A's Sharon Pinkerton asked.
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