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.
Hotels must take advantage of the growing popularity of eating out by integrating online restaurant reservation technology, writes Matthew Stubbs, CEO of BookingTek. Direct booking, he adds, makes better long-term sense than using intermediaries.
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.
Canada-based American Hotel Income Properties has finalized the purchase of 18 Marriott and Hilton premium-branded hotels for about $407.4 million. Comprised of eight hotel flags in five US states, the Eastern Seaboard Portfolio acquisition boosts the REIT's guestroom count by 23%.
A new service by TripAdvisor seeks to streamline hoteliers' access to information by integrating the company's management center into its mobile apps. Among the advantages are quicker responses to reviews and inquiries from guests and prospective guests.
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.
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