Royal Caribbean International has announced it will invest $900 million in fleet upgrades and work on expansion of its collection of private islands. The cruise line aims to add islands in the Asia-Pacific region to its Perfect Day Island Collection and will revamp 10 ships over the next four years.
Crystal Cruises has renewed its Platinum Level Partnership with ASTA and will participate in events aimed at growing the travel industry by bringing together travel professionals from around the world. "We are proud to welcome Crystal back as a Platinum level supplier partner," says ASTA President and CEO Zane Kerby.
Princess Cruises will partner with Bon Appetit to launch a culinary shore excursion program offering cooking demonstrations and tastings that feature local chefs and cuisine. "As a leader in culinary excellence at sea, we seek to offer our guests hands-on, immersive culinary journeys from the destinations we visit," says Princess executive Bruce Krumrine.
Locals in South America's remote archipelago of Tierra del Fuego are promoting exploration by welcoming visitors to their homes to experience the region's traditional ranching culture. It's somewhat challenging to reach, but Tierra del Fuego offers visitors majestic scenery, hiking, fishing and wildlife viewing in an area relatively untouched by tourism.
Part of a travel agent's job is to address fears clients may have about traveling to certain destinations due to warnings about drugs, violence or crime, Tammy Levent writes. Agents should be confident explaining that these incidents are not unique to specific destinations and advise clients on how they can stay safe while traveling.
Virginia's Sheraton Reston Hotel has been bought by DoveHill Capital Management and Wurzak Hotel Group for an undisclosed price. Built in 1973 and renovated in 2014, the 298-key full-service hotel features a state-of-the-art fitness center, the Syrah Restaurant and the Cosmopolitan Lounge.
The Rapid City-Box Elder area in South Dakota has seen 935 new hotel rooms since 2010. With average occupancy at 68%, excess capacity could be a future concern, said Julie Schmitz Jensen, president of Visit Rapid City.
Westin Hotels & Resorts is combining its sustainability and community service initiatives in a program to recycle bed linens into pajamas for children in need. Project Rise: ThreadForward works with three partner groups: the World Sleep Society, Clean the World and Delivering Good.
Air Canada is planning to increase the frequency of seven routes linking western Canada with Hawaii and Mexico next winter, and will swap out rouge-branded Boeing 767-300s for mainline 737-8s.
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