Alaska Airlines will resume service to Mexico City in August after receiving initial approval from the Department of Transportation. Departure cities include Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego.
Southwest Airlines has announced plans to add flights to Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., along with nonstop service connecting St. Louis and Nashville, Tenn., to Mexico. The new routes are set to begin in November and are subject to regulatory approval.
Longtime operators of wellness-focused hotels question whether brands that are now embracing the amenity have the understanding to deliver the goods. "You have to ask yourself: What really is wellness? When you see these strategic acquisitions and partnerships, you realize that these aren't their core businesses but it's an important part of satisfying guests' needs," said Canyon Ranch's Tom Klein.
Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, InterContinental Hotel Group's Holiday Inn and Marriott International are among the brands responding to guests' need to recharge multiple portable electronic devices, adding convenient outlets and charging ports. The Washington Marriott Georgetown, for example, added USB ports to bedside lamps as part of it recent $28 million renovation.
Holland America's upcoming ship, Nieuw Statendam, will sail from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to the Caribbean beginning in December 2018. The ship, which is under construction in Italy, will offer a variety of trips of three to 10 nights.
Virtuoso is working with VizEat to capitalize on the culinary travel trend and offer travelers authentic dining experiences, cooking classes and winery tours. "VizEat provides the ability to bring destinations to life through food, allowing our advisers to design truly unique experiences that connect their clients to the local people and the culture on a different level," said Virtuoso's Cece Drummond.
Holguin Province in Cuba has several selling points that could be attractive to clients, such as being home to several all-inclusive resorts and species of birds. The province also offers archaeological sites, eco-parks and the Romerias de Mayo festival.
When making suggestions to business clients about venues, it's best to recommend sites that offer adventure activities, appeal to a variety of travelers and value sustainability. The venue should also be open to last-minute changes, cater to a healthy lifestyle and reflect the destination's culture.
For hoteliers, being "cool" means not merely chasing fads, but meticulously meeting the expectations of young consumers who may form the future client base. For any age group, personalized service is always in style.
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