Westin Hotels & Resorts is adding more equipment to its WestinWORKOUT Fitness Studios as more guests request workout options. The studios will include foam rollers, strength bands and stability balls, as well as TRX Suspension Trainers.
Employees at the UPS Worldport at Louisville International Airport in Kentucky are hard at work processing packages for holiday delivery. The facility has hundreds of miles of conveyor belts and will sort 4 million packages per day during the week before Christmas, double its usual workload.
American Airlines has stepped up to help sponsor the Colonial golf tournament in Fort Worth, Texas. "Colonial is a Fort Worth institution, and as a Fort Worth-based company, American is delighted to support the tournament in 2018," the carrier said.
Hotels are adjusting to the fluid eating habits of guests with all-day menus that mix heavy and light foods and emphasize smaller portions. "The kitchen doesn't stop at any time; there's no break, so we just have to be organized, have great teamwork and communicate," said Michael Smulson, chef at Cafe No Se in Austin, Texas' South Congress Hotel.
A Dutch coin from 1898 was welded onto the forward mast of the Nieuw Statendam for good luck during a traditional shipbuilding ceremony. Holland America Line's 2,660-passenger ship combines features of the company's heritage with modern elements.
La Gomera, one of the seven Canary Islands, offers big adventures despite its small size. Travelers can go bicycling in Garajonay National Park, hike up lava-formed La Fortaleza de Chipude and relax at Baby Beach.
Successful agents are open to constructive criticism, persevere past rejections and create win-win situations, according to six powerful female agents. "When you're dealing with a business partner, whether that is a supplier, vendor or employee, everyone needs to feel like they have won," said Jackie Friedman, president of Nexion.
The future of travel planning will center around travelers' emerging demand for personal experiences, Arnie Weissmann writes. Agents can stand out from the competition by using a hands-on approach to provide travelers with curated experiences.
Urban resort fees, or amenity fees, have emerged as a revenue augmentation for hoteliers coping with rising costs. Executives warned at a recent roundtable that guests must see real value for what they're paying and not feel nickel-and-dimed.
An MSCI report has found that only seven of its more than 2,500 indexed companies have more women than men on their boards, although four of these companies outperformed industry peers this year. On the other hand, most of the MSCI companies without any women on their boards failed to outperform peers or the MSCI All Country World Index.
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