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Connect Meetings partners with World Meetings Forum to expand reach

Connect Meetings partners with World Meetings Forum to expand reach

Connect Meetings has partnered with World Meetings Forum (WMF) to bring their events to Latin American, Central America, and Spanish-speaking Caribbean destination management companies (DMC). "The increased presence of such destinations will meet the increasing demand...

IHG & PCMA introduce digital event course, on-site COVID testing

IHG & PCMA introduce digital event course, on-site COVID testing

IHG Hotels & Resorts has partnered with the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) to enhance their on-site and hybrid events, providing education for their employees by developing a Digital Event Strategist Introductory Certificate Course for...

Royal Caribbean launches their own world cruise

Royal Caribbean launches their own world cruise

Following the success of world cruises, Royal Caribbean has decided to launch its own Ultimate World Cruise. The itinerary includes 274 nights, seven continents, 65 countries, and more than 150 destinations. The new Royal Caribbean Cruise will sail on Serenade of the...

CRVA opens expanded $127 million Charlotte Convention Center

CRVA opens expanded $127 million Charlotte Convention Center

The city of Charlotte's new Charlotte Convention Center expansion opened this week after nearly two years of construction. The $126.9 expansion was welcomed by the city of Charlotte and the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA). The new center broke ground in...

Grand Teton, Yellowstone visitor numbers shows growth of outdoor travel

Grand Teton, Yellowstone visitor numbers shows growth of outdoor travel

Grand Teton Park in Wyoming has already surpassed their past visitor records in 2021, in the first nine months of the year. The park, as well as nearby Yellowstone, have shown an increase in visitors as people look to get outdoors. Between January and September 2021,...

US to allow foreign travelers starting in November, with stipulations

US to allow foreign travelers starting in November, with stipulations

The United States will be allowing in foreign tourists beginning in November, as long as they are fully vaccinated, according to White House Assistant Press Secretary Kevin Munoz. "The US’ new travel policy that requires vaccination for foreign national travelers to...

Viking introduces new ship and 3 new itineraries

Viking introduces new ship and 3 new itineraries

Viking is launching a new ship, Viking Saturn, which will join the cruise line's fleet in 2023. The ship will spend her maiden season with itineraries in Scandinavian and Nordic countries, including a 15-day journey to Iconic Iceland, Greenland, and Canada; a 15-day...

Report: Ryanair banning customers for credit card chargebacks

Report: Ryanair banning customers for credit card chargebacks

Ryanair has reportedly banned customers who were issued a chargeback by their credit cards for flights that were in operation. A chargeback is when a credit card customer disputes a purchase on their credit card, and is refunded — even if the company does not agree to...

Fiji to reopen after nearly 2 years of being closed

Fiji to reopen after nearly 2 years of being closed

After nearly two years of being closed, Fiji has announced they are reopening and are ready to welcome visitors, starting in December 2021. Fiji will be reopening with entry requirements in place, including required vaccines, providing negative RT-PCR tests taken...

Hawaii begins easing restrictions on events

Hawaii begins easing restrictions on events

Hawaii is looking to ease restrictions on gatherings, according to a news conference held by Hawaii Gov. David Ige and Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi on Friday, Oct. 8. In August, after a spike in COVID-19 infection rates, Mayor Blangiardi restricted large gatherings,...

TSA lowers TSA Precheck online renewal fee by $15

TSA lowers TSA Precheck online renewal fee by $15

If you are looking to renew your TSA Precheck any time soon, your fee just got a lot lower. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has announced the renewal fee for online renewals will be going from $85 to $70, effective Oct. 1. “TSA PreCheck was launched 8...

Top travel trending locations for holidays include Florida, Mexico

Top travel trending locations for holidays include Florida, Mexico

Travelers are once again looking forward to holiday travel, and are already planning. According to a survey conducted by Expedia, the top destinations include beach and mountain locations. "Whether you're hoping to spend your holidays on the sand or on a ski slope,...

Marriott brings back their hot breakfast buffet

Marriott brings back their hot breakfast buffet

Marriott will be rolling out their hot breakfast options for a "limited number of hotels" in their brands, including Residence Inn by Marriott, SpringHill Suites by Marriott, Fairfield by Marriott, and TownePlace Suites by Marriott. Travel trend: Wellness is an...

Travel trend: Wellness is an important part of future trips

Travel trend: Wellness is an important part of future trips

Although wellness has always been a travel niche, it has been growing in popularity in the last few months. According to a poll conducted by American Express, 76 percent of travelers want to improve their well-being while traveling and 68 percent said they are...

MGM Resorts plans to acquire The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas

MGM Resorts plans to acquire The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas

MGM Resorts International announced they will be acquiring The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas from Blackstone, for cash consideration of $1.625 billion. The Cosmopolitan opened in 2010, and was acquired by Blackstone in 2014. With the purchase, MGM will enter into a...

Survey: Families are ready to travel, but not too far

Survey: Families are ready to travel, but not too far

A new survey has found that the majority of families are hoping to travel in the next 12 months. The study, released by the Family Travel Association (FTA) and the NYU School of Professional Studies Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality, found that 88 percent of...

SE Asian islands are planning reopenings this fall

SE Asian islands are planning reopenings this fall

Much of Southeast Asia closed to tourists in 2020 due to COVID-19, but a few of them are reopening. Islands in SE Asia, including Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia, kept their COVID rates low in 2020 and 2021 due to the closures. Thailand officially reopened to tourism...

Study: Americans are ready to get out and travel

Study: Americans are ready to get out and travel

A majority of Americans are ready to travel again, according to a new survey conducted by Longwoods International. The study found that only 30 percent of Americans said COVID-19 will "greatly impact" their decision to travel in the next six months. Sixty percent said...

NYC mayor: The city will ‘fully reopen’ by July 1

NYC mayor: The city will ‘fully reopen’ by July 1

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he expects the city to "fully reopen" by July 1, with all COVID-19 restrictions lifted by then, according to the Associated Press. "We are ready for stores to open, for businesses to open, offices, theaters, full strength," he...

Los Cabos expects return to pre-pandemic numbers by summer 2021

Los Cabos expects return to pre-pandemic numbers by summer 2021

As things begin to reopen, locations that rely on tourism and meetings are figuring out the best ways to open safely and welcome visitors back to their towns. Los Cabos has done a lot since the beginning of the pandemic to be safe and encourage the reopening of travel...

Norwegian plans to sail from Caribbean, Europe starting in July 2021

Norwegian plans to sail from Caribbean, Europe starting in July 2021

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) is planning to sail this summer outside of the United States. Because rules by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will limit their sailings, NCL announced they are planning to focus on the Caribbean and Europe by summer of...

CDC changes requirements for cruise return, plans for mid-July relaunch

CDC changes requirements for cruise return, plans for mid-July relaunch

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) sent a letter to cruise lines on April 28, telling them they can forego test sailings if 98 percent of their crew and 95 percent of their passengers are fully vaccinated. The letter, which was obtained by Travel Weekly, also said...

CDC says fully-vaccinated people are safe to travel

CDC says fully-vaccinated people are safe to travel

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its travel guidance for people who are fully vaccinated, and said that "people who are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine can travel safely within the United States." The guidance does come with...

Alaska Airlines joins oneworld as 14th member

Alaska Airlines joins oneworld as 14th member

Alaska Airlines has announced it has joined oneworld as the 14th full member of the global alliance. The alliance will allow the airline and its passengers a global network of flights to as many as 1,000 destinations across more than 170 countries. With its membership...

What will the events industry look like in the future?

What will the events industry look like in the future?

COVID-19 and 2020 has changed the way event planning is handled, but how much of that will continue on after the pandemic is over? Joanne Dennison, Boston University School of Hospitality Administration adjunct professor of hospitality meeting and event planning, and...

Silversea’s 139-day world cruise sells out on first day [video]

Silversea’s 139-day world cruise sells out on first day [video]

Silversea Cruises' new 139-day World Cruise 2023 has sold out on the first day of its general opening. The cruise, named "South Side Story - All the World's a Stage," will travel to 66 destinations in 34 countries across five continents. The World Cruise 2023 will...

Travel industry asks White House to set timeline for reopening travel

Travel industry asks White House to set timeline for reopening travel

Leaders in the travel and aviation industries in the United States sent a letter to the Biden administration to come up with a plan to reopen international travel. Twenty-six organizations signed the letter, including the U.S. Travel Association, the American Hotel...

Royal Caribbean will relaunch 3 ships in June, vaccine required

Royal Caribbean will relaunch 3 ships in June, vaccine required

Royal Caribbean has announced a return to cruising in June, but not for everyone. The cruise line, as well as sister cruise line Celebrity Cruises, will require COVID vaccines for all adult passengers and crew members. Passengers under 18 will be required to provide a...

Iceland begins to accept all vaccinated travelers

Iceland begins to accept all vaccinated travelers

Iceland has announced they will begin accepting foreign travelers beginning March 18, 2021 — with a certificate of vaccination for COVID-19. The requirements mean travelers who have been vaccinated will be able to travel to Iceland without a PCR test and quarantine,...

British Airways rolls out COVID-19 document trial on their website

British Airways rolls out COVID-19 document trial on their website

British Airways is starting a trial for document certification for travelers. Travelers will be able to upload their negative COVID-19 test results and other travel declaration forms, including a vaccination form, directly to a portal on British Airways' website...

IATA: Increased confidence in travel, support for Travel Pass

IATA: Increased confidence in travel, support for Travel Pass

Recent travelers are gaining confidence in returning to air travel, according to a recent poll by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The poll, which asked travelers about confidence in a return to air travel, frustration with current travel...

Hilton Grand Vacations to acquire Diamond Resorts

Hilton Grand Vacations to acquire Diamond Resorts

Hilton Grand Vacations (HGV) has announced they will acquire Diamond Resorts International (DRI), which is managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management. HGV said the acquisition is expected to combine the brand and culture of Hilton Grand Vacations with Diamond,...

Travel brand KAYAK to open first hotel, in Miami Beach

Travel brand KAYAK to open first hotel, in Miami Beach

KAYAK is planning to open their first hotel this year. The KAYAK Miami Beach is expected to open in April 2021. The company, which is a big name in the travel search industry, was founded in 2004 and has not yet ventured into the hotel owner field. “We see a big...

JetBlue founder to launch new airline

JetBlue founder to launch new airline

The United States Transportation Department granted approval for a new airline, Breeze Aviation Group, by the founder of JetBlue Airways. Breeze Aviation has up to one year to begin flights, with up to 22 planes. According to the Associated Press, the company plans to...

Canada bans large cruise lines through February 2022

Canada bans large cruise lines through February 2022

Canada has announced a ban on cruise ships, with a few exceptions. The restrictions will ban all cruise ships with more than 100 passengers through Canadian waters, including the Canadian arctic, through Feb. 28, 2022. Canadian minister of transport Omar Alghabra made...

Venues & event promoters may be eligible for new SBA grant

Venues & event promoters may be eligible for new SBA grant

Although the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was meant to help businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic, a new grant program is specifically looking to help venue operators. The Small Business Administration (SBA) set aside $15 billion from the latest stimulus for...

Low-cost high speed rail will take passengers from Madrid to Barcelona

Low-cost high speed rail will take passengers from Madrid to Barcelona

Spain is expanding their high-speed rail service with the addition of new lines on the Spanish state operator Renfe's low-cost, high-speed rail service Avlo. The new line will take passengers 300 miles (or 500 kilometers) between Madrid and Barcelona in less than...

Marriott to open more than 100 new Asia Pacific hotels in 2021

Marriott to open more than 100 new Asia Pacific hotels in 2021

Marriott International is expanding their presence in the Asia Pacific, with 100 hotels expected to open in the area in 2021. In 2020, the brand opened 75 properties in the region. “I am proud of the way we have continued to grow and have moved quickly to adapt to the...

Hyatt to offer free COVID-19 testing at Latin American resorts

Hyatt to offer free COVID-19 testing at Latin American resorts

Hyatt Hotels has announced that they will offer free on-site COVID-19 testing at all their Latin American resorts through May 31, 2021. The tests will be offered to guests traveling to the United States after their stay. The offer is for 19 Hyatt resorts in Mexico,...

Rocky Mountain National Park considering permanent limited entry

Rocky Mountain National Park considering permanent limited entry

Rocky Mountain National Park has learned a lot during the COVID-19 pandemic, and is rethinking how to deal with the overcrowding they have been seeing for years. The park, located in Colorado, had implemented a time-entry reservation system in 2020 to promote social...

Marriott implements new safety procedures to allow for events

Marriott implements new safety procedures to allow for events

Marriott International has announced a series of health protocol options to help event planners and guests into 2021. Those options include COVID-19 testing for groups and events, beginning in January 2021. Marriott recently announced their Connect with Confidence...

Most Disney properties to remain closed, for the time being

Most Disney properties to remain closed, for the time being

Most Disney theme parks are staying closed for the foreseeable future, with Walt Disney World in Florida the only one to open so far. Disneyland in California has been closed for nearly 10 months, with no immediate plans to reopen, and Disneyland Paris just announced...

Royal Caribbean sells Azamara to private equity firm

Royal Caribbean sells Azamara to private equity firm

Royal Caribbean Group has agreed to sell their Azamara brand to a private equity firm, Sycamore Partners. "Royal Caribbean Group will work closely with Sycamore Partners to ensure a seamless transition of services as we move through this process, and you should expect...

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TSA lowers TSA Precheck online renewal fee by $15

If you are looking to renew your TSA Precheck any time soon, your fee just got a lot lower. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has announced the renewal fee for online renewals will be going from $85 to $70, effective Oct. 1. “TSA PreCheck was launched 8...

Marriott brings back their hot breakfast buffet

Marriott will be rolling out their hot breakfast options for a "limited number of hotels" in their brands, including Residence Inn by Marriott, SpringHill Suites by Marriott, Fairfield by Marriott, and TownePlace Suites by Marriott. Travel trend: Wellness is an...

Most Disney properties to remain closed, for the time being

Most Disney theme parks are staying closed for the foreseeable future, with Walt Disney World in Florida the only one to open so far. Disneyland in California has been closed for nearly 10 months, with no immediate plans to reopen, and Disneyland Paris just announced...

Royal Caribbean sells Azamara to private equity firm

Royal Caribbean Group has agreed to sell their Azamara brand to a private equity firm, Sycamore Partners. "Royal Caribbean Group will work closely with Sycamore Partners to ensure a seamless transition of services as we move through this process, and you should expect...

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