The Bahamas' world-famous Paradise Island, just off the Nassau coast, offers plenty of adventurous activities for first-timers. Travelers can go parasailing, spend the day at Aquaventure Water Park and tackle high waves at Paradise Beach.
Marriott International has made Aloft and Element special projects for growth among the 11 Starwood Hotels & Resorts brands it acquired with the chains' 2016 merger. The select-service and extended-stay sectors represented by the brands remain attractive to investors and are under-exploited, Marriott officials say.
Hawaiian Airlines will bring back nonstop, daily service between Oregon's Portland International Airport and Hawaii's Kahului Airport. The airline is also introducing nonstop daily flights from Oakland, Calif., to Kauai and Los Angeles to Kona as part of its West Coast expansion.
When a South Carolina-based traveler wanted a unique travel experience for her family, she turned to her agent, who specializes in family travel. By asking probing questions and offering several travel options, the agent was able to exceed her client's expectations and expose her to more destination prospects.
AmaWaterways' wellness pilot program, which was tested aboard the AmaLyra, will be offered on five additional ships this year, the river cruise company said. The program consists of activities including strength training, jogging, stretching exercises and yoga.
January and February usually bring about a rise in bookings and leads, but if you are not experiencing much activity right now, there are tactics you can try. You can call former clients, increase your social media marketing efforts and send email campaigns, advises Scott Koepf of Avoya Travel.
While you may be extremely busy, there are several marketing tactics you can accomplish in as little as five minutes, Catherine Heeg writes. You could send a friend request to your clients' social media accounts, invite a few friends to like your business page and replace the cover images on your sites.
Sonoma County, Calif., hotel revenues reached a record $309.8 million last year, more than doubling since 2009, STR reports. The peak was reached even as three hotels burned in the October wildfires, and the remaining properties were occupied by displaced residents seeking temporary shelter.
A 114-year-old hotel in downtown Buffalo, N.Y. that fell on hard times has been restored to its French Renaissance splendor with no skimping on amenities. Developer Rocco Termini has spent $40 million on renovation since buying the Lafayette Hotel in 2009 and renaming it The Hotel @ the Lafayette.
United Airlines has started printing its magazine, Hemisphere, on lighter paper, lowering its weight by an ounce. The weight reduction will save the airline a projected 170,000 gallons of fuel per year.
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