Carnival Cruise Line introduced Loyalty Rocks this week, an agent-reward program that includes new features such as perks and a mobile-compatible design. "The rewards program is focused at the agent level, recognizing the individual agents and all that they do for Carnival Cruise Line in a more impactful way," Carnival sales executive Adolfo Perez said.
To meet a growing consumer demand for river cruises, AmaWaterways aims to add three new ships in 2019, including the AmaMagna, its largest ship to date, company executives said. The AmaMagna will include more eating options, larger staterooms and other features designed to attract more cruisers.
Bustling Hong Kong is a place where visitors can check out a variety of hip and trendy attractions. Travelers can enjoy upscale amenities at boutique hotel Tuve, dine on dim sum at Michelin-starred Duddell's and shop for Japanese housewares at Sake Central.
Consumers often want the cheapest option. However, creating a unique image for your brand and determining the valuable services you offer consumers beyond basic travel products will allow you to counter price differential issues, Mike Marchev advises.
Micro-hotels, packaging advanced technology and bold utilitarian style in modestly priced guest rooms as small as 50 square feet, are gaining in popularity across the hospitality spectrum. Led by the Yotel, CitizenM and BD Hotels' Pod Hotels brands, the concept has special appeal to investors thanks to larger numbers of rooms to sell per property.
An analysis of extended-stay hotels finds that moderately priced and higher-priced versions diverge in the types of investors they appeal to. Since 2010, the former have made stronger increases in revenues and profits, while the latter are posting premiums in occupancy, average daily rate, revenue and profits.
Vista Hospitality Group has sold the Courtyard by Marriott Myrtle Beach Barefoot Landing to AD1 Global. The 157-key property in South Carolina is among more than 100 stores and restaurants in the Barefoot Landing mixed-use complex.
The Japanese company that operates the mostly robotic Henn na hotel chain says it plans to expand from its current 20 properties to 100 by 2021. Best known for its travel booking business, since 2015 H.I.S. has opened six Henn na hotels, which typically employ fewer than 10 people and use automatons for most reception and cleaning work.
On Dec. 20, Alaska Airlines will expand its service between California and Hawaii with thrice-weekly nonstop flights between Sacramento and Kona. "This new route shows Alaska's ongoing commitment to continued growth and investment throughout the West Coast," said John Kirby of Alaska Airlines.
United Airlines is adding a fourth daily flight from Duluth International Airport in Minnesota to Chicago O'Hare International Airport. The new flight will operate seasonally, through the end of October.
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