Πέμπτη, 21 Σεπτεμβρίου 2017
Princess Cruises has just bagged a special award at the Cruise International Awards sweeping the gold for the best cruise liner in the world.
This is the fourth time this luxury cruise line has won this title at the awards.
Its cruise vessels like the Ocean Medallion that is an electronic medallion dedicated to offering a more seamless on-board experience by enabling people to navigate the cruise ship, locate their friends and also come up with personalized celebratory packages and consistently spectacular sales.
This year it comes out really grand thanks to big feathers to its cap like Norwegian Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Saga, P & O Cruises and so on.
Therefore this was not the only award Princess carried away during this night. It was also named the Best Cruise Line for First-Time Cruisers and had won the Best Product award for its Ultimate Balcony Dining Experience.
Besides, it was also shortlisted for the Best for Families, Best for Food, Best for Entertainment, Best for Onboard Activities and Best Value for Money.
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Patrick Pacious marked his first day as president and chief executive officer of Choice Hotels International, Inc., one of the world’s largest hotel companies, by signing franchise agreements with long-time Choice franchisee Jayesh (Jay) Patel for a new Cambria Hotels property in Nashville, Tenn., and a Comfort Inn & Suites hotel in New Orleans.
The Cambria Hotel in Nashville marks Patel’s first upscale hotel with Choice Hotels. He is also signing a new construction franchise agreement for a Comfort Inn & Suites property in New Orleans. Patel has owned Choice branded properties for nearly two decades in several segments, including economy, midscale, upper midscale and now upscale, highlighting the depth and opportunity franchisees have to grow their businesses both in scale and segments with Choice Hotels.
“As customer demand increases and our brands grow, it’s vitally important that franchisees grow with us and help us fortify Choice Hotels. Jay is truly a member of the Choice family, and the perfect example of an owner that started with us and continues to expand his portfolio,” said Pacious. “I am thrilled to start my tenure as CEO by signing these franchise agreements for the Cambria and Comfort brands. It reinforces my commitment to stay focused on franchisee profitability and work with them to continue to fuel our strong development pipeline, especially our momentum in the upscale segment and our strong core brands.”
Patel grew up in the hotel industry and started his own business Athena Hospitality Group in Nashville, when he was 23 years old. He currently owns six open Choice properties, with another five hotels under development. His portfolio of open properties includes Comfort Inn hotels in Antioch (Nashville), Tenn., Lima, Ohio and Zachary, La.; a Comfort Suites hotel in Nashville; a MainStay Suites hotel in Brentwood, Tenn.; and a Quality Inn hotel in Franklin, Tenn. Patel was awarded Choice’s prestigious Premier Legacy award in 2013, recognizing his commitment to enhancing the company’s family of brands. He also is an active member in the community, including being involved with the Asian American Hotel Owners Association.
“After having worked with Choice Hotels for many years, it truly is an honor to take part in this momentous occasion as Pat begins his new role as CEO,” said Patel. “Choice offers a tremendous value proposition to franchisees and equips us with all of the tools and resources to be successful so that we can provide guests with the best possible experience and product. This includes brands in many different segments, including midscale and upscale, which I’m thrilled to own for the first time. I look forward to continuing to strengthen my relationship with the company, beginning with these two, new great Cambria and Comfort hotels in Nashville and New Orleans.”
Cambria Hotel Nashville International Airport
Set to open in 2019, the 124-room property will be a short distance from Nashville International Airport and is located within one of the largest business parks in the area. Companies in the area include Dex Imaging, Apria Healthcare and the headquarters of Bridgestone Americas. The hotel, which will be the second Cambria property in the market, is also a short drive from downtown Nashville, “home of country music.” The Cambria Hotel Nashville International Airport will include flexible meeting space, a business center, lobby lounge and state-of-the-art fitness center.
Comfort Inn & Suites – New Orleans Arts District
The 104-room hotel with 40 suites and three floors will be located in the Arts District of New Orleans and less than a mile from the French Quarter. The Arts District sits next to the Central Business District of the city and is walkable to many tourist attractions, including the Mercedes Superdome, National WWII Museum, Convention Center, Harrah’s Casino, and Cruise Port.
European Parliament’s chief negotiator of Britain’s departure of the EU
to speak at WTM London’s Leaders Lunch
to speak at WTM London’s Leaders Lunch
The European Parliament’s chief negotiator of Britain’s exit from the European Union, Guy Verhofstadt, is the keynote speaker at the exclusive WTM Leaders’ Lunch on the first day of WTM London 2017, the leading global event for the travel industry.
The WTM Leaders’ Lunch is a prestigious invitation-only networking event with 200 pre-eminent heads of commercial travel organisations.
The Belgian MEP was Prime Minister of Belgium from 1999 until 2008, and is now leader of the Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) in the European Parliament.
He is charged with leading the European MEPs’ negotiating team, and any deal on the UK’s relationship with the rest of the EU after leaving, which will have to be ratified by the European Parliament.
Verhofstadt is among the top brass in Europe dealing with the negotiations, alongside Donald Tusk, European Council president; Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission; and Michel Barnier, chief negotiator for the European Commission.
A keen advocate of reform in the EU, Verhofstadt wants Europe to focus more on issues such as economic crises, crime and the disparity between rich and poor.
He supports greater integration within the EU, with a single currency, treasury and economic policy – believing Europe can be a superpower “if it escapes its history and embraces revolution”.
Verhofstadt has written about Europe with books such as The United States of Europe, The New Age of Empires and Emerging from the Crisis: How Europe can Save the World.
WTM London, Senior Director, Simon Press, said: “I am delighted we have someone as prestigious and influential as Guy Verhofstadt at our Leaders’ Lunch.
“The UK’s exit from the EU is considered by many to be our generation’s greatest challenge, and it will bring huge changes to the travel trade. Many in our industry are deeply concerned about freedom of movement for travellers and workers – so to hear directly from the European Parliament’s negotiator is an exceptional opportunity.
“Our Leaders’ Lunches have a reputation for bringing top speakers to the captains of the travel industry and Guy is first-rate.
“He is a fantastic speaker and will offer inspiration and practical advice to our senior travel industry audience at a crucial time in the UK’s, Europe’s – and indeed the world’s - history.”
The WTM Leaders’ Lunch is an invitation-only event, taking place from 11:00-13:30 on 6 November in Platinum Suite 3 & 4.
Guy Verhofstadt, European Parliament’s chief
The Journey will start off from Fermnay to Gibraltar, through the Mediterranean Sea and the Suez Canal across the Indian Ocean. It will visit Sri Lanka and Singapore before reaching the new dual homeports in Hong Kong on November 17th and Guangzhou, China on November 19th.
World Dream being the Dream Cruises’ newest addition has been conceived as a floating high-end, integrated resort at sea. It has leveraged on Genting Cruise Lines’ extensive history and expertise from the cruise related ventures.
Dream Cruises’ capacity to further offer a broad spectrum of multi-generational programs and facilities for guests will be set right with the debut of World Dream. It will have the exemplary heartfelt Asian hospitality and a market leading crew to guest ratio.
The cruise will provide an international cruise experience with authentic Asian characteristics with the 18 deck, 151,300 ton ship. It can hold a capacity of over 3,400 passengers and World Dream is expected to be the most spacious and luxurious cruise ships.
Hilton and Chesapeake Lodging Trust announce the signing of Hilton Denver City Center, a 20-story, 613-room hotel in the heart of Denver’s bustling downtown. The prominent city-center hotel will be rebranded and repositioned under the Hilton Hotels & Resorts brand, following the completion of a $27 million multi-phased renovation over the past 36 months.
The renovations have transformed and enhanced all public areas, dining outlets, event facilities and guest rooms, creating contemporary and inviting spaces for guests and visitors of the hotel. Hilton Hotels & Resorts will assume the management of the hotel and begin accepting reservations effective December 1.
“We look forward to expanding our presence in one of the fastest growing cities in the country,” said Ted Ratcliff, senior vice president management services, Hilton. “With its stunning views, newly appointed spaces and location in the heart of the city, Hilton Denver City Center is poised to redefine the guest experience when it opens its doors under Hilton’s flagship brand.”
Towering above the Mile High City, the hotel offers breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains and city skyline and is conveniently located near the Colorado Convention Center, 16th Street Mall, Pepsi Center, Sports Authority Field and Denver Art Museum. The hotel has 581 guest rooms and 32 suites, and features approximately 32,000 square feet of flexible events space ideal for conferences, weddings and receptions.
“Our strategic plans in Denver began several years ago when we embarked upon a comprehensive and transformational renovation of virtually all spaces in the hotel,” said James L. Francis, president and chief executive officer of Chesapeake Lodging Trust. “We welcome Hilton as our management partner and the power of a globally recognized brand.”
Hilton Denver City Center will participate in Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 14 distinct hotel brands. Members who book directly have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount, free standard Wi-Fi and access to the Hilton Honors mobile app. Diamond members will enjoy free Premium speed Wi-Fi, space-available upgrades, complimentary breakfast and 1,000 Bonus Points per stay. Gold members will have the option of a complimentary, continental breakfast or 1,000 Bonus Points per stay.
Port Douglas, a small and idyllic town in Queensland, Australia has seen the record number of cruise visit and it is the trend set in action to continue in the next two years.
The cruise liners such as Sun Princess, Sea Princess, Pacific Dawn and Pacific Jewel are delivering visitors that ‘love Port Douglas’ in their droves. The passenger capacities of each and every cruise liners are over 1500 each.
The tourist surge sees many businesses in town get a stable boost in tourists purchasing their products. The tourists’ expenditure has increased in Port Douglas.
Port Douglas normally only have one employee at the counter, but when there is a cruise ship there the management have two employees. It is with an average of around 500 extra people wanting to catch the Bally Hooley train, and over 1000 extra people booking other trips.
Although there are many positive vibes, some restaurants and food outlets in Port Douglas say many passengers choose to eat on board before exploring the town.
There are the strict rules of what people can and can’t bring back on ships, along with the short amount of time there docked, meant some businesses didn’t receive major benefits.
But the negative is about the tourist coming on the cruise ships is they are told not to take any food back on with them, limiting what food products they purchase in Port Douglas.
However, Constantine Retsas from Port Douglas Opal and Jewellery Centre said what might not be good for him ‘might be good for my neighbour.
The one thing that all local businesses in Port Douglas agree on is they want more tourists from all over the world to come and experience the local food, tourism attractions and scenery of Port Douglas.
The American Bus Association (ABA) – the industry leader advancing North American motorcoach, travel and tourism – announced Omaha, Neb., as the site of its 2020 ABA Annual Meeting & Marketplace. The dates of the 2020 Marketplace will be Jan. 10-14, 2020. This is the first time ABA has come to Omaha for its annual event.
"We look forward to bringing our ABA Annual Meeting & Marketplace to Omaha in 2020," said ABA President & CEO Peter Pantuso, CTIS. "Omaha offers a lot for the travel and tourism industry and we look forward to showing our members a great city and encouraging them to add Omaha to their destination offerings."
American Bus Association’s Annual Meeting & Marketplace is the number one group travel show in North America with the greatest ROI for its attendees. In 2017, ABA’s meeting in Cleveland welcomed more than 3,400 tour operators, travel industry suppliers and exhibitors and generated approximately $115.9 million dollars in booked business during the event and immediately afterward.
Noting all that Omaha has to offer and its proximity to all major cities in the Midwest, it was an easy decision to choose the city to host this gathering of motorcoach, tour and travel professionals from all over the United States and Canada.
For more information on ABA’s Marketplace, visit https://www.buses.org/events/event/marketplace-2018
Qatar Airways has announced a new premium global chauffeur service not only first and business class passengers but for customers in all cabin classes. This new service provided by Qatar Airways is bookable for a fee online through qatarairways.com and the Qatar Airways app.
Qatar Airways passengers, no matter what cabin they are flying in, can choose from a wide-range of high-end vehicles, provided by top auto manufacturers including Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Cadillac to take them to and from their chosen airport.
The new chauffeur-driven service is available for passengers at more than 85 Qatar Airways destinations around the world. Blacklane is also available in over 500 airports worldwide, including the majority of destinations served by the airline’s codeshare and interline partners.
Benefits of the new global chauffeur service include access to Blacklane’s modern fleet of high-end vehicles, and highly professional drivers, to ensure a safe, comfortable journey. Customers can choose Business Class, business vans, SUVs or First Class cars.
The global chauffeur service features all-inclusive highly-competitive rates – including all taxes, tolls, fees and gratuities – which are confirmed before booking online. Customers also receive up-to-date SMS and email updates and confirmations, which include the driver’s name and phone number.
Passengers can take advantage of a generous complimentary wait time of up to an hour for airport pickups. Payments are cashless, which means there’s no need to carry cash or worry about having the correct local currency. Credit cards are only charged after customers finish their ride. There is also a free change and cancellation policy of up to an hour before for one-way journeys. Customers can reach Blacklane’s customer care team 24/7 over phone, email and social media for any urgent needs.
Luxurious door-to-door transfers are just the latest in a range of innovations unveiled by the airline to enhance it’s unrivalled five-star service. It also recently launched a new bespoke pre-select dining service for premium passengers flying in First Class and Business Class.
U.S. business travelers are confident emerging tech will improve travel experience, but fear impact on mankind
Carnival Cruise Line’s senior cruise director and brand ambassador warned his Facebook followers of a cruise scam, calling the person responsible a “soulless, heartless wanker” and taking them to task for repeatedly creating fake accounts.
Watch Out For This Cruise Scam!
“First,” said Heald, “he/she/it created a fake Facebook page in my name. Then one in my late father’s name, and now this soulless, heartless wanker has done this.”
The post in question features a headline shouting “Carnival Cruise Lines will now offer FREE cruises!” and had, at the time of Heald’s posting, been shared over 75,000 times. The post goes on to say, “Carnival is now offering Free Cruises to those effected by the Hurricane. Just call Carnival or message John Heald and say you want a stress free cruise with (hashtag) Carnivalfamily and they will have you set up on a 4-7 night cruise of your choice. Just pay taxes and port fees. You also will receive $100 per cabin OBC.”
Sound too good to be true? Of course it does… because it is. “It is a fake page,” Heald confirmed, “and we have reported the author accordingly. I know which Facebook group this originates from and I will be severing all ties with them as well. I had had enough now, and I am sure you have as well. Proudly — #CarnivalFamily.”
Where The “Prank” Originated
A major clue to the fact that the post in question is a fraud is the fact that it comes from a page called breakingnews247.net. When one goes to that page, the headline reads “Prank Your Friends Now” and provides all the tools necessary to “write an article and prank your friends.” At the bottom of the page, which was clearly not spoken by someone for whom English is their primary language, it reads: “This website is an entertainment website, news are created by users. These are humorous news, fantasy, fictional, that should not be seriously taken or as a source of information.”
Over the past few years, similar scams have popped up offering free trips to Walt Disney World and Disneyland, free flights around the world and other dream vacations. And all too often, gullible individuals believe what they read and do whatever is required to obtain the “free” trip. While this particular cruise scam seems to be little more than an ill-conceived prank, similar efforts in the past have been designed to retrieve personal information such as e-mail addresses and even credit card information from naive internet users.
The best thing to do? Share this story, let folks know its a scam. Otherwise, that friend — you know, the one who falls for this kind of thing every single time — might wind up dreaming of a free cruise on board a ship that will never come in!
Oman Air, the national carrier of the Sultanate, successfully completed a crisis simulation exercise on Thursday 14 September, to test the airline’s emergency response plans and procedures.
The emergency response teams led by Senior Manager, Safety and ERP Captain Waheed Al Subhi were mobilised and the exercise was overseen by Deputy CEO Abdulrahman Al Busaidy and supported by the executive management team.
The exercise was hailed as a success; Abdulrahman Al Busaidy, Deputy CEO of Oman Air said: “Despite Oman Air having an exemplary safety record we need to ensure that we are prepared in the event of an emergency. We adhere to the strictest standards when it comes to emergency response planning and activation and it was gratifying to see all the procedures correctly put in place last Thursday. All the teams worked together seamlessly to ensure that the simulation exercise ran in textbook fashion and I am confident that we have everything in place should, God forbid, an unlikely emergency event happen.”
The full simulation involved the setting up of the Family Assistance Centre and a Media Centre at the Golden Tulip Hotel, Seeb. Simulated activities such as role playing, providing assistance to family members, form filling and a casualty condition update were practiced at the Family Assistance Centre. At the Media Centre, a simulated press conference took place to run through a media address from the CEO followed with a question and answer session with the media.
The Oman Air GO team was deployed and GO team tents and other gadgetry such as laptops and satellite phones were set up for use. A representative from Kenyon International Emergency Services (the specialised emergency support firm retained by Oman Air) was also present.
Indonesian Authorities have hiked the alert levels for a volcano on the resort island of Bali after hundreds of small tremors stoked fears that it could erupt for the first time in more than 50 years.
Mount Agung, about 75 kilometres from the tourist hub of Kuta, has been rumbling since August and officials have barred people from venturing within 7.5 kilometres (4.7 miles) of its summit.
No volcanic ash has been seen spewing from the crater. But hundreds of small tremors have rattled the mountain in the past two days, causing about 350 people to evacuate their homes Monday, although they returned the next day.
“Even though seismicity is not as sharp as two days ago, as much as 480 seconds of tremors have occurred. The community must remain vigilant,” Willem Rampangilei, the head of Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency, said in a statement Wednesday.
The airport on the resort island, a top holiday destination that attracts millions of foreign tourists every year, has not been affected but airport management are watching the situation closely.
“All flight activities are still normal, there is no cancellation or volcanic ash,” Yanus Suprayogi, a spokesman for Bali’s Ngurah Rai airport, told the media.
The last time that Mount Agung erupted was in 1963, killing more than 1,000 people.