Friday, 5 Jun 2020


Coronavirus could hurt travel as bad as 9 11 did

The Covid-19 impact on travel to Asia has been devastating, and the fallout for U.S. tourism will be worse than SARS and possibly as bad as after 9/11, according to a Tourism Economics report. Early indicators of the impacts on Asia are “disastrous,” the group said, noting overnight arrivals to Hong Kong have fallen more […]

Kempinski to rebrand two Schloss hotels in Europe

The 12.18. Group is expanding its strategic partnership with Kempinski Hotels. As part of the deal, the Schloss Roxburghe in Scotland and the Schloss Fleesensee in the heart of the Mecklenburg Lake District will operate as Schloss Fleesensee Kempinski and Schloss Roxburghe Kempinski. The hotels will remain in the ownership of the 12.18. Group; management […]

Opening Soon: Kalesma in Mykonos, Greece

WHY IT RATES: Greece’s new Kalesma hotel will house twenty-five 63 square meter suites and two 240 square meter villas. – Mackenzie Cullen, Editorial Associate Once home to Greek gods and a favorite destination of Jackie Kennedy as well as artists, poets, designers and actors, Mykonos has long been in the spotlight. But the whole […]

Carnival to the Rescue as Ship Plans Impromptu Wedding

When an itinerary change canceled a mid-cruise wedding on land in Jamaica, officers and crew on Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Freedom pulled off an impressive impromptu ceremony for the couple on the ship. San Antonio couple Liza Garcia and Theodore Herrera planned to marry in Jamaica, but island officials were working through their coronavirus policies. […]

Insight Vacations Launches First Women’s Only Journey

WHY IT RATES: To celebrate International Women’s Day, Insight Vacations is offering a 12-day, women-only tour through India. – Mackenzie Cullen, Editorial Associate As Insight Vacations, the leader in premium guided journeys, celebrates International Women’s Day 2020, it is thrilled to launch a new women’s only journey for the first time ever – Inspirational India, […]

Suppliers girding for long fight as Covid 19 takes toll

As the coronavirus outbreak continued to spread through Europe and the U.S. last week, the travel industry began signaling that it was girding for a protracted fight.  And while some analysts seemed to think it was an existential battle, others viewed it as yet another crisis the industry would eventually overcome.  In a video message […]

Address Jumeirah Resort on schedule to open later this year

Address Jumeirah Resort has announced the structural completion of its two 310-meter towers. The topping out of the two towers marks the first key turning point towards the completion of the project, which is due to be unveiled toward the end of the year. The 77 double-height levels were completed in just 799 days – […]

Adam Goldstein Leaves Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd

Adam Goldstein is out at Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. after 32 years with the company. Travel Weekly reported that March 2 was Goldstein’s last day serving as Vice Chairman of Royal Caribbean. A replacement has still yet to be named. Goldstein, who first joined the cruise giant in 1988, will remain in his role as […]

Caesars Raises Resort Fees at Four Las Vegas Hotels

Caesars Entertainment Corp. is the latest hospitality company to hike resort fees on the Las Vegas Strip. According to the Reno Gazette-Journal, Caesars raised the nightly charges at Bally’s, Flamingo, The LINQ Hotel and Harrah’s Las Vegas from $35 to $37, or $41.95 after taxes. A spokesperson for the company defended the decision, telling the […]

Princess 21 test positive on Grand Princess

Twenty-one people onboard the Grand Princess have tested positive for the Covid-19 coronavirus, Princess Cruises said.  In a series of tweets, the line said that the results came back from an initial screening of 45 passengers and crew. Two passengers and 19 crew tested positive.  We can confirm that the results from the first phase […]