Agent Issues News Briefs, Week of June 3, 2013 June 03, 2013 Share 1 -- Outrigger acquires Mauritius resortOutrigger acquired the Movenpick Resort and Spa Mauritius, its first Indian Ocean property, from Dubai-based Kingdom Hotel Investments and will close the resort for six months for renovations. The 181-room property will reopen by year end as the Outrigger Mauritius Resort and Spa with a 20,000-square-foot spa, three restaurants and a children's club. Hawaii-based Outrigger operates about three dozen resorts worldwide, including 23 in Hawaii. Sun Country plans to grow fleetSun Country Airlines notified the Transportation Department (DOT) that it intends to boost its fleet from 17 737 aircraft to 19 or more by next year and asked the DOT to remove a restriction on its certificate that limits it to 18 aircraft. The restriction originated in 2002 as a precaution against rapid growth when the airline emerged from a bankruptcy reorganization. It was last raised in 2012. Hurricane watch: Active season seenThe National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted another active hurricane season, with 13 to 20 named storms, seven to 11 of them reaching hurricane status (winds of at least 74 mph). Three to six are predicted to become major hurricanes of Category 3 strength or higher (wind speeds of 111 mph or more). The six-month hurricane season began June 1. Storms usually peak in August and September. This year's names: Andrea, Barry, Chantal, Dorian, Erin, Fernand, Gabrielle, Humberto, Ingrid, Jerry, Karen, Lorenzo, Melissa, Nestor, Olga, Pablo, Rebekah, Sebastien, Tanya, Van and Wendy. Royal lines up third Quantum-class shipRoyal Caribbean International ordered a third 4,180-passenger Quantum-class ship from Germany's Meyer Werft shipyard. The 167,800-gross-ton ship, not yet named, will enter service in 2016, following the expected introduction of the Quantum of the Seas next year and the Anthem of the Seas in 2015. The company said the stateroom configuration will include a greater proportion of higher-priced cabins than the first two Quantum ships. Hyatt Place brand coming to SeoulHyatt signed a management agreement with a Korean developer to operate a 204-room Hyatt Place hotel in Seoul. Opening in 2016 in the Dongdaemun shopping area, the newbuild hotel will be the brand's first in Seoul and the company's fourth. Rosewood owner adopts brand nameHong Kong's New World Hospitality changed its name to match its signature brand, becoming Rosewood Hotel Group. The company, which acquired Rosewood Hotels and Resorts in 2011, has 40 hotels in 14 countries under the Rosewood, New World and Pentahotels brands. Guadeloupe seeks to raise awarenessThe Guadeloupe Islands Tourist Board will launch an online ad campaign, "Let Me Show You My Islands," on June 4, featuring French-born model Willy Monfret as spokesman. The campaign highlights improvements in airlift to Guadeloupe and is designed to raise visibility among U.S. visitors. Friends & ColleaguesMichael McMahon has been named the director of sales and marketing of the Arizona Biltmore, a Waldorf Astoria Resort. McMahon brings nearly three decades of hospitality experience to the hotel, having spent almost half his career with the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co. Most recently, he was with Revelation Consultancy, a global business-consulting firm based in Fort Lauderdale. • • • Magdalena Grand Beach Resort in Tobago named Howard Spittle general manager, replacing Vince Angelo who had served as interim manager for a year since the resort opened. Spittle most recently was a consultant with an eco-resort in Port Antonio, Jamaica, and prior to that spent seven years with Sandals and Beaches Resorts in Jamaica as general manager of Beaches Boscobel Resort & Golf Club (now Beaches Ocho Rios), Beaches Negril Resort & Spa and Beaches Sandy Bay. • • • The Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa in Florida has hired Richard Ross as the resort's new vice president of sales and marketing. Ross joins the property after serving as vice president and director of sales and marketing for Remington Hotels and has 20 years' experience in the hospitality and tourism field. • • • The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa in South Carolina appointed Tim Freisen as general manager, Gail Wargo as director of sales and marketing and Jim Barnett as director of food and beverage. Freisen is a 14-year Starwood veteran who most recently served as the general manager for the Westin Book Cadillac Detroit. Wargo is a recent retiree from Marriott International, where she served more than 30 years in sales leadership.