travel companies have come forward and made donations to
victims of Hurricane Katrina or coordinated (or matched) employee
contributions for refugee relief.
TC knows of one
executive, the CEO of a large supplier, who is
willing to make his home -- or a portion of it -- available to
He figures he can
take in two families, and is quietly asking around to other CEOs to
see if it makes sense to expand the idea into an industry
January, a Cendant official conceded that Americas
Consumer Travel, the name for the unit that holds its
consumer Web sites, was a generic placeholder. TC wondered at the
time if it would be rechristened with one of its leading site
Orbitz as the brand, the executive said. Think
Well, now that
official is gone, and a new official was asked if Orbitz might
appear in the name for the group.
something, the executive said with all but a wink. It would make
sense. Its got good brand recognition in Europe.
Sandals new 360-room resort in the village of
Whitehouse on Jamaicas undeveloped south coast,
local employment levels are way up, TC hears.
The resort employs
more than 600 staff, many of whom were tapped right from Whitehouse
and the immediate area. It takes a village ... to run a
Abercrombie & Kent to announce the opening of a new
destination management office in Buenos Aires, the
companys fourth in South America.
Orleans no longer a viable venue, TC hears that convention
planners are desperate to rebook their upcoming groups in
New York as their first choice for an alternate
site. The only problem is that theres no room. Apparently, New
Yorks major meeting and convention venues already are spoken for
throughout the fall and winter -- the most popular time to hold big
the K-word to appear again anytime soon on the list of
storm names, TC hears. The National Weather
Service often drops a name from its list if a storm is so
deadly or so costly that future use would be
Four names were
dropped last year. Remember Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne? How
about Andrew (1992), Hugo (1989), Luis and Marilyn (both in
There are six lists
of names for tropical storms -- which rotate year by year. If
Katrina is not retired (but it likely will be) the name would
reappear in 2011.
The K-word for 2006