may get more low-fare air
Gol, Brazils fast-growing low-fare
airline, is partnering with a Mexican company to start a low-cost,
airline in Mexico. That would give the country two low-cost
carriers: Click Mexicana, Mexicanas new low-cost
unit, began service July 5.
Gol and its
partners plan to begin flights in the second quarter of 2006,
pending shareholder and government approvals. Gol said the Mexican
domestic market has many similarities with the Brazilian market,
including large cities, long distances and high fares.
to open in Aug. on Curacao
44-villa Lodge Kura Hulanda and Beach Club, sister
property to the Hotel Kura Hulanda in Willemstad, will open next
month on the islands west end.
will be offered between the beachfront resort and the in-town
hotel, which is part of the Unesco World Heritage Village
score high on comfort in poll
travelers in a Galileo survey identified one or
more reasons they feel more comfortable booking leisure trips with
a travel agent. The top comfort factor, cited by 53%, is the agents
ability to ask the traveler about travel needs, followed by
willingness to customize itineraries (52%) and ability to do
complex trips (49%).
respondents in the Harris Interactive survey also were asked to
identify essential services when booking a vacation with an agency.
Sixty-five percent cited personal interaction, or the need to sit
with the agent to discuss plans, but some routine capabilities
rated even higher (ability to book travel, 76%, and access to
real-time information, 73%).
Marriott to get condos
Wardman Park Marriott Hotel, the largest hotel in
Washington, will be getting a new look and some condos.
New owners of the hotel, which overlooks Rock
Creek Park, plan to convert about 195 of the hotels 1,334 rooms
The hotel, which
will remain a Marriott, is also earmarked for renovations to guest
rooms and public areas. Bill Wallis, the hotels director of
marketing, said the property will remain open during
over at the Pierre
Hotels Resorts and Palaces, one of Asias largest hotel
groups, took over operations at the Pierre, one of
New Yorks top luxury properties, replacing Four Seasons. The Pierre
is the first hotel in New York to be managed by Taj, which plans to
invest $35 million upgrading the hotel.
Taj said it will
honor all previous bookings. The property, located opposite Central
Park on Fifth Avenue at 61st St., includes 201 hotel rooms and 80
residential apartments, a mix that Taj said will be
sailings to include Galapagos
World Cruises brokered a deal with the Ecuadorian
government to offer two sailings that include the Galapagos
Islands, a carefully controlled region that is restricted
to small ships that fly the Ecuadorian flag. The Discovery, which
flies the Bahamian flag, will be an exception.
Occupancy on the
650-passenger ship will be capped at 500, and passengers will be
tendered ashore on a rotating basis. The cruises, on April 7 and
April 27, will begin and end, respectively, with two days in the
Galapagos and three nights in Quito, Ecuador.
Airways-Am West merger clears hurdle
merger of America West and US
Airways cleared another hurdle: US Airways said the 30-day
period for competing bids expired on July 1 without any
It would have
been difficult for other offers to have provided comparable value
to our stakeholders, and with the bidding process now behind us, we
will begin planning with America West for the integration of our
two companies, said US Airways CEO Bruce Lakefield.
Lufthansa-Swiss deal wins E.C.
European Commission and U.S. competition
authorities gave antitrust approval to Lufthansas
takeover of Swiss, clearing the way for Swiss to
begin its integration into the Lufthansa Group. Lufthansa will soon
own 49% of Swiss, but the complete takeover is not expected until
2006 or 2007. The airlines will begin integrating their schedules
maintain a separate brand identity as well as its Zurich hub. The
E.C. is requiring the partners to give up enough airport slots at
Zurich; Frankfurt; Munich, Berlin, and Dusseldorf, Germany; Vienna,
Stockholm, Sweden; and Copenhagen, Denmark, to allow for a total of
41 roundtrip flights per day by competitors.
Buimi, senior vice president and treasurer at Royal
Caribbean Cruises, has been appointed CFO for NCL Corp., effective
July 20. She will replace Lamarr Cooler, a 30-year
veteran at NCL. " " " Barbara Muckermann,
Silversea Cruises senior vice president of worldwide marketing and
communications, resigned due to personal and family commitments.
The line has not yet named a replacement. " " " Tom
Manno was named senior director of sales and operations
for Regent International Hotels. Manno was vice president/general
manager for the Doral Golf Resort and Spa in Miami. " " " Yale
professor Michael E. Levine, a major architect of
airline deregulation and former senior executive at Continental and
Northwest, is moving on to the NYU
School of Law as a Distinguished Research Scholar. Levine, who once
headed the Big Apples hometown airline, New York Air, is writing a
book about airline deregulation. " " " Northwest consolidated its
marketing and sales activities under the leadership of three
Northwest executives, whose responsibilities and titles expanded
and changed. Thomas Bach became vice president of
network planning and revenue management, Jim Cron
became vice president of passenger marketing and sales, and
Crystal Knotek became vice president of
reservations and customer care. Cron also became CEO of MLT
Vacations, a subsidiary of Northwest. " " "Peter
Odle, general manager of Mango Bay Hotel and Beach Club in
Holetown, Barbados, is the new president-elect of the Caribbean
Hotel Association for the 2006-2008 term. He will succeed
Berthia Parle when she steps down next year. " " "
Karen Colliton Thomson was promoted to director of
sales and marketing of the Westin New York at Times Square.
Colliton Thomson joined the staff about a year ago as director of
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