Cunard, hook up with Trams
Princess and Cunard Lines
POLAR online reservations system will become the first
major in-house cruise booking system to link directly with
TRAMS ClientBase software.
At the end of
this month, travel agents will be able to transfer Princess and
Cunard booking information from POLAR into ClientBase via the Trams
Live Connect solution, which enables agencies to book Web-based
inventory and integrate it with GDS bookings regardless of the
agencys GDS affiliation.
Square gets Marriott flagship
reflagged the former Pan Pacific San Francisco
Hotel in the citys Union Square as the JW Marriott
Hotel San Francisco. The hotels new owner, Ashford
Hospitality, said it plans a multimillion-dollar renovation of the
tweaks Coach Choice plan
feedback, Northwest modified its Coach
Choice program so that its WorldPerks
Elite members wont have to pay extra for exit-row and
aisle seats. As rolled out a month ago, the Coach Choice program
offered some of those seats for an extra $15, payable at
Flyers get elite
status for at least 25,000 miles or 30 qualifying segments per
took some of its most popular coach seats out Coach Choice and
returned them to its Select Seating zone, which is available for
elite members to reserve up to 90 days out.
adds Philadelphia routes
Southwest will begin serving two more
nonstop destinations from Philadelphia July 2,
when it launches three daily flights to Columbus,
Ohio, and two dailies to
additions, Southwest will be flying to 19 cities nonstop from
Philadelphia, where it began service in May 2004.
offers peek at load factor data
Maxjet, a business class-only
transatlantic airline, disclosed its load factors for the first
time and said it filled more than 50% of the seats on its flights
between New York and London (Stansted) in March and will average
70% in April.
CEO Gary Rogliano
said the New York-London load factors prove Maxjets business model
is working, and he said the airline, which added Washington-London
as its second route April 3, is negotiating to add a third and
fourth aircraft to its fleet.
grabs two Mayan resorts
Hotel Group agreed to acquire the 46-room Mosquito
Blue and the newly built, 33-room Mosquito
Beach, two upscale resorts in Playa del Carmen, for an
Kor has two other
properties slated to debut in 2008, both in the Riviera Maya: the
Viceroy Riviera Maya and the Tides Playa del Carmen Resorts and
kiosks issue boarding passes
Hilton tricked out select hotel
lobby check-in kiosks to permit guests to print boarding
passes for most major airlines, at no charge.
The kiosks offer
links to the Web sites of 18 airlines where guests can check in,
change seats, request upgrades and print their boarding pass.
Fairmont Hotels pioneered the technology at some of its properties
York on $200 a day
General Services Administration revised its
per-diem spending limits for government travelers
for several major metro areas, effective May 1. Through Aug. 31,
the New York rate increases to $202, rising to $282 in September.
Details are online at www.gsa.gov.
hotel group nabs GDS code
Dorchester Group, a collection of luxury
properties, was slated to go live with the GDS code
DC, effective April 25, as part of a plan to broaden its
In addition to
its London namesake, the Dorchester, the group includes the Beverly
Hills Hotel in Los Angeles; Le Meurice and Plaza Athenee in Paris;
and Principe di Savoia in Milan, Italy.
reflags first resort in Fiji
its first property in the South Pacific, rebranding the
former Sheraton Royal Denarau Resort in Fiji as
the Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa,
following a $15 million renovation.
operator adopts new name
American Orient Express, a Downers Grove,
Ill.-based rail tour operator, changed its name to
GrandLuxe Rail Journeys to end confusion with the
U.K.-based Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, which operates the
historical route to Istanbul. Grandluxe specializes in North
Regent made organizational changes at its
Fort Lauderdale headquarters. Mark Conroy will be
president of Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Regent Hotels.
Christian Sauleau, executive vice president of
operations for Regent Seven Seas, will also be responsible for
operations of the Regent Hotels in the Americas. His team will
include senior director Andrew Nordseth, who
maintains responsibility for ship product and service performance,
and vice president Monica Neumann, operations
leader for Regent hotels in the Americas. Ken
Watson, executive vice president of sales and marketing
for cruises, will add Regent Hotels in the Americas to his title.
Sophie Vlessing, vice president of customer
strategy and marketing will also market the cruise lines and the
Regent Hotels in the Americas. John Cardona joins
the company as senior director of sales. " " " A. Ady
Gelber, president of IsramWorld since 1979, stepped down
from his position at the end of his contract with Koor Corp., the
owner of Isram. He still holds a seat on Israms board of directors.
" " " Jorge Landa was named general manager of the
St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino. Landa
formerly held the same post at the Curacao Marriott Beach Resort
and Emerald Casino. " " " Ontario-based RBC Travel Insurance Co.
appointed Lore McGuire as head of its U.S. travel
sales. McGuire has worked at RBC for the past 17 years.