Enterprise, Europcar end franchise deal
Enterprise Holdings terminated Europcar's license agreement for Enterprise's National and Alamo brands in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Europcar had operated the brands overseas since 2006 under an agreement with former Alamo and National owner Vanguard Car Rental Group. Enterprise acquired Vanguard the following year. In a statement, Enterprise said that "it is expected that all current National and Alamo reservations will be honored."
United seeks to fly New Orleans-Cancun
United filed plans for offering seasonal Saturday-only service on the New Orleans-Cancun route starting in May. The carrier told the Transportation Department that it intends to offer competition to "Delta's seasonal nonstop flights and other public charter services on this route." The flights would operate with 737-800 aircraft.
Azul goes live with Amadeus res system
Azul Brazilian Airlines threw the switch for Amadeus' Altea Reservation and ticketing platform, in conjunction with its launch of service to Florida, its first international routes. Amadeus said Azul's international flights can now be viewed, searched and purchased through "any sales channel."
Record tourist arrivals projected for 2014
Based on 4.7% growth recorded through October, the World Tourism Organization projected that the global travel industry would end 2014 with over 1.1 billion international tourist arrivals, a record, fueled by 8% growth in arrivals in the Americas and 5% gains in the Asia-Pacific region.
Carnival Corp. to air Super Bowl ads
Carnival Corp. will make its first appearance as a Super Bowl advertiser during NBC's broadcast of the game on Feb. 1. The ad will be a 60-second spot tied to the recently launched "World's Leading Cruise Lines Marketing Challenge," a contest that asks consumers to vote on marketing campaign themes. Consumers can vote on rough-cut video previews online at http://worldsleadingcruiselines.com.
Ropes course, more on Norwegian Escape
Norwegian Cruise Line offered another peek at new sports and activity features of the 164,000-gross-ton Norwegian Escape, including a three-story ropes course and an expanded aqua park. The 4,200-passenger ship, due to enter service next fall, will include ziplines, minigolf, bocce, a full-size basketball court and the line's first dedicated nursery for ages 2 and under.
Accor to franchise three brands in China
Accor reached an agreement with Huazhu Hotels Group to franchise Accor's Novotel, Ibis and Mercure brands in China. Accor, which is taking a 10% stake in Huazhu, has 144 hotels in China under its Sofitel, Pullman, Novotel and Ibis brands.
Motel 6 brands eye Mexico expansion
G6 Hospitality, operator of economy brands Motel 6 and its extended-stay sibling Studio 6, inked a deal with a Mexican developer to build up to 55 properties in Mexico by 2020 under the Hotel 6 and Estudio 6 brands.
The Dallas Morning News reported that the first location is expected to open in late 2015 in Salamanca, 185 miles northwest of Mexico City.
Friends & Colleagues
Lucille Sive has been named CEO of the African division for the Travel Corp. North America. This is a new position, created to support the ongoing growth of the company's two African wholesalers, African Travel and Lion World Travel. Sive has been with Lion World Travel for 30 years and will remain its president while overseeing both companies. • • • Delta Air Lines has hired Ranjan Goswami as its new vice president of sales, West. He had been managing director for the West region prior to the promotion. Previously Goswami served as director of product development and customer relationship management as well as manager of the Asia-Pacific network at Northwest Airlines. • • • Matt Bailey is the new president of the Hawaii-based Aqua Hospitality and president of Aston Hotels and Resorts. A 30-year hospitality industry veteran, Bailey will retain his COO responsibilities. Aqua Hospitality and Aston Hotels & Resorts are subsidiaries of Honolulu-based AHR Hospitality Partners, which acquired Aqua late last year. He replaces Ben Rafter, who will remain "an active participant with the company" while pursuing other professional opportunities, according to Aston officials. • • • Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan has named Ibu Heny Ferawati, known as Ibu Fera, as its new resident wellness mentor. A Buddhist religious scholar who studied the Dharma in monasteries across Asia, she will be leading twice-daily meditation classes and hosting a series of five "Life Talks" each week. • • • JetBlue Airways has hired Alexander Chatkewitz to be the carrier's vice president, controller. Chatkewitz comes to JetBlue from Philip Morris International, where he served as vice president and controller, financial reporting and accounting research since 2008. • • • Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa in St. Lucia has promoted Kevin Hughes to general manager. Hughes formerly served as director of food and beverage at the resort for two years. Prior to that, he was the executive director of food and beverage at the Wyndham Nassau Resort & Crystal Palace Casino in the Bahamas for four years.