News Briefs, Week of Feb. 28, 2011

Norwegian Dawn to add 58 cabins

The 2,224-passenger Norwegian Dawn will get 58 additional cabins during a nearly monthlong drydock in May. Norwegian Cruise Line said 30 of the new staterooms would be inside cabins and 28 would be suites. The suites include four 667-square-foot to 732-square-foot deluxe owner's suites and 24 family suites, ranging from 408 square feet to 495 square feet, most of which can sleep six passengers. The work on the Dawn will be done at the Grand Bahama Shipyard in Freeport. The new cabins are on sale now for departures after Sept. 16, NCL said.

Small-ship line scraps Libya sailing

The turmoil in North Africa has prompted small-ship line Voyages to Antiquity to eliminate its cruise-tour package to the region. The package, aboard the line's only ship, the 350-passenger Aegean Odyssey, included stops in Libya. It was replacing two itineraries that the line canceled last month, which had stops in Egypt and Tunisia as well as Libya. Voyages to Antiquity plans to keep the ship out of service until an April 15 Rome-to-Venice itinerary. The line is not scheduled to return to the Red Sea or North Africa again until late November and is keeping those cruises on its schedule for now.

Bahamas delays terminal opening

The opening of the new U.S. departures terminal at Lynden Pindling Airport in Nassau has been pushed back to March 16 from its original March 2 target date. Additional training and baggage-system checks are required.

IHG plans for first Indigo in Thailand

Hotel Indigo, InterContinental Hotel Group's boutique brand, will open its first resort property in Phuket, Thailand. Hotel Indigo Phuket Naithon Beach Resort will be built at the northern end of the island on Nai Thon Beach. Expected to open in June 2014, the resort will be a low-rise development with 120 rooms and 15 villas, an all-day restaurant and bar, swimming pool and spa. IHG will manage the resort for its owner, Tiansin Property Development Co.

Summer debut for N.Y. Dream hotel

The Dream hotel brand, being developed by Vikram Chatwal Hotels, plans to open its New York flagship this summer just behind the Maritime Hotel in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood. The hotel is being developed in a building that was once part of the original Maritime building and will maintain the similar facade with round windows. It will have 316 loft-inspired guestrooms and suites and design elements such as a heated pool with a translucent bottom visible from the ceiling of the lobby lounge. The hotel will also feature multiple dining venues, a rooftop lounge and spa and fitness facilities.

Norwegian Sun adds St. Lucia calls

Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Sun added calls in St. Lucia to its Southern Caribbean itinerary for the 2012-2013 cruise season, according to Tourism Minister Allen Chastanet. Chastanet said the decision to include regular stops was made after NCL sampled the island's offerings during calls in 2009.

Friends & Colleagues

Europe Express promoted Kier V.B. Matthews to vice president, travel industry sales. Matthews joined Europe Express as national accounts manager in March of 2010. Prior to joining Europe Express, he worked for two years at Virtuoso. He has also held posts with Starwood Hotels and Resorts and Cruise West. • • • Gabriele Burgio has resigned as CEO and executive chairman of Spain's NH Hoteles, effective March 1. He will be replaced by Mariano Perez Claver, who had been chairman of SOS Corporacion Alimentaria. Burgio took charge of NH Hoteles in 1997 and helped grow the company from 66 hotels in Spain to 400 hotels in 24 countries. • • • Joe Jiffo is joining the Ensemble Travel Group in the newly created position of vice president, business development. Jiffo most recently served as East region director of sales and national accounts for the Mark Travel Corp. Prior to that he had extensive experience in the cruise industry, holding national-account positions at Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Carnival Cruise Lines and Norwegian Cruise Line. • • • Rosewood Hotels & Resorts has promoted Alex Alt to senior vice president of global development and strategy and Ralph Aruzza to vice president of sales and marketing. • • • Choice Hotels has promoted Patrick Pacious to executive vice president for global strategy, distribution and technology. Pacious joined Choice Hotels in 2005 as senior director, corporate and business strategy.


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