Carnival to feature pop star concerts
Carnival Cruise Lines is adding pop music concerts to its entertainment lineup this year, featuring acts such as Jennifer Hudson, Chicago, Jewel, LeAnn Rimes, Olivia Newton-John, Trace Adkins and others on eight Carnival ships. The line said 49 Carnival Live shows are booked for when the ships are in port at Cozumel, Nassau and Catalina Island. Tickets will be priced at $20 to $40 and can be purchased onboard or in advance as shore excursions. Details are online at www.carnival.com/carnivallive.
Air China plans to add Washington Dulles
Air China plans to begin serving Washington Dulles with four weekly nonstops to Beijing on June 10, subject to Transportation Department approval. The carrier, a Star Alliance member and United codeshare partner, also serves New York Kennedy, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston and, effective last week, Honolulu.
JetBlue and Etihad sign codeshare deal
JetBlue and Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways reached a codeshare agreement that will enable the Middle Eastern carrier to display its EY code on dozens of JetBlue routes that connect to Etihad gateways, including 39 points connecting to JetBlue's main base at New York Kennedy. Subject to Transportation Department approval the carriers plan to start the codeshare on March 14.
Super Shuttle vans add Boston Logan
SuperShuttle extended its airport transfer system to Boston's Logan Airport. The familiar blue vans serve terminals A, B, C and E. SuperShuttle serves more than 40 U.S. airports.
Marriott inks deal for 116 Africa hotels
Marriott agreed to acquire Protea Hospitality of South Africa for $186 million, a move that would bring 116 properties under the Protea, African Pride and other brands into the Marriott portfolio. Protea operates urban hotels, resorts and safari lodges in South Africa and six other African countries. Subject to regulatory approvals the deal is slated to close on April 1.
Aqua Hospitality adds five to portfolio
Hawaii-based hotelier Aqua Hospitality boosted its management portfolio to 29 hotels by adding five hotels with over 850 rooms in the past five weeks, including the 383-room Hilo Nanlioa on Hawaii's Big Island and the 225-room Luana Waikiki. Aqua was acquired by timeshare exchange company Interval Leisure Group late last year.
Mosquito-borne virus spreads in Caribbean
Health officials confirmed more than 480 cases of the mosquito-borne chikungunya virus across several islands in the Caribbean, following the initial outbreak on French St. Martin in December. Treatment is focused on relieving the symptoms, which include a rash, fever and severe joint pain. Travelers are warned to protect themselves by covering exposed skin, using insect repellent that contains DEET and sleeping in air-conditioned rooms.
Starwood eyes Qatar for Westin band
Starwood this year plans to open the 365-room Westin Doha Hotel & Spa in Qatar's capital city. The hotel will include executive suites, five private bungalows and more than 31,000 square feet of meetings and function space.
Friends & Colleagues
Frosch has named Marc Kazlauskas president of leisure, effective March 3. Kazlauskas joins Frosch, No. 16 on Travel Weekly's 2013 Power List, from Insight Vacations, where he was president for the past 12 years. Before joining Insight, Kazlauskas held senior executive positions at Tauck, Trafalgar and Orient Lines. Philip Cappelli has been appointed the new president of the U.S. division of Insight. Cappelli has served as Insight's vice president of sales for the past two-and-a-half years. • • • Una O'Leary has joined Carlson Wagonlit Travel as senior director, marketing and supplier management for the company's North American Leisure organization. She will focus on growth and revenue generation for leisure operations in Canada and the U.S. O'Leary has more than 18 years' experience in both supplier management and marketing in the leisure travel, financial, credit card and insurance industries and has held numerous positions in product development and market distribution. • • • Aston Hotels & Resorts named Matt Bailey COO. Bailey most recently served as managing director at the Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa on Maui. He previously worked for three years at Aston as senior vice president of operations. • • • JetBlue Airways has appointed David Campbell vice president, technical operations. Campbell brings more than three decades of experience in commercial and military aircraft operations to the position. He is a former COO at American Eagle and most recently served as vice president of safety and operations performance for American Airlines. He succeeds Dave Ramage, who will retire from JetBlue later this year.