Oakland for Hawaii routes
codeshare with Southwest, ATA Airlines in late
April will move its San
Francisco-Hawaii service to Oakland,
where Southwest has a big presence. Oakland flights will serve Honolulu, Maui and
codeshare on those flight and on new service linking Houston Hobby
and New York LaGuardia. ATA also plans new daily service to
Honolulu from Ontario, Calif.
Global visits top 800 million
The number of
international tourist arrivals recorded worldwide
grew by 5.5% last year and exceeded the 800 million
mark for the first time, according to preliminary data
from the U.N. World Tourism
factors such as terrorism or an avian flu scare, the UNWTO projects
a 4% increase in 2006.
plans route from N.Y. to Kiev
As part of its
continuing international expansion into what the airline describes
as the key business and leisure markets of Eastern Europe,
Delta plans to begin five weekly flights June 5
between New York and Kiev,
Ukraine, pending Ukrainian government approval.
ads mimic home movies
Caribbean International kicked off an ad campaign in the
style of home movies, designed to tell the vacation story from a
customers point of view.
Create Your Own Adventure ads first aired Jan. 23
on cable TV channels and in early, prime-time and late-night
network time slots.
travel agent gets caught again
California suspended the registration for
M&K Travel of Fairfield, Calif., after one of
its owners was arrested for a second time and accused of
Randhawa; his wife, Gurdev Debbie Randhawa; and their son Manjinder
(Manny), who operated the three-office agency, were first arrested
Nov. 7 and charged with stealing more than $50,000 from
While on bail,
according to San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris, Paul
Randhawa launched a scheme to steal more
than $23,000 worth of air tickets from a consolidator. He was
charged with eight counts of forgery and one count of grand theft.
Bail was set at $750,000.
Blackstone closes on La Quinta
Blackstone Group completed its acquisition of
La Quinta Corp., whose lodging brands include La
Quinta, Baymont Inn, Woodfield Suites and Budgetel.
private investment firm, recently sold Summerfield Suites to Hyatt.
Boca Resorts and Extended Stay America are among its other
travelers: We offer TLC
OrbitzTLC, an initiative to highlight its
customer-service features, such as alerts informing travelers car
services of delays or itinerary changes (if the car was booked on
repackaging what customers want but dont know we offer, said Randy
Wagner, chief marketing officer for Cendants Consumer Travel
Orbitz will also
emphasize consumer reviews in a Hotel Scorecard that also includes
Travelocity buys all of Asias
Travelocity acquired the shares of
Asia-Pacific travel seller Zuji.com that it didnt already own for about $34
million. Travelocity had a 13.6% stake in the Zuji, which operates
in Australia, Hong Kong, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore and Taiwan.
The sellers were Abacus International and AGC Holdings.
The move was
foreshadowed a year ago when Travelocitys parent, Sabre, negotiated
a put option to take 100% ownership of Zuji.
acquire biz booking tool
Technologies, a public company in Redmond, Wash., agreed
to acquire Outtask, which offers the Cliqbook
corporate self-booking tool, for $67 million to $88 million in cash
and stock. (The amount depends on the satisfaction of certain
in line for its first Westin
Westin St. Lucia will be the centerpiece of Le
Paradis, a luxury condo resort opening in March 2007 at Vieux Fort
on the islands southern tip. The 232-room facility, Westins first
on St. Lucia, will have 92 two-bedroom and 16 three-bedroom
Mead is resigning as the Transportation Dept.s inspector
general Feb. 11 after nearly nine years of service. Deputy
Inspector General Todd Zinser will serve as acting
inspector general until a successor is appointed. " " "
Peter Tauck resigned the chairmanship of the U.S.
Tour Operators Association (USTOA). Tauck has stepped back from an
active role at Tauck World Discovery and thus is no longer eligible
to serve as the firms USTOA representative. Tauck was succeeded as
USTOA chairman by Nikos Tsakanikas, president of
Homeric Tours. " " " Victor Lopez was promoted to
senior vice president of development for Hyatt Hotels Corp. Most
recently, Lopez was senior vice president, field operations for
Hyatt, directing the operations of 23 Hyatt properties in Mexico,
Latin America, Florida, and the Caribbean. " " " The Aladdin Resort
& Casino in Las Vegas, future home of Planet Hollywood Resort
& Casino, has been doling out promotions. Donna
Marcou-Stafford was promoted to vice president of leisure
sales. For the past six years, Marcou-Stafford had been the
director of leisure sales for the Aladdin. DAnna
Malbrough also was promoted. She is the propertys new
director of Internet partnership marketing. Malbrough has been with
the Aladdin since 2002, most recently as senior leisure sales and
marketing manager. " " " Fiona Jeffery was
promoted from group exhibition director to managing director of
World Travel Market in London. As part of her new role, Jeffery is
looking to expand the World Travel Market brand.