Air Canada Rouge set for takeoff Air Canada's new leisure unit, Rouge, was slated to begin flying on July 1, Canada Day. Under the AC code, Rouge has been booking 767 service from Toronto to Venice and Edinburgh, Scotland, and from Toronto and Montreal to Athens. Caribbean flights from Toronto with A-319 aircraft offer Punta Cana, Puerto Plata and Samana in the Dominican Republic; San Jose and Liberia, Costa Rica; Kingston, Jamaica; and four points in Cuba. As other Air Canada routes transition to Rouge, more destinations are to be added in the fall, including Orlando and Las Vegas and seasonal service to Sarasota, Fla.
Frontier to boost Wilmington service
Frontier Airlines, which was slated to launch five routes from Delaware's underutilized Wilmington Airport on July 1, said it will boost service there on Nov. 16 with the addition of a route to Fort Myers, Fla. The initial routes are to Chicago Midway, Denver, Houston, Orlando and Tampa.
Carnival to drop Norfolk in 2014
Carnival Cruise Lines unveiled a deployment for 2014 that pulls the Carnival Glory out of Norfolk, Va., apparently leaving the port with no long-term commitments. The ship had been based in Norfolk in the spring and fall but will operate year-round from Miami next year. The move also means the ship will not return to Boston, where it is currently based. Also the newly refurbished and renamed Carnival Sunshine will move from New Orleans to join the Carnival Liberty at Cape Canaveral, Fla., in April, bumping the Carnival Dream to New Orleans for seven-day cruises, year-round.
Aimbridge to run Sugar Bay resort
Dallas-based Aimbridge Hospitality was named to manage the 294-room Sugar Bay Resort & Spa on St. Thomas. The all-inclusive resort has been without a management company since Wyndham's flag came down two years ago. Aimbridge, whose Caribbean hotels include two Jewel resorts in Jamaica, the San Juan Water Beach Club Hotel in Puerto Rico and Best Western in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, will oversee a multimillion-dollar renovation to be completed in time for the peak season.
Affinia Manhattan completes face-lift
Denihan Hospitality completed a two-year, $33 million renovation of the Affinia Manhattan, boosting the room count to 618, including 84 suites. The hotel, adjacent to Penn Station and Madison Square Garden, also offers 10,000 square feet of meetings space.
Starwood reopens Parisian landmark
Starwood's Luxury Collection reopened the Prince de Galles in Paris, an art deco landmark that had been closed for a two-year restoration. On Avenue George V near the Arc de Triomphe, the hotel offers 155 rooms and 44 suites.
Melia eyes Lima for Tryp brand
The Tryp by Wyndham brand will debut in Peru in 2016, when Wyndham's alliance partner Melia Hotels plans to open the Tryp Lima Miraflores. The 140-room property will offer meetings rooms, a fitness room, a restaurant and views of the Pacific Ocean. Melia also manages the Melia Lima in the San Isidro district.
Friends & Colleagues
Carnival Asia has named Paul Chong vice president of business development. Previously, he was responsible for global business development for Singapore-based hotel company Banyan Tree Holdings. • • • Highgate Hotels hired Deirdre Yack as director of sales and marketing for the Lexington New York City. Yack previously served as director of sales and marketing for the Hyatt 48 Lex. • • • CSM Lodging has named Michael Coolidge senior vice president of real estate and lodging development. He previously served as vice president of real estate for Hyatt Hotels Corp.