News Briefs, Week of July 4, 2016

More cruises lines cancel Turkey calls

Several cruise lines canceled calls to Turkey following the Istanbul airport attack last week that killed at least 43 people. Seabourn and Windstar replaced Istanbul and other Turkey ports of calls with destinations in Greece, while Cunard, Costa and Celebrity also canceled Istanbul stops. Many lines had already dropped Turkey after deadly terror attacks earlier this year.

Four Seasons reopens upscale Oahu resort
The Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina reopened on the site of the former JW Marriott Ihilani after a $500 million redevelopment. The 371-room beachfront property has tennis clinics run by former pro Jim Courier and a guest transportation fleet that includes a helicopter and yacht. Guests have access to an on-site wedding chapel, spa and golf club.

Flooding closes the historic Greenbrier
The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia closed indefinitely due to flood damage to its tennis facility, spa, golf courses, grounds and buildings. The resort canceled the Greenbrier Classic professional golf tournament, set for July 7 to 10. Area flooding has caused at least 23 deaths and damaged or destroyed about 1,200 homes.

Sabre to roll out a new Red Workspace
Sabre Corporation announced a new version of its Red Workspace for 2017. While agents will still be able to use Sabre's "blue screen," a command-based interface, the new version will include a consumer-grade graphical interface. Suppliers will have increased merchandising opportunities in the workspace.

First U.S. hotel opens in Cuba since 1959
Starwood Hotels & Resorts reflagged Havana's Hotel Quinta Avenida June 27 as a Four Points by Sheraton, the first U.S. hotel to operate in Cuba since 1959. The 186-room hotel only takes prepaid reservations, and any nonroom charges must be paid in cash or non-U.S. credit cards. Starwood and Marriott were approved by the U.S. Treasury Department in March to operate hotels in Cuba; Starwood will reopen Havana's Hotel Inglaterra on Aug. 31.

Four Seasons to take over Viceroy Anguilla
Four Seasons will assume management of the Viceroy Anguilla. The resort will close Aug. 22 and reopen Oct. 20 as the Four Seasons Resort and Private Residences Anguilla; it will be Four Seasons' second Caribbean resort, joining one in Nevis. The Anguilla resort will have guestrooms, villas and vacation rental units as well as private residences.

U.S. to meet with Gulf govs over open skies
The State Department will meet this month with the governments of Qatar and the UAE to resolve the open-skies dispute between Gulf carriers and the largest U.S. airlines, which want the Obama administration to freeze new U.S. flights by Emirates, Etihad and Qatar for alleged open-skies violations.

Hertz expands Lyft partnership to Uber
Hertz will expand a pilot rental agreement program with drivers of the Lyft ride-hailing service and start a similar program with Uber drivers. The Hertz and Lyft started last year in Las Vegas and Denver and will expand to other U.S. markets, and Hertz will debut its Uber rental program in Los Angeles.

Friends & Colleagues
Carlson Wagonlit Travel is making some changes to its executive team. Chief technology officer Andrew Jordan, who joined the company in April, will take on the additional tasks of end-to-end product delivery lifecycle and innovation. Kelly Kuhn, most recently president, EMEA, has been named chief customer officer, overseeing sales, customer engagement, program management and the CWT Global Partners Network. Patrick Anderson has been named chief strategy and commerce officer; he was previously president, Americas. In his new role, Anderson's responsibilities include marketing, enterprise strategy, corporate communications and supplier customer relationships. Former executive vice president of global supplier management Scott Brennan has been named president, hotels. David Moran has been named chief human resources officer. Moran was most recently CWT's executive vice president of global marketing and enterprise strategy. • • • John Votsis retired on July 1 after more than 52 years in the travel industry. Votsis, who most recently served as executive adviser of marketing for the Trump International Hotel Waikiki, has spent most of his career in sales positions in Hawaii. His began his career when he took a job with Eastern Airlines at Idlewild (now JFK) Airport in New York in 1963. He followed that with a 21-year stint with American Airlines, which took him to the Aloha State. Votsis also worked for Hilton and Starwood and was vice president of sales at Aloha Airlines through its closing in 2008. He joined Trump Waikiki shortly after that, prior to the hotel's opening, and served six years as director of sales and marketing.


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