News Briefs, Week of June 22, 2015

IATA puts hold on plan to downsize carry-ons

IATA put on hold recently announced international guidelines for carryon luggage that would have slightly reduced recommended dimensions. Airlines, industry groups and politicians were critical of the proposal. IATA's Tom Windmuller said, "We need to get it right. Today we are pausing the rollout and launching a comprehensive reassessment."

TripAdvisor res feature adds Marriott hotels
TripAdvisor made a big step in expanding its Instant Booking feature, adding the brands of Marriott International. Marriott's inventory of more than 4,200 hotels worldwide will become available later this summer, the companies said. TripAdvisor is looking to diversify its revenue sources by increasing the number of travel bookings through its website.

Carnival repositions Breeze to Texas early
Carnival Cruise Line will send the Carnival Breeze to Galveston, Texas, on May 8, seven months earlier than planned. The Breeze will replace the Carnival Magic, which will move to Port Canaveral, Fla., and take over the Carnival Valor's seven-day cruises. The Valor, meanwhile will offer five- and eight-day cruises from Port Canaveral, and the Carnival Splendor will resume the Breeze's Caribbean cruises from Miami.

Maldives to get its first St. Regis resort
The Maldives' first resort under Starwood Hotels & Resorts' St. Regis brand will open in 2016. Based on a private island reachable via a 40-minute seaplane ride from Male, the St. Regis Vommuli Resort will cover more than 20 acres and include 77 villas.

Paul Gauguin sells one of its two ships
Paul Gauguin Cruises sold the Tere Moana to Grand Circle Cruises, less than three years after it began operating the ship in the Caribbean, Latin America and Europe. Paul Gauguin will operate the  vessel through May 14. Richard Bailey, CEO of Paul Gauguin, said the company would "take this opportunity to refocus in our home territory of French Polynesia."

Two Starwood brands plan a Philly debut
Philadelphia's first hotels under Starwood's W and Element brands will open in a Center City tower that broke ground this week and is due to be completed in early 2018. The W Philadelphia will have 295 rooms, and the Element Philadelphia will have 460 rooms. The 51-story tower will be across the street from City Hall and blocks from the Convention Center.

United plans Oct. exit from New York's JFK
United Airlines plans to cease serving New York Kennedy on Oct. 25 and will sell its slots at the airport to Delta, pending regulatory approval. In return, United said it will acquire slots that Delta holds at Newark Airport. United operates its premium transcontinental service to San Francisco and Los Angeles from Kennedy. That service will fly out of United's Newark hub instead.

Ritz Carlton to open two Panama hotels
A Ritz-Carlton in Panama City will be the second Ritz property opening in Panama next year. Ritz-Carlton Panama will have 220 rooms, a spa, four restaurants and lounges, and two pools. Ritz-Carlton's Reserve on Pearl Island, on a private island 45 miles south of Panama City, will have 80 rooms, three restaurants and its own marina.

Friends & Colleagues
Simon Cooper, president of Marriott International's Asia Pacific region, will retire at the end of the month. He will be succeeded by Craig Smith, who has served as Marriott's president of its Caribbean and Latin America region since 2012. • • • Vinicius Lummertz has been named president of the Brazilian Tourism Board (Embratur). Lummertz was formerly Secretary of Tourism for the city of Florianopolis. More recently, he held the post of National Secretary of Tourism Policies for Brazil's Ministry of Tourism. He replaces Vicente Neto, who headed up Embratur since March 2014. • • • The Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association elected Karolin Troubetzkoy president for the 2016-2018 term, succeeding Emil Lee when his term expires in June 2016. Troubetzkoy has served as president of the St. Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association since 2010, is chair of the Tourist Board Marketing Committee and has directed the marketing and day-to-day operations of Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain resorts in St. Lucia for more than 30 years. • • • Jill Estorino has been named executive vice president of global marketing and sales for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. Estorino has spent nearly a quarter century with Disney, most recently serving as senior vice president, marketing and sales, Asia Pacific. Prior to that, she had been senior vice president, marketing strategy for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts' domestic parks. Estorino replaces Leslie Ferraro, who was named president of Disney Consumer Products in May. • • • Crystal Cruises has chosen Claudius Docekal to be its vice president of deployment. Docekal has more than 35 years of experience in sales and product development in the cruise and hospitality industries. He will be responsible for developing itineraries worldwide for the Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity. Docekal most recently served as director, deployment destinations and charter sales for Azamara Club Cruises.


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