Carnival to boost Gulf Coast capacity
Carnival will boost its Gulf Coast capacity in 2011, moving its newest ship, the 3,690-passenger Carnival Magic, to Galveston, Texas, for year-round service in November. The 2,758-passenger Carnival Triumph will reposition from New Orleans to Galveston in October 2011. New Orleans' capacity will grow to pre-Katrina levels, Carnival said, when it moves the 2,974-passenger Carnival Conquest and 2,052-passenger Carnival Ecstasy from Galveston to the Big Easy for year-round operations. Separately, Carnival Corp. CEO Micky Arison said there's been "no slowdown in the booking pattern" for Carnival's cruises departing Gulf Coast ports.
Green Marriott planned for Guyana
Marriott is opening its first hotel in Guyana and its first green hotel in the region, the 160-room Georgetown Marriott Hotel. Opening in 2013, it is expected to be the company's first in the Caribbean and Latin America with a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Marriott will manage the hotel under an agreement with Atlantic Hotel Inc., a public-private partnership.
U.S., Switzerland cut new air deal
Swiss and U.S. officials modified their Open Skies air agreement to ease ownership restrictions, allowing Swiss air carriers to be owned and controlled by nationals of any E.U. country and still remain a designated Swiss carrier. Swiss is a Lufthansa subsidiary, but the German airline operates it as a separate brand. The revised pact also allows Swiss air carriers to compete for U.S. government traffic under the Fly America Act.
American gets OK for Brazil routes
American received Transportation Department approval to start service between New York and Rio de Janeiro and between Miami and Brasilia. American plans to offer daily Rio nonstops from Kennedy starting Nov. 18 with 767-300s configured for 30 business-class seats and 195 in economy. Miami-Brasilia service starts the next day, four days a week, using 757s seating 16 in business and 166 in economy.
AirTran seeking Punta Cana route
AirTran plans to start year-round service between Atlanta and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, Dec. 15, pending DOT approval. The carrier intends to start with two weekly flights, increasing to seasonal daily service. AirTran is boosting its Caribbean presence and plans to deploy about 6% of its capacity in the region by the end of 2010, up from 3% in 2008.
Big Apple launches global ad campaign
New York rolled out an ad campaign on the theme "See More, Be More." Valued at $30 million, including bartered and donated media, the campaign includes outdoor, print and digital ads in major U.S. cities and eight foreign countries, with American Airlines, American Express, Travelocity and other partners involved in packages and promotional tie-ins.
Ritz-Carlton opens second in Shanghai
Ritz-Carlton opened its second hotel in Shanghai and its seventh in China. The 285-room Ritz-Carlton Shanghai occupies the top 18 floors of the Shanghai IFC, a new tower in the Lujiazui financial trade zone, and offers more than 25,000 square feet of meetings space.
Friends & Colleagues
Diane Moore has departed Windstar Cruises, where she served as president. The position will be discontinued in Windstar Cruises' corporate structure, according to Ambassadors International, Windstar's parent company. Hans Birkholz, president and CEO of Ambassadors and CEO of Windstar, will lead the company. Moore had been with Windstar since 2006, joining the company as vice president of marketing and sales. She became president in May 2008. Birkholz started in his current post on May 10, replacing Art Rodney, Ambassadors' interim CEO. • • • Results Travel General Manager John Risner has been promoted to vice president within the Travel Leaders Franchise Group. In addition to his new duties, Risner will continue in his leadership role at Results Travel, a position he has held since 2004. • • • Rosewood Hotels & Resorts appointed Steve Halliday managing director of the Rosewood Hotel Georgia in Vancouver, which is scheduled to open in early 2011. Halliday joins Rosewood from his most recent position as founder and president of the Halliday Hospitality Group. Prior to that, he spent 26 years in senior positions within the Pan Pacific Hotels Group, most notably as vice president and general manager of the Pan Pacific Vancouver for more than 10 years.
This column appeared in the June 28 issue of Travel Weekly.