News Briefs, Week of March 12, 2012

AA, Travelport renew their truce


American Airlines and Travelport extended their full-content agreement for Travelport's three GDSs, Apollo, Galileo and Worldspan, through late 2012, again forestalling any lapse in service due to their ongoing legal battles. American, before it entered bankruptcy reorganization, had sued Travelport, alleging that the GDS firm used anticompetitive practices to obstruct the airline's attempts to implement its direct-connect technology.

Sabre Red opens GDS app store
Sabre opened what it calls "the world's first B2B online application store for the travel industry," the Sabre Red App Centre. The e-marketplace enables users of the Sabre Red Web-based selling platform to buy and download apps from third-party technology developers. Sabre said the App Centre has more than 60 Red Apps, with more on the way.

Boardwalk resort sets soft opening
The Atlantic City Boardwalk's long-delayed Revel resort began taking reservations for its soft-opening period, from April 2 to Memorial Day weekend, during which it will progressively open its 1,800 guestrooms, 14 restaurants and 150,000-square-foot casino.

Joie de Vivre opens Chicago hotel
Joie de Vivre opened the 184-room Hotel Lincoln in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood in a 12-story building that previously housed the Park View Hotel. Its rooftop bar, set to open in June, will offer views of Lake Michigan.

Breezes to pull out of Curacao resort
Super Clubs terminated its management agreement for the Breezes Curacao Resort, which will drop out of the Breezes portfolio effective June 30. The property will continue to operate as an all-inclusive, rebranded as the Princess Beach Resort and Casino, Curacao, and will honor all existing Breezes reservations.

Hyatt inks deals for Moscow, Zurich
Hyatt reached development agreements for new hotels in Moscow and Zurich. The Hyatt Regency Moscow, with 287 rooms and 56 luxury apartments, will open in 2015 in a multipurpose development in Petrovsky Park. For Zurich, the company plans a 250-room Hyatt Regency and a 300-room Hyatt Place in the Circle, a mixed-use development at Zurich Airport. Both hotels will open in 2017. Separately, Hyatt this summer will reflag two Avia hotels under its Andaz badge, bringing the number of hotels within the boutique brand to eight. The hotels, acquired as part of Hyatt's $660 million purchase of LodgeWorks last year, are the 141-room Avia hotel in Napa, Calif., and the 151-room Avia in Savannah, Ga.

Costa Romantica dons new name
Costa Cruises relaunched the renovated and renamed Costa NeoRomantica, formerly the Costa Romantica. The 1,600-passenger ship, which entered service in 1993, underwent a $120 million revitalization during a five-month drydock in Genoa. During the naming ceremony, a minute of silence was observed for the victims of the Costa Concordia accident on Jan. 13.

Friends & Colleagues

Kerzner International, a hospitality developer and operator whose properties include Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas, promoted Jennifer Glaisek Ferguson to senior vice president of global communication and public relations. Ferguson had previously served as vice president of global communications. Prior to joining Kerzner in 2004, Ferguson worked in public relations at Miramax/Dimension Films. • • • Canadian rail tour operator Rocky Mountaineer appointed Karen Wiseman to the position of director of sales, USA. Prior to joining Rocky Mountaineer, she was the vice president of sales for Stella Travel Services. • • • W. Reed Atkins Jr. was appointed president and CEO of Norfolk, Va.-based CI Travel. He previously was executive vice president of the company and will remain a member of its board of directors. Kevin McElroy, who previously served as president and CEO, will serve as an adviser to Atkins. • • • Grand Lucayan resort on Grand Bahama Island named Thomas Anderson chief marketing officer, Denise Harmon director of sales and Rogerio Guerreiro food and beverage director. Anderson formerly was with Coral Hospitality as senior vice president of marketing and development; Harmon owned and managed an all-suite guesthouse in Key West; and Guerreiro headed the food and beverage operations on several Regent Seven Seas Cruises ships.

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