Cruise West offers Antarctica cruise
Cruise West added a 19-night Antarctica cruise to its 2010 schedule, using the 57-suite, ice-strengthened Corinthian II, a former Renaissance ship that is a sister to Cruise West's Spirit of Oceanus. The cruise, the company's first to Antarctica, is slated to call at the Falkland, South Georgia and Orkney Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula.

Sabre display adds UAL Economy Plus
Sabre expanded its GDS merchandising platform, enabling Sabre users to book United's Economy Plus seating through MySabre and Turbo Sabre. Economy Plus seats at the front of the cabin offer extra leg room and are typically reserved for high-mileage and full-fare flyers or those willing to pay a surcharge.

Plan lets jobless cancel NCL trips
A new insurance option from Norwegian Cruise Line will reimburse passengers if they cancel their cruise due to a job loss. For any cruise departing on or after May 1, participants in NCL's travel-protection insurance program are eligible for reimbursement of cancellation fees if an insured passenger loses a job, as long as the person has been an active employee at the same company for at least a year.

Azamara to adopt cruise-only pricing
Celebrity's Azamara Cruises brand notified agents it will move to cruise-only pricing this week to better emphasize the line's value prices. It said most passengers already book their own air, but it will continue a commissionable air program for agents and passengers who want simplicity.

Delta proposes route to Brasilia
Delta filed at the Transportation Department for rights to serve the Brazilian capital of Brasilia, proposing three weekly fights from Atlanta in mid-December using Boeing 757s configured for 158 coach and 16 business-class seats. The flights would be the first U.S.-carrier nonstops to Brasilia.

Washington state eyes agent bill
A Washington state Senate committee approved a bill to end the state's registration regime for travel agencies, but agents would still have to maintain trust accounts for client funds. The bill moved to the Ways and Means Committee for further consideration.

US Airways relents on free soft drinks
US Airways on March 1 was slated to revert to a policy of free soft drinks, coffee and tea in domestic coach cabins. The airline will no longer charge for soda, juice, tea, water and coffee, a practice it started a year ago as part of its a la carte pricing strategy. "We are firmly committed to the a la carte model and believe it's the right one for our business," said CEO Doug Parker, adding, "It is also a work in progress."

Hilton hits a triple in Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico's El Conquistador Resort & Golden Door Spa joined Hilton's Waldorf Astoria Collection and will be joined on April 7 by the El San Juan Hotel & Casino. Both are LXR Luxury Resorts and Hotels properties. A third LXR property, the Condado Plaza Hotel & Casino in San Juan, will don Hilton's Conrad brand on March 12.

Friends & Colleagues

Wyndham Hotel Group announced several leadership appointments and promotions. Jim Alderman has been appointed executive vice president of development He joined the company from Starwood Capital Group. Daniel del Olmo has been named chief performance officer. Del Olmo previously served as vice president of strategy and innovation. Duane Elledge has been promoted to chief retention officer. Elledge was previously executive vice president of brand services. The new executive vice president of global sales is Ross Hosking, who joins the company from Starwood Hotels and Resorts. Sean Worker has been promoted from senior vice president to executive vice president of international operations. • • • David Gevanthor has joined AAA Western and Central New York as vice president of travel. Most recently, he was executive vice president for Vantage Deluxe World Travel in Boston. • • • Travelport announced that CFO Michael Rescoe and Jo-Anne Kruse, executive vice president of human resources, will leave the company in October. At that time, Philip Emery, currently CFO of Travelport GDS, will become CFO of Travelport. • • • The National Tour Association has named Agnes Amos senior vice president. Amos has been charged with managing the daily operations of the association. Most recently, Amos worked as the director of marketing and events for the Society for Biomolecular Sciences.

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