1 Hotels debuts its eco-luxury brand
Starwood Capital Group opened its first 1 Hotels eco-luxury property in Miami Beach. The 426-room, beachfront 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach has a rooftop pool, food-and-beverage headed by Tom Colicchio and plans for an 18,000-square-foot spa. Ecofriendly features include reclaimed wood, hemp-blend mattresses, ecofriendly dry cleaning, low-flow plumbing fixtures and shuttle service using Tesla electric luxury sedans.
Round-the-world fares automated in Sabre
The SkyTeam airline alliance's round-the-world fares are now automated in Sabre. Travel agents previously had to manually add up the prices of each segment. The capability is available for SkyTeam's Go Round the World, Go Round Asia and Southwest Pacific fares.
One&Only Palmilla reopens in Los Cabos
The One&Only Palmilla in Los Cabos will reopen April 20 after being closed for six months due to Hurricane Odile damage. The 173-room resort added a steakhouse, refurbished rooms and suites, outdoor lounge areas and a spa with 13 treatment villas. Also new are the One&Only Beauty salon and Barber&Blade men's salon.
Norwegian Star gets Margaritaville bar
Norwegian Cruise Line installed the Five O'Clock Somewhere bar on the Norwegian Star, the first step in its partnership with Margaritaville, during a two-week drydock. Among other changes, the ship also received an O'Sheehan's Neighborhood Bar & Grill, new carpeting, updates to the pool deck and touch-screen signage throughout.
First Tommie hotel to open this summer
Thompson Hotels parent Commune Hotels & Resorts will open its first Tommie "micro-lifestyle brand" in New York's SoHo district this summer. The 325-room Tommie Hudson Square's design scheme will play up SoHo's history in the printing and publishing industries. Commune plans to open a second, 250-room New York Tommie property on East 31st Street next year.
U.S. Travel lobbies to raise airport tax caps
The U.S. Travel Association is lobbying to raise the cap on the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC), a federal tax that funds airport improvements. Citing data from a recent survey, U.S. Travel said that U.S. flyers are willing to pay up to $4 more per ticket to fund airport improvements. PFCs are currently capped by Congress at $4.50. Airlines argue that raising the cap would make air travel less desirable.
Disney to offer first British Isles cruise
Disney Cruise Line will sail its first British Isles cruises in summer 2016, visiting Scotland, England, Ireland and France. The Disney Magic will depart Dover, England, on June 5 for a 12-day cruise. The ship will also return to Norway that summer with a seven-day fjord cruise and two 12-day sailings combining Norway and Iceland.
NYSE puts Hertz on delistment notice
Hertz Global Holdings received a stock-delisting warning from the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) after missing a deadline for filing its 2014 financial results. Hertz, which is currently in the process of restating its results for the three years ended 2013, said it has until Sept. 17 to file its annual results, after which the NYSE can start delisting proceedings.
Friends & Colleagues
The U.S. Travel Association appointed Todd Davidson, CEO of Travel Oregon, as its new national chair. Davidson, who previously served as the association's first vice chair, succeeds Interstate Hotels & Resorts CEO Jim Abrahamson. • • • David Whitaker has been tapped to become chief marketing officer for Brand USA, the destination marketing organization for the U.S. Whitaker has served as president and CEO of Tourism Toronto since 2007 and prior to that spent 17 years with the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau. • • • The Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa & Casino named Joel Bunde general manager. Bunde previously worked for Hyatt properties in Key West; Curacao; Indianapolis; Cambridge, Md.; and Carmel, Calif. • • • Accor named Cyril Kovarsky senior vice president of global sales. He joins Accor from French multinational telecommunications corporation Orange, where he was senior vice president corporate sales for business services. • • • Marie Walker has been appointed vice president, sales and marketing, U.S. and Canada for the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority. Walker most recently served as director, North America, of the Anguilla Tourist Board. Prior to that, she was advertising relations manager for North America for the Jamaica Tourist Board. • • • Turnberry Isle Miami appointed Luis Echezabal director of international sales. Echezabal has over 20 years of experience; he joins Turnberry Isle after serving as director of Latin America sales at Atlantis, Paradise Island. He also was director of international sales for Marriott International for over eight years. The property has also named Jason LaCkore director of group sales. He joins Turnberry Isle after serving as a senior sales executive at Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne and Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove.