check-in staff makes house calls
Al added an at-home check-in option for departures from
Israel whereby members of the airlines ground staff and security
team visit the passengers home, office, hotel or other venue and
conduct security screening, baggage check-in and issue boarding
The service is
priced at $49 for up to four people and $5 for additional
passengers and $15 per person for groups of six or more.
It can be ordered
by phone up to six hours before departure. At the airport,
travelers proceed to Passport Control with carry-on
hotel brand bound for Vegas
Group, owner of New Yorks Plaza Hotel, is
taking the venerable Manhattan brand to Las Vegas,
the first step in a global expansion. The firm said it had acquired
the 34.5-acre site of the New Frontier on the
Strip and would demolish it for a $5 billion, multi-use complex
with the style, service and luxury of the original
said the Las Vegas Plaza would include a six-diamond hotel, private
residences and retail and gaming spaces. It will open in 2011
across from the Wynn Las Vegas.
Elad said it
planned to bring the Plaza brand to other cities in the near
future, specifically naming Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington,
Boston, London, Paris, Rome, Tokyo and Shanghai.
Savoy to shut for face-lift
Hotels & Resorts said its iconic Savoy
Hotel in London will shut down in December to undergo an
extensive, $200 million restoration of its guest rooms, public
areas and restaurant. Fairmont intends to reopen the hotel in
opens Kennedy concourse
American moved its international service
at New Yorks Kennedy Airport into
Concourse B of its new $1.3 billion terminal,
offering wider corridors, more moving walkways, larger hold rooms,
a new baggage-screening system and, of course, more shopping. New
lounges open in June.
boosts the number of gates from 18 to 28, with eight more to come
reflags Rio Mar resort
its flag over the 600-room Rio Mar Beach Resort &
Spa on the northeastern shore of Puerto Rico. The former
Westin is the first property to join Wyndhams new Grand Collection.
Wyndham plans to develop an adjacent 26-acre tract as a Wyndham
Vacation Ownership timeshare resort.
Cruises gets replacement ship
Cruise Lines acquired the 1,278-passenger Opera as a
replacement for the Sea Diamond, which sank two weeks ago in
Greece. The ship, the former NCL Leeward, will join the fleet in
July, the company said.
surge for Eastern Europe
Based on advance
bookings through May 1, AAA Travel said demand for
summer travel to Eastern Europe was rising sharply, while demand
for Western Europe, with the exception of France, was flat or down
from last year.
exchange rates, increased air service to Eastern Europe, positive
media coverage and increased tourism promotion as reasons for the
trend, along with perceptions of less crowding.
Grant was named minister of tourism and aviation for the
Bahamas by prime minister Hubert Ingraham, who was
elected to office May 2. Grant replaced Obie Wilchombe, who served
as minister of tourism under former prime minister Perry Christie.
" " " Rosewood Hotels & Resorts has named Katherine
Blaisdell vice president of development construction.
Blaisdell served as Rosewoods director of design and construction
from 1985 through March 2005. She most recently was vice president
of design and construction at the Kor Hotel Group. " " " The
Mansion on Turtle Creek, a Rosewood Hotel in Dallas,
appointedDuncan Graham managing director,
Tracy Fitz director of marketing andKathy
Wilbourn rooms division director. Graham most recently was
managing director at Rosewoods San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara,
Calif. Fitz was director of sales and marketing at the Hotel Derek
in Houston. Wilbourn was director of finance at the Beverly
Wilshire in Los Angeles. " " " Virtuoso appointed Tony
Gonchar executive vice president of sales and marketing.
Previously, Gonchar was Expedia, Inc.s vice president of
distribution. " " " Stephen Tipsword was appointed
senior director of marketing for the Aruba Hotel and Tourism
Association. Tipsword formerly was general manager of Continental