News Briefs, Week of Nov. 11, 2013

Southwest gets a bit more AirTran

Southwest completed the takeover of AirTran's flights to San Juan and moved into the last AirTran cities that were not on its route map: Memphis; Pensacola, Fla.; and Richmond, Va. The moves set the stage for completing the consolidation of the two brands in 2014.

JetBlue revives Worcester airport
JetBlue added Worcester, Mass., to its system with nonstops to Orlando and Fort Lauderdale, becoming the only airline serving the facility. The carrier serves both routes with 100-seat Embraer 190s. Massport, which took over the airport from the city in 2010, developed an incentive program to attract air carriers that offers as much as $150,000 in marketing support and $275,000 in rebates on airport fees over two years.

Frontier adds more Trenton routes
Frontier posted schedules for three more points to be served from Trenton, N.J.: Cleveland on Feb. 13, Indianapolis on April 29 and Nashville beginning April 30. With those additions, Frontier will have 14 nonstop routes from the point.

Jamaica 'All Right' with new slogan
Jamaica rolled out a new tourist slogan at the World Travel Market in London: "Jamaica -- Get All Right." Details of a new campaign built around the theme are to be released this week in New York. The slogan, which is also the name of a Jamaican yacht that participated in the recent Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, replaces the decade-old tag line, "Jamaica -- Once You Go You Know."

Bud to light up Norwegian Getaway
Anheuser-Busch InBev was confirmed as the charterer of the Norwegian Getaway for Super Bowl week in New York. The brewing giant plans to convert it into the Bud Light Hotel for promotional activities. Norwegian Cruise Line pushed back the Getaway's Miami inaugural cruise to accommodate the charter. The Super Bowl is set for Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

Hyatt inclusive debuts in Mexico
Hyatt entered the all-inclusive market with the opening of the 619-room Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos, under a partnership with Playa Hotels and Resorts, which operates all-inclusives in Jamaica, the Dominican Republic and Mexico. The Hyatt Ziva, the former Barcelo Los Cabos, offers a Kids' Camp plus meetings and event venues. Golf is nearby.

Ramada to open at Fiji resort
Wyndham's Ramada brand will open its first property in Fiji in 2015. The Ramada Suites Smugglers Cove Fiji, on Nadi Bay, is expected to offer 40 units, including studios and one- and two-bedroom apartments, plus access to amenities at the adjacent Smugglers Cove Beach Resort, whose owners are developing the Ramada site.

Kimpton to convert Seattle building
Kimpton Hotels plans to renovate a century-old Seattle building as a 97-room hotel, to open late next year. Built in 1910 as the Calhoun Hotel, the building is near the Pike Place market.

Friends & Colleagues
Priceline CEO Jeffery Boyd, right, will step down as head of the world's largest online travel agency and will be succeeded by Darren Huston, CEO of the company's division. Boyd will remain chairman of the company. Huston joined Priceline in 2011 after working for Microsoft for eight years. He was previously a senior vice president at Starbucks. Boyd was named CEO of Priceline in November 2002. Since then, Priceline's share price has jumped to more than $1,000 a share, from about $10. • • • Dwain Wall, above, who has headed CruiseOne/Cruises Inc. as general manager for the past five years, will depart the company on Nov. 22. An announcement cited Wall's "personal decision to leave the organization to pursue new opportunities." Brad Tolkin, co-chairman and CEO of World Travel Holdings (parent of CruiseOne and Cruises Inc.), will manage Wall's leadership team until a new general manager is in place. • • • Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants has appointed Heather Richer vice president for revenue management and distribution. She is responsible for the revenue and distribution of Kimpton's 60 hotels and nearly 70 restaurants and bars. Additionally, she plays a key role in expansion and brand-level development.


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