News Briefs, Week of Nov. 18, 2013

Delta to challenge Southwest at Love


Delta plans to launch four new routes from Dallas Love Field and boost its existing service to Atlanta when federal restrictions on Love Field service expire next October. The carrier said it will operate nonstops to New York LaGuardia, Los Angeles, Detroit and Minneapolis-St. Paul, offering 18 daily flights. The carrier said its plan will offer "more competition and options for North Texas travelers," noting that Love is one of the most concentrated airports in the country, with 95% of the capacity offered by Southwest.

Delta,Virgin post joint schedules
Delta and Virgin Atlantic posted the spring schedule for their U.S.-U.K. joint venture, showing nine daily flights between London Heathrow and the New York area -- seven to Kennedy and two to Newark -- and a total of 33 daily nonstops.

Singapore market gets a Westin
Starwood's Westin brand returned to Singapore with the opening of the 305-room Westin Singapore, occupying the top 15 floors of a 46-story tower that is part of a twin-tower, mixed-use development called Asia Square in the Marina Bay financial district.

Redbury to open in South Beach
Hotelier SBE, which manages a Redbury-branded property in Hollywood, Calif., is taking reservations for its 69-room Redbury South Beach hotel. Opening next month, the property has a 12,000-square-foot rooftop pool area and is affiliating with Preferred Hotel Group.

NTA breaks ice, invites agents
For the first time in its history, the National Tour Association (NTA) is offering a program for retail travel agents, inviting retailers to attend its annual Travel Exchange conference, set for February at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Agents are invited to attend the last two days of the conference, Feb. 19 and 20, at a cost of $49. On Feb. 19, the NTA plans a roundtable networking session that will enable travel agents to meet with participating tour operators and destination marketing organizations that have booths at the event. Although some NTA members are agents, they participate as buyers and packagers.

Hyatt converts more inclusives
Continuing its push into the inclusive market, Hyatt will convert two Dreams resorts in Mexico to the new Hyatt Ziva brand. The Dreams Puerto Vallarta will be rebranded Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta; the Dreams Cancun will be rebranded Hyatt Ziva Cancun. Both resorts are to be managed by Hyatt and will close at the end of April for upgrades and expansions before reopening under the Hyatt Ziva brand late next year.

Cruise lines return to Mazatlan port
Holland America Line's Veendam made its scheduled call at Mexico's Pacific coast city of Mazatlan, marking the return of cruise ships to the port after a two-year absence. Cruise lines pulled out of Mazatlan in 2011 due to concerns about safety in the port area. More than 18,000 cruise passengers will visit Mazatlan during the 2013-2014 season, which includes five calls by Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Star.

Friends & Colleagues
As part of the realignment of Vacation.com under the Travel Leaders Leisure Group umbrella, three management moves have been made. Tiffany Glass will now serve as COO, Jim Nathan has been promoted to vice president of marketing, and Bernadette Stark has been named vice president of conference/events planning and training. Glass most recently served as Vacation.com's vice president of e-commerce and technology. Nathan has served as V-com's director of marketing over the past seven years. Stark joined Vacation.com in August 2004 as a trainer and in her most recent role was director of conference, events and training for the organization. • • • Craig Martin has been named hotel manager of the Westin St. Francis on San Francisco's Union Square. In his new position, Martin is responsible for assisting the area managing director in planning, organizing, staffing, directing and supervising the hotel. Martin brings more than 15 years of hospitality experience to the St. Francis; his most recent position was general manager of Aloft Tucson University in Arizona. • • • Jesus Parrilla is stepping down as CEO of Explora at the end of the year. Parrilla has held the position since March 2011. He will be replaced by Jaime Droppelmann, who has served on the board of the adventure tour operator since 1995. • • • Outrigger Enterprises Group has appointed Dean Nakasone general manager of the Outrigger Reef on the Beach hotel in Waikiki. Nakasone has been overseeing day-to-day operations at the 639-room property since Nov. 1, when he took over for Bill Comstock, who left to become the general manager of the Ala Moana Hotel in Honolulu. Nakasone has worked for Outrigger since 1997, most recently as general manager at the Holiday Inn Waikiki Beachcomber Resort, a property managed by Outrigger.

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