News Briefs, Week of Nov. 2, 2015

Jimmy Fallon to host his own Universal ride

Universal Orlando Resort will debut a ride starring "The Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon in 2107. The 3D "Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon" will take riders from the show's Studio 6B through New York streets and subway tunnels. Fallon is helping develop the ride, which will replace "Twister... Ride it Out".

ACL building 9th ship, a coastal cruiser
American Cruise Lines (ACL) is building a ninth cruise ship, a coastal cruise vessel scheduled to enter service in spring 2017. The 170-passenger vessel's cabins will be more than 350 square feet each, and most will have private balconies. The vessel will have a fitness room and shipwide Internet access. ACL also has three river cruise vessels under construction.

DOT stamps out e-cigs in baggage
The Department of Transportation banned electronic smoking devices from checked baggage and prohibited charging them on airplanes, citing incidents in which e-cigarettes caused fires when their heating element accidentally turned on, once on an aircraft and also in a baggage area. Passengers may carry e-cigarettes in carry-on bags or on their person but can't use them on flights.

Rome's Hotel Eden to shut down for a year
The Hotel Eden in Rome will shut down for a year of renovations starting Nov. 1 to update all guestrooms and add a spa. The 99-room Dorchester Collection hotel, which opened in 1889, is within walking distance of the Spanish Steps. Dorchester, which didn't disclose what was being spent on the renovation, bought the hotel in 2013.

Carnival adds second ship to China market
Carnival Cruise Line said it has decided to base two ships in China, with the 2,124-passenger Carnival Miracle deploying there in 2017, followed by the 3,006-passenger Carnival Splendor in 2018. The cruise line originally planned to put only one ship there. Homeports and itineraries were not announced for the two vessels.

Holland America will upgrade its suites
Holland America Line will invest $40 million into upgrading the suites on most of its ships over the next few years with new furniture, lighting, carpeting, wall coverings and interactive televisions as well as glass tiles, stone-top vanities and modern faucets in the bathrooms. Renovations are slated to start this December on the Eurodam.

Caesars opens books for renovated tower
The original, circa-1966 Roman Tower at Caesars Palace Las Vegas will reopen as the Julius Tower on Jan. 1 after a $75 million renovation to its 587 guestrooms, including adding upholstered headboards and 55-inch TVs. The hotel is taking reservations for the renovated rooms.

Emirates and Alaska expand partnership
Emirates and Alaska Airlines will become codeshare partners, enabling customers to purchase connecting flights on both airlines using one reservation. The airlines' elite members will have access to each other's lounges and eventually reciprocal priority check-in and boarding privileges. Emirates and Alaska launched a frequent-flyer partnership in 2012.

Friends & Colleagues
Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, a global provider of expedition cruises and adventure travel experiences, announced it has named John McClain as its CFO. He will join Lindblad on Nov. 10. McClain brings a long history of leadership positions, most recently serving as the chief financial officer of the Jones Group until its sale to Sycamore Partners in April 2014. • • • Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) hired longtime hospitality executive Filip Boyen (pictured) to succeed Paul Kerr as CEO. Boyen's experience includes work with what was then Orient-Express (now Belmond). He was named managing director of SLH management company Hill Goodridge & Associates in July. Kerr, who has headed SLH since 1991, is retiring. • • • Travelport named Stephen Shurrock its executive vice president and chief commercial officer, effective Jan. 4. Shurrock is currently manager of Telefonica's consumer division. He has been with the broadband and telecommunications provider since 2001 and has held positions as CEO of O2 Ireland and CEO of Telefonica's new digital business and innovation division. Shurrock replaces Kurt Ekert, who will leave the company at the end of the year as the position relocates to Travelport's global headquarters in Langley, England. • • • Destination Hotels appointed Steve Santomo senior vice president of destination rental management. Santomo boasts more than 30 years of experience at midscale suburban properties and luxury resort destinations throughout the U.S. Most recently, he held the role of area managing director of operations for Destination Hotels' 400 condominium rentals and nine homeowner associations in Snowmass Village, Colo. • • • Joel Freyberg has returned to Gansevoort Hotel Group as managing director of its Gansevoort Park Avenue hotel in New York. Freyberg was previously general manager of the Chatwal New York, and also had management stints with the Waldorf Towers, the Carlyle and other hotels. He was previously manager of Gansevoort Meatpacking when that property opened in 2004.


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