sets Heathrow plan
Airways will begin daily service between Philadelphia and
London Heathrow on March 29 on A330 aircraft, after buying Heathrow
slots from an unidentified carrier so it could provide its first
service to the airport.
Delta also recently disclosed plans for new routes to Heathrow,
which will be open to all U.S. airlines next March under the
U.S.-European Union open-skies deal.
Business goes international
its Corporate Travel Solutions Group, which included Travelport for
Business, as Orbitz for Business and launched an
international variant called Orbitz for Business International. The
company said it offers global fulfillment and call center support.
The initial focus is on Canada, the U.K. and Australia.
Launched in 2002,
Orbitz for Business said it has a client base of more than 2,000
manage Majestic America
International retained V.Ships to manage vessel
operations for Majestic America Line, its river-
and coastal-cruising unit.
subject to Maritime Administration approval, would cover deck,
engine and hotel crew management as well as procurement and
technical and hotel operations. A division of V.Group, V.Ships is
based in Monaco and provides ship management services
Ambassadors said it expected Majestic to post a fourth-quarter
pretax loss in excess of $6 million prior to any potential benefit
received from insurance recoveries related to 2006 and 2007
brand opens for business
Andaz Liverpool Street hotel opened in Londons
East End, marking the launch of Hyatts new five-star boutique
brand. Two other Andaz hotels are being developed in New York and a
fourth is set to open in Austin, Texas, in 2010.
Andaz as an ecoconscious and design-driven brand that will focus on
adds 11th: China Southern
Southern Airlines became the 11th full member of
SkyTeam, making the alliance the first to welcome
a carrier from mainland China. The Oneworld alliance has already
recruited Hong Kong-based Dragonair, and the Star Alliance next
month is slated to add Air China and Shanghai Airlines.
diversify its Sofitel brand
relaunching its upscale Sofitel brand as an international luxury
brand with two new types of properties. Historical properties will
be called Sofitel Legend, and a new boutique brand
will be called So by Sofitel. Sofitel properties
that dont meet the new luxury standards will be integrated into
another new Accor brand, Pullman.
Accor set up a
separate business unit to oversee the changes.
sets $6 fuel surcharge
Cruises will levy a fuel surcharge of $6 per day on new
bookings made on or after Dec. 1, for cruises departing after Feb.
Airlines eyes route to Cartagena
Airlines filed at the Transportation Department for rights
to launch what would be its first nonstop service from the U.S. to
Cartagena, Colombia. The airline proposed to begin with two daily
flights using A319 and A321 aircraft, building to daily service on
or about March 9.
sets date for Hyatt Regency
Hyatt Regency Trinidad will open for business in
Port of Spains International Waterfront Center on Dec. 31 as the
first full-service hotel to debut on the island since 1962s opening
of the Trinidad Hilton in Port of Spain.
The property is
geared to the business and convention market and already has
snagged next years Caribbean Hotel & Investment Conference, May
6 to 8.
manage Mauritius resort
Hotels & Resorts is developing its first beach resort in Africa
under an agreement with Lateral Holdings to manage a $50 million
luxury resort on the northwest coast of Mauritius.
Scheduled to open
in late 2008, the 210-room InterContinental Mauritius
Resort Balaclava Fort will be developed along the beach in
the Bay of Balaclava, just north of Port Louis, the capital.
Wooley was named director of sales and marketing for the
Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino. Wooley most recently
served in the same post at the New York Marriott Financial Center.
Chela de Lannoy was named director of event
management at the resort. Most recently, de Lannoy was the resorts
sales manager. " " " Bill Henderson was named to
the newly created position of vice president of development for
Aqua Hotels & Resorts. He was vice president of business
development for Outrigger Hotels & Resorts. " " " Simon
Bell is the new director of marketing at the St. Kitts
Marriott Resort and Royal Beach Casino. He was director of sales
and marketing at the Brisbane Marriott Hotel in Queensland,
Australia. " " " Michael Molema was named resident
manager of the Hotel Kura Hulanda in Curacao. He had spent the last
eight years at several Amsterdam properties, including the Hotel
Pulitzer, the Grand Amsterdam and the Apollo Hotel. " " "
Vishal Bhalla was named general
manager of Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa in St. Lucia. Bhalla
had been head of food-and-beverage operations for several
all-inclusive properties, including Sandals Regency Golf Resort
& Spa in St. Lucia. " " " Big Five Tours & Expeditions
hired Laura Culver as director of global product
development and Ruby Jane Russell as a senior
destination specialist and manager for destination training. Prior
to joining Big Five, Culver developed Australia and New Zealand
product for Classic Vacations. Russell most recently was an
international sales consultant with Abercrombie &