company aids fire victims
CIBT, parent of American Passport
Express and Passport Express, is waiving
its fee for expedited U.S. passport replacement and guaranteeing a
replacement in fewer than 10 business days for travelers affected
by the California fires.
The free offer,
good through the end of the year, does not include government fees
or shipping. Travelers must write "California Fire" on their
metrics show more gains
occupancy rose to 68.6% percent in the three months ending
September 2007, while the third-quarter average room rate rose
5.6%, to $103.56, according to Smith Travel Research. For the nine
months, however, occupancy was flat at 65%.
date for Caribbean Star acquisition
LIAT, whose major owners are the governments of
Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados and St. Vincent & the
Grenadines, finalized its pending agreement to acquire the assets
of Antigua-based Caribbean Star.
Caribbean Star will
stop flying Nov. 15 and LIAT will operate the combined fleet of
Dash-8 turboprops on both route systems.
attracts second Costa ship
Costa Cruises will
reassign the Costa Mediterranea to Brazil for the
winter 2008-2009 season, joining the Costa Magica sailing out of
Earlier this month,
Costa said that it would redeploy the ship from Fort Lauderdale to
"a different key core market, allowing Costa to reinforce its
strategic global positions."
introduces single membership
Lines International Association introduced an individual
travel agent level of membership for agents who are part of an
active CLIA-member agency.
For $99 per year,
agents get access to CLIA's education and training programs and
marketing resources, including an individual and local listing
(referencing the agent's agency affiliation) on CLIA's online
travel agent locator.
drop four routes in Jan.
JetBlue will discontinue operations in
Columbus, Ohio, and Nashville on Jan. 6, and it will cease service
between Fort Lauderdale and Oakland, Calif., on Jan. 13. JetBlue
CEO Dave Barger said the markets "did not mature as well as we had
Nashville from New York and serves Columbus from New York and
add Hawaii routes
Delta plans to add nonstops from Los
Angeles to Kauai and to Kona, on Hawaii's Big Island, beginning
June 5. Delta will use a mix of Boeing
757 and 767 aircraft.
upgrades MasterCard tools
MasterCard and Carlson Wagonlit
Travel launched an enhanced version of their travel data
program, offering corporate users in Europe, China, Australia and
Singapore better tools for managing travel.
in these markets, and in others to follow, can offer companies of
all sizes data that integrate expenditures with policy rules,
itineraries and accounting codes.
unit opens Brazil office
Company, New York's tourism marketing arm, opened an
office in Sao Paulo, Brazil, to be run by the Interamerican Travel
Industry Network, which will provide marketing and public relations
New York is the top
U.S. destination for Brazil, outpacing Miami.
up on New Orleans Hyatt
& Resorts is giving up on plans to redevelop the
hurricane-ravaged Hyatt Regency New Orleans and
surrounding area into a jazz center. The firm said it was selling
the 1,184-room hotel, closed since Hurricane Katrina, to Poydras
Properties Hotel Holdings Co., LLC for $32 million.
Spending on insurance rises
more than $1.3 billion on travel insurance last year, up 20% from
2004, according to a survey by the U.S. Travel Insurance
The research found
that more than 67 million people were covered by insurance or
emergency assistance services in 2006, an 18% increase. Of the
total, about a third purchased a per-trip policy.
Gomez was appointed general director of the Mexico Tourism
Board. He was an executive with FEMSA Brewery, where he headed the
direction of key accounts and the promotion of tourist centers. " "
" Fairmont Hotels named Heather McCrory regional
vice president for central Canada and general manager of the
Fairmont Royal York in Toronto. She had served as vice president of
sales and distribution at Fairmont's corporate office. " " " Global
Hyatt appointed a development team dedicated to the Americas, led
by Jim Abrahamson, who previously oversaw the
brand launches of Hyatt Place and Hyatt Summerfield Suites.
Chris Ivy and David Tarr were
named vice presidents for the group's Western and Eastern regions,
respectively. " " " Lisa Bertomeu was named area
director of sales and marketing for the Chicagoland Hilton Hotels,
which includes the Palmer House Hilton, the Hilton Chicago, the
Hilton Chicago O'Hare Airport, the Drake and the Conrad. Bertomeu
most recently was Hilton's regional director of sales and
marketing, Southeast region. " " " Fairmont Raffles Hotels
International hired James Kaplan from
InterContinental Hotels Group to be vice president of development
for Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Kaplan will be responsible
for growing the Fairmont, Raffles and Swissotel brands. " " "
America's Vacation Center named Steve Hirshan
director of sales in its new Florida office. He had been an AVC
independent affiliate for two years. " " " Matt
Balcik was appointed general manager of the Westin Aruba
Resort, located on Palm Beach. Balcik held several positions,
including general manager, at the Westin St. John Resort &