News Briefs, Week of Oct. 6, 2014

Two airlines boosting service to Miami

American plans to put its Miami operation into growth mode next spring by adding routes to Austin, Kansas City, Salt Lake City and San Antonio on March 5. Inventory for the new routes was slated to become available over the weekend. The carrier plans two daily roundtrips on each route, with 737-800 aircraft. Frontier, meanwhile, plans to add four new routes at Miami, serving Denver, New York LaGuardia and Philadelphia, beginning Dec. 20, and Chicago O'Hare on Dec. 21. The schedule calls for 10 weekly flights to Denver; twice daily service to LaGuardia; and daily flights to Philadelphia and Chicago.

JetBlue to ante up in SFO-Vegas market
JetBlue will launch service in the San Francisco-Las Vegas market on Jan. 5 with two daily nonstops using 150-seat A320s, going up against United, Southwest and Virgin America.

Virgin America to add seasonal routes
Virgin America opened inventory for seasonal routes from New York Kennedy to Fort Lauderdale beginning Dec. 18 and to Las Vegas beginning Jan. 5. Seasonal Boston-Las Vegas service starts Jan. 8.

First-half U.S. arrivals rise 9% over 2013
The Commerce Department said visitor arrivals to the U.S. rose 9% in June, to 6 million, pushing the six-month total to 34.6 million, also a 9% increase over the same period of 2013. June marked the 6th consecutive monthly increase in 2014. The recent gains were fueled by double-digit increases in visitors from China, Mexico and France, three of the top 10 markets.

Enterprise CarShare gets federal contract
Enterprise Holdings won a contract to start a car-sharing program for government employees in New York, Washington, Boston and Chicago. The company's Enterprise CarShare service, which is similar to Zipcar, will operate a one-year pilot program, in which federal employees will have access to vehicles parked in various neighborhoods. Enterprise called it "an environmentally friendly supplement to government fleets."

Dusit brand debuts first hotel in U.S.
Thailand's Dusit International entered the U.S. with the debut of a 136-room hotel in Pasadena, Calif. The DusitD2 Constance Pasadena was redeveloped out of a 1926-built property that opened as a hotel but was converted to residential in 1930. Dusit International has 28 hotels worldwide, including six each in Thailand and China.

Fairmont to reflag hotel in Barcelona
Luxury hotelier Fairmont will expand to Spain by reflagging Barcelona's Hotel Rey Juan Carlos I. The 432-room hotel offers direct access to the 43,000-square-foot Palau de Congressos de Catalunya and includes some 27,000 square feet of meeting space. It will be renamed Fairmont Rey Juan Carlos I and will remain open during a planned upgrade.

Barcelo set to open Red Sea resort
Barcelo plans a November opening for its first property on Egypt's Red Sea coast, the all-inclusive Barcelo Tiran Sharm, 7.5 miles from the airport serving Sharm al-Sheikh. The resort will offer 345 rooms and suites, four restaurants and a private beach and dive center.

Friends & Colleagues
Azamara Club Cruises has appointed Ellen Bettridge vice president of sales and marketing for the Americas. Bettridge has experience in luxury cruising; she was Silversea's president of the Americas from March 2012 to December 2013. She was most recently president of Unique Vacations, the marketing and sales arm for Sandals Resorts International. She joined Sandals last January but resigned in May. Before taking the Silversea job, Bettridge was vice president of the U.S. retail travel network at American Express. • • • Marriott International promoted Julius Robinson, vice president of the company's Fairfield Inn & Suites brand, to vice president of the hotelier's Autograph Collection. Robinson will help lead a group of independent hotels launched by Marriott in 2010. The division includes more than 60 properties, including New York's Algonquin, Las Vegas' Cosmopolitan and London's St. Ermin's Hotel. The group most recently added the Bahamas' Atlantis Paradise Island. • • • Andrew C. Levy has resigned as president and COO of Allegiant Travel Co. and will step down from the Allegiant board. Levy has served Allegiant in a variety of positions in his 13 years with the airline, including as managing director and CFO. The executive team at Allegiant will temporarily assume his duties while the company begins its search for a successor. Levy will continue to serve as an adviser to the company for the next several months. • • • Corinthia Hotels named Matthew Dixon to the newly created post of commercial director. Dixon, formerly general manager of the Corinthia London, will oversee the commercial operations for all nine hotels in the Corinthia portfolio. He has worked for Corinthia London since 2010. Succeeding him as G.M. of the Corinthia London property is Renaud Gregoire, who had served as hotel manager at the property. He has been at the hotel since 2012. Mirko Cattini will take over as hotel manager.


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