News briefs, week of Nov. 28, 2016

Celebrity names its first two Edge ships

Celebrity Cruises named its first two Edge-class ships, slated to debut in 2018 and 2020, the Celebrity Edge and Celebrity Beyond, respectively. Edge will be Celebrity's first new ship class since the debut of the Solstice class in 2008. The STX France shipyard cut the first steel for the Celebrity Edge this week. Two more Edge-class ships are due in 2021 and 2022.

Tim Rice to perform on new Seabourn ship
Seabourn Cruises said lyricist Tim Rice will be featured on the maiden voyage of the Seabourn Encore, narrating a show of his best-known works performed by the Seabourn Singers. Rice, known for shows such as "Evita" and "The Lion King," will be part of the 2017 Seabourn Conversations series of enrichment lectures.

Rosewood to open first Hong Kong hotel
Rosewood's China building spree continued with a planned Hong Kong hotel in 2018. The brand has one property in mainland China, Beijing, with three more under development. The 398-room Rosewood Hong Kong will take up 27 floors of a mixed-use tower and will have eight restaurants and bars.

Airport traffic is on the rise worldwide
Global airport traffic increased 6.3% in September, according to the Airports Council International trade group. Traffic grew the fastest in the Middle East and Asia Pacific, up 11.9% and 9.8% respectively from last year. The U.S. saw a 5.6% increase, while Europe traffic was up 4.9%. The only region that saw a decline was Africa, which was down 0.9%.

ACL building a pair of coastal cruisers
American Cruise Lines has two coastal ships under construction that will carry 170 passengers each. The American Constellation is expected to begin cruising in May, and the unnamed second ship is scheduled for completion in 2018. The ships are being built at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, Md.

BA spending $110M on U.S. airports
British Airways will spend $110 million upgrading its lounges and boarding areas at seven U.S. airports over the next five years, including $65 million at New York JFK, where it will improve its check-in and boarding areas and its first- and business-class lounges. BA will also upgrade its lounges in Boston, Chicago, Houston, Miami, San Francisco and Seattle.

Capella taking over luxe Bali tent retreat
Capella Hotel Group will take over a luxury-tent retreat in Bali, Indonesia, next month. Capella Ubud is located on the banks of the Wos River, adjacent to rice paddy fields, and has 22 luxury tents that include amenities such as plunge pools, a tented gym, a spa and personal assistants for guests.

ANA launching more Haneda-U.S. flights
ANA launched daily flights from New York and Chicago to Tokyo's Haneda Airport, adding to its existing Haneda routes from Los Angeles, Vancouver and Honolulu and flights to Tokyo's Narita Airport from nine U.S. cities. Haneda is closer to downtown Tokyo than Narita.

Friends & Colleagues
Carnival Cruise Line announced changes to its business development team. Tom Panici, a 30-year Carnival veteran, was named to the newly created position of business development director, upper Midwest. He had been in charter, meetings and incentives sales. Panici will report to Justin French, who will be regional vice president, Canada and Northern U.S. French's previous duties managing Carnival's international business will move to Iain Baillie, who is now vice president of U.K. and international sales. • • • Windstar Cruises named Christopher Prelog vice president of fleet operations. Prelog had previously been vice president of hotel operations and hotel entertainment at Seabourn. He brings more than 20 years of cruise-related job experience to Windstar. • • • Seabourn appointed Gerald Mosslinger to succeed Prelog as vice president of hotel operations. Mosslinger returns to Seabourn after most recently serving as vice president of food and beverage for Holland America Line. Prior to that he had spent more than seven years at Seabourn in various roles. • • • ARC has named Dickie Oliver vice president and chief information services officer. Oliver will oversee information technology and cybersecurity strategy and will lead the team that will upgrade ARC's settlement and data product deliveries. Oliver spent 20 years at Yum Brands, where he most recently held the post of vice president of global IT. • • • Barrie Seidenberg has resigned as CEO of Viator. Seidenberg, who joined Viator in 2005, will remain with the company for the next few months to assist with the transition period. She is leaving "to pursue opportunities outside the company," according to TripAdvisor, which owns Viator. Dermot Halpin, president of vacation rentals at TripAdvisor, will have his role expanded to take Seidenberg's place at the company. Halpin has been with TripAdvisor since 2011. Prior to that he held executive roles at Expedia, including president of Europe, the Middle East and Africa. • • • The Gwen, a Luxury Collection Hotel, on Chicago's Magnificent Mile, appointed Marcus Cornelious director of sales and marketing, effective immediately. Cornelious, who launched his hospitality career in Chicago a decade ago, most recently was with the W New York -- Union Square. He had served as director of sales and marketing since 2015.


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