News briefs, week of Oct. 17, 2016

TripAdvisor halts some animal activity sales

TripAdvisor will stop selling attractions in which tourists come into physical contact with captive wild animals. Activities such as elephant rides, the opportunity to pet tigers and swimming with the dolphins are among those affected; the site will stop selling some immediately and expects the policy to be fully implemented by early 2017. TripAdvisor will continue to sell attractions that involve domesticated animals, such as horseback riding and feeding programs under the supervision of zoo or wildlife officials.

Westin Nashville opens near convention hall

The Westin Nashville opened on Oct. 13 across the street from the Music City Center convention complex. The 453-room hotel features the Decker & Dyer restaurant. The Oak Steakhouse Nashville, Rhapsody Spa and L27 Rooftop Bar will open in late fall.

Six Senses eyes N.Y. for its first U.S. hotel

Six Senses' first U.S. property, its first urban hotel, is expected to open in New York in 2019. The Six Senses New York will be built between the High Line park and the Hudson River on Manhattan's west side. The 137-room hotel will share a tower with luxury residences.

W Amsterdam annex opens in bank building

The W Amsterdam, which debuted with 172 rooms last October, has opened a 66-room expansion in the former KAS Bank building across the street. The building, constructed in 1908, also houses an Away-branded spa in the old bank vaults and a burger restaurant.

Plans for restoration at Raffles Singapore
The Raffles Hotel Singapore, the luxury chain's original and flagship hotel, will begin a multiphase renovation beginning early next year. Restoration of the 129-year-old hotel will begin in January with the Raffles Hotel Arcade, home to 40 shops and restaurants. That will be followed by an upgrade of the lobby and all 103 suites. A grand reopening is slated for June 2018.

Regent expands menu at Compass Rose
Regent Seven Seas Cruises has expanded the dinner menu at its signature restaurant, Compass Rose. The menu, now available aboard the Seven Seas Explorer and the Seven Seas Navigator, includes an option enabling guests to choose from a variety of fish, seafood and meat and pair it with the sauce of their choice. Additionally, the menu includes a page featuring the chef's specials, which will change nightly. Specials might include braised turbot fillet, Cornish hen, seared mahi mahi and veal medallions Oscar. The luxury line will roll out the changes on the Seven Seas Voyager later this year and the Seven Seas Mariner next spring.

1 Hotel Brooklyn plans to open in February
1 Hotels, the ecoluxury chain launched by Starwood Capital Group, will open a hotel in Brooklyn, N.Y., in February. The 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is located in Brooklyn Heights and will offer views of the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan. The property will have 194 rooms, including 29 suites. Other amenities include a rooftop pool area with fire pits, a 50-seat screening room, a private lounge, a spa with nine treatment rooms and 20,000 square feet of meetings space.

Friends & Colleagues
Delta board chairman Richard Anderson has retired from the post, effective immediately. Anderson had served as chairman since May, when he retired as Delta CEO after nine years. He became a director on the Delta board in 2007. Former Home Depot CEO Francis Blake, who has been on the Delta board since 2014, will replace Anderson. Since May, Blake has served as the board's lead director. • • • Jeff Clarke has been named to the position of COO at Unique Vacations, the sales and marketing arm of Sandals Resorts International. He is working alongside CEO Tammy Gonzalez to streamline internal functions and create efficiencies across the company. Clarke was previously president of tour operator Travel Impressions and prior to that spent more than 15 years with Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. • • • Freddy I. Muller has rejoined Silversea Cruises as vice president of corporate and incentive sales for the Americas. Muller spent six years with Silversea as director of charter and incentive sales, leaving in 2012 to join Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, where he most recently served as director of charters, meetings and incentives. He began his career in group sales at Celebrity Cruises and brings over 23 years of incentive sales and marketing experience in the global travel industry. • • • Azamara Club Cruises named Bert Hernandez as its COO. Hernandez had been vice president of planning, strategy and deployment for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., and prior to that spent four years as vice president of revenue management for Celebrity Cruises.
He starts his post as COO on Oct. 31. • • • Alani Henneman-Todman was appointed director of communications for the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism. Henneman-Todman was formerly manager for media and travel industry relations for St. Thomas and St. John. Her first order of business is to design a tourism-awareness campaign to ensure that the link between tourism and the economy of the U.S.V.I. is clearly defined, according to commissioner of tourism Beverly Nicholson-Doty.


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