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CHTA president predicts rapid return for Caribbean tourism | News

The president of the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA) has predicted the Caribbean will see a return of tourism to the region “faster than many parts of the world. Pablo Torres said this was thanks to the protocols and partnerships implemented throughout the region to help lessen the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Averring 2021 would be a year of recovery, Torres declared: “Tourism is our key to recovery, to restoring the livelihood of thousands of employees in our industry, to reopening our doors, and welcoming our guests.” In addition to replenishing tax revenues to cash-strapped governments, Torres noted that a tourism revival would refresh and renew “the minds, bodies and spirits of millions of travellers who will discover that the Caribbean is the best place on...

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American Airlines welcomes Boeing 737 Max back to service | News

The Boeing 737 Max has resume passenger flights after being grounded for nearly two years following fatal crashes in 2018 and 2019. A plane, operated by American Airlines, made the trip from Miami to LaGuardia in New York earlier without incident. American Airlines flight 718 touched down safely after a 20-month safety ban was lifted last month. Around 100 passengers were on board. The airline and plane manufacturer Boeing have sought to reassure the public over the safety of the 737 Max after it was cleared by US regulators to resume flights in November.The aircraft was grounded in March 2019 after two fatal crashes in five months - in Indonesia and Ethiopia - killed a total of 346 people. In both crashes, the system caused the nose of the aircraft to be pushed down repeatedly based...

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Zanini appointed general manager at Burj al Arab | News

Ermanno Zanini has been appointed general manager at Burj al Arab in Dubai, one of the most prestigious hotels in the world. The hotelier has been leader of Capri Palace in Italy, which joined Jumeirah Group earlier this year, since 2002. Zanini is also vice president for southern Europe at the Dubai-based company, and is expected to take up his new role in the coming days. Commenting on the journey that took him to the pinnacle of hospitality, Zanini said: “I directed the Four Seasons in New York and that of Milan in Italy and then in 2002 I started my extraordinary Capri adventure.“Over the years, Capri Palace has become a point of reference for the star system and international tourism also thanks to the quality of its restaurant, L ‘Olivo, which has won two Michelin stars.” In Du...

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Tata Group boosts stake in AirAsia India | News

Tata Group has increased its stake in AirAsia India as the conglomerate looks to increase its share of the domestic aviation sector. On Tuesday, the company announced it would increase its holdings in the Indian-based joint venture with AirAsia from 51 per cent to 84 per cent. AirAsia, owned by Malaysian tycoon Tony Fernandes, has been scaling back its operations during the Covid-19 pandemic. Last week, Tata also put in a bid for control of the struggling national carrier Air India. The government has been seeking a buyer for part of the loss-making flag-carrier for a number of years.Tata Group is paying AirAsia around £30 million for the increased stake in the AirAsia India joint venture which began in 2014. The deal puts the Indian conglomerate firmly in command of the budget car...

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Dubai prepares for tourism rebound in 2021 | News

Almost six months on from reopening its borders to international visitors, Dubai has reaffirmed its commitment to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of its residents and holidaymakers, while preparing to ring in 2021 in style. The destination continues to take effective steps to build on the strategic initiative to reopen the city to tourists and facilitate travel while maintaining stringent health and safety protocols. Dubai Tourism and Emirates have partnered to offer all those who have already travelled to Dubai the opportunity to extend their trip until January 31st with fees for date changes waived on flights when issued in the same travel class. Emirates is also offering a host of special fares for international travellers for bookings made by January 3rd and automatic multi-r...

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House Hunting in Costa Rica: A Slice of Oceanside Paradise for $1.1 Million

A Modern Three-Bedroom Villa on Costa Rica’s Coastline$1.15 MILLIONThis modern three-bedroom home sits on a hillside in Dominical, a beach town in Puntarenas province, on the southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Built in 2016, the 3,500-square-foot house is oriented to maximize ocean views, with sliding glass walls in every room.The mountainous area, known as Escaleras, “we sometimes refer to as the Hollywood Hills — it’s home to some of the most amazing real estate in the area,” said Tim Fenton, president of Blue Zone Realty International, which has the listing. “The mountains are very close to the sea, so these homes are perched front row, overlooking the ocean.”The single-story house is built from steel and concrete on just over a half acre. The front entrance, on the side opposite ...

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Hard Rock Hotels debuts new Reverb brand | News

Hard Rock Hotels has welcomed the launch of new brand, Reverb. The new hotel concept is designed to be an energetic cultural hub for connection, creation and inspiration among music fans, locals and travellers alike. With a prime location adjacent to Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Reverb Downtown Atlanta marks the first opening, with additional properties slated to open in major United States cities in the next two years. Reverb properties boast a modern, urban design with all of the necessary amenities for guests to channel their creativity, while enjoying the comforts of traveling and getting to know a new city. In an effort to curate experiences outside the hotel and engrain guests into the local communities, the brand also introduces its City Guides, all of which are unique t...

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Vietnam Airlines to raise new capital to overcome Covid-19 losses | News

Vietnam Airlines has confirmed it will issue nearly US$346 million in new shares to existing stakeholders. The move comes as the flag-carrier seeks to accelerate its recovery from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and return to profitability by 2023. The issuance will be completed by June next year.Vietnam Airlines - considered the World’s Leading Cultural Airline by voters at the World Travel Awards - received approval for the issue from the authorities earlier. All capital raised will be used to pay off outstanding debts, its chairman Dang Ngoc Hoa said at a regular shareholder meeting. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the carrier expected to make losses of around US$625 million this year. Older Wizz Air Abu Dhabi to take off for Greece next month (function(d, s, id) { var js...

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One Way to Avoid Other Guests? Book the Entire Hotel

Larger hotels and resorts are also getting in the game. Groups who can fill a minimum of 70 suites can take over Casa Velas, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, for $49,420 a night. The new “Tower Takeover” (price upon request) at the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino allows groups to buy out one of the hotel’s three towers (the smallest has 80 rooms). The new buyout package at InterContinental New York Times Square (from $100,000 a night) affords access to a minimum of 200 rooms, the 4,000-square-foot ballroom and more.But for William and Alexandra Cobb, 27 and 25, the fewer, the merrier.The Philadelphia couple rented out Sheldon Chalet, a five-bedroom luxury hotel in Alaska’s Denali National Park, for their October wedding. No seating charts needed: Their guest list featured only the...

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Clinique La Prairie opens new spa in Bangkok | News

Clinique La Prairie has welcomed its first facility outside of Europe with the opening of Clinique La Prairie Aesthetics Medical & Spa at the St. Regis Bangkok. A state-of-the-art retreat with sweeping Bangkok city views, this luxurious haven of wellbeing takes guests on a journey of wellness.The Clinique La Prairie Aesthetics & Medical Spa wellbeing menu ranges from anti-ageing facials and detoxifying body treatments to massages designed to restore internal balance. Signature experiences include facial contouring to lift and rejuvenate, body firming therapies and oil massages accompanied by Tibetan singing bowl induce a state of pure harmony. Always adapted to the guest and provided by experts, the wide variety of massages and rituals are unique holistic experiences, focusi...

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