Travel News: January 6, 2017

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British Airways’ Parent IAG Plans New Low-Cost, Long-Haul Flights from Barcelona
Skift

In a bid to thwart discounter Norwegian Air, International Airlines Group, parent of British Airways and three other European airlines, plans to launch its own long-haul, low-cost haul flights from Barcelona starting in June.

The news comes roughly four months after Norwegian announced its own expansion from Barcelona, with new flights to Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, Newark Liberty and Oakland beginning in June.

 

West Elm preps for expansion from home furnishings to hotels
Travel Weekly

Home-furnishings retailer West Elm will spend 2017 honing its approach as it prepares to enter the hotel business, as Williams-Sonoma’s affordable-modern division looks to broaden its exposure beyond its retail stores.

West Elm, which last fall announced its intention to expand its brand into hotels, is avoiding the so-called larger “gateway” U.S. cities for its initial offerings, instead focusing on secondary markets such as Detroit, Minneapolis, Charlotte, Indianapolis and Savannah, Ga.

 

Netflix Beats VOD by 40x for Hotel Room Entertainment
Variety

Still think that sex sells? Think again: On average, only one percent of occupied hotel rooms order paid VOD on any given day, and 90 percent of the profits from those transactions are for adult entertainment. But hotels that replace VOD with Netflix, 40 percent of rooms stream something from the service on average.

That’s data from hotels around the world gathered by Enseo, which has been in the business of supplying technology for in-room entertainment for 17 years, and the company’s technology has powered many traditional hotel room entertainment solutions. Which is why Enseo CEO Vanessa Ogle has a tough message for hotel operators these days that they’re resistant to hearing: Get rid of all the porn, and replace it with Netflix instead.

 

Alaska Airlines jet heads to Cuba for first flight from West Coast
KOMO News

The first regularly scheduled commercial flight from the U.S. West Coast to Cuba in decades – Alaska Airlines Flight 286 – departed Thursday from Los Angeles International Airport.

The flight comes as a result of an agreement between the United States and Cuba that reopened the pathways to regularly scheduled commercial air service between the two countries for the first time in more than 50 years.

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