Travel News: January 4, 2017

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Carnival launches medallions that replace keys, wallets, tickets

When Carnival CEO Arnold Donald takes the stage at CES 2017 in Las Vegas on Thursday to deliver the opening keynote, it will be one of the few times in the event’s 50-year history that someone from outside the tech world gets top billing at the biggest gadget event of the year.

Donald plans to talk about how connected devices can change your life, and his company is putting its money where its mouth is.

Carnival is launching a small next-generation wearable that’s supposed to make your leisure time more leisurely and streamline everything you do on board the ship. It’s called the Ocean Medallion, and it’s no bigger than a quarter. You can wear it on your wrist or as a pendant on a chain, or even just slipped into the pocket of your jeans. No matter where you put it, it’s always working.


Air Canada and Cathay Pacific to introduce codeshare services 

Travel Daily News International

Cathay Pacific and Air Canada announced they have finalized a strategic cooperation agreement that will enhance travel services for Cathay Pacific customers when travelling within Canada and for Air Canada customers travelling via Hong Kong to Southeast Asian countries including the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand.

Cathay Pacific and Air Canada customers will be able to book travel to their final destination on a single ticket with through-checked bags as well as enjoy reciprocal mileage accrual and redemption benefits. Tickets will go on sale January 12, 2017 for travel beginning January 19, 2017.


Peninsula to expand its private-jet tour offerings
Travel Weekly

Peninsula Hotels, which in October announced it would partner with Crystal Cruises for its first around-the-world, private-jet tour, is expanding its reach in the increasingly popular market for luxury packages with noncommercial air options.

The Hong Kong-based hotel company previewed its next step last week at the International Luxury Travel Market in Cannes, France, where marketing executive Robert Cheng announced Peninsula will be adding three China itineraries with private-jet travel for small groups between its properties in China and Hong Kong.


Waldorf Astoria New York to shut down for renovation
USA Today

The Waldorf Astoria New York, one of the most iconic hotels in a city that has many of them, will close March 1 for at least two years of renovations.

It’s been an official New York City landmark since 1993, a residence for royalty and celebrities including the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, a playground for the elite of New York and beyond.  The 625-foot, 47-floor Art Deco building occupies an entire block of prime real estate on Park Avenue.

And on March 1, it will close its doors for a top-to-bottom renovation that will preserve its historic charm yet modernize it for a world in which hospitality no longer entails just charming service.

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