Travel News: January 30, 2017

Melbourne Australia

Protests erupt at airports following Trump travel ban
Travel Weekly

President Donald Trump’s 90-day travel ban issued Saturday, barring citizens of seven predominantly Muslim nations (Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen) entry into the U.S., has sparked protests around the country.

Travelers from those nations were either barred from getting on their flights or detained at U.S. airports after they landed, including tourists, foreign students and people trying to visit friends and family.


Marriott is considering hotels with common rooms and electronic booze dispensers
Los Angeles Times

Visitors to a hotel conference in downtown Los Angeles got to witness firsthand how a major hotel company comes up with new concepts for hotel rooms and lobbies.

Marriott International took over a city street next to Staples Center this week to display its testing ground for new products under a row of tents. The permanent lab is located in a basement at Marriott’s Bethesda, Md., headquarters.

The public and anyone attending the Americas Lodging Investment Summit were invited to check out some of the ideas under consideration by Marriott’s engineers and designers.


Six Hotels Recognized with AAA’s Coveted Five Diamond Rating
Travel Pulse

AAA announced Friday that it has added six hotels and one restaurant to its coveted Five Diamond list, a prestigious group that represents just 0.3 percent of the nearly 59,000 AAA Approved and Diamond Rated hotels and restaurants around the globe.

Hawaii’s Four Seasons Resort Lana’i, the St. Regis New York, Grenada’s Spice Island Beach Resort, Mexico City’s Four Seasons Hotel Mexico D.F., Puerto Rico’s Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve and Richmond, Virginia’s Jefferson Hotel have earned the stellar rating.


American Airlines, Qantas may revive joint venture plan  

American Airlines Group Inc (AAL.O) and Australia’s Qantas Airways Ltd (QAN.AX) may reapply to the U.S. Transportation Department for permission to coordinate prices and flight schedules now the Trump administration is in charge, Qantas Chief Executive Alan Joyce said.

The pair’s application for a joint venture covering the United States, Australia and New Zealand markets was rejected in November under the Obama administration amid opposition from rival carriers Hawaiian Airlines Inc and JetBlue Airways Corp (JBLU.O).

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