Travel News: February 8, 2017

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Argentina waives hotel tax for international visitors
Travel Weekly

Argentina this year is waiving the value added tax (VAT) on hotel stays for international travelers, as the South American country looks to reverse a decline in international visitors.

The country will offer a rebate of the VAT tax (21% of the hotel bill) to those who can present proof of a non-Argentinian identification and payment via a non-Argentinian credit card. The policy went into effect Jan. 2.


Windstar Named Official Cruise Line of James Beard Foundation
Cruise Industry News

Windstar Cruises and the James Beard Foundation announced an exclusive partnership that “will result in scrumptious bites at sea for cruise guests and raise awareness of the epicurean delights to be discovered in ports around the world where the leading small ship line sails,” according to the company.

“Our partnership as the official cruise line of the James Beard Foundation solidifies our goal to support culinary excellence and innovation, and be the world’s best small ship cruise line in everything that we do. We’re thrilled to offer our guests exclusive access to the Foundation’s diverse roster of award-winning chefs and cross-cultural culinary leaders who will help chart a course for extraordinary new menu offerings and dining experiences featured daily across our fleet wherever we sail in the world,” said Windstar President John Delaney.


Starwood Delays Hotel Openings in Havana, Cuba
Travel Pulse

Marriott International subsidiary Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has apparently hit a snag with two of its previously planned hotels in Cuba.

In March 2016, Starwood announced plans for historic expansion into Havana, Cuba with three hotels.

The Four Points by Sheraton Havana opened last summer but Inglaterra, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Havana isn’t expected to open until December 1, 2017. The hotel was originally slated to begin operating under the Luxury Collection brand in late August 2016.


Robb Report Highlights 2017 Luxury Travel Trends
Travel Market Report

The Robb Report’s annual travel issue is on the newsstands, lighting up traveler imaginations with everything from island getaways and African adventures to tips on the science of a good night’s sleep.

The issue leads off with “The Robb Perfect 10” destinations that its editors are dreaming about. A five-page spread lights the flame of fantasy for everything from heli-skiing the Chugach Mountains, to Mongolian lodges, to the soft sands of Koh Samui island in Thailand.

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