Travel News: February 9, 2017

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Boeing wins $13.8 billion Singapore Airlines order for wide-body jets

Singapore Airlines (SIA) (SIAL.SI) announced a $13.8 billion order to buy 39 Boeing (BA.N) wide-body aircraft as it pursues expansion opportunities, a setback for the U.S. planemaker’s rival Airbus Group (AIR.PA) in the fight for long-term orders.

Airbus Group has flagged its intention to build a bigger version of its A350, although these plans have been placed on hold amid uncertainty over demand for wide-body jets.


Marriott plans to introduce communal apartments in hotels

Marriott International is planning to launch communal apartments at a host of its Element properties across the world, from New York to Amsterdam. The hotel group acquired Element, its affordable and eco-conscious brand, after its merger with Starwood last year.

The idea will be to have an apartment available on each floor of the hotel, which offers three to four bedrooms around a central common area, which will include a lounge and full kitchen. They will sleep from six to 16 guests.


Norwegian adds 25 more cruises this year from Miami to Cuba
Los Angeles Times

Norwegian Cruise Line is doubling down on Cuba. Its Norwegian Sky will be adding more round-trip cruises from Miami to Cuba through December, the line announced Tuesday.

Norwegian announced earlier that it would begin bringing the Sky — the largest cruise ship to visit Cuba — to the island nation starting in May.


French tourism rebounds two years after start of terror attacks

Tourism is on the rise in France after two years of deadly terrorist attacks that hurt one of the country’s major economic motors, official figures published on Tuesday revealed.

The last three months of 2016 saw tourism in France rebound by nearly 4 percent, after a dramatic downturn last year that put the country’s hospitality industry on alert, according to the INSEE national statistics agency.

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