Travel News: July 26, 2017

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IHG goes to 24-hour cancellation policy
Travel Weekly

InterContinental Hotels Group is introducing a policy enabling customers at most hotels to cancel without penalty if they give at least 24 hours’ notice.

The move comes about a month after Marriott International tightened its cancellation policy, requiring guests at most hotels to give 48 hours’ notice to cancel without penalty.

IHG’s new policy will go into effect next month across most of IHG’s chains (Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, InterContinental, Staybridge Suites, Hotel Indigo, Crowne Plaza, Even and Candlewood Suites) in the Americas and Europe, and by October for the Middle East, Africa and Asia, excluding China (where most hotels already have a same-day cancellation policy).

 

Paris tourism alive and kicking again after terror doldrums
Inquirer.net

High-kicking dancers are enthralling full houses again at the Moulin Rouge and art lovers are swarming the Louvre as Paris enjoys a tourism revival after plummeting numbers brought on by terror attacks.

Tourists are increasingly refusing to give in to fear of being caught up in a jihadist attack such as the November 2015 bloodbath in the French capital and flocking in droves once more.

In a rebound that began at the end of 2016, Paris saw a record 2.6 million foreign arrivals in the first four months of this year — a 19 percent increase over the same period in 2016.

 

Holland America Line Hosts Inspirational Cruises With Oprah Winfrey
Travel Agent

The Share the Adventure Cruise, a joint cruise between Holland America Line and O, The Oprah Magazine, set sail last week for a trip from Seattle to Alaska.

Having taken off on Saturday, July 15, guests aboard the ms Eurodam sat in on a presentation by Oprah Winfrey herself, entitled “A Conversation with Oprah,” where she shared her journey to success. She also expressed her desire for the cruise to be “the start of something meaningful” for guests on board, the press release said.

 

Hilton Garden Inn Unveils Brand Refresh
Travel Pulse

Hilton Garden Inn has set sail on a comprehensive brand refresh.

Hilton’s beloved upscale brand has been revealing various aspects of the broad initiative since the start of the year, including improved team member training, revamped hotel design and enhanced food & beverage (F&B) offerings.

The brand announced Tuesday that the refresh will be built around a multi-million dollar global marketing campaign known as “Simple Things on Another Level.”

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