AccorHotels is looking to bolster its presence in the luxury segment by acquiring a 50 percent stake in Orient Express.
The French hotel group will look to develop a collection of hotels operating under the Orient Express brand, which dates back to 1883 when the historic long-distance train first connected Europe’s marquee destinations.
The SNCF Group, France’s national state-owned rail company, had previously fully-owned Orient Express. The seven historic train carriages will remain in SNCF’s possession and will be used by the iconic luxury brand for private tours and events.
Celebrity spending $400 million to renovate fleet
Celebrity Cruises plans to spend $400 million over five years on renovating ships so they will look more like the Celebrity Edge, a ship due in 2018.
Between 2019 and 2023, Celebrity will redesign and reconfigure all staterooms on its nine ships.
The suite lounge known as Michael’s Club on some ships will be rebranded as the Retreat Lounge, a space making its debut on the Edge. There will also be a new Retreat Sundeck.
Irish carrier Aer Lingus will begin flying to Philadelphia next year. The airline revealed the new Dublin-Philadelphia route as it rolled out its updated schedule for summer of 2018.
Flights will begin March 25, when Aer Lingus begins flying four weekly flights between the cities. Aer Lingus will use 177-seat Boeing 757 narrowbody jets for the service.
BACKPACKERS and working holiday-makers are the target of a new $5 million tourism campaign promoting low-cost Aussie attractions, including on Kangaroo Island and the Eyre Peninsula.
The national Aussie News Today campaign — funded by Tourism Australia and launched on Friday — will beam tongue-in-cheek bulletins by three “minor local celebrities” into the social media feeds of millions of potential young travellers. Eight foreign competition winners will also roam the country in campervans as part of the campaign.Add to Flipboard Magazine.