Travel News: October 18, 2017

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The Statler Hotel Reopens in Dallas Following $255M Redevelopment

The Statler Hotel, an iconic hotel located in downtown Dallas, has reopened as part of the Curio Collection by Hilton following a $255 million redevelopment.

The 19-story hotel originally opened in 1956 as one of Conrad Hilton’s first convention properties. Owned and redeveloped by Centurion American Development Group, the hotel offers 219 luxury residences, 159 guest rooms, restaurants and retail.

Amenities at The Statler include a rooftop pool; 33,000 square feet of meeting and event space, including entertainment suites, an outdoor garden court, 10 meeting rooms and a 13,154-square-foot grand ballroom; and a fitness center including bowling and games.


Staybridge Suites partners with celebrity chef Carla Hall
USA Today

Staybridge Suites, InterContinental Hotels Group’s extended stay brand, has partnered with celebrity chef Carla Hall to create recipes for guests.

Hall, co-host of the ABC show The Chew, has developed five exclusive, healthy recipes. The dishes only require a few ingredients.


United Airlines Adds And Upgrades Lounges, Rolls Out New Local Food And Drink

United has been aggressively upgrading and expanding its lounge network, with new locations in Houston, Atlanta, and last year one of the largest in the world opened at LAX, including an outdoor terrace. Existing lounges that have been substantially renovated include Chicago, Washington National, Hong Kong and Tokyo, while Dallas and Ft. Lauderdale are being renovated now. United also started rolling out its new top tier Polaris lounges, more like the first and business class lounges you find overseas, with the first in Chicago and another in San Francisco under construction.

But while more of its lounges are new and shiny, United has notably lagged behind its chief competitors when it comes to food. Now they are trying to equal the playing field. Across the board the bar is being raised, with the addition of hot breakfast items; soups, served with toppings and crackers; salads, with multiple dressing and bread options; whole-grain salads and crudités; and a Mediterranean board with a selection of sopressata, prosciutto, chorizo, salami or Mortadella, served with whole-grain mustard.


Tourism ‘takes a hit’ in Catalonia

Catalonia is Spain’s most-visited region, but tourism figures have seen a sharp drop this month, according to an industry lobby group.

Exceltur trade association says the north-eastern region is suffering and local business leaders and politicians appear to agree.

Councillor Agustí Colom told euronews: 
“The tourism sector is expressing its concern, there is evidence that bookings are going down.”

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By: Matt Long

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