Travel News: October 20, 2017


New York and Toronto doing reciprocal tourism promotion
Travel Weekly

NYC & Company and Tourism Toronto have formed a two-year alliance to help boost tourism to their cities.

The partnership is the first city-to-city partnership for Tourism Toronto. It’s the first Canadian partnership for NYC & Company.

Under the agreement, the destination marketing organizations will collaborate and share best practices. Both cities will exchange $500,000 in marketing and advertising assets to help promote the other destination.


Myanmar fire guts iconic Yangon hotel Kandawgyi Palace
BBC News

A massive fire has destroyed an iconic luxury hotel in the city of Yangon in Myanmar, killing one person.

Two others were injured in the blaze which began around 03:00 (20:30 GMT Wednesday) at the Kandawgyi Palace.

The hotel, which was largely made out of teak and built in a traditional Burmese style, was a local landmark popular with tourists.


Las Vegas ads push #VegasStrong to lure back tourists
New York Post

Las Vegas is doing some serious re-branding.

The southwest city has never been known for selling subtlety or pulling at heartstrings. Until just weeks ago, TV commercials for the vacation hot spot touted the kind of wild living that you don’t want friends back home to know about.

However, in the days following the deadliest shooting on American soil, ads for Sin City are taking a decidedly angelic tack.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority is eschewing its edgy “What Happens Here Stays Here” campaign. Instead, the city’s promotional arm has pushed #VegasStrong, an ad with native Andre Agassi saying lines that emphasize resilience such as, “Strength is valet parkers who become medics.”


Delta: Amsterdam will be first European route for its Airbus A350s
USA Today

Amsterdam will become Delta’s next destination for its brand-new Airbus A350 aircraft.

That will come in March, when carrier will add non-stop flights from Detroit to Amsterdam, Delta CEO Ed Bastian said Wednesday in Atlanta during a Q&A with reporters.

With that, Amsterdam becomes the fifth destination Delta has announced for its A350s. Amsterdam is the main hub for KLM, a close joint-venture partner of Delta.

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