Travel News: November 10, 2017

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With tougher brand standards, Sheraton expects to drop about 30 hotels
Travel Weekly

Marriott International is deflagging underperforming Sheraton hotels – about 6,000 rooms this year and 4,000 in 2018, CEO Arne Sorenson said during Marriott’s third-quarter earnings call Wednesday.

As of Sept. 30, there were 444 Sheraton hotels totaling 156,740 rooms, a decline of five hotels and about 2,100 rooms since the beginning of the year. Sheraton is the company’s third-largest brand by room count behind Marriott and Courtyard.


Another US airline is quitting Cuba

Sun Country Airlines is throwing in the towel on scheduled flights to Cuba, citing shaky demand and restrictions on travel to the island.

The privately held Minnesota-based airline told the U.S. Department of Transportation in a motion earlier this month that it would relinquish its rights to operate the scheduled flights to Santa Clara and Matanzas, from Minneapolis-St. Paul.

The Trump administration on Wednesday released a list of restrictions that would make it more difficult for U.S. citizens to travel to the island, including ending individual, so-called “people-to-people” cultural exchanges that were permitted under loosened rules introduced by the Obama administration.


World’s three largest cruise ships shifting home ports for 2019

The three giants of the cruise world soon will be on the move.

Royal Caribbean on Tuesday announced that all three of its record-size Oasis Class vessels would be shifting home ports for 2019.

The namesake for the class, Oasis of the Seas, will redeploy to Barcelona for the summer of 2019 from its current home in Port Canaveral, Fla. for a series of Mediterranean cruises. Later in the year, it’ll return to Florida but not Port Canaveral. Miami will be its new home.


Virtuoso Forecast Of 2018 Most Popular Luxury Travel Destinations

Does it seem to you that lately everybody’s traveling to Iceland? Marrakech? Lisbon? Or going on a safari in Africa? They are all trending. But will they still be in 2018?

Virtuoso’s 2018 Luxe Report is the latest version of the annual go-to for forecast of what to expect in travel for the year ahead. The report reveals consumer preferences in high-end and experiential travel, gleaned from a comprehensive survey of the network’s travel advisors worldwide.

Advisors from Virtuoso-affiliated travel agencies in North America, Latin America, Asia-Pacific, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa and the Middle East were polled, drawing on their expertise and client requests to offer insight into 2018’s biggest trends. And its research shows the desire for unspoiled natural beauty continuing to motivate travelers. Five must-take trips for 2018, according to Virtuoso advisors:

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