Travel News: November 16, 2017

Madrid Spain

Regent Seven Seas Reveals Name of New Cruise Ship
Travel Pulse

After enlisting the help of its passengers and travel agents, Regent Seven Seas Cruises has finally settled on a name for its fifth and newest cruise ship.

The all-inclusive luxury cruise line introduced the Seven Seas Splendor Wednesday.

Scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2020, the new vessel will join the Seven Seas Explorer as Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ second Explorer-class ship.

 

J.D. Power: JetBlue best for frequent-flier satisfaction
USA Today

JetBlue Airways’ frequent-flier program is the tops when it comes to customer satisfaction.

That’s according to J.D. Power, which rolled out its 2017 Airline Loyalty Program Satisfaction Study on Wednesday. While J.D. Power has rated airline customer satisfaction for years, the latest study is the group’s first to look specifically at airline loyalty programs.

 

Guest-Only Lounges Are The Latest Luxury Hotel Trend
Forbes

Hotels are in a never ending hospitality battle to attract more travelers. They’ve done everything from upping their game when it comes to in-house food and beverage offerings, providing wellness amenities, installing Instagrammable art, and inviting the public to hang in their lobbies. But, while much of the push recently was aimed at attracting locals and day visitors, the latest trend is all about a hotel basic: exclusivity.

While it’s great for the bottom line to have multiple revenue streams that include those just stopping by, there’s no better amenity than feeling special. That’s why a number of hotels have opened or revamped their “guest only” spaces, giving overnighters special access to parts of the property purely reserved for their presence.

 

Madrid gains as Spain’s tourism sector broadens
Financial Times

Police vans, helicopters and marchers draped in pro-independence Estelada flags made for a livelier trip than expected for visitors to Barcelona in recent weeks. Tensions over the future of the Catalonia region will dent a record year for Spain’s tourist industry. Only days after the controversial vote for independence on October 1, the tourism ministry predicted that Spain would receive record international visitor numbers of more than 80m during 2017, up 6 per cent on 2016, with their spending exceeding €84bn ($98bn). But Catalonia hosted around a quarter of Spain’s visitors last year, and tourist activity in the region has fallen since the vote, according to Exceltur, the industry lobby group.

 

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