Fast-growing MSC Cruises on Wednesday ordered two giant new ships that will debut in 2021 and 2023, respectively.
Measuring 169,380 tons, the “Seaside EVO” vessels will be larger versions of the line’s new Seaside Class ships, which measure 153,516 tons, and rank among the biggest cruise vessels in the world.
The first of MSC’s Seaside Class ships, MSC Seaside, is debuting this week in Italy, and a second vessel in the series, MSC Seaview, arrives next summer.
New Marriott Planned for Puerto Rico
The owners of the San Juan Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino in Puerto Rico are so bullish on the future of tourism to Puerto Rico, they are planning to open a second Marriott property on the island.
Plans for the new-build, 190-room, $40 million hotel project were announced last week at an event sponsored by XLD Group, the Chinese company that owns the Marriott. At the event, Jun Zhang, the chairman of XLD Investments said he expects tourism to bounce back quickly after Hurricane Maria ravaged the American territory on September 20.
Thinking about visiting China but worried about how bad the toilets are?
You may be relieved, in more than one way, to hear that the country’s leader is on your side.
President Xi Jinping, now a bathroom aficionado after frequent visits to inspect the facilities in rural homes, has announced he’s doubling down on a campaign for a Chinese “toilet revolution” that he launched in 2015.
Voicing the concerns of many a wary traveler, the communist leader said clean toilets were the cornerstone of a civilized society and would help boost travel to China as well as improving the hygiene of the masses.
64% of luxury sellers say bookings are up this year
Business is good for Travel Leaders Group’s luxury agents, with 64% saying bookings are higher now versus this time last year.
Twenty-nine percent of respondents reported luxury bookings are even, and 7% said bookings are lower.
Nine percent said luxury bookings have increased more than 50%, 21% said they were higher by 21-50%, 20% said bookings were higher by 11-20%, and 13% said they were higher by 0-10%.