Travel News: December 7, 2017

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Windstar Cruises Makes Big Plans for Alaska 2018
Travel Pulse

Shortly after I discovered Windstar Cruises’ expeditionary personally in Tahiti, the line is ramping up that side of its product even more in Alaska for 2018 beginning in May.

Its new Signature Expeditions program will explore the Great Land onboard and off, and the company plans to eventually expand it into other regions.

“We are offering travelers the chance to slow down and truly enjoy scenic immersion cruising amongst the glaciers and wildlife, and we have the perfect size ships for Alaska, period. With the addition of our brand-new Signature Expeditions, our comprehensive land tours, and exciting roster of shore excursions, each guest will get to experience the best of adventure, breathtaking nature, and completely personalized service in an incredibly immersive yet completely uncrowded cruise,” said Windstar Cruises President John Delaney, in a press release.


Mood decidedly upbeat at luxury travel conference in Cannes
Travel Weekly

Raffles Hotels & Resorts signed an agreement to build a beach resort in Dubai. Jumeirah said it is close to finalizing the lifestyle brand it has been studying for years. And luxury travel companies from around the globe expressed confidence about continued steady growth as the International Luxury Travel Market kicked off its 16th annual networking event on the French Riviera.

With a record 1,670 exhibitors and 1,662 buyers from 75 countries, the mood was decidedly upbeat at the three-day gathering that is considered by many to be the luxury travel industry’s premier networking event.

Unlike the heady excitement that marked ILTM gatherings in the boom years immediately following the Great Recession, however, there were few big new announcements.


American Airlines Launches Casper Bedding In Flight

After what seemed like years, if not decades, of ignoring in-flight amenities, U.S. airlines have jumped into a race to provide the best perks to their premium fliers.

Delta, has long led the pack with special touches like Westin Heavenly bedding and Alessi serviceware. United recently launched its new Polaris business class with amenities like Saks Fifth Avenue bedding and Cowshed Spa amenity kits. Now American Airlines is joining the fray by providing deluxe Casper bedding on flights.


Caribbean Hotels Race to Save Winter Season in Storms’ Wake
Wall Street Journal

The hurricanes that tore through the Caribbean this fall have left hotels and resorts across the region scrambling to salvage the crucial winter high season, when tourists from North America and Europe seek an escape from snow and ice.

On some islands, the storms caused devastation that will leave resort properties on the sidelines for much of the winter, as owners perform major repairs and contend with hobbled infrastructure. Hotels that remain closed on Puerto Rico include Blackstone Group LP’s El Conquistador Resort and Wyndham Garden at Palmas del Mar.

Other parts of the Caribbean emerged entirely unscathed, fortunate to be out of the storms’ paths. For the hotels that remain, the reduced room supply in the region presents an opportunity to boost occupancy.

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By: Matt Long

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