Travel News: December 12, 2017

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Richard Branson’s private isle targets October reopening
Travel Weekly

Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands, owned by Virgin Group chairman Richard Branson, will begin welcoming guests next October, following repairs from Hurricane Irma in September.

The storm destroyed most of the buildings and vegetation as it hovered over the 74-acre private island for hours. Branson and his team took refuge in the wine cellar of the Great House during the storm.


Delta, WestJet announce plans for U.S.-Canada joint-venture
USA Today

Delta Air Lines and Canadian carrier WestJet announced plans Wednesday for a joint-venture partnership that would allow them to coordinate flights and fares between the USA and Canada.

If it materializes, Delta and WestJet could act together in setting prices and flight times on their U.S.-Canada flights. The airlines also pledged the deal would pave the way for new non-stop routes and “enhanced frequent flier benefits.”

The tie-up, which the airlines described as “a preliminary memorandum of understanding,” would deepen an existing partnership between the two.


Hilton Unveils Plans for Its Smart Hotel Room Rollout in 2018

Hilton Worldwide is betting that guests will want to control their room’s thermostat, television, and other amenities via their mobile phones.

The goal is to enable Hilton guests to use its mobile app to set their room preferences, which hotels can automatically apply to individual rooms when guests check in.

“A guest will be able to save preferences in the app, such as by favoriting a TV channel or setting a thermostat, and their selections will be applied when they check in,” said Joshua Sloser, senior vice president of digital product.


Chaos hits European flights as snow snarls major hubs
USA Today

Air travelers in Europe faced more disruptions Monday after a winter storm snarled flights at several hub airports this weekend.

The wintry weather brought cancellations and delays on Sunday to major airports across western Europe, including busy hubs in Germany, Switzerland, Belgium the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

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