Travel News: January 10, 2018

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Azamara Pursuit to sail Norway itinerary for first cruise
Travel Weekly

The first Azamara Pursuit cruise will depart Southampton, England, on Aug. 1 and visit eight Norwegian destinations, including Kristiansand, Flam and Haugesund, with overnight stays in Oslo and Bergen.

The Azamara Pursuit is being acquired from P&O Cruises, where it sailed under the name Adonia. It was built for Renaissance Cruises in 2001. It will be Azamara Club Cruises’ third ship.


Thousands Stranded at Swiss Ski Resort
Travel Pulse

Approximately 13,000 tourists are trapped at the Swiss ski resort of Zermatt without electricity due to heavy snowfall and the threat of avalanches, The Guardian reported.

The ski village and others at high altitude in Switzerland’s Valais region have received more than three feet of snow in recent days, forcing the avalanche risk to be raised to its maximum level, according to the region’s president, Romy Biner-Hauser.


Hilton Honors to launch updated benefits this April
Hotel Management Magazine

Hilton announced updates to its guest loyalty program, Hilton Honors, starting in April. Hilton Honors’ more than 70 million members will have access to new perks, including higher elite point-earning potential, the option to roll over nights and the opportunity to gift status.

The changes coming to Hilton Honors were made after gathering guest feedback. “Over the last several years, we have been evolving Hilton Honors to ensure our members receive the best hotel stay experience with perks like free Wi-Fi and member-only rates when they book directly with us. Last year, we introduced even more ways for members to use their points with more flexibility and ease, including Amazon Shop with Points and Points Pooling. Now, in 2018, we want to give our members more ways to earn their Points and show our loyalty back to our most elite members,” Weinstein said.


Qatar Airways Brings its Award-Winning Qsuite To The US Capital

Qatar Airways’ Qsuite officially landed at Washington, D.C.’s Washington Dulles International Airport on Jan. 6, making the capital city the second U.S. destination to offer the innovative Qsuite Business Class product. The groundbreaking Qsuite was first introduced on flights to London Heathrow Airport and Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport and, most recently, made its highly-anticipated U.S. debut last month at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Qsuite, a patented Qatar Airways product, is already fast collecting awards for bringing a First Class experience to the Business Class cabin. Qsuite features the industry’s first-ever double bed in Business Class, as well as privacy panels that stow away, allowing passengers in adjoining seats to create their own private room, a first of its kind in the industry. Qatar Airways proudly launched Qsuite at ITB Berlin in March 2017 to outstanding global acclaim, and has set a new standard for luxury travel with this innovative product.

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