Travel News: January 26, 2018

Waikiki, Hawaii

Marriott Opens First Aloft in Dubai
Travel Pulse

Marriott International is proud to announce the opening of the design-led Aloft Palm Jumeirah. It is the first Aloft to open in the buzzing city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

Located on the Eastern crescent of the Palm Jumeirah, the hotel delivers a distinct lifestyle experience to the iconic landmark with its tech-forward approach, vibrant social experiences and modern style that is different by design.


Southwest Airlines: There’s a chance flights to Hawaii begin this year

Hoping to fly Southwest Airlines to Hawaii this year?

Southwest CEO Gary Kelly said Thursday that the airline’s plans to fly to Hawaii are on track but that it’s unclear whether the flights will begin at the end of 2018 or in early 2019.

“I think there is a chance that we could be flying by the end of the year and that will be our goal,” he said on the airline’s earnings conference call.


Hotel robots do double duty as butlers and featured attractions
Travel Weekly

In the eight months since opening Chicago’s art-and-science-themed Hotel EMC2, general manager Christine Wechter has yet to get a complaint from a guest about the hotel’s two robot butlers.

Quite the opposite.

“When both robots are in use from a high call volume and we have to send a human up, people actually get annoyed,” Wechter said.

Three years after debuting its first Relay hotel robot at Silicon Valley’s Aloft Cupertino, the robots’ maker, Savioke, has placed its machines in about 70 hotels worldwide. The privately held company, founded in 2013, says its 3-foot-tall, rolling robot butlers are moving beyond being used by edgier select-service hotels for menial tasks such as toiletry deliveries. Now they are being sought by full-service hotels as crowd pleasers and conversation pieces.


Qatar Airways’ luxurious new ‘Qsuite’ seats now flying from the USA
USA Today

Qatar Airways showed off its new “Qsuites” cabin in New York last week, giving an up-close glimpse of its newest and swankiest business-class suite yet.

The new suite seats are the latest offering in a constant game of one-upmanship among the world’s premier airlines. Emirates, Singapore Airlines and even U.S. carrier Delta have all rolled out new premium cabins since 2017 that feature suites-style seats.

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