Travel News: June 20, 2018

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Hyatt Regency Brand Unveils its First Property in the Capital of China
Travel Pulse

With the opening of its first property in the Chinese capital of Beijing, Hyatt Regency’s global expansion continues.

The new 348-room Hyatt Regency Beijing Wangjing is located at the juncture of the city’s new Central Business District and a charming residential area, the company said in a statement.


Revamped Sheraton brand will emphasize gathering in public spaces
Travel Weekly

Community tables; lounge, booth and studio spaces; and a designated on-property “community manager” are some of the additions coming to the public spaces inside Sheraton Hotels as Marriott International works to improve the brand globally.

When Marriott International closed its acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts in 2016, one of the first questions investors asked was “What will happen with Sheraton?” Not only did Sheraton constitute the largest brand for Starwood, but its poor reputation in North America was seen as a drag on Starwood’s system. Adding to the sting is that the brand had undergone two revitalization efforts within the past decade.

Since Marriott became the official parent of the Sheraton brand, it has exited 6,000 rooms and expects to exit another 2,000 by the end of the year. Marriott president and CEO Arne Sorenson in November 2017 described the aggressive downsizing as “a full-court press to improve the Sheraton brand.” Yet, Marriott also has signed 5,000 new rooms to the brand since 2016.


United Airlines passes 2.7m passengers mark on Dublin-Newark service
Irish Times

United Airlines has carried 2.7 million passengers on 17,000 flights from Newark in New Jersey to Dublin since services were launched in June 1998. Flights were originally operated by Continental Airlines, which merged with United in 2010.

The airline currently operates from Dublin to Newark year round, with seasonal services to Washington DC and Chicago. In total, United has carried 3½ million passengers on its various Dublin routes, plus 1.9 million from Shannon to the United States.


Havana could see cruise arrivals triple as Cuba’s tourism boom continues

The number of Cuba itineraries and Caribbean cruises with port calls at Havana (on the Atlantic coast), Cienfuegos and former capital Santiago de Cuba (both on the Caribbean coast) has soared in the last two years.

Between them major cruise lines offer more than 650 sailings. Now, Cuba has signed an agreement with the world’s largest independent cruise port operator to ramp up capacity at the cruise terminal in Havana.

The port, on the edge of Unesco-protected Old Havana, will triple its cruise ship berths from two to six by 2024, after an agreement with Istanbul-based Global Ports Holding. “Cuba has been a tremendous success for Norwegian,” said a spokesperson for Norwegian Cruise Line. “Havana is a fabulous destination and guest feedback has been tremendously positive.”

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