Travel News: June 21, 2018

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AmaWaterways sets course to attract new cruisers
Travel Weekly

AmaWaterways plans to add three vessels to its fleet next year, the most ships the company will have launched in a single year since its founding in 2002. The launches will include its biggest ship to date, the AmaMagna.

AmaWaterways executives said the expansion is a testimonial to a river cruise market that continues to see healthy growth in U.S. passengers as well as in emerging markets, such as family travelers, active cruisers and wine aficionados.


Amazon Introduces Alexa for Hospitality at Marriott Hotels
Travel Pulse

Amazon is bringing the convenience of Alexa to hotels, vacation rentals and other hospitality locations, the company announced Tuesday.

Alexa for Hospitality is available to hospitality providers by invitation and will debut in select Marriott International properties beginning this summer.

The innovative hotel giant will roll out the voice-first Alexa experience at select properties under multiple brands, including Marriott Hotels, Westin Hotels & Resorts, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, Aloft Hotels and Autograph Collection Hotels.


Hawaiian Airlines, Japan Airlines seeking ‘joint venture’

Hawaiian Airlines and Japan Airlines have submitted paperwork seeking to join forces to potentially bring hundreds of thousands of more people to Hawaii.

The airlines have recently filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Japanese government requesting immunity from antitrust laws to create a joint venture, West Hawaii Today reported Saturday.


Tourism beats terrorism: Holidaymakers return to Tunisia
The New Arab

From the coasts of Carthage, to the elegant village of Sidi Bou Said to the bustling city of Tunis, Tunisia was a dream holiday destination, until two terrorist attacks in 2015 plagued the industry. Tourism numbers plummeted, forcing hotels to close and many tourism and hospitality workers to lose their jobs.

But three years on, Tunisia’s tourism trade is finally making a positive comeback with revenues up by nearly a third, signalling the start of a real recovery.

Some 2.3 million tourists visited Tunisia from January 1 through to May 20, up 21.8 percent from the same period last year, according to a document from the country’s ministry. In the same period, tourist revenue climbed up to 37.7 percent, while the rate of European tourists shot up by 50 percent.

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