Travel News: October 9, 2018

Galapagos Ecuador

Tropical Storm Michael Approaching US Gulf Coast, Could Become a Hurricane
Travel Pulse

The United States National Hurricane Center revealed tropical depression No. 14 has upgraded to Tropical Storm Michael as it approaches the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Experts say it could strengthen to a Category 1 hurricane later this week.

The current maximum winds of Tropical Storm Michael are estimated at 40 mph, and an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft is on its way to investigate the storm.


Delta set to launch nation’s first ‘biometric terminal’ in Atlanta
Travel Weekly

In a major development for the use of facial recognition technology at airports, Delta will enable the first fully biometric airport journeys in the U.S. in December.

The “biometric terminal,” as Delta is calling it, will be the international Terminal F at the carrier’s primary hub at Hartsfield-Jackson airport in Atlanta.

When the trial comes online, passengers departing from that terminal on Delta or its partners Aeromexico, Virgin Atlantic and Air France-KLM will have the option of submitting to a biometric identity verification through facial recognition at the check-in kiosk, then going hands-free all the way to the plane. Those passengers won’t have to display a boarding pass or passport at bag check, security or the boarding gate.


Hyatt to Acquire Two Roads Hospitality
Hotel Business

Hyatt Hotels Corporation has entered into an agreement to acquire Two Roads Hospitality, an international lifestyle hotel management company with a collection of distinctive brands, properties and a robust development pipeline around the globe.

Through the addition of Two Roads—comprising Joie de Vivre Hotels, Thompson Hotels, Destination Hotels, tommie and Alila Hotels & Resorts, with more than 85 properties in eight countries—Hyatt will expand its brand presence into 23 new markets while enhancing its offerings in lifestyle hotel experiences and wellbeing. With Two Roads and its distinctive collection of lifestyle hotels, resorts and vacation residences, Hyatt will offer an expanded and more powerful portfolio of brands with best-in-class offerings to deliver compelling experiences and benefits for guests and World of Hyatt members, expand its relationship with valued hotel owners and drive growth for shareholders, according to the company.


Silversea to Add Two New “Evolution” Ships, New Galapagos Ship
Travel Agent

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., which recently acquired a majority stake in Silversea Cruises, has announced plans for three new ships for the luxury cruise line — two in an all-new class of luxury vessel, and one for the line’s expedition cruises in the Galapagos.

Silversea has signed a memorandum of understanding with Meyer Werft for two new ships in a new “Evolution Class,” the first of which is slated for delivery in 2022. The cruise line has also signed a contract with Shipyard De Hoop for a new expedition vessel, named Silver Origin, to sail the Galapagos Islands itinerary currently served by the Silver Galapagos. That new ship is scheduled to debut in March 2020.

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