Travel News: October 11, 2018

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Marriott aims for 80+ UAE hotels in five years
Hotel Management

Marriott International expects to end 2018 with 11 new properties and more than 2,600 guestrooms added to its United Arab Emirates portfolio.

Year-to-date, the company has added six new properties and is scheduled to add five more in the country, bringing its portfolio in the UAE to 59 properties and more than 17,000 rooms across six Emirates by the end of the year. Two of the company’s openings this year are regional brand debuts: the eco-conscious Element Hotels brand, which opened in Dubai, and the Edition brand, which is scheduled to open in Abu Dhabi later this year.

 

Windstar Partners on Shore Excursion Planning with Utrip
Travel Pulse

Windstar Cruises has announced a pilot program with the online recommendation engine, Utrip. The data-driven software helps guests plan shore excursions based on seven areas of passenger interest. Namely: arts and culture, outdoors, adventure, shopping, history, relaxation, and food and wine.

Utrip also provides suggestions for local restaurants, parks, museums, attractions and more.

 

G Adventures launches wellness line
Travel Weekly

Small-group tour operator G Adventures has a new collection of trips dedicated to wellness and adventure.

The wellness product line, the company’s first new launch in three years, offers more than 80 departures to 10 destinations across the Americas, Europe and Asia. The first will depart on June 8, 2019, which is Global Wellness Day.

The itineraries are organized around three primary pillars: mindfulness, movement and nourishment.

 

Europe and Asia Are Driving Global Tourism Growth in 2018
Skift

International tourism arrivals worldwide have grown faster than some destinations can keep up with during the last decade, which probably isn’t news to many in the travel industry.

But what may come as a surprise is that the United States is fueling some of that growth, considering concerns that a Trump slump and strong U.S. dollar might have caused some international tourists to book trips elsewhere during the last two years.

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By: Matt Long

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