Travel News: November 30, 2018

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AA deepening ties with China Southern
Travel Weekly

American Airlines will broaden its partnership with China Southern early next year, when the Guangzhou-based carrier will no longer be part of the SkyTeam alliance.

American, which owns 2.9% of China Southern, is a member of the Oneworld alliance.

Under the broadened partnership, American and China Southern will begin codesharing on transpacific flights, including four U.S.-China routes operated by China Southern and five U.S.-China routes operated by American.


Virgin Voyages debuts plans for new cruise ship terminal in Miami
Sun Sentinel

Virgin Voyages plans to make waves in Miami.

Company founder and London billionaire Richard Branson revealed plans Wednesday for a proposed new terminal at PortMiami that would be the base for his two upcoming cruise ships, the Scarlet Lady and another yet-to-be-named ship.

Branson made the announcement at The Standard in Miami Beach with Virgin Voyages president and chief executive officer Tom McAlpin, Miami-Dade mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, Miami-Dade commissioner Rebeca Sosa and other local officials.

“Miami is an incredible city and one of my favorite places to work and play,” said Branson whose Virgin Voyages is based in Plantation. “From our headquarters for Hotels, Voyages and now Trains USA, South Florida has quickly become another home for Virgin brands in the leisure travel sector.”

The new 100,000-square-foot terminal would be located on the northwest side of the Miami port. If approved by the county, the building would begin construction in 2019 and be completed by November 2021. Cost of the terminal is estimated at $150 million, according to the cruise line.


US Hotel Occupancy Projected to Hit New Record in 2019 Despite Recent Softness

The U.S. hotel industry is expected to see a 10th consecutive year of growth in 2019, according to a revised forecast from CBRE Hotels Americas Research.

CBRE, a real estate and investment firm, anticipates that U.S. hotel occupancy will rise to 66.2 percent in 2019, marking a fifth straight record level, and that occupancy will be fueled by a 2.1 percent bump in demand, which will offset a hotel supply increase of 1.9 percent.


Rome Cracking Down on Street Drinking, Bad Tourist Behavior With New Laws
Condé Nast Traveler

For years, Rome, like many major European cities, has struggled with overtourism and bad behavior on the parts of both locals and tourists. The city has flirted with temporary rules, but now, many of those restrictions (and a bunch of new ones) are here to stay, thanks to Rome’s city council, which recently passed laws banning certain behavior.

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