Travel News: December 3, 2018

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Courtyard by Marriott to Open Nearly 30 Hotels Across Europe
Travel Pulse

Courtyard by Marriott is continuing its European expansion with the addition of nearly 30 hotels across the continent over the coming two years.

In a statement released by the company today, Marriott said it will increase its current European footprint of 63 hotels by about 50 percent before the end of 2020.

In addition to strengthening its portfolio in established markets such as Germany, France and the UK, Courtyard is expected to debut in seven emerging destinations including Armenia, Finland, and Iceland.


Delta says USA’s ‘first biometric terminal’ is ready to go at Atlanta airport
USA Today

Delta says the Atlanta airport’s Terminal F has become the “first biometric terminal” in the United States where passengers can use facial recognition technology “from curb to gate.”

And Delta has already announced plans to offer the technology at another of its hubs: Detroit.


Frontier Owner Steps In to Rescue Wow Air

Just hours after Icelandair abandoned plans to buy struggling domestic rival Wow Air, Indigo Partners, the private equity firm that controls Frontier Airlines and owns stakes in several other ultra-low-cost carriers in Europe and the Americas, agreed in principle to invest in the carrier, potentially ensuring it remains a viable enterprise.

It is far from a done deal, however. In a release late Thursday, Indigo said it will make its investment — the amount of which it did not disclose — after “successful completion of due diligence.” Indigo said Skuli Mogensen, Wow Air’s founder and CEO, would remain a principal investor if the deal closes. The two companies said they would would work to close as soon as practical.


Hyatt-Small Luxury Hotels partnership gets rolling
Travel Weekly

Hyatt’s loyalty alliance with Small Luxury Hotels of the World goes into effect Dec. 6, when Hyatt customers can begin earning and redeeming points at 50 SLH properties.

Most of the initial 50 hotels in the Hyatt program are in Europe. They include Hotel Lord Byron in Rome, Centurion Palace in Venice, On the Rocks in Santorini and Hotel de Orangerie in Bruges, Belgium.

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