Travel News: December 20, 2018

Wat Arun Bangkok Thailand

Orient Express hotel revival will happen in Thailand

Travel Weekly

AccorHotels will open its first Orient Express hotel in Bangkok. Expected to open late next year, the hotel will be located within the 78-story King Power MahaNakhon skyscraper, the tallest building in the city.

Accor acquired a 50% stake in Orient Express from French national rail company SNCF Group in October 2017, with the intention of reviving the brand. The hotel company now known as Belmond used the Orient Express brand until 2014, but the company rebranded its hotels after its licensing deal with SNCF expired.


Skyrocketing seat selection fees enrage flyers, enrich airlines

USA Today

Seat selection fees, once the province of no frills discount airlines like Spirit and Allegiant, have become big business for major airlines – and a source of frustration and confusion for travelers.

They are prevalent and pricey at American and Delta, and United starting selling them on Dec. 14, a move the company announced in August. United appears to be starting slow, with limited seats per flight and an initial fee of $9 each way, according to a spot check of routes by USA TODAY.



Singapore’s Hotels Get a ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Boost


After Singapore’s residential and office markets made comebacks, the next property sector to bet on might just be its hotels.

The hotel industry is heading into 2019 in good shape after boosts to visitor arrivals from the Trump-Kim summit and the romantic comedy “Crazy Rich Asians.” Average occupancy rates touched 87 percent this year, the highest in a decade, property firm Cushman & Wakefield Inc. said.


Curio Collection Celebrates Monumental Year of Growth


From resorts in the Caribbean to unique hotels in booming destinations, such as Reykjavik, Iceland; Asheville, North Carolina and Xiamen, China, Curio Collection by Hilton celebrated many milestones in 2018.

The brand is set to maintain this momentum into 2019 with a number of one-of-a-kind hotels forecast to open, continuing to meet the needs of leisure and business travelers around the world.

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