Travel News: May 24, 2019

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Queen Elizabeth II visits British Airways as airline marks 100th anniversary
USA Today

Queen Elizabeth II went to London Heathrow Airport Thursday – not to fly off somewhere but to pay tribute to a British institution only a few years older than she: British Airways.

The monarch, 93, visited the airline’s headquarters, located at the U.K.’s largest airport. The airline is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.


Hyatt forms lifestyle hotels division
Travel Weekly

Hyatt has established a lifestyle hotels division. The move follows Hyatt’s acquisition of lifestyle hotel group Two Roads Hospitality late last year.

The lifestyle unit brings together the Andaz and Hyatt Centric brands as well as former Two Roads brands Alila, Joie de Vivre, Thompson and Tommie.


Disney Cruise Line to Increase Number of Calls on Orlando’s Port Canaveral
Cruise Critic

An extended agreement between Disney Cruise Line and Canaveral Port Authority will see the line spend more time at Port Canaveral (most commonly associated with Orlando) in the coming years. The 20-year agreement goes into effect on June 1 and increases the number of guaranteed calls from 150 to 180 in 2023 and 216 in 2024.

As under the previous terms, the updated agreement states that two of Disney’s three new ships, all set to sail between 2021 and 2023, will homeport in Port Canaveral for at least five years. The Canaveral Port Authority Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to accept the agreement on Wednesday, replacing the existing agreement that was set to expire on December 31, 2027.


Sir Richard Branson Brings Virgin Hotel to New Orleans

Sir Richard Branson hosted a ceremony for the future Virgin Hotel.

The Virgin brand owner held the meeting at 11 AM this morning. The ceremony took place in the warehouse and art district– this will also be the location of the hotel.

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