Jumeirah Group LLC cut hundreds of jobs as a slowdown in the emirate’s tourism industry weighs on the operator of Dubai’s sail-shaped Burj Al Arab hotel, according to people familiar with the matter.
The government-owned luxury hotel chain, which manages 24 properties in eight countries, recently shed about 500 jobs, the people said, asking not to be identified as the information is private. Most of the cuts were support roles, they said. Jumeirah has more than 13,500 employees, according to its website.
Expedition Cruising is on the Rise
Small ship vacationing is on the rise with expedition cruising leading the charge. One company on the cutting edge of this expansion is AdventureSmith Explorations. Its founder, Todd Smith, shares his insights and thoughts on the recent growth.
“Expedition cruising is a perfect match for travelers seeking to check off hard-to-reach, bucket-list destinations sustainably and actively,” explains Smith. “Flexible routes allow for spontaneous exploration and that spirit of adventure that today’s travelers value.”
AAA creates cleanliness award for hotels
AAA has introduced a new award, the Inspector’s Best of Housekeeping, honoring hotels that achieve the highest scores for cleanliness and condition.
AAA currently has 27,000 Inspected & Approved hotels. To receive that designation and a AAA Diamond Rating, hotels have to meet cleanliness and condition standards. The new award honors hotels that “significantly surpass expectations,” AAA said in a statement.
Plenty of other travelers around the country are in for a surprise, too, if they don’t check the expiration date on their PreCheck or Global Entry memberships.
Membership in both programs lasts five years and key anniversaries are approaching. The TSA began began selling PreCheck memberships at airports and other enrollment centers in December 2013. More than 420,000 travelers signed up in the first six months, with a total of 750,000 travelers signed up in the first year.