Category Archives: Airlines

Hip New Strip Spot

Fade out, Aladdin—Fade in, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. The former hotel is undergoing a head-to-toe, retro-chic renovation that will immerse Las Vegas guests in celebrity chic and Hollywood culture. The re-branding includes 2,600 movie-themed rooms and suites, the latest in technology—with 5,000 Panasonic high-def plasma TVs in the public areas and guest rooms—an expansive…

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Super Voyage

This July, Hawaii Superferry will launch new interisland ferry service aboard catamaran-type passenger-and-vehicle ferries. The state-of-the-art, 866-passenger Alakai will begin daily service between Oahu and Maui, and six-days-a-week service between Oahu and Kauai. During the three-hour crossings, you’re free to roam and relax, dine or shop. A second ferry joins the fleet in early 2009,…

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And The Winner Is…

A recent hotel industry study evaluated the Web sites of the top 14 hotel groups to see how they treated their online customers, and the results are in. According to the Customer Respect Group, an international research and consulting firm, the average second-quarter score for the hotel industry is 5.8 on a 10-point scale, a…

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Napa Pours It On

Construction begins this summer on the $190-million Montalcino Resort & Spa in the city of Napa, adding to the explosion of upscale meeting venues in the valley. The new resort, with 379 guest rooms, will provide 34,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, including a 5,000-square-foot special event building. Also included in the project are a…

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It’s Easier Being Green

The nation’s first green-built portable-modular exhibit system recently debuted in Las Vegas, winning a “Buyer’s Choice Award” at the Exhibitor 2007 trade show. Pioneered by Exhibit Design Consultants in Grand Rapids, Mich., Eco-Systems Sustainable Exhibits use a variety of eco-friendly materials derived from recycled content, rapidly renewable materials and recyclable materials. They’re keyed to the…

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Hotel Hopscotch

Hotels are changing hands all over Hawaii, and Morgan Stanley Real Estate has emerged as a major player in South Maui. One of the largest global real estate investment managers, Morgan Stanley purchased the Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa, a Waldorf-Astoria property, from CNL Hotels & Resorts in February, a deal that also included…

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Plugged In, Totally

High-speed Internet access and WiFi are so…standard. Today, if hotels want to keep up with those of you who travel with laptops and other digital devices, they have to crank it up another notch. Marriott has. As part of a $1-billion investment and renovation program, the brand is installing 32-inch, high-definition LCD televisions with a…

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Bienvenidos A Mexico!

The welcome mat is out for meetings in Mexico. In fact, the Mexico Tourism Board is opening a marketing office in Washington, D.C. next month, increasing their longtime presence in the U.S. market. And they’re putting their money where their mouth is. MTB’s funding for promotional initiatives has increased by 40 percent this year, not…

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Travel Trend Watch

American Express Business Travel has just released the data from its 2006 Business Travel Monitor, which tracks a variety of travel expense categories, including international and domestic airfares, hotel rates and average daily cost for car rentals. An overview shows: After several years of nearly flat growth rates, international airfares increased by 12.8 percent over…

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