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Feature: A conversation with CityPASS on the future of travel

Feature: A conversation with CityPASS on the future of travel

Things have begun to return to normal in the travel industry, but most agree that travel will likely never be exactly what it was prior to 2020. For the companies who survived through the pandemic, the world of travel is a very different place. Companies have adapted,...

Atlantis Paradise Island to undergo complete renovations

Atlantis Paradise Island to undergo complete renovations

Atlantis Paradise Island is embarking on multimillion-dollar renovations at their resort in The Bahamas. The renovations include redevelopment of the Beach Tower, all Royal Tower guest rooms and suites, the Atlantis Casino, and the addition of another Michelin-starred...

United Airlines to launch or resume 30 transatlantic flights by June

United Airlines to launch or resume 30 transatlantic flights by June

United Airlines is launching the largest transatlantic expansion in its history, with 30 Transatlantic flights being launched or resumed between mid-April and early June of 2022. The new nonstop flight destinations include: Amman, Jordan Bergen, Norway Azores,...

Feature: Cypress Tours is ready to welcome the world back to Italy

Feature: Cypress Tours is ready to welcome the world back to Italy

There are so many tour companies taking travelers all across the world, but some of the more unsung heroes are the smaller or one-person companies introducing travelers to new locations and cultures. Lynette of Cypress Tours has been taking groups to Italy for more...

European travel by Americans to increase 600 percent in summer 2022

European travel by Americans to increase 600 percent in summer 2022

Although many Americans have opted to travel domestically since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the trend for summer of 2022 is leaning toward European travel. According to a report by Allianz Partners, the Top 10 Summer European Destinations, travel to Europe...

Top 10 airports in the world show 2021 show travel recovery

Top 10 airports in the world show 2021 show travel recovery

Although 2020 and 2021 were not normal for travel, the busiest airports in the world remained (at least relatively) the same with Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport taking the top spot once again. According to Airports Council International (ACI) World,...

Omni Hotels adds instant booking for groups and meeting planners

Omni Hotels adds instant booking for groups and meeting planners

Omni Hotels & Resorts, along with Groups 360, have announced a new instant booking experience for groups and meeting spaces. GroupSync is Group360's proprietary online booking marketplace, and is available now at the Omni Frisco Hotel in Frisco, Texas, and will...

Southwest to increase service in California, Hawaii, Cuba

Southwest to increase service in California, Hawaii, Cuba

Southwest Airlines will be adding additional services to its flight schedules beginning in early June, including destinations like California, Hawaii, the Pacific Northwest, and the Caribbean. “For a gamut of travelers seeking business opportunity, faraway fun, or...

Hawaiian Airlines to resume nonstop Honolulu-Auckland flights

Hawaiian Airlines to resume nonstop Honolulu-Auckland flights

Hawaiian Airlines is planning to resume its nonstop flights between Honolulu (HNL) and Auckland (AKL) after two years of pandemic-related travel restrictions. The flights between Hawaii and New Zealand will resume three times a week beginning on July 2. "Our July...

Hurtigruten Expeditions announces 2023-24 season

Hurtigruten Expeditions announces 2023-24 season

Hurtigruten Expeditions, the world's largest expedition cruise line, has announced their 2023-2024 itineraries. The new itineraries span five continents and 150 different itineraries, including to the Galápagos, Antarctica, Arctic, West Africa, the Caribbean, Canary...

Palms Las Vegas announces grand re-opening April 27

Palms Las Vegas announces grand re-opening April 27

Palms Casino Resort has announced plans to reopen on April 27, 2022, with fireworks on opening night. They will be open for stays on April 28, 2022. The iconic hotel had undergone a more than $600 million renovation beginning in 2019. "Our goal is to deliver a truly...

JetBlue plans to acquire Spirit Airlines

JetBlue plans to acquire Spirit Airlines

JetBlue has announced it is proposing the purchase of Spirit Airlines, which would make it one of the largest airlines in the United States. "The combination of the two airlines would position JetBlue as the most compelling national low-fare challenger to the four...

Hyatt adds 100+ all-inclusive resorts to rewards program

Hyatt adds 100+ all-inclusive resorts to rewards program

Hyatt Hotels is adding to its rewards portfolio, with the addition of more than 100 luxury all-inclusive resorts across seven brands to its AMR Collection portfolio. The new resorts will join the program in phases, beginning with six Cancun resorts joining the World...

Four Seasons launches Tuscany driving tour

Four Seasons launches Tuscany driving tour

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts have unveiled Beyond by Four Seasons, "An Exclusive Driving Journey Through Tuscany," as their latest destination tour. The weeklong tour will be curated by the brand and showcase the Tuscan countryside by luxury car with the Four...

CDC ends COVID advisory for cruises

CDC ends COVID advisory for cruises

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has officially lifted their COVID-19 risk advisory for cruise ship travel, two years after initially issuing the warning. The CDC posted the news online, removing their "Cruise Ship Travel Health Notice." The notice...

Vail Resorts purchases majority of Swiss ski resort

Vail Resorts purchases majority of Swiss ski resort

Vail Resorts are moving into Europe. The company announced they are purchasing a majority stake in Andermatt-Sedrun Sport AG in Central Switzerland from Andermatt Swiss Alps AG (ASA). The purchase will help Vail Resorts invest in the Europe market, with a resort that...

U.S. Travel asks the White House to phase out COVID travel restrictions

U.S. Travel asks the White House to phase out COVID travel restrictions

The U.S. Travel Association is the latest association to call on the White House to phase out pandemic-era restrictions. The letter to incoming White House COVID-19 response coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha asked for travel to resume fully. The letter pointed to countries...

Air New Zealand launches flagship JFK-AKL flight

Air New Zealand launches flagship JFK-AKL flight

Just a few weeks after New Zealand announced their reopening to international travelers, Air New Zealand has announced a nonstop New York City to Auckland flight. The flight will operate three times a week and will run between John F. Kennedy Airport in New York and...

Survey: Majority of business travelers are ready to return to travel

Survey: Majority of business travelers are ready to return to travel

Business travel was one of the segments affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. As the world got used to online work, there were concerns that it would never return — at least not to the same level it was in 2019. But a new study found good news when it comes to the return...

Viking leads new Iceland cruise trend

Viking leads new Iceland cruise trend

Iceland has been a popular destination for travelers for year, in part to the country's tourism campaigns and in part to IcelandAir providing a stopover service for the country. And now cruise lines have taken the hint and are offering circumnavigations of the island....

Travel agency air sales hits highest point since February 2020

Travel agency air sales hits highest point since February 2020

Travel agency air ticket sales hit their highest point since February 2020, according to a report by the Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC). The February 2022 sales totaled $5.4 billion by travel agencies. Air ticket sales also increased by 253 percent between February...

Report: EU’s tourism saw significant improvement in 2021

Report: EU’s tourism saw significant improvement in 2021

Those in the tourism industry understand how locations across the world have struggled since 2020. But as countries begin to open up and remove restrictions, tourism is making a comeback. The European Union's (EU) Eurostat found that tourism in the EU improved overall...

New Zealand will welcome visitors for first time since 2020

New Zealand will welcome visitors for first time since 2020

Just days after Australia announced they will be reopening to visitors, New Zealand is following suit. The island country closed at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and remained closed the last two years. Beginning on April 13, vaccinated visitors from Australia...

Southwest Airlines CEO opens door to assigned seating

Southwest Airlines CEO opens door to assigned seating

Southwest Airlines may soon be getting rid of one of their most recognizable features, maybe. According to new CEO Bob Jordan, there is a possibility they could consider assigned seating on the airline. Southwest Airlines has traditionally had open seating on all...

Thailand to relax travel requirements, beginning in February

Thailand to relax travel requirements, beginning in February

Thailand is planning to relax their entry requirements beginning in February, after getting through a short Omicron COVID surge. During a Thursday meeting of the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration, Thailand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and the Thai...

Map: What countries are open & what are travel restrictions?

Map: What countries are open & what are travel restrictions?

With constantly changing travel restrictions around the world, Sherpa has put together an interactive map to help travelers and travel advisors stay up to date on the current requirements and restrictions. The interactive travel restrictions map allows you to see the...

Crystal Cruises suspends operations

Crystal Cruises suspends operations

Crystal Cruises has suspended operations, due to its parent company's Genting Hong Kong's financial issues. The suspension was originally through April and may for ocean and expedition ships, respectively, but the new announcement means there is no reopening date for...

Wellness travel is expected to surpass $1.1 billion by 2025

Wellness travel is expected to surpass $1.1 billion by 2025

Wellness tourism continues to grow, with an expected growth of 20.9 percent every year through 2025, according to a new report. The report, The Global Wellness Economy: Looking Beyond COVID by the Global Wellness Institute, found that the industry will reach nearly...

Italy to pay cruise lines after Venice ship ban

Italy to pay cruise lines after Venice ship ban

The Italian government is paying cruise lines for their decision to ban large ships from the Venice lagoon. According to Italian newspaper The Local, the compensation will come out to 57.5 million euros, or around $65 million. Around 30 million euros will be allocated...

Silversea’s first hybrid ship has a name: Silver Nova

Silversea’s first hybrid ship has a name: Silver Nova

Silversea Cruises has named its very first hybrid ship. Silver Nova is a new kind of ship, which is a part of Silversea's Project Revolution. Silver Nova is expected to be delivered in summer of 2023, and will be the first hybrid, luxury cruise ship free of local...

Restored Grenada Underwater Sculpture Park is unveiled

Restored Grenada Underwater Sculpture Park is unveiled

The Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA) has completed the renovation of the Grenada Underwater Sculpture Park (USP), which is located off the West Coast of Grenada in the Molinere Beauséjour Marine Protected Area. A destination for snorkelers and divers, the Grenada...

Thailand’s reopening gives insight to other countries

Thailand’s reopening gives insight to other countries

Thailand's reopening has other Asian countries looking at how to open, and what that opening may look like. Although tourism in Thailand is increasing, it is slow and steady for the country. According to Reuter, Thailand has 106,117 foreign tourists between January...

Marriott CEO sees new desire for travel

Marriott CEO sees new desire for travel

Marriott is seeing the desire for travel — both domestic and international. Marriott International CEO Tony Capuano spoke during their third quarter earnings call, and is optimistic for the future. “It's been wonderful to see so many people traveling again and to...

Hyatt completes acquisition of Apple Leisure Group

Hyatt completes acquisition of Apple Leisure Group

Apple Leisure Group (ALG) has a new owner, as Hyatt Hotel Corporation has completed their acquisition of the travel company. The acquisition includes 100 hotels in 10 countries of ALG's AMR Collection, which will double the number of Hyatt resorts around the world....

Survey: 63% of Americans plan to travel for the holidays

Survey: 63% of Americans plan to travel for the holidays

Americans are looking to travel for the holidays in 2021, according to a survey by The Vacationer. The survey found that 63 percent of American adults (161 million people) are planning to travel for at least one holiday before the end of 2021, and 42 percent of...

Royal Caribbean launches their own world cruise

Royal Caribbean launches their own world cruise

Following the success of world cruises, Royal Caribbean has decided to launch its own Ultimate World Cruise. The itinerary includes 274 nights, seven continents, 65 countries, and more than 150 destinations. The new Royal Caribbean Cruise will sail on Serenade of the...

CRVA opens expanded $127 million Charlotte Convention Center

CRVA opens expanded $127 million Charlotte Convention Center

The city of Charlotte's new Charlotte Convention Center expansion opened this week after nearly two years of construction. The $126.9 expansion was welcomed by the city of Charlotte and the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA). The new center broke ground in...

Grand Teton, Yellowstone visitor numbers shows growth of outdoor travel

Grand Teton, Yellowstone visitor numbers shows growth of outdoor travel

Grand Teton Park in Wyoming has already surpassed their past visitor records in 2021, in the first nine months of the year. The park, as well as nearby Yellowstone, have shown an increase in visitors as people look to get outdoors. Between January and September 2021,...

US to allow foreign travelers starting in November, with stipulations

US to allow foreign travelers starting in November, with stipulations

The United States will be allowing in foreign tourists beginning in November, as long as they are fully vaccinated, according to White House Assistant Press Secretary Kevin Munoz. "The US’ new travel policy that requires vaccination for foreign national travelers to...

Viking introduces new ship and 3 new itineraries

Viking introduces new ship and 3 new itineraries

Viking is launching a new ship, Viking Saturn, which will join the cruise line's fleet in 2023. The ship will spend her maiden season with itineraries in Scandinavian and Nordic countries, including a 15-day journey to Iconic Iceland, Greenland, and Canada; a 15-day...

Report: Ryanair banning customers for credit card chargebacks

Report: Ryanair banning customers for credit card chargebacks

Ryanair has reportedly banned customers who were issued a chargeback by their credit cards for flights that were in operation. A chargeback is when a credit card customer disputes a purchase on their credit card, and is refunded — even if the company does not agree to...

Fiji to reopen after nearly 2 years of being closed

Fiji to reopen after nearly 2 years of being closed

After nearly two years of being closed, Fiji has announced they are reopening and are ready to welcome visitors, starting in December 2021. Fiji will be reopening with entry requirements in place, including required vaccines, providing negative RT-PCR tests taken...

TSA lowers TSA Precheck online renewal fee by $15

TSA lowers TSA Precheck online renewal fee by $15

If you are looking to renew your TSA Precheck any time soon, your fee just got a lot lower. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has announced the renewal fee for online renewals will be going from $85 to $70, effective Oct. 1. “TSA PreCheck was launched 8...

Top travel trending locations for holidays include Florida, Mexico

Top travel trending locations for holidays include Florida, Mexico

Travelers are once again looking forward to holiday travel, and are already planning. According to a survey conducted by Expedia, the top destinations include beach and mountain locations. "Whether you're hoping to spend your holidays on the sand or on a ski slope,...

Marriott brings back their hot breakfast buffet

Marriott brings back their hot breakfast buffet

Marriott will be rolling out their hot breakfast options for a "limited number of hotels" in their brands, including Residence Inn by Marriott, SpringHill Suites by Marriott, Fairfield by Marriott, and TownePlace Suites by Marriott. Travel trend: Wellness is an...

Travel trend: Wellness is an important part of future trips

Travel trend: Wellness is an important part of future trips

Although wellness has always been a travel niche, it has been growing in popularity in the last few months. According to a poll conducted by American Express, 76 percent of travelers want to improve their well-being while traveling and 68 percent said they are...

MGM Resorts plans to acquire The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas

MGM Resorts plans to acquire The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas

MGM Resorts International announced they will be acquiring The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas from Blackstone, for cash consideration of $1.625 billion. The Cosmopolitan opened in 2010, and was acquired by Blackstone in 2014. With the purchase, MGM will enter into a...

Survey: Families are ready to travel, but not too far

Survey: Families are ready to travel, but not too far

A new survey has found that the majority of families are hoping to travel in the next 12 months. The study, released by the Family Travel Association (FTA) and the NYU School of Professional Studies Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality, found that 88 percent of...

SE Asian islands are planning reopenings this fall

SE Asian islands are planning reopenings this fall

Much of Southeast Asia closed to tourists in 2020 due to COVID-19, but a few of them are reopening. Islands in SE Asia, including Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia, kept their COVID rates low in 2020 and 2021 due to the closures. Thailand officially reopened to tourism...

Study: Americans are ready to get out and travel

Study: Americans are ready to get out and travel

A majority of Americans are ready to travel again, according to a new survey conducted by Longwoods International. The study found that only 30 percent of Americans said COVID-19 will "greatly impact" their decision to travel in the next six months. Sixty percent said...

NYC mayor: The city will ‘fully reopen’ by July 1

NYC mayor: The city will ‘fully reopen’ by July 1

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he expects the city to "fully reopen" by July 1, with all COVID-19 restrictions lifted by then, according to the Associated Press. "We are ready for stores to open, for businesses to open, offices, theaters, full strength," he...

Los Cabos expects return to pre-pandemic numbers by summer 2021

Los Cabos expects return to pre-pandemic numbers by summer 2021

As things begin to reopen, locations that rely on tourism and meetings are figuring out the best ways to open safely and welcome visitors back to their towns. Los Cabos has done a lot since the beginning of the pandemic to be safe and encourage the reopening of travel...

Norwegian plans to sail from Caribbean, Europe starting in July 2021

Norwegian plans to sail from Caribbean, Europe starting in July 2021

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) is planning to sail this summer outside of the United States. Because rules by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will limit their sailings, NCL announced they are planning to focus on the Caribbean and Europe by summer of...

CDC changes requirements for cruise return, plans for mid-July relaunch

CDC changes requirements for cruise return, plans for mid-July relaunch

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) sent a letter to cruise lines on April 28, telling them they can forego test sailings if 98 percent of their crew and 95 percent of their passengers are fully vaccinated. The letter, which was obtained by Travel Weekly, also said...

CDC says fully-vaccinated people are safe to travel

CDC says fully-vaccinated people are safe to travel

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its travel guidance for people who are fully vaccinated, and said that "people who are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine can travel safely within the United States." The guidance does come with...

Alaska Airlines joins oneworld as 14th member

Alaska Airlines joins oneworld as 14th member

Alaska Airlines has announced it has joined oneworld as the 14th full member of the global alliance. The alliance will allow the airline and its passengers a global network of flights to as many as 1,000 destinations across more than 170 countries. With its membership...

Silversea’s 139-day world cruise sells out on first day [video]

Silversea’s 139-day world cruise sells out on first day [video]

Silversea Cruises' new 139-day World Cruise 2023 has sold out on the first day of its general opening. The cruise, named "South Side Story - All the World's a Stage," will travel to 66 destinations in 34 countries across five continents. The World Cruise 2023 will...

Travel industry asks White House to set timeline for reopening travel

Travel industry asks White House to set timeline for reopening travel

Leaders in the travel and aviation industries in the United States sent a letter to the Biden administration to come up with a plan to reopen international travel. Twenty-six organizations signed the letter, including the U.S. Travel Association, the American Hotel...

Royal Caribbean will relaunch 3 ships in June, vaccine required

Royal Caribbean will relaunch 3 ships in June, vaccine required

Royal Caribbean has announced a return to cruising in June, but not for everyone. The cruise line, as well as sister cruise line Celebrity Cruises, will require COVID vaccines for all adult passengers and crew members. Passengers under 18 will be required to provide a...

Iceland begins to accept all vaccinated travelers

Iceland begins to accept all vaccinated travelers

Iceland has announced they will begin accepting foreign travelers beginning March 18, 2021 — with a certificate of vaccination for COVID-19. The requirements mean travelers who have been vaccinated will be able to travel to Iceland without a PCR test and quarantine,...

British Airways rolls out COVID-19 document trial on their website

British Airways rolls out COVID-19 document trial on their website

British Airways is starting a trial for document certification for travelers. Travelers will be able to upload their negative COVID-19 test results and other travel declaration forms, including a vaccination form, directly to a portal on British Airways' website...

IATA: Increased confidence in travel, support for Travel Pass

IATA: Increased confidence in travel, support for Travel Pass

Recent travelers are gaining confidence in returning to air travel, according to a recent poll by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The poll, which asked travelers about confidence in a return to air travel, frustration with current travel...

Hilton Grand Vacations to acquire Diamond Resorts

Hilton Grand Vacations to acquire Diamond Resorts

Hilton Grand Vacations (HGV) has announced they will acquire Diamond Resorts International (DRI), which is managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management. HGV said the acquisition is expected to combine the brand and culture of Hilton Grand Vacations with Diamond,...

Travel brand KAYAK to open first hotel, in Miami Beach

Travel brand KAYAK to open first hotel, in Miami Beach

KAYAK is planning to open their first hotel this year. The KAYAK Miami Beach is expected to open in April 2021. The company, which is a big name in the travel search industry, was founded in 2004 and has not yet ventured into the hotel owner field. “We see a big...

JetBlue founder to launch new airline

JetBlue founder to launch new airline

The United States Transportation Department granted approval for a new airline, Breeze Aviation Group, by the founder of JetBlue Airways. Breeze Aviation has up to one year to begin flights, with up to 22 planes. According to the Associated Press, the company plans to...

Canada bans large cruise lines through February 2022

Canada bans large cruise lines through February 2022

Canada has announced a ban on cruise ships, with a few exceptions. The restrictions will ban all cruise ships with more than 100 passengers through Canadian waters, including the Canadian arctic, through Feb. 28, 2022. Canadian minister of transport Omar Alghabra made...

Low-cost high speed rail will take passengers from Madrid to Barcelona

Low-cost high speed rail will take passengers from Madrid to Barcelona

Spain is expanding their high-speed rail service with the addition of new lines on the Spanish state operator Renfe's low-cost, high-speed rail service Avlo. The new line will take passengers 300 miles (or 500 kilometers) between Madrid and Barcelona in less than...

Marriott to open more than 100 new Asia Pacific hotels in 2021

Marriott to open more than 100 new Asia Pacific hotels in 2021

Marriott International is expanding their presence in the Asia Pacific, with 100 hotels expected to open in the area in 2021. In 2020, the brand opened 75 properties in the region. “I am proud of the way we have continued to grow and have moved quickly to adapt to the...

Hyatt to offer free COVID-19 testing at Latin American resorts

Hyatt to offer free COVID-19 testing at Latin American resorts

Hyatt Hotels has announced that they will offer free on-site COVID-19 testing at all their Latin American resorts through May 31, 2021. The tests will be offered to guests traveling to the United States after their stay. The offer is for 19 Hyatt resorts in Mexico,...

Rocky Mountain National Park considering permanent limited entry

Rocky Mountain National Park considering permanent limited entry

Rocky Mountain National Park has learned a lot during the COVID-19 pandemic, and is rethinking how to deal with the overcrowding they have been seeing for years. The park, located in Colorado, had implemented a time-entry reservation system in 2020 to promote social...

Most Disney properties to remain closed, for the time being

Most Disney properties to remain closed, for the time being

Most Disney theme parks are staying closed for the foreseeable future, with Walt Disney World in Florida the only one to open so far. Disneyland in California has been closed for nearly 10 months, with no immediate plans to reopen, and Disneyland Paris just announced...

Royal Caribbean sells Azamara to private equity firm

Royal Caribbean sells Azamara to private equity firm

Royal Caribbean Group has agreed to sell their Azamara brand to a private equity firm, Sycamore Partners. "Royal Caribbean Group will work closely with Sycamore Partners to ensure a seamless transition of services as we move through this process, and you should expect...

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Feature: A conversation with CityPASS on the future of travel

Things have begun to return to normal in the travel industry, but most agree that travel will likely never be exactly what it was prior to 2020. For the companies who survived through the pandemic, the world of travel is a very different place. Companies have adapted,...

Discover Puerto Rico invites visitors to ‘Live Boricua’

Discover Puerto Rico unveiled their latest brand campaign: 'Live Boricua.' Discover Puerto Rico is the Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) of the island, and is launching their campaign along with others in the Puerto Rican tourism industry. "A movement born out...

Diamond Head State Monument to implement reservation system, timed entry

The State of Hawai‘i’s Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) announced that reservations will now be needed for visitors to Lē‘ahi – the Diamond Head State Monument, starting on May 12, 2022. "Diamond Head State Monument is one of Oʻahu’s most sought-after...

‘City of Museums’ Xi’an, China opens 2 major museums

Xi'an, China has two museums for travelers and locals to learn the history of the area. The Shaanxi Archaeological Museum was recently completed in Xi'an, China and will be open to the public on a trial basis from April 28. The Xi'an Museum had also officially...

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