Marriott Vacation Club to Offer Space @ Mayflower in DC

This comes to me as quite a surprise.  I read this as the vacation rental marketing is blurring into tradition travel...very interesting.  Marriott Vacation Club, a global leader in vacation ownership, announced today it has purchased 71 rooms in The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. and plans to make them part of its Marriott Vacation Club vacation ownership program. Located in the heart of the Nation's Capital, the iconic Mayflower Hotel is … [Read more...]

Record 20th World’s Best Award For Crystal Cruises

It's a 20-consecutive year reign for the world's most awarded luxury cruise line, as Crystal Cruises has been voted the "World's Best" Large-Ship Cruise Line by Travel + Leisure readers in the prestigious magazine's 2015 annual survey.  Recognized as a T+L Hall of Fame winner, Crystal is the only vacation experience–cruise line, hotel or resort–to have been voted #1 in its category every year since the awards' inception.  "It is a great … [Read more...]

Oberoi Hotels Voted the World’s Best Hotel Brand at Travel + Leisure, World’s Best Awards, 2015

Oberoi Hotels & Resorts has been voted World's Best Hotel Brand by Travel + Leisure, World's Best Awards, 2015. Furthermore, The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur has been voted the World's Best Hotel Overall. Mr. P.R.S. Oberoi, Executive Chairman, The Oberoi Group said, "We are honoured that we have been able to play a small role in 'Make in India' by being the best hotel brand in the world and also having the best hotel in the world. The … [Read more...]

Carnival Cruise Granted USA Approval For Travel To Cuba

World's largest travel and leisure company granted U.S. licenses to operate direct U.S.-to-Cuba travel for the purpose of providing cultural exchange  -- Company intends for fathom, its new purpose-travel brand, to begin full-week sailings to Cuba. Carnival Corporation intends to take travelers to Cuba beginning in May 2016 via its newly launched fathom brand – a new social impact travel brand providing purpose-oriented, social impact … [Read more...]

Uber beats Heathrow Express

Don't get me wrong, I love the convenience of the Heathrow Express.  Just a short walk from most any terminal, easily purchasable tickets and 15 minutes later you are @ Paddington Station in London.  Last week I traveled to Heathrow, then caught the train into London, the price for myself and son 40 pounds.  Of course, once I got to Paddington, it was another "Que" for a short taxi ride which was another 8 pounds. On the return,  I choose to go … [Read more...]

Royal Carib to Leave Majesty of the Seas In Short Cruise Market

RCI announced they will sail the Majesty out of Port Canaveral in 2016 as reported to Voom, the fastest internet at sea, will be available free and unlimited exclusively for guests on Majesty of the Seas to stay connected, brag about their vacation to friends and family, stream their favorite movies and music, and enjoy popular online video gaming. New features to be introduced on Majesty of the Seas include … [Read more...]

It Didn’t Take Delta Long

I knew it would happen it was just a matter of time.  Delta's purchase of a considerable stake in Virgin Atlantic's stock has resulted in The demise of Virgin's unparalleled customer service. On my flight yesterday from Atlanta to Heathrow I was able to experience the downgrade first hand. It started with the check in process  The young Delta uniformed check in agent was working the premium check in for virgin Atlantic. I presented my passport … [Read more...]

Great Article on Millennials Travel Booking Behaviour … [Read more...]

Lufthansa Beating Their Chest

Lufthansa's latest announcement of a proposed 16 euro fee per booking for bookings made through intermediaries effective Sept 1st of this year came as a shock to the industry.  Lufthansa's spin is that they want to cut down on distribution costs, and who doesn't.  However, when you consider how small the distribution cost is to the airline in comparison to the cost of their services (tickets) it's relatively small. A source inside a major GDS … [Read more...]

Lessons From A Micro-brewery Tour

A few months back we had a couple of friends come to town. Wanting to show them around, we stopped by Highland Brewery for a tour and maybe a post-tour tasting. Before moving to Asheville, NC I was not a fan of micro-brews. Maybe it’s the mountain air, or granola culture, but something got to me and I truly enjoy several of the local brews now. Highland offers several variations of beers; I won’t attempt to describe their full offering here, … [Read more...]