News Briefs

Liberty Travel Launches Web-Based Travel Series


Liberty Travel has launched a web series, “Destination Confidential,” showing couples as they plan a four-day vacation specifically designed for them by a travel consultant, and how they eventually connect with each other and their destination when they explore the world.

The first series, featuring Tiffany and Abdul traveling to Cancun, can be viewed on its website. It includes immersive experiences every day of the trip, like a Mexican healing by a shaman in Tulum, zip-lining and riding ATVs in the jungle.

Liberty is planning three more series and is currently conducting casting calls. To be featured in the next series, anyone can submit a brief story about why they should be feature, with a recent photo, by May 30, 2017. Destination Confidential couples must be 21 or older, have a valid passport with an expiration date that is at least six months out and be free to travel out of the country with limited notice.

Acapulco’s Renaissance Master Plan Debuts At 42nd Tianguis Turistico


Mexico’s most important travel tradeshow kicked off the 42nd Edition of Tianguis Turistico in Acapulco with participants from nearly 1,000 companies from 87 different countries in a total of more than 31,000 business meetings. The event continues through March 30th at the exhibition hall of the Expo Mundo Imperial.

The host destination is taking advantage of the event to announce its repositioning as the Acapulco Destination Marketing Office reported one of the most successful winter seasons in the last few years.

One of the highlights of the event is the unveiling of XTASEA, the world’s largest over-the- ocean  zip line, which debuted today. The new amenity spans over a mile long reaching 75 mph at an altitude of 328 feet crossing over the Bay of Puerto Marqués. XTASEA is one of 20 projects under the “Master Plan” by Grupo Autofin, one of Mexico’s most important investors, to take place in Acapulco.

Grupo Autofin’s “Master Plan” also includes renovations of the iconic Pierre Mundo Imperial and Princess Mundo Imperial, as well as the following new developments: Spa Tlalli, Turtle Dunes Golf Clubhouse, Gourmet Beach, Hotel Prince by Mundo Imperial, Hotel Marqués Boutique, Residences and Luxury Condominiums, Hotel Boutique Only You, Diamante Retirement Homes, Princess Medical Center, Premium Shopping Center, an eco-amusement park called Aventura Guerrero, a new tennis stadium, security towers, and Princess University. These projects are expected to be completed between 2017 and 2022 and will generate more than 10,000 new jobs.

Similarly, the Crowne Plaza Hotel, located in the heart of Acapulco on Costera Miguel Aleman Avenue, began a $8.5 million-dollar renovation to be executed within the next two years.

According to the Acapulco Destination Marketing Office, the average hotel occupancy for the holiday period of December 20-31 was at 95 percent. Acapulco registered the highest occupancy on record in the past eight years with 98.1 percent on January 1. Interest for the destination was especially high during weekends and holidays as the destination averaged 80 percent over the Mexican holiday weekend of February 4-6 and 81 percent over the March 18-20 holiday, results higher than those from last year during the same weekends.

Mexico’s original beach destination, Acapulco is located in the state of Guerrero, Mexico, on the Pacific Coast. Situated on a deep bay with sunshine, balmy temperatures and warm seas year-round, its golden beaches are ideal for relaxing, swimming and enjoying an array of water sports, while the city itself offers history, culture and legendary glamour. The landmark Fort of San Diego dates to the colonial era, and the fully restored, star-shaped fortress, is home to the acclaimed Acapulco Historic Museum. La Quebrada is the place to watch Acapulco’s world-famous cliff divers, whose daring feats are as popular today as they were 82 years ago. 

Emerald Waterways Follows Sister Co., Scenic Luxury Cruises with River Cruise Travel Guarantee


Emerald Waterways, is taking the stress out of trip planning by offering a River Cruise Travel Guarantee. This program, which was first launched by Emerald Waterways’ sister company Scenic Luxury Cruises last year, is being offered to all travelers at no charge.

The guarantee is backed by Chubb Insurance, a top global insurance firm, to automatically cover every guest on the commencement of their cruise for any delays or cancellations due to weather, natural disasters, mechanical breakdowns or labor strikes. Coverage will include high/low water issues that plague the industry every year, and approved claimants will receive direct monetary refunds, up to US $475 (CAD $600) per day with a maximum of seven days or US $3,325 (CAD $4,200) per guest, instead of the industry standard of future cruise credits. 

Alexander+Roberts Announces Dates And Savings On Great Lake Cruises


Alexander+Roberts announced five dates for its Great Lakes cruises, with no supplements for single guests on select summer sailings.

Normally priced from $9,999, the sailings on May 31, June 18, June 27, July 6 and July 15—are being offered at a $4,000 savings on departures, plus a $300 pay-in-full discount. Travel agents earn a bonus of $50 per passenger on every pay-in-full booking.

The deluxe cruise sails between Chicago and Toronto, encompassing all five of the Great Lakes, aboard the fully refurbished, 202-guest mv Victory I. The all-inclusive prices cover outside staterooms, shore excursions, airport transfers, gratuities, 26 meals, an open bar and WiFi.

The 10-day journey first takes guests to Mackinac Island, where they’ll go on a horse-drawn carriage tour and visit historic Fort Mackinac, which played an important role in the War of 1812. They’ll travel through the Soo Locks to Sault Ste. Marie, built in 1855 to connect Lake Huron with Lake Superior, followed by visits to Little Current in Ontario, Ojibwe Cultural Foundation, the Henry Ford Museum and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The cruise then heads to the Great Niagara Gorge, traveling past Bridal Veil Falls into the very heart of Horseshoe Falls. Passengers will enjoy a tour, tasting and lunch at the Château des Charmes and free time to explore Niagara-on-the-Lake before re-boarding.

Alexander+Roberts also offers pre- and post-tours, from $659. Both two-day extensions in Toronto include sightseeing with a private guide, an overnight at the deluxe Le Germain Hotel Toronto, and chauffeured transfers from the airport and to the pier.

Hilton Creates Chief Customer Officer Position, Appoints Jon Witter


Hilton named Jon Witter its Chief Customer Officer, a newly created position overseeing global brands, marketing, loyalty & partnerships, IT and strategy teams.

Witter most recently served as president of retail and direct banking at Capital One Financial Corporation, and was previously the president and CEO at Morgan Stanley Private Bank.

Witter will report to CEO Christopher J. Nassetta.