News Briefs

Carey Steps Down From Outrigger Hotels

W. David P. Carey III will step down as the head of Hawaii-based Outrigger Hotels and Resorts, a position he’s held for more than 30 years, the company announced today.

KSL Resorts co-founder and CEO Scott Dalecio will take over as president. Carey will stay on and serve on Outrigger’s advisory board and focus on development, community relations and strategic growth.

KSL purchased Outrigger and its portfolio of 37 hotels, condominiums and vacation resort properties last December. It plans to reinvest upward of $100 million over the next few years to improve its hotels and resorts.

Chicago Hotel Offers $20.16 Home Opener Rate Celebrating World Series Win

As baseball season gears up for the new season, the AC Hotel Chicago Downtown by Marriott is honoring last year’s historic World Series win by the Cubs.

“Cubs fans and the city are still whirling in excitement over last year’s World Series win and we want to continue that momentum by offering special home-opener rates,” said Chris Zarek, the hotel’s general manager.

Twenty rooms—typically costing $179-$219 per night—will be set aside at the special $20.16 rate on April 10 and 11, when the Cubs play the 2017 season home opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Reservations can only be made on February 25 and February 26, the first days of spring training, by phone, at (312) 981-6604.

InteleTravel Expands Team With Spinelli And Minson

At-home travel agency InteleTravel has expanded its executive staff with Dave Spinelli, vice president of industry relations. Spinelli will be in charge of boosting commission levels, marketing and educational support, and bringing more top travel brands into InteleTravel’s preferred partner program. During his first week on the job, he brought in six big-name suppliers, and raised commissions for InteleTravel members by an additional 2%.

Tara Minson has been promoted to the position of vice president of marketing & communications. Most recently Minson spearheaded InteleTravel’s nationwide Dream Maker seminar series (averaging more than 200 agents at 12 cities) and has initiated the video curriculum within the InteleTravel University, preparing agents to sell travel.

Germany Expects Another Record Year

Germany is bullish on 2017, officials with the German National Tourist Board said at a press luncheon last week in New York.

The country saw a record 75 million cumulative international overnight stays between January and November of 2016. That’s an increase of 1.4% compared to the previous year, despite factors such as Brexit and fear of terrorism.

The United States is the largest overseas source market for Germany’s tourism, with an increase of 2.5% compared to 2015. And with the strong dollar, Germany still remains an excellent value for money for American travelers; the average cost of a hotel room in Berlin, for example, is only $99.

In response to these numbers, Germany is continuing to make infrastructure developments. This year, more than 180 hotels will open. In addition, the ICE rail train will debut in December, transporting riders from Munich to Berlin in less than four hours.

Universal Bumps Ticket Prices

Universal is raising ticket prices at its theme parks in California and Florida by $5 per visitor.

At Universal Orlando, single-park admission now starts at $110, up from $105., while at Universal Studios Hollywood, tickets will cost guests $120, previously $115.

The news comes about a week after Disney implemented price increases between $2 and $5 at Disneyland in Anaheim and Walt Disney World in Orlando. 

Annual price hikes have become the norm. Typically raises are made in February before the Spring Break rush. Last year, Universal increased prices up to 20%.