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2/24/2017  |  by Jessica Montevago

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.

2/24/2017  |  by Cheryl Rosen

Check in to five rooms that share a couch and a pool table—and move over for Siri, who will turn on the TV.

2/24/2017  |  by Cheryl Rosen

Thirty lucky travel agents will be invited on an all-expenses-paid trip to Mexico’s premier travel trade show; applications are due by Friday 3/2.

2/23/2017  |  by Jay Ternavan

It’s safe; it offers great value; and best of all, it’s beautiful and unique and fun.

2/23/2017  |  by Donna Tunney

For lots of affluent clients tired of the same-old same-old, safaris can meet an upscale vacation budget that isn't necessarily super-sized.

2/23/2017  |  by Jessica Montevago

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%.

2/23/2017  |  by Jessica Montevago

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.

2/23/2017  |  by Nick Walton

The indomitable Nick Walton offers up a monthly list of top hotel openings in the Asia-Pacific region.

2/22/2017  |  by Cheryl Rosen

At Trafalgar, new digs, new programs, new faces reach out to the travel-agent community; the search is on for BDMs in Texas and DC.

2/22/2017  |  by Jessica Montevago

Airbnb bought Luxury Retreats last week for an undisclosed amount—its biggest acquisition to date.

Luxury Retreats will continue to operate as a standalone entity, with listings highlighted and integrated into Airbnb. The Montreal-based vacation rental company has more than 4,000 high-end homes in 100 destinations around the world.

Airbnb beat out European hotel giant Accor SA and online travel site Expedia, Bloomberg reported, citing sources close to the matter. While the two companies offered larger bids, Luxury Retreats decided on Airbnb partly because CEO Joe Poulin, wanted to have more control. Poulin will join Airbnb and lead the company’s luxury homes division.