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7/21/2017  |  by Steve Gillick

It's your expertise in the world of travel that clients depend on, and therefore the more you know about travel options, the more credibility you have as a “Travel-the-World Specialist.”

7/21/2017  |  by Mary Gostelow

To help you keep up with your favorite GMs and hotel executives as they move around and open new properties, Mary Gostelow offers up a monthly update of who's doing what.

7/21/2017  |  by Jessica Montevago

The property is scheduled to reopen in December.

7/21/2017  |  by Richard D'Ambrosio

Two more hotel brands informed the public that bookings for their properties were subject to a hacking incident with Sabre Corporation's SynXis reservations system.

San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels and Stamford, CT-based Club Quarters Hotels recently said reservations made through the SynXis system were subject to the hacking, which occurred between August 10, 2016, and March 9, 2017.

Kimpton operates 60 hotels. Club Quarters has full-service hotels in Boston, Chicago, Houston, London, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington. Club Quarters also manages  The Jewel Hotel, Central Loop Hotel, The River Hotel, Hotel Boutique, World Center Hotel, and The Grand at Trafalgar Square.

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and Trump Hotels also announced that guest data at their hotels was hacked, and Google alerted its employees as well.

 

7/21/2017  |  by Terry Dale

While known for its safaris and exotic wildlife, South Africa offers travelers a diverse selection of experiences beyond the Big Five, says USTOA's Terry Dale.

7/21/2017  |  by Jessica Montevago

The State Department will ban Americans from traveling to North Korea, U.S. officials said Friday, following the death of a student who fell into a coma in a North Korean prison.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will reportedly impose “geographic travel restriction” for North Korea, making it illegal for travelers with U.S. passports to enter the country. The restriction would go into effect 30 days after a notice is published in the Federal Register, but it is not immediately clear when that might be.

Americans who violate the ban could face a fine and up to 10 years in prison for a first offense.

Otto Warmbier died in June after suffering a severe neurological injury from an unknown cause while in custody at a North Korean prison. The 22-year-old University of Virginia student was accused of stealing a propaganda poster while on a tour.

The State Department issued a travel warning to the country in May, advising Americans to avoid traveling to the country.

7/21/2017  |  by Maria Lisella

Thirty-year old Waikiki Parc Hotel, a boutique property on the island of Oahua just 90 feet from the ocean has just unveiled a series of  perks for guests valid through September. Included are surf or stand-up paddleboard classes offered by the Hans Hedemann Surf School, specially-priced treatments at SpaHalekulani at its nearby sister property the Hotel Halekulani, and daily sunrise wellness classes ranging from beach walks, yoga and meditation to Latin dancing, Chi Gong and Tai Chi.

The new on-property restaurant, Le‘ahi Concept Kitchen, features a lineup of international chefs who will take over the kitchen and cook their native cuisine as part of Kapi`olani’s new program, the Guslander Distinguished Visiting Global Chef series. The visiting chefs hail from Japan, Korea, Thailand, China, and the Southern American Pacific Coast.

Waikiki Parc is operated by the Hotels and Resorts of Halekulani, a brand management division of the Honolulu-based Halekulani Corporation, which also oversees the world-renowned luxury hotel, Halekulani. Waikiki Parc is a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts Lifestyle Collection.

7/20/2017  |  by Jessica Montevago

Travel professionals, especially on the corporate side, fear the latest fee will become the industry standard.

7/20/2017  |  by Anne Dimon

Wellness-minded parents will be happy to know that resorts are helping keep the younger set entertained while promoting activities that encourage mindfulness, self expression and “digital detox.”      

7/19/2017  |  by Jessica Montevago

Omni is the latest major hotel chain to launch a direct-booking campaign. But only Marriott, Hilton and IHG include travel agents.