This Week in Travel

This Week in Travel

Cruising the Panama Canal: Celebrated Waterway Turns 100
Panama Canal turns 100, a red-letter date that attests to both the waterway’s impact on world trade and its enduring appeal to cruise fans.
Read more at NBC

Regus opens Express lounge at Heathrow T5
The space is located in the arrivals terminal at Terminal 5, and features private workstations (known as ThinkPods), mobile phone charging points, secure wifi access, and cloud-based printing and copying facilities.
Read more at Business Traveller

TripCase and Uber partner to enrich the in-destination traveler experience
TripCase users can now seamlessly request an Uber ride and receive a special discount pricing through the TripCase app.
Read more at CNN

DogVacay Updates App, Pet Owners Rejoice
DogVacay, whose app helping travelers find vetted and insured pet sitters in their neighborhoods launched last year, has released an update with some new tricks even old dogs (and their owners) will appreciate.
Read more at Travel and Leisure

SAS launches all-business class service to Houston
The six times-weekly route is being served by B737-700 aircraft fitted with 44 seats featuring “an SAS long-haul business class concept”. In-flight entertainment is via individual tablets pre-loaded with content.
Read more at Business Traveller

BA increases credit card booking fee
British Airways has increased its charge for paying for flights by credit card or via PayPal.
Read more at business Traveller

Sorry! These 9 Excuses Not to Travel Just Aren’t True
Quit dreaming about it and just do it already!
Read more at Yahoo

 

 

 

This Week in Travel

This Week in Travel

Marriott Rewards teams up with Etihad Guest
Marriott Rewards has joined forces with Etihad Guest to allow its members to earn and convert points for air miles.
Read more at Business Traveller

BA to trial pre-flight meal selection service
British Airways will trial an online pre-flight meal selection service on some of its routes.
Read more at Business Traveller

Opening This Month: New Hotels for August 2014
Interested in new hotels? Here’s a list of hotels that have opened or are opening this month.
Read more at Hotel Chatter

Pay attention! Airlines turn safety videos into art form
Calling all frequent fliers: Have you been paying attention during those safety presentations? The airlines sure hope so. They’ve been turning the in-flight safety video into an art form.
Read more at Today Travel

The Future of Airplanes Could Be a Windowless Jet
Would you fly in a windowless plane? It sounds like a claustrophobic nightmare, but it’s not what you think.
Read more at Yahoo

California Hotel Will Test Robotic Bellhop
Step aside, Siri! Aloft Hotels has a new staff member at their Cupertino, CA property: it’s A.L.O., the Botlr (robotic butler).
Read more at psfk

Airport tests new way to avoid deadly bird strikes: Tall grass
Heavy birds like geese – which cause the most damage to planes – are believed to avoid long grasses because they fear predators might be hiding within. So officials at Dayton International Airport are converting up to 300 acres of the airfield’s 2,200 non-aeronautical acres into prairie grass.
Read more at USA Today

Finnair unveils its new A350 cabin
The Airbus aircraft will be introduced into the national carrier’s fleet next year.
Read more at Business Traveller

Agent Review: The St. Regis, New York

Agent Review: The St. Regis, New York

Imagine stepping back in time… to the glitz and glamour of New York City. The St Regis defines luxury and every miniscule detail was thought of for this stunning property on 5th Avenue.

The lobby is beautiful with chandeliers and high ceilings. A chic and classy bar area is the place to see and be seen. This is where the Bloody Mary got its start and where it continues to thrive. We made way to our Fifth Avenue Suite, on the 17th floor. The entry was absolutely stunning. The door opens to an elegant marble foyer that connects you to the living room and bedroom area.

The suite boasts 2 full size bathrooms and a large king bedded room. A walk in closet and kitchenette are useful add-ons along with the large living room. The views are outstanding, overlooking 5th Avenue. This suite is the epitome of luxury. The Sts Regis butler service, which is included for all rooms, is second to none. They offer unpacking, pressing, coffee and tea services. Our butler was prompt and kind, and more than welcoming.

Filled with sumptuous details, thoughtful service, and a fantastic Manhattan location, the St. Regis is an opulent oasis in the city.

Agent Review: Le Parker Meridien

Agent Review: Le Parker Meridien

Le Parker Meridien in New York City boasts not only a fantastic location but grand amenities. The lobby area of the hotel is full of natural light and fun areas to meet with your friends. A chic coffee bar, famous burger joint, and a quaint barber shop are just a few things to name in the common space. Go underground to check out more conveniences including a grab-and-go cafe. Dry Bar is a great place to just get your hair done; “No cuts. No color. Just blowouts.” Tenoverten is the hip nail salon. Gravity is the immense gym featuring tons of equipment and workout rooms. Finally there is Moonshine…. Not one word could describe this place. You feel like you just stepped into a different world! Rich fabrics and rustic furnishings, this cannot be in the Big Apple.

On top of all this, they have a covered rooftop pool with spectacular views of Central Park, Norma’s– a staple in the brunch world, and fantastic rooms. On arrival, we were surprised by an early check-in and an upgrade to a junior suite! The room was very clean and the bed was super comfortable! There was plenty of space in this room with a seating area and kitchenette. We went on a site tour with Amna, and she showed us a few of the other rooms including a room with outstanding views of Central Park. Even the “smallest” room was not small compared to New York standards.

Overall an awesome stay in a totally hip place!

This Week in Travel

This Week in Travel

Summer Suppers: Top spots with an elevated view
From casual mountaintop eateries to a trendy destination in the Hollywood Hills, these options are perfect for enjoying the final days of the season.
Read more at USA Today

Park Hyatt Aims to Create Personal Luxuries Lists as Part of a New Campaign
Park Hyatt, the most upscale of the nine Hyatt brands, is running a new ad campaign featuring the personalized, individual luxuries it offers its guests.
Read more at NY-Times

No More Free Flights for Shamu: Southwest Ends SeaWorld Tie
Say farewell to the Shamu planes in Southwest’s (LUV) fleet. The airline and SeaWorld Entertainment (SEAS) are ending a 26-year marketing relationship due to what Southwest calls “shifting priorities” for both companies.
Read more at Business Week

United Airlines now offering mobile app passport scans
United Airlines is the first United States-based airline to offer customers the ability to scan their passports to check in for international flights via the United mobile app on devices with iOS and Android operating systems.
Read more at Chicago Business

Princess taps top chocolatier to reinvent desserts
Princess Cruises announced a deal with top chocolatier Norman Love to create more than a dozen new gourmet chocolate desserts for its ships as well as a wide range of other chocolate-related offerings.
Read more at USA Today

Four Seasons Resort at Walt Disney World Is Now Open
There’s now a new luxury option at the House of Mouse, with the Aug. 1 opening of the 433-room Four Seasons Resort at Walt Disney World.
Read more at Travel Pulse

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This Week in Travel

10 reasons why you still need a travel agent
Travel could be your biggest discretionary spend in any given year, along with your limited time, so you want to make sure it’s done right.
Read more at Fox News

Hilton launches online room selection
Hilton Worldwide has launched a digital check-in service that lets Hilton HHonors members use their smartphone to check-in/out and choose their preferred room.
Read more at Business Traveller

Airline Finds Best In-Flight Toys for Kids – Not an iPad
British Airways took child development experts and kids on a flight to find out which low-tech toys kept kids occupied longest.
ABC News

What to Do When the Airline Loses Your Bag
Ever lose a bag on a flight? It’s happened to many of us, but there are things you can do to make the process smoother.
Read more at abc NEWS

BA to screen top flight football
Starting August 19, the airline will host a weekly program, Premier League Goals, showing highlights from England’s top flight 2014/15 season.
Read more at Business Traveller

Delta to offer free entertainment on U.S. flights
Delta Air Lines (DAL) says it will offer free movies, TV shows, music and video games on all U.S. flights that are 90 minutes or more, starting next month.
Read more at CNN

Starwood Joins TripLink, Launches New Corporate Program
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide on Monday became the second major hotel company to integrate and go live with Concur’s TripLink open-booking platform.
Read more at Business Travel News

Improve Your Dating Life While You Travel
Gabe Whaley, who founded the much-anticipated “social discovery” app, Wingman [debuting this summer], believes that airports and airplanes are the best-case-scenario places for meeting like-minded people. “You’re all going somewhere,” he said, forging automatic mutual interests and common ground.
Read more at Travel and Leisure

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This Week in Travel

How Hotel Rating Systems Work Across the Globe
What differentiates a Five Diamond from a Four Diamond? One word: luxury.
Read more at Travel Pulse

TSA passenger security fee rises
The TSA’s airline passenger security fee is increasing today under a congressional budget deal reached in December.
Read more at CNN

Grand Canyon development proposals stir controversy
Two proposed development projects in and around the Grand Canyon could bring a gondola that goes to the base of the canyon, hotels and retail stores to the eastern rim, as well as a large commercial and housing development to the gateway town of Tusayan, Ariz.
Read more at Travel Weekly

Crystal calls Northwest Passage cruise an ‘unprecedented adventure’
Crystal Cruises said it will offer an unusual cruise in 2016 from Anchorage to New York by way of the Northwest Passage through the Arctic Ocean.
Read more at Travel Weekly

Print-At-Home Bag Tags Now Available From First Gulf Carrier
The official carrier for Qatar is now offering its unique service, called My Q-Tags, to passengers departing the new Hamad International Airport to 103 destinations.
Read more at Travel and Leisure

Emirates opens Glasgow Airport lounge
The 736 sqm lounge is open to Emirates First Class and Business Class passengers as well as Emirates Skywards Premium Gold members.
Read more at Business Traveller

Puerto Vallarta Restructures CVB to Attract Business Travel
The CVB will promote tourism development in the region and act as a liaison between international and local businesses and governments as a way to facilitate and attract international meetings, conferences, events and incentive travel to the city.
Read more at Meetings Review

Airports go to the dogs to help frazzled fliers
Thirty trained dogs have been employed to relax and entertain stressed-out travelers. Wearing red vests that instruct people to “pet me,” the dogs wander LAX’s terminals with their owners, providing comfort and airport information.
Read more at US Today

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This Week in Travel

10 reasons travel agents are better than the Internet
Travel agents account for about one third of the travel industry’s revenue. Here are 10 reasons you might want to go old-school and let a travel agent plan your next trip.
Read more at Thrillist

Independent Lounges Give Secondary Airports and Low-Cost Carriers an Edge
Independently operated airport lounges are opening up around the world as airlines start flying new long-haul aircraft to secondary markets, and business travelers seek what one executive calls “the little luxuries” in an industry increasingly dominated by low-cost carriers.
Read more at NYtimes

Bicycle vacations: boomers’ latest travel trend
A recent travel segment on Sky News went so far as to dub bicycling vacations “the new golf.”
Read more at Market Watch

United Cuts Venezuela Flights Over Currency
United Airlines will drop its daily flight to Caracas from Houston, starting in September, joining other carriers who have cut service over the country’s foreign exchange controls.
Read more at Airwise

Classic Vacations Partners with Viator For Expanded Tours and Activities
Classic Vacations, a leading provider of luxury wholesale travel, has announced the launch of an extensive line of global tours and activities in partnership with Viator, the largest provider of travel experiences worldwide.
Read more at Travel Pulse

#Singita Stories
Singita presents a series of short films profiling the people of Singita, many of whom come from challenging circumstances to become artisans and professionals in their chosen field. These stories share a common thread; of people from humble beginnings who choose to effect positive change in their lives, and the lives of those around them.
Read more at Singita

Space Bins Promise More Overhead In Flight Storage
The problem that plagues virtually every flier may be on its way to being solved. Boeing announced its new Space Bins will stow six bags, two more than the current pivot bins installed on Next-Generation 737s.
Read more at ABC News

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Uniworld, European Waterways waive solo fees on select sailings
Waterways have joined a growing list of river cruise operators that have waived or reduced their single supplement fees on select sailings.
Read more at Travel Weekly

Carnival to ban smoking on balconies
Carnival Cruise Lines will ban smoking on cabin balconies beginning this fall. Smoking already is prohibited in all staterooms.
Read more at USA Today

JetBlue offering automated early check-in
The airline said travelers will get an email with ready-to-print boarding pass and an option to download a mobile boarding pass 24 hours before their flight.
Read more at Wall Street

Germany Increases Airport Security After US Request
The United States said last week it planned to step up security at overseas airports with direct flights to its cities. That includes airports in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Britain took precautionary measures similar to Germany’s last week.
Read more at Airwise

Riding the Tour de France through WWI battlefields
This year marks the first time the Tour de France passes through the Belgian town of Ypres — a route chosen to commemorate the millions who died a century ago on nearby World War I battlefields.
Read more at CNN

 

 

Cunard Line to Welcome George Takei aboard Queen Mary 2

Cunard Line to Welcome George Takei aboard Queen Mary 2

From helmsman of the USS Enterprise to honored guest aboard the Queen Mary 2, George Takei will join travelers this summer on a transatlantic cruise from New York to London.  The actor, who has become a social media superstar in recent years, is also an LGBT rights advocate and active in local politics and Japanese-American relations.

Takei will give two presentations for Cunard’s Insights program on board:

  • “George Takei: Embracing Change” will focus on the many communities that have been central to his life and career: the Japanese-American internment camp of his childhood, the cast and creators of Star Trek, and the Asian-American and LGBT communities for which he has become a leader in the United States.
  • “George Takei in Hollywood” will be a trip down memory lane with the actor on his 50-plus years in show business, from his first feature film, 1960’s Ice Palace starring Richard Burton, to his many Star Trek memories, to his upcoming Broadway debut in Allegiance.

Just a few staterooms remain for this cruise! For more information, visit FROSCHvacations.com or ask your FROSCH Travel Consultant!

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