July 2013

U.S. News & World Reports Releases Inaugural Ranking of Best Hotels In Canada

WASHINGTON, July 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — U.S. News & World Report has released its inaugural ranking of the Best Hotels in Canada. Out of the 218 luxury hotels across Canada evaluated for the 2013 rankings, 22 properties scored high enough to earn a place on the list…


JetBlue and South African Airways Announce Bilateral Codeshare Agreement

NEW YORK and JOHANNESBURG, July 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ: JBLU),New York’s Hometown Airline(TM), and South African Airways (SAA) today announced a bilateral codeshare agreement to seamlessly connect the carriers’ networks via New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Washington’s Dulles International Airport (IAD). The agreement is…


Thailand’s “Find Your Fabulous” Campaign Targets “Medical” Tourists

If you’ve visited Thailand, you’ve likely noticed the hospital VIP lounges in the airports catering to the so-called “medical” tourist. Those tourists who come to Thailand from wealthy countries for low-cost, high-quality (in many cases, but not all) medical care…


US News & World Reports Names Marriott Rewards Top Loyalty Program

BETHESDA, Md., July 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — U.S. News & World Report has named Marriott Rewards the top hotel loyalty program in its recent survey of hotel and airline frequent travel programs.  Cited for having no blackout dates and a portfolio of more than 3,700 hotels…




NYC Refinery Hotel Installs Retractable Roof

Refinery Hotel in New York provides guests with an exclusive lookout at Manhattan skyline under OpenAire roof OAKVILLE, Ontario, July 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Located in Manhattan’s Fashion District, Refinery Hotel is now welcoming guests to its newly opened Rooftop, featuring a retractable roof designed,…


Four Seasons Enters South Africa

Four Seasons Enters South Africa with Spectacular Location Cliffside Johannesburg property offers the city’s best views   TORONTO, July 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Four Seasons continues to expand its presence in Africa, signing a long term management agreement with the owners of The…


Walk The World – Or At Least Walt Disney World

CHICAGO, July 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — For A Cause announces Walk The World //awalkaroundtheworld.org, a new kind of walking vacation that will take place at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, November 14-18, 2013.  Walk The World combines two great experiences into one, a visit to the Walt…


Kimpton’s Iconic Sir Francis Drake Hotel Completes $10 Million Renovation

SAN FRANCISCO, July 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Originally built in 1928, Kimpton’s Sir Francis Drakeunveils the completion of its multi-million dollar renovation during its 85th anniversary. The iconic boutique hotel sits 21 stories high in the heart of the city, mere steps from…



Hertz Goes Smoke Free

PARK RIDGE, N.J., July 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The Hertz Corporation (NYSE: HTZ) announces that it has transitioned its car rental fleet to non-smoking as part of the Company’s commitment to provide the cleanest fleet in the car rental industry. “Hertz is committed to providing customers with…


Hotel Indigo Moves Into France

IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group), one of the world’s leading global hotel companies, is proud to announce the signing of a management agreement with Société Foncière Lyonnaise (SFL) for the development of Hotel Indigo Paris – Opera, France. Located just a…


Hyatt Plans to Enter the All-Inclusive Resort Segment

Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) today announced that a wholly owned Hyatt subsidiary plans to enter the all-inclusive segment in partnership with Playa Hotels & Resorts. Playa was created with the goal of becoming a leading owner, operator and developer of…