Air Canada partner Air Georgian announced a tuition assistance program that will provide funds to help pay for approved courses as well as paid time off or a reduced schedule to allow for study. "As Air Canada values post-secondary education, the new tuition assistance program helps Air Georgian pilots be the best candidates possible for the Air Canada recruitment process," said Eric Edmondson, president and CEO of Air Georgian.
Alaska Airlines will improve its first class service with new seats, refreshed cabin interiors and new menus featuring fresh, local ingredients served on bespoke Schonwald serving pieces. The upgrades will debut by the end of 2019.
Royal Caribbean International has announced it will invest $900 million in fleet upgrades and work on expansion of its collection of private islands. The cruise line aims to add islands in the Asia-Pacific region to its Perfect Day Island Collection and will revamp 10 ships over the next four years.
Crystal Cruises has renewed its Platinum Level Partnership with ASTA and will participate in events aimed at growing the travel industry by bringing together travel professionals from around the world. "We are proud to welcome Crystal back as a Platinum level supplier partner," says ASTA President and CEO Zane Kerby.
Princess Cruises will partner with Bon Appetit to launch a culinary shore excursion program offering cooking demonstrations and tastings that feature local chefs and cuisine. "As a leader in culinary excellence at sea, we seek to offer our guests hands-on, immersive culinary journeys from the destinations we visit," says Princess executive Bruce Krumrine.
Locals in South America's remote archipelago of Tierra del Fuego are promoting exploration by welcoming visitors to their homes to experience the region's traditional ranching culture. It's somewhat challenging to reach, but Tierra del Fuego offers visitors majestic scenery, hiking, fishing and wildlife viewing in an area relatively untouched by tourism.
Part of a travel agent's job is to address fears clients may have about traveling to certain destinations due to warnings about drugs, violence or crime, Tammy Levent writes. Agents should be confident explaining that these incidents are not unique to specific destinations and advise clients on how they can stay safe while traveling.
Air Canada is planning to increase the frequency of seven routes linking western Canada with Hawaii and Mexico next winter, and will swap out rouge-branded Boeing 767-300s for mainline 737-8s.
Southwest Airlines has distributed $543 million in profit sharing to its employees, equivalent to about 11.3% of eligible workers' compensation. Most workers received 10% of their eligible compensation as a contribution to the ProfitSharing Plan and the remaining 1.3% in cash.