Dream Cruises' summer 2020 itineraries will include new ports of call, such as Christmas Island and Belitung. Favorite locales Palawan and Kota Kinabalu also are among the destinations for the two- through five-night cruises.
Royalty around the world already live first-class lives, so you can bet their travel choices are the epitome of luxury. For example, the 18th-century Tivoli Palacio de Seteais in Portugal used to be the Portuguese royal family's summer home and is now a 30-room boutique hotel, while Kampala Serena Hotel in Uganda has hosted Japanese, English and Swazi royalty amid its 17 acres of exquisitely tended water gardens.
Greece's government plans to speed up licensing for a planned, but stalled, $8.97 billion tourist project that would include a casino. Lambda Development wants to transform the shuttered Hellenikon airport in Athens to also feature hotels, a yachting marina and luxury residences.
Female leaders in your organization might not be getting as many training and development opportunities as men, which is inequitable as well as a potential retention problem, writes Alaina Love. "Development plans should be forward-focused and include stretch assignments, exposure to senior leadership and projects that allow women to practice skills they will need for advanced roles," she writes.
Successful innovation labs are composed of diverse teams, aligned with the organization's goals and tracked and measured, writes Simone Bhan Ahuja. "Creating clear goals for the lab helps both intrapreneurs and company leaders understand the direction and purpose of innovation initiatives," she writes.
Adolfo Perez of Carnival Cruise Line has been working hard to gain travel advisors' business, acknowledging that the company in the past hasn't been the best partner. "We've done things like increasing our commissions and strengthening our co-op program with advisors," he says, adding that although mass-market fares are less expensive, they appeal to a broader customer base that can turn first-time customers into clients for life.
Reservations will be accepted beginning Wednesday for the 638-room Guitar Hotel tower and the seven-story, 168-room Oasis Tower at the Seminole Hard Rock and Casino in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Both will open in late October.
Certifications and specializations allow travel advisors to make almost double the annual sales of those without them, the Travel Institute notes. The Travel Agent Academy not only helps those new to the industry but can enhance existing advisors' efforts and improve their confidence with the help of 50 courses that use interactive maps, videos, avatar-assisted learning and scenario-based quizzes.
Private equity firm Kohlberg & Co. is reported to be weighing a possible sale of Interstate Hotels & Resorts, with an estimated price tag of $1 billion. Insiders say other options are being considered for Interstate, which Kohlberg bought in 2016 from Thayer Lodging and Jin Jiang International Hotels.
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