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Living the Island Life!

Live the island life on this 7-day cruise from Norwegian Cruise Lines. Jacques Cousteau labeled Cozumel as a top dive site with its clear water and lively reefs. If you’d rather stay dry, the beaches are amazing and so are the Mayan ruins. In Georgetown, swim with stingrays at Stingray City and afterward pick up a rum cake as a …

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Hilton Overtakes Marriott as Most Valuable Hotel Brand

Driven by strong revenue increases over the last year, Hilton has overtaken Marriott as the world’s most valuable hotel brand. According to the Brand Finance Hotels 50 ranking, Hilton’s brand value growth is up 17 percent to $7.4 billion. The same ranking reveals that Marriott suffered a reduction in brand value, down eight percent to $5 billion and its brand …

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Record Memorial Day Travel Predicted

Nearly 43 million Americans will start their summers on a high note with a Memorial Day weekend getaway. This long holiday weekend, marking the unofficial start of summer vacation season, will see the second-highest travel volume on record since AAA began tracking holiday travel volumes dating back to 2000, trailing only the bar set in 2005. Overall, an additional 1.5 million more people will …

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Consolidator Discounts: Are They Worth the Risk?

The deals seem too good to be true: round-trip first or business class airfare for far less than you’d expect to pay. They’re hard to ignore: hundreds, sometimes thousands, of dollars off for a cushy, lie-flat seat in the pointy-end of the airplane. But these tickets are not being sold by airlines. Instead, they are sold by third parties that …

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Delta: Free WiFi Coming

Delta will begin its first free WiFi trial next week as it works toward making the service a standard free offering in all fare classes across its network. “Customers are accustomed to having access to free WiFi during nearly every other aspect of their journey, and Delta believes it should be free when flying, too,” Ekrem Dimbiloglu, Delta’s director of …

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The Ultimate Russian Cruise!

The Volga River connects Moscow and St Petersburg to five separate seas. Cruising this river gives you a view into Russia’s past, as you float through idyllic forested countryside with monasteries on the riverbank, and ancient small towns shrouded in mystery. Contrast that with the rich heritage in Russia’s two greatest cities as you view the amazing art collections, historical objects and opulent finery …

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Delta Cuts Medallion Members Some Slack

Delta SkyMiles Medallion Members can now take advantage of “Reclaim My Status” after a change, event or important life moment has temporarily affected their travel patterns. Built from the ground up based on Member feedback, this is the latest thoughtful addition to Delta’s Medallion program. “Getting back into travel after a big change can be stressful, and this is one …

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Hyatt, Hilton Turn Away From Homesharing

Hyatt CEO Mark Hoplamazian told investors Thursday that Hyatt is unlikely to make any new plays in homesharing, a day after Hilton’s CEO said the same. Homesharing has been top of mind following Marriott International’s launch of a large-scale vacation rental platform earlier this week. Hyatt had been active in the homesharing space, investing in short-term vacation rental startups Onefinestay …

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2/3 of Travel Programs Have Had Data Breaches

Nearly 70 per cent of travel buyers say their travelers have been affected by a payment-related data breach from an outside vendor such as an airline, hotel or retailer in the past year, according to research from the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) in partnership with AirPlus International. The survey of 144 US corporate travel buyers also revealed that they …

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Disneyland’s “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge” Set to Open

Disneyland began accepting reservations yesterday for folks who want to be the first park visitors to experience Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the theme park’s newest expansion. Set to open May 31, the $1-billion attraction is expected to draw a huge crowd of fans. The Star Wars land is being replicated at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. That attraction will …