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New Hilton Resort Opens in China’s Sichuan Province

New Hilton Resort Opens in China’s Sichuan Province

Hilton Hotels and Resorts announced the opening of the Hilton Jiuzhaigou Resort in China’s Sichuan province. The resort is located at the entrance to Zhongcha Valley, close to Jiuzhai National Park and Jiuzhai Songchen Romance Park, both popular tourist attractions.
The property has 426 guestrooms and suites, including ten villas. Rooms are up to 495 square feet (46 square meters), while the villas range in size from 3,444 to 4,520 square …

Recharge Hotel App Debuts in New York City

Recharge Hotel App Debuts in New York City

Recharge, creator of an eponymously-named luxury hotel booking app that charges guests only for the time that they stay, announced the app’s debut in New York City as well as its expansion in San Francisco, the city where it was originally launched.
Guests can now book at 16 New York hotels, including properties such as the Pierre, W New York, the Knickerbocker, and 1 Central Park. Participating San Francisco properties include …

American Airlines Suspends Flight Attendant after Passenger Confrontation Captured on Video

American Airlines Suspends Flight Attendant after Passenger Confrontation Captured on Video

American Airlines suspended an employee after a video showing an angry altercation on a flight from San Francisco to Dallas/Fort Worth was posted on Facebook.
The confrontation appears to have involved a male flight attendant, a woman holding a baby and crying, and several other passengers.
The flight attendant is said to have “violently” taken a stroller from the woman, hitting her with it in the process, although the baby remained unscathed …

Sichuan Airlines to Launch Chengdu-Auckland Route

Sichuan Airlines to Launch Chengdu-Auckland Route

Sichuan Airlines announced that it plans to begin new service between Chengdu, China and Auckland, New Zealand on June 13.
The carrier will operate the route three days a week, using Airbus A330 aircraft.
Flights are scheduled to depart Chengdu at 1:55 a.m. and arrive in Auckland at 6:45 p.m. Flights from Auckland to Chengdu will depart at 8:30 p.m. and arrive at 6:30 a.m. the next morning.
Sichuan Airlines was founded in …

Kimpton Alexis Hotel, Seattle, Washington – Review

My colleagues and I have stayed in hotels that had opened in buildings as diverse as a former church, the former Royal Bavarian Post Office, and a former Swedish army barracks that dated back to 1699. Recently, I spent one night in the former offices of the Alaska Gold Standard Mining Company.
Located two blocks from the Puget Sound waterfront in downtown Seattle, the Kimpton Alexis Hotel is in a historic …

Emirates to Decrease Service to U.S., Citing Significant Drop in Demand

Emirates to Decrease Service to U.S., Citing Significant Drop in Demand

Emirates Airline announced that it plans to reduce the number of flights it offers to the United States, citing recent government efforts to ban a wide swath of travelers from the Middle East as having lowered the demand for travel to the country. The airline also cited the highly-publicized ban on computers and tablets as carry-on items.
The carrier said it will continue to fly to the 12 U.S. destinations it …

Amtrak to Serve Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee on Acela Routes

Amtrak to Serve Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee on Acela Routes

Amtrak announced on Wednesday that it is now serving Dunkin’ Donuts coffee onboard its Acela trains through the Northeast Corridor.
Amtrak will brew both Dunkin’ Donuts Original Blend and Dunkin’ Decaf hot coffee using the same equipment the coffee chain uses in its stores. The coffee will be available in first class and Café Acela.
The coffee will be served in co-branded Amtrak and Dunkin’ cups.
Amtrak’s high-speed Acela service connects Boston with …