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Caribe Hilton to Reopen After $100 Million Renovation Project

Caribe Hilton to Reopen After $100 Million Renovation Project

Hilton announced the completion of a major renovation project at the Caribe Hilton in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the birthplace of the piña colada.
The $100 million project comes as the property celebrates its 70th anniversary. The hotel says the remake was influenced “by the vibrant culture, lively colors and rich history of San Juan,
It included a complete makeover of the guest rooms, now with a contemporary décor, new dining options, …

First Mandarin Oriental in Beijing Opens Doors to Guests

First Mandarin Oriental in Beijing Opens Doors to Guests

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group announced the opening on Monday of the Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing, Beijing.
The new property is the hotelier’s first in Beijing.
The 73-key property features large, modern rooms with traditional Chinese elements, many with views towards the Forbidden City. Dining options for guests include the Mandarin Grill + Bar as well as the more casual Café Z. Wellness options include The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing, which offers a …

Hilton Plans Major Soap Recycling Campaign

Hilton Plans Major Soap Recycling Campaign

Hilton announced plans to recycle the bars of soap left behind by guests.
With a goal of October 15, which is Global Handwashing Day, five Hilton brands including Embassy Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Homewood Suites, Hampton by Hilton, and Home2 Suites will turn leftover bars of soap to Clean the World, an organization that recycles soap.
The move is part of Hilton’s Travel with purpose corporate responsibility initiative. The hotelier plans to …

Marriott Three-Year Growth Plan Includes Opening 1,700 New Hotels

Marriott Three-Year Growth Plan Includes Opening 1,700 New Hotels

Marriott International outlined its three-year growth plan at a meeting on Monday with investors and analysts at the New York Marriott Marquis.
The plan calls for Marriott to add some 1,700 new hotels and between 275,000 to 295,000 rooms by 2021. Approximately 214,000 of those rooms are already under construction.
The company attributes much of its growth to its merger with Starwood Hotels & Resorts.
“Starwood has made us a more formidable …

British Airways Announces New ‘Club Suite’ Business-Class Seat

British Airways Announces New ‘Club Suite’ Business-Class Seat

British Airways announced plans for its new Club Suite business-class seat.
The new seat will make its debut in the airline’s Airbus A350 aircraft, which will begin to fly on long-haul routes in October. All seats will have direct-aisle access, a vanity unit and mirror, an 18.5” in-flight entertainment display, electric outlets and USB ports, and a privacy door. The airline says each seat will provide 40% more storage as well.
The seat …

Investigators Find ‘Clear Similarities’ Between Ethiopian and Indonesian Boeing 737 Max Crashes

Investigators Find ‘Clear Similarities’ Between Ethiopian and Indonesian Boeing 737 Max Crashes

Data retrieved from the flight data recorder of the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max that crashed a week ago show similarities to data from the Lion Air flight that crashed in Indonesia last October.
“Clear similarities were noted between Ethiopian Air Flight 302 and Indonesian Lion Air Flight 610,” said Ethiopian Transport Minister Dagmawit Moges, who said that this would be “the subject of further study during the investigation.”
The minister said …

American Airlines Ends Flights to Venezuela Amidst State Dept. ‘Do Not Travel’ Advisory

American Airlines Ends Flights to Venezuela Amidst State Dept. ‘Do Not Travel’ Advisory

As relations between the United States and Venezuela continued to deteriorate, the U.S. Department of State ordered all remaining U.S. diplomats to leave the country, and American Airlines said it had ended all flights there.
The agency issued a Level 4 – Do Not Travel advisory on March 12.
“Do not travel to Venezuela due to crime, civil unrest, poor health infrastructure, and arbitrary arrest and detention of U.S. citizens,” it said …