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Brazil to End Visa Requirements for Visitors From U.S., Other Nations, Next Month

Brazil to End Visa Requirements for Visitors From U.S., Other Nations, Next Month

Brazil will soon drop the requirement for visitors from the United States, Canada, Japan, and Australia to obtain a visa in order to visit the country.
Starting June 17, business travelers and tourists will no longer need visas to visit the Latin American country.
The change was first announced in March during a visit by Brazil’s new president, Jair Bolsanaro, to the United States.
Visitors will be able to spend 90 days in …

United Airlines Deepens Control of Avianca After Shareholder Default

United Airlines Deepens Control of Avianca After Shareholder Default

Control of Colombian carrier Avianca could pass into United Airlines’ hands following the default of Avianca’s biggest shareholder, BRW Aviation, on a loan secured by its 51.5% share in the airline
The Chicago-based airline said late Friday it would strengthen its partnership with the Colombian airline and that it is prepared to lend it up to $150 million.
“We took this action to strengthen our partnership with Avianca and give Avianca’s management …

ExpressJet Appoints New CIO

ExpressJet Appoints New CIO

United Express carrier ExpressJet Airlines announced the appointment of Jonyt Meyer as chief information officer, a role that had been effectively outsourced to former parent company SkyWest after its acquisition of ExpressJet in 2010.
Meyer is charged with the leading the development of a new IT infrastructure at the airline to support its planned growth, following its acquisition earlier this year by ManaAir.
“Jonyt is an accomplished and visionary IT leader,” said …

U.K. ePassport Gates Now Open to U.S. and Canadian Citizens

U.K. ePassport Gates Now Open to U.S. and Canadian Citizens

The United Kingdom opened its ePassport gates, or e-gates, to travelers from the United States and Canada.
The list of countries whose citizens are now eligible to use the e-gates, also includes Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, and South Korea.
In addition, the United Kingdom is discontinuing the use of landing cards for all travelers, regardless of nationality.
“The expanded access to ePassport gates and the withdrawal of landing cards is part of …

United CEO Commits to Being Passenger on Airline’s First Boeing 737 Max Flight Once Aircraft Is Cleared to Fly

United CEO Commits to Being Passenger on Airline’s First Boeing 737 Max Flight Once Aircraft Is Cleared to Fly

United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz said he would be on his airline’s first flight once the Boeing 737 Max gets the green light to fly again.
Munoz made the promise at the airline’s annual shareholders meeting Wednesday.
The aircraft was grounded after two fatal crashes, one in Indonesia in October, 2018, and one in Ethiopia in March of this year.
Flight recorder indicated that the aircraft had received erroneous information from the angle …

Hyatt Launches New Lifestyle Division

Hyatt Launches New Lifestyle Division

As expected, Hyatt Hotels announced the formation of an as-of-now unbranded lifestyle division that places Hyatt and former Two Roads Hospitality lifestyle brands under one umbrella.
The list of brands in this group includes Andaz, Alila, Hyatt Centric, Joie de Vivre Hotels, Thompson Hotels, and tommie.
Frederic Flageat-Simon, former CEO of Two Roads Hospitality Asia, will head the division and Heather Geisler, Hyatt’s vice president of global brands, will be in charge …

Omni Barton Creek Resort Reopens After $150 Million Renovation

Omni Barton Creek Resort Reopens After $150 Million Renovation

Omni Hotels and Resorts announced that the Omni Barton Creek Resort and Spa reopened its doors to guests this week after the completion of a $150 million renovation project and expansion.
The property, which first opened in 1989, is located in Texas Hill Country, in the Edwards Plateau at the crossroads of West Texas, Central Texas, and South Texas.
The renovation work resulted in a completely new lobby and 5,500-square-foot (511-square-meter) outdoor …