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What's hot in the islands?


As spring saunters toward summertime, several travel agents have already spotted some trends when taking a look at their bookings for 2017. Lindsey Epperly, owner of  Epperly Travel in Atlanta, reported that "St. Barts is on fire right now with the opening of Le Barthelemy Hotel & Spa last November. It's perfect for couples or families." Also popular with Epperly's clients this year is the Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla, which opened last fall... Read more

As oil and gas taxes evaporate, Alaska slashes tourism funding


Cruise lines are digging in for a prolonged slump in the number of marketing dollars available to promote one of their highest-yielding destinations, Alaska. The state's tourism promotion funds plunged to $1.5 million in the fiscal year that will end June 30, off about 90% from several years ago, said Sarah Leonard, president and CEO of the Alaska Travel Industry Association (ATIA). Alaska's governor, Bill Walker, an independent, has proposed about $3 million in tourism-promotion funding for the year that starts... Read more

Riu Reggae reopens after boiler room explosion


The Riu Reggae Hotel in Montego Bay reopened April 23, following a three-day closure due to a explosion in its boiler room on April 20 that killed one maintenance worker and injured four others.... Read more

Reservations open for ACL's modern U.S. riverboat


Reservations are open for the first of American Cruise Lines'... Read more

Republic Airways poised to emerge from Chapter 11


U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Sean Lane has approved the reorganization plan of Republic Airways.... Read more

New tour offers sample of Alaska Native experience


Koyukuk River Tribal Tours is launching a tour this summer for visitors seeking an authentic Alaska Native experience. The tour offered by the Hughes-based company offers guests the opportunity to fish and observe subsistence activities conducted by guides and village elders on the Koyukuk River.... Read more

Denali Park Village offering dinner show discount


Denali Park Village is celebrating the 30-year anniversary of the Alaska Cabin Nite Dinner Theatre with a package deal in which the dinner theater is 20% off.  ... Read more

Overbooking happens for ships, too


Cruise lines don't have anywhere near the inventory to manage that airlines or hotels have, and they don't offer rooms by the day or departures by the hour. Cruise lines rarely have the cancellation or no-show problems that lead other suppliers — airlines in particular —  to systematically overbook so that when no-shows occur, losses don't result.  ... Read more


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