A roundup of the week’s most newsworthy travel industry news.
Every week, the world of travel unveils stories that inspire wanderlust and captivate the imagination. From epic voyages to luxurious hotel openings and even special treats for our four-legged friends, here’s a roundup of travel stories from the past week that you won’t want to miss.
1. A Heartfelt Message from Hawaii
Governor Green has urged visitors to avoid West Maui, including Lahaina, Nāpili, Kāʻanapali, and Kapalua, following a devastating tragedy. It’s a call for respect and solidarity with the people and places affected, reminding us that sometimes, the best way to support a destination is by staying away, for now.
2. A Legendary Voyage Beckons
Holland America Line is gearing up for an epic exploration in 2025. Inspired by the routes of Norse explorer Erik the Red, this 28-day voyage aboard the Nieuw Statendam will take travelers through Greenland, Iceland, and the Arctic Circle. With 15 ports, an overnight in Reykjavik, and scenic cruising through fjords, it promises to be a journey of a lifetime.
3. Love-Love for Tennis and Luxury
IHG Hotels & Resorts is serving up an ace collaboration with the US Open Tennis Championships. They’re hosting an opening party that combines tennis with luxury hospitality. As part of the partnership, they’ve even launched ‘The IHG Athletic Club,’ a pop-up social club where fans can showcase their racquet skills.
4. Virgin Hotels Adds a Splash of Red to Glasgow
Virgin Hotels Glasgow has opened its doors at an iconic Clydeside location. Designed to capture Glasgow’s unique spirit and rich history, this hotel promises an unparalleled experience for both locals and visitors. It’s a vibrant addition to the city’s hospitality scene.
5. SeaWorld’s Weather-or-Not Assurance
With unpredictable weather patterns on the rise, SeaWorld has launched the Weather-or-Not Assurance program. It’s designed to give park guests peace of mind. If extreme weather impacts their visit, they’re invited back within 12 months, at no charge.
6. AC Hotels by Marriott in Croatia
AC Hotels by Marriott has made its debut in Croatia. Located in the Westgate Tower, this hotel offers spectacular views of the Adriatic Sea and Split’s unique cityscape. It’s set to redefine the “Perfectly Precise Hotel™” experience.
7. Backroads Invites Women to Explore the World
Backroads has launched new Women’s Adventures in 26 destinations across the globe. These vacations offer walking and hiking itineraries in bucket-list destinations, empowering women to explore some of the world’s most beautiful places.
8. Calling All College Football Fans
Vrbo is searching for its inaugural ‘Fan-mily in Residence.’ The lucky family will enjoy VIP experiences at college football games, including field credentials, club seats, and more. It’s a dream come true for college football enthusiasts.
9. Luxury Air Travel Gets an Upgrade
Northern Jet is redefining luxury air travel. With modernization projects underway at dedicated passenger terminals and interior upgrades to their fleet, passengers can look forward to a sumptuous and contemporary flying experience.
10. International Dog Day Celebration
Mars Petcare and Hilton celebrated International Dog Day by offering complimentary meals to dogs staying at pet-friendly Hilton hotels in the U.S. and select Toronto area properties.
11. Supersonic Dreams Take Flight
Boom Supersonic is advancing preparations for XB-1, a supersonic aircraft. Flying from the Mojave Air & Space Port, it’s following in the footsteps of aviation pioneers and aiming to make supersonic travel mainstream.
These travel stories remind us that the world is full of adventure, from epic voyages to new hotel experiences and even thoughtful gestures for our pets. Whether you’re planning your next journey or simply daydreaming about future travels, these stories offer a glimpse into the exciting and ever-evolving world of travel. Bon voyage!