Jimmy Fallon to host
his own Universal ride
Universal Orlando Resort will debut a
ride starring “The Tonight Show” host
Jimmy Fallon in 2107. The 3D “Race
Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon” will take riders from the show’s
Studio 6B through New York streets
and subway tunnels. Fallon is helping
develop the ride, which will replace
“Twister... Ride it Out”.
ACL building 9th ship,
a coastal cruiser
American Cruise Lines (ACL) is building a ninth cruise ship, a coastal cruise
vessel scheduled to enter service in
spring 2017. The 170-passenger vessel’s cabins will be more than 350
square feet each, and most will have
private balconies. The vessel will have
a fitness room and shipwide Internet
access. ACL also has three river cruise
vessels under construction.
DOT stamps out
e-cigs in baggage
The Department of Transportation
banned electronic smoking devices
from checked baggage and prohibited
charging them on airplanes, citing incidents in which e-cigarettes caused
fires when their heating element accidentally turned on, once on an aircraft
and also in a baggage area. Passengers
may carry e-cigarettes in carry-on bags
or on their person but can’t use them
Rome’s Hotel Eden to
shut down for a year
The Hotel Eden in Rome will shut
down for a year of renovations starting
Nov. 1 to update all guestrooms and
add a spa. The 99-room Dorchester
Collection hotel, which opened in 1889,
is within walking distance of the Spanish Steps. Dorchester, which didn’t
disclose what was being spent on the
renovation, bought the hotel in 2013.
Carnival adds second
ship to China market
Carnival Cruise Line said it has decided
to base two ships in China, with the
2,124-passenger Carnival Miracle deploying there in 2017, followed by the
3,006-passenger Carnival Splendor in
2018. The cruise line originally planned
to put only one ship there. Homeports
and itineraries were not announced for
the two vessels.
Holland America will
upgrade its suites
Holland America Line will invest $40
million into upgrading the suites on
most of its ships over the next few
years with new furniture, lighting, carpeting, wall coverings and interactive
televisions as well as glass tiles, stone-top vanities and modern faucets in the
bathrooms. Renovations are slated to
start this December on the Eurodam.
Caesars opens books
for renovated tower
The original, circa-1966 Roman Tower
at Caesars Palace Las Vegas will reopen
as the Julius Tower on Jan. 1 after a $75
million renovation to its 587 guestrooms, including adding upholstered
headboards and 55-inch TVs. The hotel
is taking reservations for the renovated
Emirates and Alaska
Emirates and Alaska Airlines will become codeshare partners, enabling
customers to purchase connecting
flights on both airlines using one reservation. The airlines’ elite members
will have access to each other’s lounges and eventually reciprocal priority
check-in and boarding privileges. Emirates and Alaska launched a frequent-flyer partnership in 2012.
Universal Orlando will debut Fallon’s ride in 2017.
Julius Tower opens Jan. 1 after a $75 million redo.
Typically, a client will make an onboard booking to reap an incentive, such
as a spending credit or reduced deposit.
Cruise lines then credit the booking to
the customer’s travel agent or the last
agent on record.
The system has worked well for both
agents and suppliers, who get confirmed
repeat business out of it, said Bill Smith,
vice president of cruise sales for the Virtuoso agency network.
“We are disappointed and really don’t
understand why Disney would take this
action at this time,” Smith said.
AGENTS WILL NOW EARN 10%
Disney limits agents’ onboard
commission for future cruises
Airlines and Mexico editors join TW
By Tom Stieghorst
Disney Cruise Line has capped the
amount of commission that travel agents
can earn when customers book a future
cruise while onboard a ship.
Disney’s new commission rate for onboard bookings is a flat 10%. Previously,
Disney had paid up to 16% depending on
an agent’s sales volume and other criteria.
Asked why Disney was making the
change, a spokeswoman for Disney said,
“We continually evaluate our business
practices and make changes from time to
Award-winning veteran journalist Robert
Silk joined Travel Weekly’s editorial staff
as senior editor for Airlines, effective Nov.
Silk, who spent 10 years as a reporter
for the Key West Citizen/Florida Keys Free
Press daily newspapers, has been writing
and editing Travel Weekly’s semiweekly
Florida e-newsletter since January. He will
continue to do that while taking
over coverage of airlines, ARC
and GDSs for the print and online platforms.
“Robby impressed all of us
with his skills as editor of the
e-newsletter, and we brought
him onboard this summer as a
full-time temporary reporter.
We’re now delighted to an-
nounce his appointment to a
full-time position,” said Editor in Chief
Arnie Weissmann. “He’s a great fit with
our award-winning staff and Travel Week-
ly’s long tradition of editorial excellence.”
Silk will continue to work out of south-
In addition to his many years of news-
paper experience, Silk was a 2009 Metcalf
fellow at the Institute for Marine and
Environmental Reporting and is also the
author of a book, “An Ecotourist’s Guide
to the Everglades and the Florida Keys,”
which will soon be published by Univer-
sity Press of Florida.
Travel Weekly last week also announced
that Meagan Drillinger, a gifted reporter
who wrote the Sept. 21 cover story about
the impact of selfie sticks on travel destinations, has been named
contributing editor for Mexico,
taking on responsibility for both
the weekly Mexico e-newsletter
and Mexico destination sections
as an independent contractor.
Drillinger, a graduate of New
York University’s Arthur L.
Carter Journalism Institute, has
2009. While her journeys have taken her
to more than 30 countries, she says her favorite has always been Mexico for its rich
cultural diversity, food, landscapes and
Email Silk at email@example.com and
Drillinger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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