Norwegian has outlined the next steps in its plans to launch transatlantic routes from Cork and Shannon Airport. The announcement comes as the airline’s Irish subsidiary Norwegian Air International was awarded a foreign carrier permit by the US authorities this weekend. Norwegian plans to operate daily transatlantic flights between Ireland and the US East Coast.
Following a successful opening to the general public last month, Prince’s home and recording studio, Paisley Park in Minnesota, has announced that it is expanding and enhancing its tour of the legendary production complex. Set to launch next week, themed fan experience packages will be offered in addition to the current General Admission and VIP tours.
Aer Lingus has announced its 2017 Dublin summer schedule offering passengers from the UK even greater choice when flying to North America. In addition to a host of additional frequencies, the airline has revealed further expansion of its long haul network with a new Dublin to Miami route, operating three times per week from September 2017.
The world famous Motown Museum in Detroit has announced it will undergo a $50-million-dollar expansion starting in 2017. This will grow the Museum to a 50,000 square foot tourist attraction featuring dynamic, interactive exhibits, a state-of-the art performance theatre, unrivalled recording studios, an expanded retail experience and meeting spaces designed by world renowned architects and exhibit designers.
Hakkasan Group will debut its first US location of Yauatcha, a dim sum teahouse, on February 1st, 2017 in Honolulu. Located on the Grand Lanai level of the newly redeveloped International Market Place, the indoor-outdoor restaurant will feature dim sum, a patisserie, an extensive tea menu and eclectic mixology program in a contemporary setting with 276 seats.
Kimpton EPIC Hotel in Miami welcomed its first guests 2008 and offers all the thoughtful perks for which the brand is known. Situated in the heart of Downtown, Breaking Travel News editor Chris O’Toole here pays a flying visit to the property to see what is on offer.
The iconic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, which first opened its doors in May of 1927, has recently re-launched following a $25 million renovation. Since hosting the First Academy Awards in 1929, hotel has become both a landmark attraction and a popular destination for locals and tourists from around the world. Here Josephine Perez calls in for Breaking Travel News.
Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board has shared new visitation forecasts and tourism data with local hospitality partners and business leaders at the organisation’s fourth annual Market Outlook Forum. Among the highlights, visitation to Los Angeles is expected to set a new record in 2016 with more than 46.5 million total visitors, an increase of 2.4 per cent from the previous record-setting year.
Greater Fort Lauderdale in Florida, home to the largest collection of warm-water wrecks in the Western world, has confirmed a new addition to the collection in the form of Lady Luck. The vessel will be lowered to the seabed on Saturday, July 23rd. Complete with the world’s first underwater art gallery, the 324-foot tanker ship will be one of the biggest contributions to Florida’s artificial reef system, the most easily accessible major dive site in the nation.
The Travel Corporation has announced the revitalisation of Old Town in Kissimmee, Florida, and its new website launch. Nearly three decades after its opening, the iconic shopping complex is being rejuvenated and developed into a major Central Florida destination featuring dozens of unique shops, dining options and family-friendly amusements.
London-based full service communications agency, Black Diamond, has been appointed by Colorado Tourism Office to act as its agency of record in the UK and Ireland following a competitive pitch process. Black Diamond will position the State of Colorado as a destination where life happens; where there’s a ‘give it a go’ attitude and where there’s an adventure suitable for everyone.
SeaWorld Entertainment has announced that the killer whales – or orcas – currently in the company’s care will be the last generation of orcas at SeaWorld. The company will end all orca breeding as of today. The move follows widespread criticism of SeaWorld’s activities, in particular the film Blackfish.