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.
Restore, rejuvenate, transform and reactive your inner spark at Aja Malibu. Located in the Malibu Mountains on 23 ocean-view acres once owned by President Roosevelt, Aja Malibu is a luxury-boutique mountain retreat for the health and wellness-seeking connoisseur. Aja incorporates deep earth wisdom with ancient wisdom teachings from around the world to create its signature residential programme, “The Magick Process”.
Chambers Travel Group’s parent company Corporate Travel Management is expanding its US footprint with the acquisition of California-based Montrose Travel. The purchase is expected to make CTM one of the 12 largest travel companies in the US, just three years after entering the market. The company’s total transactional value in North America is now expected to exceed AU$1 billion in the 2016 calendar year following the AU$47.6 million (US$ 34.32m) purchase.
Etihad Airways has welcomed the highly-anticipated arrival of its Airbus A380 service at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. The arrival marked the US debut of the airline’s exclusive A380 service, including The Residence by Etihad, the only commercially available three-room suite in the sky. The A380 now serves guests travelling on one of the airline’s two daily flights between Abu Dhabi and New York.
United States ambassador to the UK, Matthew Barzun, and United States customs and border protection commissioner Gil Kerlikowski have announced the expansion of Global Entry to UK citizens at the World Travel Market in London. Global Entry, a CBP Trusted Traveller Program, allows for expedited clearance of pre-approved, low-risk travellers. UK citizens can register for Global Entry beginning December 3rd.
Aviation could be among the losers from a new budget deal agreed following negotiations in the United States congress. In a rare show of bipartisanship, the Democrat and Republican parties agreed a budget for the next two years which should remove the threat of another government shutdown in January.