Oslo, Norway's capital, is transforming from a nature center to a destination rich in art, culture and cuisine. Visitors can enjoy a ballet performance at the Oslo Opera House, see contemporary art at the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art and dine on butter chicken at Der Peppern Gror.
Smoking will join the gaming and drinking at an outdoor patio set to open in April at Live Casino & Hotel in Baltimore. The space, called Orchid, will be open on one side to allow patrons to light up, respecting a state law forbidding smoking inside casinos.
Travelport is right on schedule to promote bookings through the New Distribution Capability application programming interface in the coming months, chief executive Gordon Wilson said. Airlines will be able to use NDC to customize offers and sell all products via travel agencies.
Maximizing a website launch for home-based agents is critical for increasing their visibility and attracting prospects, Richard D'Ambrosio writes. Developing a well-defined brand, noting what makes the business unique and seeking advice from marketing professionals are key when starting a website, according to industry experts.
When you do something that prevents clients and prospects from heeding your advice, that sends up a red flag, Mike Marchev writes. Following up, staying knowledgeable about the industry and recognizing what you don't know are ways to avoid this.
The acquisition of WoodSpring Suites two months ago brings Choice Hotels' extended-stay portfolio to 350. With its 240 hotels, WoodSpring was especially attractive for its loyalty program and business-traveler focus, Choice CEO Pat Pacious said.
With an expansion that's nearly quadrupled from its original 12 rooms, the Tavern Hotel in Cottonwood, Ariz., has added packages with local businesses to its own amenities. Owners Eric and Michelle Jurisin also own several other businesses in the Verde Valley tourist spot.
Switzerland's Waldhaus Flims hotel has added treatment rooms to its spa along with a new fitness area. The facility now has 13 treatment rooms in addition to a large spa suite.
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