Despite growth in inventory, the timeshare occupancy rate in Hawaii showed only a 0.2% drop last year from 2016, the Hawaii Tourism Authority reported. Timeshare usage for the year rose 5% and hotel usage went up 4%, the survey found.
Universal Orlando Resort has debuted several new attractions and dining options for summer visitors. New additions include the Fast & Furious -- Supercharged entertainment complex and Universal's version of the Voodoo Doughnut shop, with more than 50 types of unique doughnuts.
To meet consumer demand for luxury camping, aka glamping, a variety of upscale camps have popped up across Tanzania. For example, the Highlands in Ngorongoro features canvas and glass domes that offer great views of the Serengeti, and Jabali Ridge provides guests with spa treatments as part of the wilderness experience.
For newlyweds seeking to experience a honeymoon like the one Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are enjoying, Europe offers a variety of castles, chateaus and manors. Your newly married clients can enjoy a breathtaking view of the Rhine River from a room at Germany's Castle Hotel Schoenburg, tour extravagant gardens at Gravetye Manor in England and dine on upscale French cuisine at L'Origan, a restaurant at Chateau d'Artigny.
Canada-based R&R Real Estate Investment Trust has purchased five US economy extended-stay hotels for $31.5 million. Among the properties sold by Texas-based Westmont Hospitality Group is the HomeTowne Studios in Columbus, Ohio.
A variety of drivers, from business travel to college visits and special events, is credited with high demand and robust hotel and B&B growth in Providence, R.I. Occupancy rates exceed the national average for the 12 hotels counted by STR, and five more are under construction or in the pipeline.
What owners call the first "true all-inclusive hotel offering" in the area is now available at the Eden Roc Miami Beach in Florida. "Travelers can experience a beach cosmopolitan hotel with updated spacious ocean view rooms, elevated food and beverage offerings like the farm-to-table Malibu Farm restaurant, and more, without breaking the bank or having to travel internationally," said Frank Maduro of AIC Hotel Group.
JetSuite, a private charter service backed by JetBlue Airways, will order up to 100 hybrid-to-electric planes from start-up manufacturer Zunum Aero, which also counts JetBlue as an investor. "The aim is to improve the experience of flights under 1,000 miles, with shorter trips through the airport and cheaper-to-operate flights," said Bonny Simi, president of JetBlue Technology Ventures.
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