The world’s largest independent hotel brand continues to expand its footprint.
Preferred Hotels and Resorts announced the addition of 25 new luxury properties in eight different countries around the world.
New additions to Preferred’s decorated collection include Mexico’s five-star Cala de Mar Resort & Spa Ixtapa, the all-suite Commonwealth in Virginia, Greece’s five-star Myconian Naia, The Longemont Shenyang in China and India’s Turyaa Chennai.
Google has been rolling out changes to its hotel search on mobile and desktop platforms as part of a broader, year-long realignment of its travel strategy.
And as the company steps up its efforts in travel-product development, we expect Google to further ramp up Google Hotels from both consumer-facing and tech-stack perspectives in a way that has parallels to what it has recently done with Google Flights.
Not everyone is happy with Google parent Alphabet Inc.’s more assertive effort to move from being a research tool to becoming even more of a booking venue.
Qatar Airways will begin offering its Qsuite business class pods on Doha-New York flights next month.
The Dec. 16 arrival of the first Qatar Qsuite-configured Boeing 777 will mark the product’s debut in the U.S. Qatar will begin offering Qsuites on flights between Washington Dulles and Doha on Jan. 16.
Unveiled in March, the Qsuite features the airline industry’s first double bed in business class while allowing for up to four individual pods to be conjoined.
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Los Angeles Airport’s Tom Bradley International Terminal has opened its first automated screening lanes, which could mean passengers will be spending less time in security lines this holiday season.
“Our goal is to seek out innovative solutions and processes that will increase security effectiveness while improving the passenger experience,” Keith Jeffries, the TSA’s Federal Security Director at LAX, said in a statement.