The first ship sailing for the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection will debut in November 2019 in the southeast Caribbean, or what managing director Douglas Prothero called the “old Caribbean, if you will.”
He said the 298-passenger ship offers a hybrid of a yachting and cruising, so the itineraries will be similar to those one might do on a private yacht.
“We submit we can take you back to the [forgotten] Caribbean,” Prothero said.
Today marks the opening of Reykjavik Konsulat Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton in the bustling Icelandic capital. It’s the first property in the country for Hilton’s upper upscale collection.
The location of the new hotel was once a 1900s department store and the new charming building has been decorated with eclectic architecture that nods to historic times. The hotel is part of the exclusive Curio Collection by Hilton, a global portfolio of nearly 50 upper upscale, one-of-a-kind hotels and resorts all celebrated for their individuality.
For Yiannis Retsos, what’s holding the Greek tourism industry back is a lack of investment.
The country—the European Union’s sixth-most visited destination in 2016 based on Eurostat figures for nights spent by travellers—could take the industry to an all-new level if more resources are poured into it and if the state removed barriers that block the entry of new capital, the president of the Greek Tourism Confederation, known as SETE, says.
Tourism is Greece’s biggest industry, with arrivals rising 10 percent in 2017 from the previous year to 27.2 million and generating revenue of just over 14.5 billion euros ($18 billion), according to Bank of Greece data. Trip and tourism contributed 32.8 billion euros to Greek economic output in 2016, accounting for 18.6 percent of Greek gross domestic product that year, according to the World Trip & Tourism Council. The London-based body expects that figure to rise to 23.8 percent of Greek output in 2027.
In order to increase arrivals to 36 million and revenues to 20 billion euros by 2021, Greece needs investments worth 6 billion euros a year, Retsos said. “While this is a large number, there is foreign interest to invest,” he said, also calling for public investments.
Lufthansa’s long-haul economy and premium economy passengers will soon be able to upgrade their meal.
Beginning in May, the German carrier will offer those fliers the option of ordering meals served on “stylish porcelain” for between 19 and 33 euros ($23 to $40, approximately).