Trip News: March 15, 2018

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USA TODAY

Royal Caribbean’s private island in the Bahamas, CocoCay, is about to get a massive makeover that will include the addition of one of the largest water parks in the Caribbean or Bahamas.

The $200 million overhaul of the 125-acre beach hideaway, to be renamed Perfect Day at CocoCay, also will bring the largest freshwater pool in the region, a helium balloon ride that takes cruisers 450 feet into the air and several other over-the-top features.

 


Trip Weekly

InterContinental Hotels Group has followed through on its plan to buy a luxury brand, agreeing to acquire a 51% stake in Regent Hotels and Resorts for $39 million in cash.

When the transaction is complete, IHG will form a joint venture with Formosa International Hotels, a Taiwanese company that has owned Regent for almost eight years. IHG will have the right to acquire the remaining 49% interest in a phased manner from 2026.

 


Chicago Tribune

What was once exclusively the domain of ultra-low-cost carriers such as Spirit and Allegiant is now being embraced by the nation’s biggest carriers. Delta Air Lines was the first to experiment with no-frills fares on select flights in 2014. Last year, United and American adopted the model. Now all three have expanded such offerings, with American offering the fares on selected international flights.

Airlines have long worked to differentiate themselves, encouraging loyalty by offering generous perks for frequent fliers and those who can afford to fly first class. But the reality is the vast majority of the nation’s travelers fly infrequently, and for them, price is paramount.

That’s part of what’s driven the success of bare-bones carriers such as Spirit and Allegiant.

Airlines say basic economy fares are about offering choice. Tripers can pick and choose the options that appeal to them instead of having to pay for things they don’t want.

 


Trip+Leisure

Gather all the pixie dust you can, because Walt Disney World hotels will soon begin charging guests for overnight parking. Pricing, which varies based on Walt Disney World Resort’s three hotel categories, will begin with reservations starting March 21, 2018.

Overnight self-parking at value resorts, including Disney’s Art of Animation, Disney’s Pop Century, and All-Star resort hotels will cost $13. Moderate hotels like Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort and Disney’s Port Orleans will charge $19 each night, and both Disney Deluxe and Deluxe Villas, which includes Disney’s Contemporary, Grand Floridian, and Polynesian Resorts among others, will charge $24 for standard self-parking. (Valet parking, available at select resorts, will increase from $25 to $33 nightly.)

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