Viking Cruises has signed a letter of intent with Vard to build two ships described by the shipyard as “advanced cruise vessels designed to be among the most environmentally friendly ships.”
Vard was vague about the type of ships it will build for Viking, but the shipyard is constructing expedition ships for Ponant and Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.
Vard will build the hulls in Romania and finish the ships in Norway, a method Vard is using for the Ponant and Hapag-Lloyd vessels.
The Straits Times
A decision by the Philippines to close the holiday hot spot of Boracay, which President Rodrigo Duterte has called a “cesspool”, prompted airlines on Thursday (April 5) to cut back flights to the island, while business groups called for the decision to be reconsidered.
The abrupt presidential order to close Boracay to tourism for six months from April 26, aimed at rescuing the once idyllic island from ruin, was issued on Wednesday.
Marriott International launched its 100th hotel in India on April 3 – The Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Centre. So what makes the group so confident about the Indian market? According to Arne Sorenson, President of Marriott International, the Indian economy is growing well and it has helped in driving demand.
“We are seeing growth in leisure travel as well. About 6 per cent of India’s GDP constitutes of travel, that compares to a global average of 10 per cent,” he said.
Contribution of hospitality business and tourism to gross domestic production (GDP) of India is one of the reasons why the Marriott group is betting big on India. The Indian tourism and hospitality industry has emerged as one of the key drivers of growth among the services sector in the country.
Many destinations are beginning to market to LGBTQ travelers and promote same-sex weddings. But Bermuda, which initially legalized same-sex marriage last year, is going in the opposite direction and facing legal action over a new ban on same-sex marriages.
OUTBermuda, a non-profit that advocates for LGBTQ rights in Bermuda, filed a lawsuit this week against Bermuda’s attorney general to get the same-sex marriage ban repealed. Same-sex marriage remains legal as the ban isn’t expected to take effect until June. Existing same-sex marriages will remain valid. Voters earlier had expressed support for banning same-sex marriages.
Early signs of a chilling effect are showing. Bermuda became the first country in the world to repeal same-sex marriage earlier this year, and the government’s decision has drawn the backlash of many travelers and celebrities, some of whom are calling for a tourism boycott of the island.