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The mayor of Venice has threatened legal action after tourists were filmed diving off the Rialto Bridge into the Grand Canal, to the cheers of onlookers.
The warming weather signals the start of what local newspapers wearily call “yob season” in the lagoon city, when cases of irresponsible behaviour spike in the packed historic centre.
It kicked off at the weekend, when tourists were filmed diving off the Ponte di Rialto in the early hours of Sunday.
Diageo, the world’s largest drinks group, will invest £150m over three years in Scotch whisky visitor attractions centred on a new “immersive experience” in Edinburgh that will celebrate its Johnnie Walker blended brand. Diageo has invested more than £1bn in whisky production in Scotland over the past six years and Monday’s announcement reflects optimism about the global market for Scotch and the growing importance of consumer experience in brand-building. Ivan Menezes, chief executive, likened Diageo’s ambitions for the Johnnie Walker experience to the group’s Guinness Storehouse site in Dublin, Ireland’s biggest visitor attraction with 1.7m visitors in 2017.
Marriott International in August will revamp its three loyalty programs, so that Marriott Rewards, Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest members will have the same points-redemption system.
Marriott will also reduce many thresholds required for loyalty members to earn perks.
The hotel company produced a star-studded event at Spring Studios in New York to reveal the new points system to its rewards members. Michele Tafoya, a reporter for NBC’s Sunday Night Football, served as emcee. Celebrity chefs Daniel Boulud, Stephanie Izard and Jose Garces were in attendance, and country music star Keith Urban performed.
Hawaiian Airlines is making strides to incorporate traditional Hawaiian language into everyday business.
Hawaii News Now reports Hawaiian Airlines flight HA18 bound for Las Vegas on Friday was the first mainland-bound flight where Hawaiian language was spoken in cabin announcements and crew instructions.
A Hawaiian Airlines spokesperson said via email the mission is for flight attendants to provide a “one-of-a-kind cultural experience by engaging with guests in both olelo Hawaii and English” as preservation of the Hawaiian language continues to be a hot issue on the islands.