Nearly two dozen new properties have been added to the Preferred Hotels & Resorts global portfolio.
The new additions range from a 35-acre private island luxury resort in the Maldives to a new opening in Paris and the brand’s first-ever hotels in Quebec City; Apulia, Italy and Malaga, Spain.
The world’s largest independent hotel brand, Preferred Hotels & Resorts is a curated collection of more than 700 properties worldwide.
German car rental company Sixt is in more than 100 countries, and seven years ago it planted a stake in Miami. Since then, Sixt has grown its U.S. footprint to about 70 locations, including six new airport operations in the last six months.
Joked COO of North America Daniel Florence, “We’re the oldest car rental company that nobody knows.”
Sixt (founded in 1912) is the largest car rental company in Germany, Florence said, and is No. 2 in Europe. It is on an upward trajectory in the U.S., with two more airport locations coming later this year, a focus on leisure travel and a mission to differentiate itself with premium products and customer service.
Last month, Sixt took the wraps off its first New York location, eschewing the airports for a downtown Manhattan site stocked exclusively with Cadillacs.
American Airlines is taking some of the sting out of buying its cheapest tickets.
Beginning Sept. 5, the carrier will allow passengers buying its “basic economy” tickets to bring a free carry-on bag and not just a personal item that fits under the seat in front of them.
American Airlines CEO Doug Parker said Thursday on the airlines earnings conference call that the tweak is designed to allow the airline to “become more competitive.” President Robert Isom said American’s basic economy revenue has fallen short of expectations.
Delta Air Lines already allows passengers buying basic economy tickets to bring a free carry-on.
The Walt Disney Company plans to eliminate single-use plastic straws and plastic stirrers at all Disney-owned and operated locations by the middle of 2019, the company announced Thursday in a news release.
Disney’s ban on plastic straws follows similar decisions from other companies and even entire cities. In June, McDonald’s announced plans to move from plastic to paper straws at its locations in the UK. July saw coffee chain Starbucks and the city of Seattle follow suit.
The ban at Disney will “amount to a reduction of more than 175 million straws and 13 million stirrers annually,” the news release said.