Trip News: August 13, 2018

Route 66 Amboy California

Trip Pulse

In the business world, there are CEOs, CFOs and CMOs.

And now, DoubleTree by Hilton is adding the title CCO to that roster. As in…Chief Cookie Officer.

Yes, you read that right. Not Chief Communications Officer, but rather, Chief Cookie Officer.

The new position, announced in conjunction with the recent National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, will be filled by Chef Roger Maune. He will be the first Chief Cookie Officer in the hotel brand’s nearly 50-year history.


The Local Italy

Finding the perfect spot for a selfie can sometimes be a challenge, especially if it’s at the crowded Trevi Fountain in Rome.

But in a quest for perfection, a 19-year-old Dutch tourist got into a fight with an American, aged 44, at the famous fountain on Wednesday night.

The quarrel reportedly started after both wanted to take their selfies at a prime spot in front of the monument, and at the same time.



When the first of three Ritz-Carlton yachts sets sail in February 2020, it will be the first time a luxury hotel brand has ventured into the world of cruising. Two more yachts are expected to launch the following year; all three are being built at the Barreras Shipyard in Vigo, Spain in collaboration with Tillberg Design of Sweden, a leading design firm.

“Our goal is to introduce the legendary Ritz-Carlton service to luxury yachting, while also redefining curated travel at sea,” says Lisa Holladay, Global Brand Leader for The Ritz-Carlton. “An increased demand in the luxury cruise space inspired us to capitalize on the niche market of small ship cruising, which we are excited to bring to our guests.”

As travelers search for more authentic, bespoke experiences, small ship cruising offers many appeals. With fewer than 300 passengers, the Ritz-Carlton yachts will feel intimate and offer a highly personalized experience. The size of the yachts will allow them to enter remote ports that can’t be reached by larger ships.

“What’s cool?” Melba the Mouth from Galena, Kansas said. “History. Family. Nostalgia. Preservation. You just have to get the feel for Route 66 and all of the people that come to this today, these are the people that you want to meet. These are the people that you want to get educated.”

“It ties people together,” Route 66 Author and Historian Joe Sonderman said. “These people are from all over the world. Ok? They are coming from Japan, Germany, Brazil, France and you cannot interact with people like that and not realize that there are other ways of looking at things. It’s not just asphalt to me. It’s history but it’s history you can still experience. You can touch it, you can feel it. The food is different.”

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By: Mike

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