Waikiki’s White Sands Hotel reopens with a retro refit: Travel Weekly

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What’s old is new again at the White Sands Hotel, a Waikiki property wrapping up an extensive renovation that included reimagined rooms, updated public spaces, and new food and beverage concepts.

The hotel on Nohonani Street off Kuhio Avenue opened in 1957, when the dawn of the jet age was greatly expanding access to the Aloha State, and the refurbishment firmly embraces 1960s and ’70s Honolulu aesthetic with modern twists on vintage elements.

The hotel is managed by Springboard Hospitality, and president and CEO Ben Rafter formed an investment group that purchased the property in 2016. Renovations on

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NYC eliminating hotel room occupancy tax rate for three months starting in June: Travel Weekly

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As part of New York’s efforts to jump-start tourism, New York mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that the city’s 5.875% hotel room occupancy tax rate will be temporarily eliminated for a three-month period, starting June 1.

According to a press release from New York’s City Hall, the move is intended to allow hotels to potentially lower the cost of their rooms, which could in turn lead to increased demand and occupancy.

The city reports that revenue from the hotel room occupancy tax is currently down approximately 89% on fiscal 2020, with New York’s leisure and hospitality sector losing an

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New and updated hotels make a Mexican colonial jewel even more of a draw: Travel Weekly

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San Miguel de Allende is not new to fabulous hotels. Quite the opposite, actually. The small city with a population of less than 150,000 people has one of the highest concentrations of boutique hotels in all of Mexico. These design-forward hotels are part of the fabric of what makes the destination so special. And in the wake of the pandemic, as San Miguel de Allende is expecting travelers to start to flood the city once again, new hotels are getting ready to make their debut.

Much like Cancun, Mexico City and Los Cabos, San Miguel de Allende is becoming one

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‘Record demand’: Southeast resorts are booming as vacationers drive in: Travel Weekly

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Domestic resort destinations across the U.S. are ramping up for what looks to be a record summer season, as occupancies and rates at some Southeast properties are far outpacing 2019 levels.

According to recent data from Inntopia’s DestiMetrics, occupancy for lodging in resort destinations throughout Florida, South Carolina and Georgia grew 13.8% in April compared with the same month two years ago, while ADR was up 12.6% over the same period. Resort properties across those three states also enjoyed an aggregated 28.1% jump in revenue for the month of April compared with April 2019.

“The Southeast kind of lucked out

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Hotel rooms in Jamaica expected to surge by 2023: Travel Weekly

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Jamaica’s room inventory could grow by 4,800 or more by the end of 2023 in what tourism minister Edmund Bartlett called “a huge vote of confidence” for the island destination.

“The future of tourism in Jamaica is very bright, and our goal to dramatically increase the number of hotel rooms in the destination is still on track, despite the challenges we’ve been facing,” Bartlett said at the recent Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association virtual Marketplace event.

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Edmund Bartlett

Upcoming additions to room stock for Jamaica include Oceans by H10 and Excellence Oyster Bay, both in Trelawny; ROK Hotel, the Wyndham

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Sunwing returns to the Region of Waterloo this winter with convenient weekly flights to Cancun

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TORONTO, May 11, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sunwing has announced it will be returning to the Region of Waterloo International Airport this winter, with convenient weekly flights to Cancun, Mexico. Residents of Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo will be able to enjoy frictionless vacation experiences with departures right from their doorstep. Flights will operate on Mondays from December 13, 2021 until April 18, 2022.

“We’re excited to be returning to the Region of Waterloo International Airport for our 11th season,”

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