Day: May 27, 2022

Young people turn to old school travel agents

Pandemic lockdowns have eased but that doesn’t mean travel is getting any easier.

Orlando residents Chris Delgado, 30, the owner of a consulting agency, and his wife Andie, 36, a stay-at-home mom, were pumped to finally plan a much-belated 12-day trip to Italy in March.

“We started off trying to book the trip ourselves but couldn’t get rooms at the hotels we wanted in Venice, Florence or Rome,” said Chris Delgado. “We were also confused about the testing requirements and had a ton of questions that we couldn’t get answers to by calling hotels or researching online.”

So to prepare, they went a decidedly old-school route and tapped travel “advisor” (the PC term for “agent” these days) Lee Ann Howe of Coastline Travel Advisors. Within a day, they had a dream itinerary in place.

“Lee Ann has incredible personal relationships with the key people at the hotels we wanted to

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The Creel in Westport Launches Exciting New Evening Dining

The Creel in Westport Launches Exciting New Evening Dining

The Creel Westport Launches Evening Dining

The Creel Westport Launches Evening Dining

The Creel in Westport, loved by locals and tourists for its brunch, lunch and deli offering, has introduced a new casual dining dinner menu, available at weekends during the summer season and on bank holidays.

Westport native Aoife O’Neill left a career as a Medical Scientist in Haematology and Blood Transfusion in the HSE to take over The Creel in 2016. Occupying a prime location overlooking Westport Harbour and Clew Bay, The Creel is a bright and airy building, catering for 80 diners indoors and a further 30 diners outdoors in covered pods.

The Creel Westport Launches Evening Dining

At night, the venue offers warm hospitality and a relaxed dining experience that’s perfect for families or get-togethers with friends, set against the stunning backdrop of the Harbour. 

Everything at The Creel is sourced locally where possible and cooked from scratch in

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Fila to F1: How Hyatt embraces sneakers and motorsport through independent brands

With Australia’s borders open once again, many hotel groups are investing in soft and boutique brands to win business from both domestic and international travellers. Hyatt Hotels Senior Vice President of Development and Owner Relations, Asia Pacific, Leo Yen, shares an insight into the power of soft brands in the business.

For Hyatt, soft brands will continue to be an integral part of our ongoing focus on lifestyle and luxury, alongside our established lifestyle brands like the recently opened Hyatt Centric Caribbean Park in Melbourne, as well as our growing roster of Alila and Andaz properties around the region.

These are attractive to owners as they enable them to go beyond the traditional parameters of a hotel, helping to achieve a higher level of premium through innovative design and lifestyle programming, while also integrating more deeply into the local community.

Hyatt’s global reputation and our focus on luxury have

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Ninety per cent of US travellers likely to purchase travel insurance

The survey also found that most Allianz customers plan to travel in the near future with summer trips planned to US, European and Caribbean destinations. Cruise will rebound significantly as almost a fifth of Allianz customers are planning cruises while just one in 10 will take road trips. Covid outbreaks and the impact of inflation are the top concerns of Allianz Travel Insurance customers. The survey results included the opinions of a random sample of more than 2,000 Allianz customers.

Travel insurance continues to be an important consideration for travellers, with 90 per cent of survey respondents reporting they were ‘extremely or somewhat likely’ to purchase trip protection when booking their next trip.

When asked about summer travel concerns, the top two cited by respondents were ‘another Covid spike causing travel issues/delays’ (37 per cent) and ‘testing positive for Covid before or during my trip’ (24 per cent). Other concerns

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