Name: Alicia Cummings
Title: Vice president, marketing Company, city: Paul Gauguin Cruises; Bellevue, Washington
Number of employees: 50 in the marketing, sales and operations departments in Bellevue
Recent project: Planning our marketing efforts for 2020 First job: Driving a wheat truck on our small family farm in Eastern Washington.
Little-known fact about you: I drove a 1965 Ford Mercury throughout high school.
What innovations/initiatives do you foresee in the industry over the next years?
The cruise industry continues to grow and showcase fresh, creative and innovative ideas. New destinations are emerging, and dining, onboard activities, technological advances, sustainability efforts and exclusive experiences raise the bar. Multigenerational and experiential cruising continues as a hot trend in 2020. And cruising remains a great way to explore a variety of destinations at an incredible value.
Best career advice you’ve received: Take advantage of every opportunity even if it doesn’t fall under your job responsibilities. This is how you learn to work with different people and broaden your vision and allows others to see your commitment and strengths.
What advice would you give someone starting out in the field?
Find someone you respect and admire and learn all you can from them.
AS A TRAVELER
Favorite travel memory or story: One of my favorites is my first time snorkeling in Bora Bora. The warm water and kaleidoscopic display of exotic fish and stingrays were breathtaking.
One travel tip you cannot live without: Always carry a light blanket for the plane ride. Inevitably one leg will be miserably cold.
Best advice for business travelers: If possible, avoid Monday and Friday travel, as those tend to be the busiest days to fly.
ABOUT YOUR BRAND
What can our readers expect from Paul Gauguin’s 2020 itineraries? Paul Gauguin Cruises delivers an authentic experience of Polynesia infused with South Seas exclusives. We bring the destination alive to our guests both ashore and on board. We sail Tahiti, French Polynesia and the South Pacific year-round. Our 2020 schedule features signature voyages to a host of exquisite islands with white-sand beaches, aqua lagoons, mist-laden mountains and warm Polynesian culture. Itineraries include the seven-night Tahiti & the Society Islands; seven-night Society Islands & Tahiti Iti; 10-night Society Islands & Tuamotus; 11-night Cook Islands & Society Islands; and 14-night Marquesas, Tuamotus & Society Islands. Also featured are 12- and 13-night Fiji, Tonga, Cook & Society Islands and an exotic 16-night Fiji-to-Bali voyage.
What does Paul Gauguin offer premium travelers? Designed to sail the pristine lagoons of the islands, the award-winning, 332-guest m/s Paul Gauguin is the longest continually sailing cruise ship in this destination. Nearly 70 percent of its suites and staterooms offer balconies, and upper categories feature butler service. Dining includes L’Etoile, showcasing expertly prepared culinary creations each evening, while La Veranda and Le Grill serve breakfast and lunch. At night, La Veranda offers signature dishes designed by French celeb- rity chef Jean-Pierre Vigato, and Le Grill serves Polynesian specialties poolside.
Les Gauguines and Les Gauguins — our exclusive troupe of Tahitian entertainers — provide enriching experiences of the destinations throughout each voyage. The Gauguin also features expert lecturers on each voyage, and special guests on select sailings conduct presentations on topics ranging from the history of the South Pacific to conservation, culture, marine life and coral reefs. A luxurious spa, fitness center, watersports marina with kayaking and paddle boarding, and expansive outdoor decks with chaise longues and a pool are also available.
Each sailing provides exclusive access to Motu Mahana, our private islet off the coast of Taha’a, where guests enjoy sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, Polynesian activities, a full-service bar, a floating lagoon bar and a delicious barbecue. In Bora Bora, guests enjoy complimentary access to a private, white-sand beach with beach volleyball, sunbathing, snorkeling and paddle boarding.
With Ponant acquiring Paul Gauguin, what does the future hold for the company? This acquisition allows Paul Gauguin Cruises to expand the brand and offer additional luxury, small-ship experiences. We remain dedicated to our shared passion for authentic experiences, exceptional services and sustainable practices.
Vail Resorts opted to close all 37 resorts early in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, but the mountain resort operator also wanted to give back to the community in the face of this adversity. The excess perishable food from the various properties was donated to 30 local food banks, schools and community organizations in the communities where Vail Resorts employees live, work and play. Fruit, vegetables, cheese, juice, granola bars and more went to mountain communities from Colorado and Vermont to British Columbia.
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, small businesses create two-thirds of net new jobs and account for nearly 48 percent of the U.S. private sector workforce. And small- and medium-sized businesses outpace all other sectors as one of the fastest-growing in the United States. InterContinental® Hotels Group (IHG) goes above and beyond to create opportunities for this segment with its IHG® Business Edge program, voted Best Small- to Mid-Sized Business Program in Global Traveler’s 2019 GT Tested Reader Survey awards.
The airline industry responds to the COVID-19 pandemic with updates on cancellations, route capacity reductions and rebooking policies. Here’s an update.
IN A FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND PARTNERSHIP, Singapore Airlines and AeroFarms, the leader in indoor vertical farming, launched a Farm-to-Plane initiative to bring the world’s freshest inflight produce to Singapore flights from Newark International Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport.
Since 1970, Goway Travel has been committed to providing customized travel experiences for world travelers. Few things are better evidence of this commitment than being awarded the 2019 Trazees award for Favorite Tour Operator. Goway Travel heartily thanks the readers of Trazee Travel for this honor and for their confidence in Goway’s work in creating travel memories that’ll last a lifetime.
While we may be physically restricted as to where we travel, that doesn’t stop the wandering spirit from feeling the need to explore. With the rise of virtual tourism, we can do just that — explore, but from home.
As a result of travel restrictions and drastic reductions in flights worldwide, Munich Airport is suffering from decreases in nearly every area of its operations. Take-offs and landings reached a low last week, with traffic plummeting to less than 10 percent of the number year over year. Passenger traffic is at 5 percent of last year’s level.
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For the next several weeks, we are compiling the thoughts and experiences of our staff, writers and readers about the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. As a travel publication, we’ve all been affected during these difficult times, as have many of our clients, friends, partners and more.