United Airlines is adding two new flights to its existing Quito–Houston route. Timed to coincide with holiday demand, the new flights commence Dec. 18.
United Airlines flight 1294 will depart from the Mariscal Sucre International Airport on Saturdays and Sundays at 6:30 a.m. and arrive at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston at 11:05 a.m. The return flight, United Airlines 1293, will depart from Houston at 11:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, arriving in Quito at 05:29 a.m. the following day.
“There is a direct correlation between promoting the country and increase in demand,” said Paulina Andrade, director of connectivity, Ecuador Ministry of Tourism. “The more we put Ecuador on the map, the more people will want to visit.”
After driving through the arts and entertainment district of Delray Beach, I was expecting the lively and vibrant energy to follow me to my doorstep at Crane’s Beach House that evening. I was pleasantly surprised when the spirited rumble of a night downtown halted right at the front gate. As I walked the pathway to the front office for check-in, I was welcomed by a quiet rustle of the greenery and flowers that guided my walk, strung with lights and colorful, tropical décor. At check-in I was provided with a complimentary parking pass; although I would only be there for one night, I much appreciated this unexpected perk. I received my room information, including a pass code that would open my door. Keyless entry was a nice touch.
Barclays and Frontier Airlines announced a first-ever introductory offer for the Frontier Airlines World Mastercard: no annual fee for the first year, then $79 every year after. New cardmembers also earn 50,000 bonus miles after qualifying purchases.
Kontiki Expeditions shared a look at one of the nine luxury staterooms on its new boutique yacht M/Y Kontiki Wayra. Launching in August, each stateroom creates an inviting space of comfort and beauty. The yacht follows a biophilic design, mirroring the ambiance and look of the landscapes visited and connecting people to the environment.
The biggest names in the Middle East sporting community will gather for the Sports Industry Awards as the event returns for its eighth edition. SPIA recognizes the achievements of individuals, organizations, facilities and campaigns that contributed to the development of sport in the region.
The Qatar National Tourism Council began a large-scale project to refurbish a fleet of more than 40 traditional dhow boats, part of an initiative to improve service excellence across Qatar’s hospitality sector. The three-phase project includes the refurbishment of the dhows, the modernization of marinas and jetties, and health and safety training for crew members and boat drivers.
Ponant has announced a vaccination requirement for all guests and crew members over 16 years old, a policy addition that complements its already comprehensive hygiene and sanitary measures currently in place. Guests and crew also need to provide proof of a negative PCR test carried out within 72 hours of boarding.
Allegheny Health Network operated a COVID-19 vaccination clinic last week at Pittsburgh International Airport’s Concourse C to administer the Pfizer vaccine to any airport staff and passengers. More than 100 people took advantage of the clinic.