After going bankrupt in March, Iceland’s low-cost airline that boasted shockingly low fares between the United States and mainland Europe (with a connection in Reykjavik) may take to the skies once again.
WOW air plans to re-launch by the end of 2019, with the first pending route Wow’s former Reykjavik (KEF)–Baltimore (BWI) journey. This route will be fulfilled by only two planes to start, with plans to expand to four by summer 2020.
The ability to fly again comes from WOW’s agreement to operate with an American operating license and with Michele Ballarin (the buyer) as a 49 percent owner of the company. Because Ballarin is not a citizen of Iceland, WOW will officially be an Icelandic company.
As part of the new agreement, the airline will receive $85 million to restart operations and, according to Ballarin, a new operations model that may involve moving away from the low-cost fares that gave WOW its allure. The new model would offer passengers higher-end services like lounge access, biometric boarding and in-flight meals from Michelin-starred chefs.
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts plans to open a new hotel and private residences in New Orleans in late 2020. The first Four Seasons property in New Orleans is slated to open inside the World Trade Center, adjacent to Ernest N. Memorial Convention Center. The World Trade Center is currently undergoing renovations, with plans including a new podium and public spaces. The hotel plans feature four food and beverage outlets, retail space, a spa, rooftop pool and meeting and event spaces.
The city took its name from Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and protector of the city. The financial, political and administrative center of the country and an all-powerful city-state in antiquity, Athens is a major center of culture. A visit to the first-ever museum dedicated to Byzantium, a stroll around the National Garden and a trip to the Olympeion archaeological site will take you back through time.
InterContinental Yokohama Pier 8 opened as the second InterContinental property in Yokohama earlier this fall. The property, with its 173 guestrooms and suites, provides a relaxing atmosphere away from the hubbub of the city with views of the waterfront.
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Set in the Coachella Valley, Renaissance Indian Wells recently reopened as Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa at Indian Wells. With a new name, the property unveils a new look and guest experience. All 560 guestrooms and 103 suites were completely redone, as were the public spaces, lobby, fitness center, pools, food and beverage offerings and event spaces.
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ONE BEAUTIFUL DAY in Massachusetts during the fall of 1924, Arthur Tauck, Sr. had the idea to offer his first guided tour. Both an entrepreneur and a well-traveled salesman, Tauck was enjoying his lunch at a restaurant overlooking the treetops and was overtaken not only by the beauty of the fall foliage but by the fact the other patrons in the restaurant were all traveling salesmen.