The Castell Project Inc. releases ‘Black Representation in Hospitality Industry Leadership 2020’ report

PRESS RELEASE: Officials of Castell Project Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the careers of women professionals in the hospitality industry, today released the “Black Representation in Hospitality Leadership 2020” report. The statistical document reflects the industry prior to the ongoing pandemic. Castell Project plans to release an updated report in January to show the impact on Black representation as the industry rehires.

Ecolab uses consumer research to launch new science-based solution to address COVID-19 and strengthen confidence as hotels and restaurants reopen

PRESS RELEASE: Recent research conducted by Ecolab Inc., the global leader in water, food safety and infection prevention solutions and services, shows that consumers feel safer when hotels and restaurants raise their cleaning protocols to include hospital-grade disinfectants and third-party audits. Hotel guests said they feel “extremely safe” knowing a hotel room is cleaned with hospital-grade disinfectants compared to leading consumer brands1. In addition, 66% of foodservice customers said they feel “extremely” or “very safe” knowing a restaurant is cleaned with hospital-grade disinfectants1.

AIDA Cruises suspends cruises with ports in the USA and Canada for 2020

PRESS RELEASE:  Over the last months, huge efforts have been made worldwide to stem the spread of the coronavirus. Travel in Europe is slowly restarting. In expectation of a normalisation of tourism, AIDA Cruises is working intensively on detailed plans for a speedy restart. However, as a result of the continuing effects of the corona virus, the conditions for international travel to the USA and Canada are not currently in place. In Canada, for example, cruise calls are not yet possible until the end of October, while in the USA there is an entry stop for Europeans until further notice. AIDA Cruises wants to give guests the necessary planning security for their vacation. Therefore, AIDA Cruises unfortunately has to suspend all its cruises with ports in the USA and Canada this year. All guests having booked one of these cruises with AIDA will be informed. Bookings will be processed chronologically according to departure date.

Costa extends pause in operations until July 31

PRESS RELEASE: Costa announces a further pause for its cruises until 31 July 2020. The decision is linked to the uncertainty of a gradual reopening of ports to cruise ships and the restrictions that may still be in place for the movements of people due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.


Costa is taking steps to inform both travel agents and guests affected by the changes. They will be guaranteed a re-protection in accordance with the applicable legislation, which offers the greatest guarantee in this contingency situation.

AIDA Cruises extends pause in operations until July 31, 2020

PRESS RELEASE: AIDA Cruises appreciates the current international efforts to normalize tourism and naturally work intensively on detailed plans regarding the speedy restart of AIDA cruises. In doing so, AIDA considers the imminent re-openings of the European tourist traffic. The protection of guests and crewmembers’ health are thereby AIDA’s top priority at any time. For this purpose, AIDA is in close coordination with the different national and international authorities and health organizations.

Carnival Corporation CEO talks future of cruising with Porthole Cruise

PRESS RELEASE: Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation, joins editor-in-chief of Porthole Cruise Magazine, Bill Panoff, to discuss the latest news in cruise and Carnival Corporation’s response to COVID-19, including what’s ahead for the company and cruise industry overall. Donald spoke to the resilience of an industry that was in the midst of unprecedented growth for the past 10 years before the unexpected spread of COVID-19 sent cruise lines into a holding pattern.

Seabourn enhances ‘Book With Confidence’ cancellation policy for sailings through 2021, includes new best fare guarantee

PRESS RELEASE: Seabourn, the world’s finest ultra-luxury travel experience, has enhanced its “Book with Confidence” policy, which provides travelers with even more flexibility, assurance and options to cancel their booking up to 30 days prior to departure on any new bookings and receive a future cruise credit. The enhanced policy, which now applies to 2021 departures, also includes a new “Best Fare Guarantee” benefit, ensuring guests can have peace of mind that they can always request the lowest publicly available fare offered for their voyage in the event fares are lowered following booking

Princess Cruises the first cruise line to integrate with CVC Corp.

PRESS RELEASE: Princess Cruises will be the first US Carnival Corporation brand to integrate with CVC Corp, the largest travel group in Latin America beginning in May  This development was designed by Discover Cruises, which is part of Discover the World, which provides sales and marketing support for Princess Cruises in BrazilArgentinaHungaryParaguaySouth AfricaUruguay and West Balkans.


This new agreement allows agents and customers in the entire Latin American region access to all of Princess inventory.  It includes 18 ships with more than 170 itineraries around the world, pricing in Brazilian Reais, and an installment program.  Agents and customers will have 24/7 access to CVC Corp.