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Wyndham Destinations acquires Travel + Leisure

Wyndham Destinations has acquired the Travel + Leisure brand and all related assets from Meredith Corporation, combining the travel company’s portfolio of resort, membership, and lifestyle travel brands with the world’s most trusted travel lifestyle content curator and its travel clubs. This acquisition will accelerate Wyndham Destinations’ strategic plan to build on its leading position as the world’s largest vacation club and exchange company.



Visit Orlando hires new President and CEO

Visit Orlando, which represents 1,200 member companies comprising every segment of Central Florida’s tourism community, announced yesterday the hiring of new President and CEO Casandra Matej to lead the destination marketing organization of one of the most visited destinations in the country, also known as "the theme park capital of the world”. Matej, who assumes her new position on Feb.1, in the last 10 years has been serving as president and CEO of Visit San Antonio.



American Airlines, British Airways and oneworld launch transatlantic COVID-19 testing trial

American Airlines, British Airways and oneworld® have launched an optional coronavirus (COVID-19) medical-based testing trial on select flights from cities in the United States to London Heathrow (LHR), in a combined effort to scientifically demonstrate how COVID-19 testing can reopen international travel and remove the need for passengers to quarantine on arrival.



Delta will continue to block middle seats through March 30, 2021

Delta announced yesterday that it will continue providing more space for customers for flights departing now through March 30, 2021. As more medical experts agree on the safety of air travel thanks to the multiple layers of protection provided under the Delta CareStandard, blocking seats into spring 2021 offers added confidence and reassurance for customers booking future travel plans.



MIA's sunflower lanyards spring into action for travelers with hidden disabilities

The fall season is bringing springtime sunflowers to Miami International Airport, now that MIA is one of 10 U.S. airports and 34 worldwide providing sunflower lanyards free of charge to travelers with hidden disabilities. The new MyMIAccess program also includes a second multi-sensory room. The goal of the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Lanyard global initiative is to raise awareness that some disabilities, such as autism, hearing loss, and PTSD, are not visible.



Sun or snow? Southwest has you covered

Dallas-based Southwest Airlines, the world’s largest low-cost carrier,has recently announced its winter flight schedule for seekers of sun and snow with service details for new destinations in Florida, California and nestled in the Colorado Rockies. The carrier’s new seasonal service to Montrose Regional Airport (Telluride) on the Western Slope of Colorado, begins December 19. Year-round service to Miami and Palm Springs both will begin November 15.