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Pedro Heilbron elected as new Chairman of the Star Alliance Chief Executive Board

Pedro Heilbron, CEO of Copa Holdings and of Copa Airlines, has been elected as the new Chairman of the Star Alliance Chief Executive Board (CEB). He succeeds Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive Officer of Air Canada, who held the post for the last four years. In his role as CEB Chairman, Heilbron will conduct the two annual board meetings and act as the designated spokesperson for the board.



Another strong year for airline profits in 2017

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced in Geneva yesterday that it expects the global airline industry to make a net profit in 2017 of $29.8 billion. The strongest financial performance is being delivered by airlines in North America. Net post-tax profits will be the highest at $18.1 billion next year, although down slightly from the $20.3 billion expected in 2016.



Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings brands all receive approval to sail to Cuba

Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises will sail a collection of voyages in spring 2017 that include calls on Cuba’s capital of Havana. Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. becomes first U.S. cruise operator to have full portfolio of brands approved to sail to Cuba. The company’s first cruise to Cuba will set sail from PortMiami on Oceania Cruises’ Marina on March 7, 2017.



Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau launches Hello Sunny TV

In a world first for destination marketing, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau has launched the 24/7 digital TV network – “Hello Sunny TV” – to highlight its growing appeal to affluent and millennial travelers. The major initiative to deliver exciting new content and exposure for Greater Fort Lauderdale was launched on Saturday, December 3.



Art Basel in Miami Beach’s 15th edition: a landmark year, featuring strong sales across all sectors of the show

Art Basel’s show in Miami Beach closed amidst high praise from participating galleries reporting healthy sales across all levels of the market. The show, whose Lead Partner is UBS, featured 269 world-class galleries from 29 countries, who presented exceptional works, ranging from modern masterpieces to contemporary paintings, films, sculptures and installations.



Alice Norsworthy and Thomas O’Toole appointed to Brand USA board of directors

Alice Norsworthy, chief marketing officer, Universal Orlando Resort and executive vice president, international brand management, Universal Parks & Resorts, will be representing the attractions or recreations sector. Thomas O’Toole, senior fellow and clinical professor of marketing at the Kellogg School of Management of Northwestern University, will be representing the passenger air sector.