Weekly Roundup: The Three Pieces of Industry News You Need To Know

Abercrombie & Kent and Azamara Club Cruises Team Up

For the first time in 2016, Azamara Club Cruises in Australia and New Zealand will partner with A&K for land tours. Travelers can choose from up to 75 excursions and immersive experiences. 

We like the idea of going to Friday Island, a remote island in the Torres Strait, to see the Kazu Pearls farm and to enjoy a Japanese-style lunch. For clients looking for excitement and luxury, book the “Crocodile Watch River Cruise in Port Doulas." There’s nothing like spotting crocs in the mangrove channels, while sipping cocktails on a traditional paddleboat. 

New GDS Code for Viceroy Hotel Group

Pay attention, Viceroy Hotel Group, which operates luxury hotels and resorts worldwide, has announced its new GDS chain code, “VG.”

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Note: Viceroy previously used the GDS code “YX.” The new code stands for the catchy phrase "Vibe Guaranteed."


AccorHotels Acquires Fairmont, Raffles and Swissotel

AccorHotels

AccorHotels announced earlier this week that it would acquire FRHI Holdings and along with it Fairmont, Raffles and Swissotel. As for payment, AccorHotels will issue 46.7 million new shares and $840 million in cash. The deal isn’t going into affect now, but it is set to close in mid-2016. 

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