Hertz Extends Tier Status to End of January 2023

Hertz has extended its loyalty tier status for Five Star and
President’s Circle customers to Jan. 31, 2023, from June 30, 2022, the company
announced Wednesday. Customers’ points will be good through the end of 2022—or
longer if they have already completed a rental in the past six months—and won’t
expire if a rent or redeem is completed by Dec. 31, according to the company.

The car rental provider also will continue its reduced requirements
for tier status that were announced in 2020 during the pandemic: 10 rentals
versus 12 or spend of $2,000 for Five Star status, and 15 rentals instead of 20
or spend of $3,000 for President’s Circle status, according to Hertz.

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Disney Cruise Lines Announces Exciting New 2023 Summer Itineraries

Disney Cruise Line has announced its 2023 summer schedule, and their ships will be sailing all across the globe, including Europe for the first time.

From Alaska to Europe to the most popular Caribbean locations, Disney will have its five ships in a wide variety of locations throughout the summer season.

“These Disney Cruise Line sailings will take families on summer adventures in ways that only Disney can do,” Sharon Siskie, senior vice president and general manager of Disney Cruise Line, said in a release.

She added the sailings will be “delighting guests of all ages with dazzling entertainment, world-class dining, unique character encounters, the ease and indulgence of carefree days at sea, and the uncompromising guest service that defines a Disney vacation.”

Bookings for the summer 2023 trips will be taken starting May 9.

The highlight will be Europe, which Disney will be sailing to for the first time.

Among the options are:


Disney will offer a variety of possibilities, with cruises ranging from 4–11 nights and many options in between. Major regions the ships will stop at include the Netherlands, Norway, the British Isles, Spain, Portugal, Italy, and Greece.

Customers will have the option to choose itineraries that focus on either northern Europe, western Europe, or the Mediterranean.


Departing from Vancouver, British Columbia, passengers will have the option of five, seven, or nine nights aboard the ship, exploring glaciers and the untouched shorelines of the Alaskan coast. Stops will include Juneau, Ketchikan, Dawes Glacier, Skagway, and Icy Strait Point.


Leaving from Florida ports in Port Canaveral or Miami, sailings will last from 5–10 nights and include destinations such as Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Jamaica, St. Thomas, Tortola, St. Maarten, and Puerto Rico. Most of the sailings will also include a stop at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.


Departing from Port Canaveral, sailings will include stops in Nassau, Ireland Island, and the private Castaway Cay. Sailings can be anywhere from 3–8 nights in length.

Special Trips

Disney has also scheduled two additional sailings not part of its standard list of destinations.

The first is a four-night Pacific Coast trip that departs May 11 from San Diego and finishes in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The second is a massive 13-night transatlantic sailing that leaves Miami on May 7 and finishes in Barcelona. After 7 days on the ocean, the ship will make two stops in Portugal at Ponta Delgada and Lisbon, and three stops in Spain at Cadiz, Malaga, and Cartagena before reaching Barcelona.

Sailing Again

After a rough patch for the cruise industry due to the pandemic, Disney and other companies are excited to be offering full schedules once again.

“We are thrilled to have five ships at sea in summer 2023 with a wide array of destinations for families to enjoy,” Siskie said.

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Air Canada: 2023 Corp. Travel Could Reach 80 Percent of ’19

Air Canada projected corporate travel in 2023 could recover to 75 percent to 80 percent of 2019 levels, according to the company’s March 30 Investor Day presentation. Leisure demand is expected to surpass 2019 levels by then.

Still, the carrier’s capacity plans lag even those demand-recovery dates. Air Canada reported 2022 capacity guidance of approximately 75 percent of 2019 levels, which represents an increase of about 150 percent from 2021 levels. The carrier forecast summer 2023 capacity to be 85 percent to 90 percent restored, and about 90 percent to 95 percent restored by summer 2024. Air Canada also projected a return to pre-pandemic levels of profitability by 2024.

The carrier will acquire 26 extra-long-range versions of the Airbus A321neo aircraft, which can be used for North American and select transatlantic routes, it announced March 22. Deliveries are to begin in the first quarter of 2024. The new aircraft will “advance [Air Canada’s] environmental goals” with a projected fuel efficiency gain of up to 23 percent versus its previous aircraft on transatlantic flights and up to 17 percent on North American flights, according to the company.

The new aircraft also will allow the carrier to expand its Signature Class service in North America with lie-flat business seats, according to Air Canada. The new planes will accommodate 182 passengers in a configuration of 14 lie-flat Signature seats and 168 Economy Class seats. 

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Marriott To Open Its First Luxury Safari Lodge In Africa In 2023

Marriott International is getting into the safari business.

The company announced this week that it will open the JW Marriott Masai Mara Lodge within the Mara National Reserve in Kenya.

Marriott expects the lodge to open sometime in 2023.

“As a brand rooted in mindfulness, we cannot think of a more perfect retreat for the mind, body, and soul than the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya,” Bruce Rohr, vice president and brand leader for JW Marriott, said in a release.

The lodge will be located on the banks of the River Talek on the edge of the reserve. It will offer views of vistas, plains, and wildlife.

It will include 20 private tents, one presidential canvas-topped pavilion, and two interconnecting canopied suites, each with a private terrace overlooking the river. 

The lodge will also include a restaurant, lounge bar, spa, and a large outdoor terrace with fire pits that will host traditional Masai dance performances in the evening.

“JW Marriott Masai Mara Lodge will offer guests a luxurious backdrop to make once-in-a-lifetime memories as they connect with nature and wildlife as never before,” Rohr said.

And connecting to nature will include observing the plethora of animals that call the reserve home. Lions, leopards, buffalos, rhinoceroses, and elephants live and thrive in the reserve. And during the summer, a wildebeest migration takes place when more than 10 million animals travel nearly 2,000 miles from the Serengeti.

“This landmark project is in response to travelers’ growing desire for experiential offerings that enable them to build a deeper connection with their chosen destination,” said Jerome Briet, Marriott’s chief development officer for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

The lodge will join more than 120 other Marriott properties in Africa, and more than 8,000 hotels across the world.

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Winter 2023 faculty-led travel course proposal deadline is April 1

Submit a travel course proposal to your Academic Dean for Winter 2023 by April 1, 2022. Find the proposal form and important COVID-19 updates on the OIE Travel Course website.  International AND Domestic course proposal applications accepted!  Two key policy updates include a new requirement for 2 faculty/staff leaders for each program and each program will be subject to a risk assessment before final approval and continual assessments for travel and safety updates as deadlines and departure dates approach. Questions?  Contact Jemma Lund (Study Abroad Program Manager) at lundj@uwgb.edu or 920-465-2413.

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