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Bucuti keeping in touch with social campaign

With tourism around the world paused due to Covid-19, one resort is bringing its message to would-be guests and followers virtually until they can travel again.

Aruba’s 104-room Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort owner and CEO Ewald Biemans has kicked off the resort’s social media initiative #BringingBucutiToYou with a video series on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Juan, Nakarid and Pauletti #BringingBucutiToYou from Elements Restaurant at Bucuti! The restaurant team is upgrading, training, creating new recipes and refreshing to make Elements better than its ever been – for your return.

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New videos post several times a week. Upcoming videos will feature Bucuti associates bringing messages from guests’ favorite Bucuti spots, including the sun loungers on Eagle Beach, servers greeting followers from the deck of the oceanfront Elements restaurant and guests taking a dip in the pool.

“At our resort, our associates are our heart and soul. Caring for our guests is paramount whether they are here on property or, in these unique times due to the pandemic, far away,” Biemans said.

“When travel resumes, Bucuti & Tara will be ready to welcome our guests as soon as they touch down,” he said.

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The amazing finalists in the 2020 hair-freezing contest

The amazing finalists in the 2020 hair-freezing contest, where entrants dip their heads in a hot spring then let -20C air solidify the locks into a wacky style

  • The contest takes place at Takhini Hot Springs, located just north of Whitehorse, in northwest Canada
  • This year there have been 288 entries, and here we present the five finalists for the People’s Choice category 
  • The winners will be revealed on April 1 and each will scoop $2,000 in prize money, plus free soaks

Is this the world’s most hair-raising contest? Undoubtedly.

In the Takhini Hot Springs Hair Freezing Contest, entrants have to dip their heads in the Takhini hot spring, then style their hair and/or beards into an eye-catching style as the frigid air freezes the strands.

This year there have been 288 entries, and here we present the five wacky finalists for the People’s Choice category.

This couple’s wacky effort is No1 in the People’s Choice category, with 2,163 votes

Is this your favourite? This entrant amassed 715 votes with a far-out sculpture

The styles in the running for the other categories – Best Male, Best Female, Best Group and Most Creative – are under wraps.

The winners will be revealed on April 1 and each will scoop $2,000 in prize money, plus free soaks in the steaming lagoon.

The spring is located 20 minutes north of Whitehorse, Yukon, in northwest Canada, and is run by Andrew Umbrich.

He told MailOnline Travel: ‘We found there is a strong correlation between prize money offered and people’s effort.

‘Last year we had four categories each worth $750, this year we had five categories each worth $2,000. Everything changed this year when we got Tim Hortons and Nongshim – an instant noodle company from Korea – to sponsor us.

Ice one, sir: This fellow’s frozen follicles scooped a whopping 562 votes

In second place is this entrant with 1,798 votes. Her efforts to appear completely frozen all over have clearly impressed

In total 331 votes have been cast for this chap’s unfeasibly ornate frozen mustache

‘We developed a website just for the contest, offered better prize money, and then the people came out and really tried hard to compete and win.

‘We had a solid 50 entries this year that we considered for winners. Normally, we had 50 entries or less and had to pick from a few good ones.’

The best temperature for hair-freezing is -20C or below, according to a ‘how to’ section on the spring’s website.

It recommends keeping the ears warm during the process by periodically dipping them into the hot water.

Entrants ring a bell near the pool entrance when their style is ready and a member of staff takes their photo. 

MailOnline Travel was impressed with this trio, picked from the gallery of entries available online

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Tackle the North Coast 500 in Scotland for the drive of your life

Forget Route 66, grab a campervan and tackle the North Coast 500 in Scotland for the drive of your life

  • The recently rebranded North Coast 500 is a spectacular 500-mile route 
  • Graeme Thomson tackled the trail in a campervan with his wife and children
  • They drove from east to west, starting on the A9 from Inverness to Thurso

Think you need to jet off to Route 66 in the United States or to the wide-open spaces of Australia for a classic campervan adventure? Think again. There’s a spectacular 500-mile route here that’s perfect for a road trip.

It’s the recently rebranded North Coast 500, Scotland’s awesome alternative to the world’s better-known highways. Join it and you’ll take a long loop around the windswept head of the nation, where rain can add to the drama and where sunny days make you feel you’re in holiday heaven.

Better still, you can enjoy your Scottish adventure in some style with a campervan that includes a shower, kitchen, wi-fi and king-size bed. And don’t worry if you’ve never driven a campervan before. Rental firm staff will show you the ropes, and the best vans have touchscreens with instructions on everything from setting up bunk beds to refilling the water tank.

Magical journey: A motorhome crosses the Kylesku Bridge on the North Coast 500

 Yes, big vans take a bit of getting used to (parking can be tricky at first), but once you taste the freedom there’s no turning back.

My trip was a ten-day tour in an ingeniously roomy Bailey Advance motorhome with my wife and our two youngest children, aged 12 and 14.

We tackled the trail from east to west, starting on the relatively forgiving A9 from Inverness to Thurso. It also allowed the drama to increase as the holiday progressed.

An early highlight was the gloriously empty beach by our first campsite in Brora. It’s from where we visited Dunrobin Castle, ancient seat of the Earl of Sutherland and a towering monument of baronial elegance. We also detoured to the breathtaking Falls of Shin, where we watched salmon leaping upstream.

Heading north, we left the A9 to visit the Whaligoe Steps, a rough-hewn set of 350 or so stone steps carved into a cliff face. Descending gingerly to an eerie amphitheatre surrounded by the North Sea, the only sounds were the crashing waves and the cries of terns and kittiwakes.

We bypassed John O’Groats and its tourist hub and spent a night at Dunnet instead, where the vast beach was bathed in glorious pink light at sunset that night.

However, it wasn’t until we were west of Thurso that the magic of the route really hit home. Pootling along a single-track road across the top of Britain, it felt as if civilisation was ebbing away. Near the Kyle of Tongue, a golden eagle rose from the verge beside us and even the children were diverted from their screens.

Elegance: Dunrobin Castle is the ancient seat of the Earl of Sutherland

In peak season, pre-booking berths along the route at affiliated Caravan and Motorhome Club campsites is recommended to guarantee a spot each night. But there’s something to be said for going off grid. At the most remote point of our trip, we stopped over at Laid, a dot on the banks of Loch Eriboll, and loved it. We barbecued local salmon and sweetcorn and drank lemonade and Orkney Northern Light ale. As dusk crept in, a seal bobbed a hello at the loch edge.

The next morning, the children braved the Golden Eagle zip line 120ft above the beach at Durness, before we explored Smoo Cave.

We then turned south-west, twisting through moonscape terrain from the Kyle of Durness, skirting Cape Wrath and travelling 70 crooked miles to Ullapool. It’s a magnificent, barren stretch of road which, in a motorhome, can feel a bit like driving a tank along a towpath.

After days of basic living and little human interaction, by the time we reached Ullapool it felt as if we were rolling into Las Vegas. The low-key buzz was welcome and we took full advantage. We spent the day grazing at the Seafood Shack and browsing books at The Ceilidh Place. Next morning, we visited the botanical gardens at Inverewe before wending our way to our final campsite just south of Loch Maree.

The following morning, we drove along hairy roads near Loch Carron, pottered about in Plockton, the picture-perfect home of fictional TV police officer Hamish Macbeth (played by Robert Carlyle), and visited Eilean Donan, the most photogenic castle in Scotland. It was our final day and it felt as if a spell was wearing off as we re-entered the slipstream of reality. The North Coast 500 does that to you.

  • For more information, visit caravanclub.co.uk and northcoast500.com.

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Trump Expresses Confidence in Cruise Ships Serving as Hospitals

During the White House press briefing, held on March 20, 2020, President Trump expressed confidence in the cleanliness and sanitation standards of cruise ships, which have been offered up to potentially serve as temporary hospitals amid the escalating COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

With vessels pulled from commercial operation through at least mid-April, Carnival Corporation has offered to turn some of its ships into floating hospitals for non-coronavirus-related cases, in order to free up space in land-based facilities for an anticipated influx of COVID-19 patients. Select ships from its several brands, including Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and P&O Cruises Australia, could be made available to governments and health authorities, the company said.

In response to a reporter’s question regarding whether the president has concerns about utilizing cruise ships as hospitals, given that they have many frequently contacted surfaces, Trump said, “I can tell you they’re very clean and also those surfaces, the germ, as you know, the virus disappears over a period of time. And these ships are very clean. They’ve been kept very clean. They’ve been gone over.” He added, “But, the virus, as you know…disappears when it’s on a surface after a certain number of days or, in some cases, hours, depending on the surface it’s on.”

President Trump said that he’d spoken personally with Carnival Corp. chairman Micky Arison on the subject. “He said to me…if we need ships for helping people, that Carnival would be absolutely willing to help us in Los Angeles, in New York, wherever it may be, in Miami where they are very big. If we needed something, they would be willing to,” Trump explained. “So far, we haven’t needed to.”

Travel Weekly reported that the White House has already ordered the deployment of two large Navy hospital ships—one to New York and the other somewhere along the West Coast. In his briefing, the president implied that it would be brought up to offer relief either in California or Seattle.

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, amid speculation surrounding any increased potential for contracting the virus aboard passenger cruises, cruise lines have reiterated their adherence to strict sanitation protocols throughout their sailings and explained that ships are also thoroughly disinfected between departures.

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Nosedive in TSA screenings coronavirus

The number of people screened at TSA checkpoints plummeted
to less than 624,000 thousand on March 19, just 25% of the total screened on
the same day a year earlier. 

Thursday was also the third consecutive day that total TSA
screenings (passengers and aircraft crew members) were less than 1 million. 

Prior to March 17, the TSA had screened less than a million
people just once since May 2004. That came on Feb. 1, 2011, when a blizzard
caused more than 6,000 flight cancellations in North America. 

TSA screening numbers dropped from 1.51 million people on
March 15 to 785,000 on March 18, before hitting 624,000 on March 19.

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Americans stranded in Morocco sent home while those in Peru await aid

With borders closing worldwide due to the coronavirus crisis, the State Department sent five charter flights to Morocco to pick up stranded Americans, and President Trump said the military is working to bring home hundreds who are stuck in Peru.

The repatriation efforts took on new urgency after the U.S. issued a Level 4 travel advisory on March 19, urging its citizens to avoid traveling abroad.

In a tweet, the U.S. Embassy in Morocco said the flights departed Marrakech today, taking the Americans to London Heathrow, where they would connect on British Airways flights back to the U.S. The State Department is charging $1,485 for each flight back.

Trump said in a White House press briefing March 19 that he is aware of a group of about 300 Americans stranded in Peru.

“We have a group of young people in Peru, and we’re working on taking care of that with the military,” Trump said in a White House press briefing March 19. “They were late with their flights. … We gave them a period of time; they didn’t make it. But we’re looking to get them out with military.”

Peru’s president declared a 15-day state of emergency on March 15, which included closing the country’s borders. Travelers in Peru from around the world say that they did not have sufficient notice to rebook their flights home. Tweeting under the hashtag #stuckinperu, they are pleading with their governments to get them out of the country.

Californian Sarah Au Yeung is one of them. She tweeted today that so far, “Mexico, Israel, and Chile have gotten their people from both Cusco and Lima to take them home. Waiting for the US to take action and help get the 1300+ Americans that are #stuckinperu.”

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US hotels in unprecedented financial freefall

Hotel data analytics firm STR reports that revenue per
available room (RevPAR) at U.S. hotels dropped 32.5% for the week ended March
13.

That decline comes on the heels of an 11.6% RevPAR decline
the week prior.

“Just putting in last week’s data compared to this week’s
data, what you see is that things went from bad to worse rapidly,” said STR
senior vice president of lodging insights Jan Freitag during a Thursday
webinar. “And I’m afraid that we’re going to be on a downward trajectory that’s
going to be with us for a while.”

The U.S. market’s most recent RevPAR slide has already
neared or surpassed the steepest RevPAR declines seen after 9/11 and the 2009
economic crash. The biggest U.S. RevPAR slumps following those black swan
events were a 38% drop the week of Sept. 22, 2001, and a 25.3% decline the week
of Sept. 12, 2009. 

Freitag emphasized, however, that both of those declines
were followed by immediate improvement, with RevPAR performance showing signs
of a turnaround just one week after hitting bottom.

“It’s worth pointing out that after those steep declines
post-9/11 and post-2009, the data got consecutively less bad,” added Freitag.
“Next week’s data is likely going to be worse than what we saw this week. I
don’t think that 32.5% is the trough.”

Meanwhile, STR data indicates that 14 of the top 25 U.S.
markets recorded occupancies below 55% for the week of March 14. Seattle, San
Francisco/San Mateo, Boston, Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul, St. Louis,
Philadelphia, New York and Washington D.C. were among the cities with the
lowest occupancy levels for the seven-day period.

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6 of the best experiences in Africa for your travel bucket list – A Luxury Travel Blog

Africa is one of the most fascinating continents in this world. For anyone dreaming of going for the first time or if you are thinking of planning your next visit, here are a few of our top suggestions to add onto your bucket list

1. Track The Big 5 in Kruger

If you’re looking for a really authentic safari experience in South Africa, there’s no place like Kruger National Park. It’s one of the world’s great wildlife destinations, ranking up there with the very best that Africa has to offer. Covering a vast expanse of over 2 million hectares, the national parks and private reserves are all unfenced and allow for free roaming movement of the wildlife. Kruger is home to an immense diversity of wildlife and one of the best destinations to view The Big 5 of lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo!

Safari experiences range from rustic bungalows in the National Park for self-drive visitors, walking safaris for the adventurous at heart or staying at the private safari lodges within the private reserves such as Mala Mala (pictured above). Staying at one of these lodges, you’ll be treated to sunrise and sunset guided safaris in open-topped 4×4 safari vehicles, giving you an incredible game viewing experience. The safari lodges all take huge pride in getting their guests as close as possible to the animals and in the private reserves the guides are not restricted to the roads, meaning that you can head off-track into the depths of the bush in search of wildlife.

This really is a safari like no other, as the guides and trackers can follow their professional hunches off road and give you the game drive adventure of a lifetime.

2. Follow the great migration in Tanzania or Kenya

Tanzania is the most well-known for the Great Migration, and with careful planning and a little luck, it is possible for visitors to be at the right place to witness this amazing annual wildlife event.

Each year, literally thousands upon thousands of wildebeest, zebra and gazelles trek across the vast Serengeti plains towards Kenya’s Masai Mara, in search of new grazing grass. It is estimated that just over 2 million animals in total make this migration from one country to another and back again – a round journey of just under 2,000 miles. Travellers from all over the world descend on the Serengeti and the Masai Mara in Kenya each year in hope of seeing a dramatic river crossing and being surrounded by sound of herds of wildebeest. Truly one of Africa’s most prized natural events and worth adding this to the top of your bucket list!

3. Look a gorilla or chimpanzee in the eye

For many people who love adventure and travel, trekking through a jungle to find a family of silverback gorillas or chimpanzees is high on their bucket list, but it is one that few people actually get to achieve.  For the lucky ones who do get to experience this first hand, it is a trip where the memories will last a lifetime.

The mountain gorilla is extremely endangered and while exact numbers vary, it is widely assumed that there are only around 650 left in the wild today.  Visiting the gorillas is a great way to support their future on our planet, as the money spent on permits is used for their protection.

Uganda is home to more than half of the world’s population of rare Mountain Gorillas, and the fantastically named Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is the most popular destination here for visitors wanting to track gorillas in the wild.

If trekking through rainforests to watch a family of chimpanzees go about their daily life, then Mahale Mountain National Park in Tanzania should be high on your holiday hitlist. Greystoke Mahale is situated on Lake Tanganyika and this is about as remote as you can get. There are no roads within 100 km of your camp, and access is only by light aircraft. Upon arrival at the airstrip there is an approximately 90 minute dhow trip down the lake to reach the camp.

Guests here can enjoy morning hikes in the stunning tropical forest that covers the slopes of the mountains, which is home to 9 different species of primate, including chimpanzee. The main chimp group live in the mountains close to the camp, and have become habituated to human presence over 2 decades.

4. Hear the smoke that thunders

Only a short 2 hour flight from Johannesburg, a trip to Victoria Falls is certainly memorable. One of the 7 Wonders of the World, the Falls are situated between Zambia and Zimbabwe, and with a width of 1.7 km and a volume of 9 million litres per second pouring down a vertical drop of just over 100m they are certainly one of the largest waterfalls in the world.

The sheer noise of the Falls as they cascade over the edge into the deep gorge is deafening, and the misty clouds of spray, occasionally broken by rainbows, are visible from over 30 km away – hence it’s local name, Mosi-oa-Tunya, “The smoke that thunders”.

The big tourist draw of the Victoria Falls from the Zimbabwean side is that visitors can view virtually the whole width of the Falls face-on, at the same level as the top of the Falls where the mighty Zambezi River drops over the edge into the gorge. In some places you can get as close as 60m – although you should be warned – at these points you do get incredibly wet from the spray! Covering your camera and video equipment with a plastic bag is definitely advised!

Viewing the Falls from the Zambia side is as exciting, however, as you can make your way across the aptly named Knife-Edge Bridge and are awarded with some stunning views of the Falls with maybe the odd rainbow peeking through – but again, be prepared to get thoroughly soaked with the spray if the Falls are at full flood!

The towns surrounding the Victoria Falls, both Livingstone and Victoria Falls Town, are a hub of activity and adventure. Seeing the falls play a pivotal part in visiting this area, however don’t overlook the experience of the Zambezi River and surrounding parks here. From Sunset Cruises to Bungee Jumping, the area offers non-stop adventure and is an excellent starting point for a full on safari experience in either the Hwange National Park or to enter Botswana and explore the Chobe and Okavango Delta.

5. Travel in style on a luxury train across South Africa

A classic train journey in South Africa is the ultimate in luxury travel. Riding the rails, you’ll be plunged into the romance of bygone times to delight in the pure decadence of time-honoured train travel. Steaming across the land with beautiful landscapes unfolding before your eyes is a truly special experience that you’ll remember for years to come.

South Africa offers two luxury trains, Rovos Rail and The Blue Train and they are beyond indulgent, magnificent moving 5* hotels – an effortless combination of superb accommodation, sumptuous fine dining and outstanding service levels. Each carriage breathes an irresistible feeling of grace and grandeur.

As your train meanders through the stunning countryside of South Africa, you’ll be treated to wonderful views of mountains sloping into vineyards, fields that stretch into the horizon and stark deserts that seem to go on forever. Watching the Rainbow Nation roll slowly past your window with a glass of champagne, you’ll be in seventh heaven.

6. Climb Namibia’s Red Sand Dunes

Sossusvlei is Namibia’s top selling scenery. With epic sand dunes sculpted by the wind, it’s a must-see for any visitor to this spectacular and surreal country.

An endless sea of shifting sand dunes, Sossusvlei is a worldwide sensation and easily Namibia’s most iconic feature. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2013, the staggeringly beautiful scenery is bound to look familiar as it has been featured in films and advertisements far and wide.

The dunes can certainly be considered the ‘trademark’ of Namibian tourism, yet they still feel so much more than just a tourist attraction. Climbing to the top of a sand dune and watching the shadows sweep across the land as the sun rises is enough to give anyone goosebumps. So, while you might have seen this terrain on the TV, there’s nothing like being here in the flesh. It’s a humbling place to take a walk and get some perspective.

Sossusvlei is actually the huge flat pan in the middle of the dunes, but the dunes themselves get all the glory, and deservedly so. These giant orange sand-sculptures are some of the oldest and highest in the world and they are constantly shifting their formation with the winds. This is why Sossusvlei is often referred to as the ‘dune sea’; because the dunes are always ever-so-slightly moving in a subtle and spooky dreamlike way.

Paul Campbell is a Co-founder and Managing Director at Travel Butlers. Travel Butlers are specialists in tailor-made safari and beach holidays to Africa and the Indian Ocean.

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A Destination for All Ages in the Caribbean

The Dominican Republic is a geographically diverse, culturally rich oasis in the Caribbean that has something for everyone. From the powdery-sand beaches, long mountain regions, natural pools and dense jungles to the local arts, sports, music and shops there is a draw for every kind of traveler at any age.

As the second-largest country in the Caribbean, there is a wide range of activities in the Dominican Republic that will suit all generations. The beaches are a perfect place for parents and grandparents to relax with a drink in hand while kids can splash about in the calm waters or partake in a number of water sports.

The capital of Santo Domingo, meanwhile, is great for a daytime excursion, where adults can enjoy the shops and cafes while children will be stimulated by the city’s lively atmosphere.

While there are general activities and sites that will appeal to all ages, the Dominican Republic is so big that there are plenty of pursuits for travelers with specific interests to enjoy with their families or companions. Athletes and sports fans can enjoy the seemingly infinite number of golf courses on the islands and the country’s favored sport, baseball. Explorers can experience their own adventures through scuba diving, caving, ziplining and hiking, all of which provide children-friendly options for families to participate in.

History buffs and scholars can peruse the island’s many museums and theaters that exemplify the Dominican Republic’s culture. National parks can also be found all over the country, where nature-lovers can immerse themselves in the local flora and fauna.

Naturally, the Caribbean island is full of all-inclusive luxury resorts that make it difficult to leave. There are plenty of features at a Dominican resort for all guests to enjoy: pools, spa treatments, lounges, restaurants, nightclubs and special events for kids. With a majority of the country’s resorts settled on the pristine beaches, visitors are given all they need to enjoy their vacations with their loved ones.

The energetic island also hosts many events that welcome tourists to partake and enjoy. From fairs celebrating the arts to music festivals to sporting events, there are plenty of reasons for families and groups to leave their resorts to explore the beauty of the Dominican Republic.

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Hilton Expands Presence in Central America with Signing of Premier Property in El Salvador

WHY IT RATES: Hilton San Salvador is a 198-room hotel that, upon opening in July 2020, will be the largest hotel conference center in the country. – Mackenzie Cullen, Editorial Associate

Hilton today announced the signing of an agreement to debut a Hilton Hotels & Resorts hotel in El Salvador. The 198-room Hilton San Salvador is scheduled to open in July 2020, representing a new country for Hilton’s growing portfolio of 160 hotels and resorts welcoming guests across the Caribbean and Latin America. Officially forming part of the World Trade Center Complex, Hilton San Salvador is owned and developed by Grupo Agrisal, and will welcome guests to the country’s capital, known for its black-sand beaches, surfing and vibrant nightlife.

“Welcoming more than two million visitors last year1, San Salvador has seen steady growth in visitor arrivals, making Hilton San Salvador a welcome addition to our growing portfolio,” said Mario Carbone, managing director, development, Mexico and Central America, Hilton. “With the opening of this hotel, we add a new country to Hilton’s global presence, and look forward to welcoming travelers with our premier hospitality and exceptional services in El Salvador.”

Nestled in the prestigious Colonia Escalon neighborhood which offers one of the best San Salvador Volcano views, the existing property will start a renovation project led by Gensler Costa Rica, before reopening as the 198-room Hilton San Salvador. With more than 30,000 square-feet of meeting and event space, the hotel boasts the country’s biggest conference center within a hotel featuring 27 meeting rooms, two ballrooms, two boardrooms and 16 flexible meeting rooms. Hotel guests will enjoy an array of recreational and dining options including an outdoor pool and fitness center, as well as onsite signature dining, bar and Specialty Coffee Shop.

With direct flights from several cities in the U.S., including Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles and Atlanta, El Salvador is gaining popularity and encouraging tourism with expansive shopping malls, boutiques and upscale dining in top urban areas across San Salvador. Described as a hidden gem of Central America, San Salvador is surrounded by green-tipped volcanoes and centrally located to all of El Salvador’s picturesque attractions including coffee plantations, beaches and National Parks. Being the country’s leading financial, commercial and industrial center, San Salvador is also the Central America hub for several airlines.

Hilton currently has a portfolio of 160 hotels and resorts open to welcome travelers in 25 countries across the Caribbean and Latin America. The company continues to pursue additional growth opportunities and currently has a robust development pipeline of 100 hotels throughout the region. In 2020, Hilton has opened three new hotels in the Caribbean and Latin America – including the debut of the first Canopy by Hilton in in the region in Cancun, Mexico; Hilton Garden Inn Neuquén, Argentina; and DoubleTree by Hilton Bogota Salitre AR, Colombia.

Hilton San Salvador will form part of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 18 distinct hotel brands. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else and free standard WiFi. Members also enjoy popular digital tools available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors mobile app.

For further information about Hilton visit www.newsroom.hilton.com.

SOURCE: Hilton press release.

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