The world's largest cruise company could be heading to Cuba. Starting in May, Carnival Corp. plans to offer trips from Miami to the Caribbean island nation, the company announced Tuesday.
Carnival says it would become the first American cruise company to visit Cuba since the 1960 trade embargo. The trips will be through its new brand, fathom, which focuses on trips where passengers sail to a destination in order to volunteer there.
3. Q&A: US government eases Cuba travel restrictions - Friday, January 16, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Americans are one step closer to being able to vacation in Cuba, but don't pack your bathing suit and sunscreen just yet.
A new set of government regulations takes effect Friday, severely loosening travel and trade restrictions that have been in place for 54 years. The rules follow President Barack Obama's announcement last month of a reestablishment of diplomatic relations with the communist island. Only Congress can fully remove the embargo but it is up to the administration to enforce — or turn a blind eye — to the travel ban.4. LGBT-owned businesses get diversity boost - Friday, January 02, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — As a Mexican-American woman who started her own consulting firm in Los Angeles, accountant Sonia Luna has taken advantage of programs aimed at helping minority- and women-owned businesses compete for government and corporate contracts. But increasingly, the fact that Luna also is a lesbian entrepreneur hasn't hurt either.5. US companies eager to embrace Cuba face hurdles - Friday, December 19, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Cargill aims to sell more corn and soybeans. MasterCard covets another site for Americans to swipe credit cards. Marriott sees beachfront property that needs hotels.
And outside Orlando, Florida, Danny Howell just knows there would be demand for his classic Chevrolet parts.6. Judge, Nashville songwriter score on soundtrack - Friday, November 21, 2014
Ten years ago this month, as I was immersing myself into the nuances of cruciverbalism – the art of writing crosswords – these lines came to me:
“If you don’t come across, I’m gonna be down./ Your love to me is a mystery and the clues are all around.” (I know, that’s songwriting, not puzzle-writing, but stay with me on this.)7. Skip check-in; latest hotel room key is your phone - Friday, October 31, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Hotels don't want guests to have to linger at the front desk — or even stop by at all.
New programs are helping speed up the check-in process for busy travelers, or in at least one case, letting them go straight to their rooms by using their smartphone to unlock doors.8. Marriott fined $600,000 for jamming Wi-Fi at Opryland hotel - Friday, October 03, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Marriott International will pay a $600,000 fine for jamming conference attendees' own Wi-Fi networks at its Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, forcing them to pay hefty prices to use the hotel's own connection.9. Events - Friday, August 08, 2014
Live on the Green. Spanish Gold, The Weeks, City and Colour kick off the concert series at 6 p.m. Thursday. Since its inception in 2009, more than 200,000 fans from 29 states and 10 countries have attended the free outdoor music festival. It also has hosted more than 70 artists, including Alabama Shakes, Local Natives, Band of Horses, Matt & Kim, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Matt Nathanson, The Wallflowers, Citizen Cope, Dr. John, The Wailers and more. This year’s lineup:10. Events - Friday, August 01, 2014
Summer of Street Food. A gathering of 15 to 20 local food trucks. This event will take place every other Thursday through August 21. Trucks will be parked on Deaderick Street between 4th Avenue North and 5th Avenue North. Information: www.nashvillefoodtruckassociation.com.11. LGBT travelers offer Middle Tennessee a lucrative demographic - Friday, February 14, 2014
The secret’s out. Nashville’s a magnet for all who love music, sports, great food and, of course, the ABC hit musical drama that shares the city’s name.
Less known is Music City’s potential to draw even more of a coveted niche group of visitors – lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender travelers.12. Renovated Renaissance faces new challenges - Friday, February 07, 2014
For decades, the Renaissance Nashville Hotel has been largely known as the one attached to the convention center.
That has changed with the construction of the new Omni Hotel and the Music City Center with its 353,143 square feet of exhibition space.13. Obama asks CEOs for help hiring long-term jobless - Friday, January 31, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Confronting an economic recovery slowed by persistent joblessness, President Barack Obama on Friday won commitments from nearly 300 companies to reach out to the nearly 4 million Americans who have been jobless for half a year or more.14. Top Midstate commercial real estate transactions for 2013 - Friday, January 24, 2014
Top 2013 commercial real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.15. Obama convening export panel at White House - Friday, September 13, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is convening his advisory council on international trade as the U.S. pursues an aggressive goal to double its exports.
Obama will meet with the President's Export Council on the White House grounds Thursday. It's the first meeting to include new members added to the council from the pharmaceutical, defense and hospitality industries.16. Ryman Hospitality lowers full-year forecast - Friday, May 31, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) - Ryman Hospitality Properties Inc., owner of Gaylord Opryland and the Grand Ole Opry, is lowering a key full-year forecast partly because of slowing hotel bookings.17. Marriott to help Ikea launch budget hotels - Friday, March 01, 2013
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Ikea says Marriott International Inc. will help it open its new budget hotels across western Europe during the next five years.18. Gaylord shareholders vote to reorganize as REIT - Friday, September 21, 2012
NASHVILLE (AP) - Gaylord Entertainment Company shareholders have approved a plan to reorganize as a real estate investment trust and turn over management of its four resort properties to Marriot International Inc.19. 300 Gaylord workers get separation notices - Friday, July 27, 2012
NASHVILLE (AP) — Gaylord Entertainment has issued separation notices to 310 employees pending shareholder approval of a deal to sell its hotel brand and the rights to manage its four hotels to Marriott International, Inc. for $210 million.20. Stocks slide on Wall Street for sixth straight day - Friday, July 06, 2012
U.S. stocks slid for a sixth day Thursday as concern spread that weaker global economic growth and the European debt crisis will hurt U.S. corporate earnings. The Dow Jones industrial average was headed for its longest losing streak since mid-May.21. Gaylord sells hotel brand to Marriott - Friday, June 01, 2012
NASHVILLE (AP) — Grand Ole Opry owner Gaylord Entertainment has agreed to sell its hotel brand and the rights to manage its four hotels to Marriott for $210 million in cash.
The deal announced Thursday follows six months of reviewing options for its business. It will still own the four hotels it's letting Marriott manage. By handing over day-to-day control of the hotels to Marriott, Gaylord expects to save between $33 million and $40 million a year.22. Gaylord to sell hotel brand to Marriott for $210M - Friday, May 25, 2012
NASHVILLE (AP) - Grand Ole Opry owner Gaylord Entertainment has agreed to sell its hotel brand and the rights to manage its four hotels to Marriott for $210 million in cash.
The deal announced Thursday follows six months of reviewing options for its business. It will still own the four hotels it's letting Marriott manage. By handing over day-to-day control of the hotels to Marriott, Gaylord expects to save between $33 million and $40 million a year.23. Events - Friday, April 20, 2012
The 43rd annual Nashville Film Festival features appearances by Nicole Kidman, Famke Janssen, Delia Ephron and others, continues daily through April 26 at Regal Green Hills Stadium 16. Hundreds of films from every genre and around the world will show throughout the week, including award-winning films, shorts and documentaries. Tickets are on sale now. information, tickets: nashvillefilmfestival.org/.24. Events - Friday, February 10, 2012
International Business Council Breakfast. Featuring China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) Chairman Mr. Wan Jifei, along with a delegation of Chinese government officials and business leaders. Chairman Wan is one of the high-level officials accompanying Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping as he visits the United States the week of February 13. Thursday, 8:30-10 a.m., 211 Commerce Street, Suite 100. Information: 743-3115, nashvillechamber.com.25. Events - Friday, April 15, 2011
The Nashville Film Festival, one of the longest-running film festivals in the country, is celebrating its 42nd year through April 21. Each year, nearly 23,000 people come to view more than 250 films from 48 countries, including documentaries, narrative features, animated and experimental shorts. Panels and workshops are also offered for those looking to enrich their knowledge beyond the screen. Major award winners from both the 2010 Cannes and 2011 Sundance Film Festivals will show at this year's festival. All films shown at Regal Green Hills Cinema. Schedule and information: nashvillefilmfestival.org/.26. Events - Friday, April 08, 2011
The 37th annual Tennessee Prayer Breakfast is set for Thursday, 7-8:30 a.m. at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena. Richard Stearns, president of World Vision, American Idol finalist Melinda Doolittle and the Nashville Choir will be featured. Gov. Bill Haslam, Lt. Gov. Rom Ramsey and Speaker of the House Beth Harwell also will participate. Tickets: $35, $350 for table of 10. Information: tennesseeprayerbreakfast.com27. New hotels set for Elm Hill Pike - Friday, February 18, 2011
Despite the down economy, the Nashville area is continuing to experience new hotel construction, including a couple of extended-stay hotels going up in the same vicinity on Elm Hill Pike.
One is a TownePlace Suites, a new brand to Nashville, and the other a Candlewood Suites.