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Vietnam’s Hoi An goes greener

The UNESCO listed city of Hoi An will promote the use of bicycles this year as part of a plan to make it the first eco-city in Vietnam, reports DMC Destination Asia, in its latest newsletter.

MSC Cruises accelerates social media push through new agency partnership

MSC Cruises has joined forces with communications agency We Are Social to develop a global social media strategy.

Though Norwegian Cruise Line's board approved a three-year $500m share buyback program, analysts noted the company lacks the liquidity to act immediately and said bigger overhangs for the stock are the 60-day lock-ups and investor concerns that Genting Hong Kong may sell its entire 27.7% stake in NCLH this year.

HAL returns Rotterdam, Volendam to Asia for 2014/15 season

Holland America Line's Rotterdam and Volendam return to Asia for a second season, from winter 2014 through spring 2015. The 1,432-passenger Volendam will sail 14- to 17-day cruises and non-repeating itineraries, while the 1,404-passenger Rotterdam makes a 90-day 'Passage to the Far East.'

FCCA selects official St. Maarten conference hotel

The Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association tapped the Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa as the official hotel for its 2014 Conference & Trade Show in St. Maarten, Oct. 6-10.

Voyages to Antiquity's 2015 Mediterranean brochure features more than 16 new destinations, river cruising in Spain, overnight stays in Morocco and air bundled into the US pricing.

Windstar Cruises unveiled a new logo and brand insignia as the company revamps its marketing communications in preparation for a more diversified fleet.

Caribbean drags Norwegian's net yield forecast but Europe is trending up

Norwegian Cruise Line's reduced net yield outlook for 2014—from up approximately 4% year over year to up in the 3% to 3.5% range—is mainly due to softer than expected Caribbean pricing that Royal Caribbean is also experiencing. Meanwhile, Europe is trending better, as Royal similarly reported last week.

Lynn Clark was promoted to VP travel agency sales and national accounts for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts. She will provide strategic direction and leadership to the teams responsible for revenue production from US-based travel agencies and national accounts for domestic products including Disney Cruise Line, Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, Aulani and Adventures by Disney.

Asia is on Norwegian's radar, Sheehan says

For the first time publicly, Norwegian Cruise Line president and CEO Kevin Sheehan indicated Asia has been 'on our radar' and said that, 'over the next year or so, there will be some action from us as far as moving our footprint to be a global player.'

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