Destination News - North America.


Dec 6, 2009

While medical tourism is likely to remain popular long-term, it's taken a real hit as the U.S. has struggled with the recession. Between 2007 and 2009, in fact, the number of Americans traveling outside of the country is likely to have fallen as much as 13.6 percent, according to new research by the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions. The number of medical tourists making such trips is expected to be 648,000 this year, down from 750,000 in 2007, researchers found. This is due in part to higher transportation costs, lower incomes and patient reluctance to undergo non-emergency services. However, over the next three years, outbound U.S. medical tourism should rise 35 percent each year, researchers with the Center concluded. Analysts believe that Americans will enthusiastically embrace medical tourism again once they can afford it. They also suggest that patient volume outside of the U.S. will grow as care continues to improve in international medical organizations. Read more: Nov 30, 2009

Cruise West

Cruise West has introduced five new sailings aboard the Spirit of Oceanus along the Atlantic Coast in 2010, including a Caribbean island hop with Cruise West President and CEO Dietmar Wertanzl, a transit through the Panama Canal, and a visit to Easter Island. The Atlantic sailings cruise from St. JohnOs to Halifax, Halifax to Palm Beach, Palm Beach to Panama, Panama to Ecuador, and Ecuador to Easter Island. All voyages include shore excursions at every port and one Ultimate Explorers Experience (UEE) per voyage, designed to bring guests into direct personal contact with the destinationsO people, cultures and natural wonders. The itineraries range from nine to 15 nights, and fares range from USD3,895 to USD9,695 per person, double. In addition, guests will save up to USD2,000 per cabin and receive free, roundtrip, international airfare from six U.S. Cities: San Francisco (SFO), Los Angeles (LAX), Chicago (ORD), Houston (IAH), Washington D.C. (IAD or DCA) and New York (JFK), or an air credit of USD750 per person when booking and paying in full by Dec. 18, 2009. Fares include a pre-cruise hotel night, all excursions and transfers and a tour of the embarkation city. Guests who book more than one voyage will save an additional 5 percent. Call 800-689-1783 or visit

Dec 4, 2009

Cruise West

Cruise West has appointed Remerinc, a Northwest-based, full-service advertising and creative marketing agency, as its agency of record. Cruise West is consolidating its marketing activities to a single agency relationship to ensure integrated messaging across all of its media platforms and markets. Remerinc will oversee corporate positioning, branding, marketing, online, sponsorship and marketing communications to address consumer and travel agent communication channels. The company will continue to focus on its position as the preferred alternative to small-ship cruising. For more information, call 888-851-8133 or visit Dec 3, 2009

Crystal Cruises

Crystal Cruises is offering dozens of shore excursions that feature encounters with the OwildO...

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