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Vegas reveling begins in the air

Travelers flying to Las Vegas don’t wait until they touch the ground to start their reveling. On the way to Sin City, the average planeload of passengers spends a total of $116 for liquor, beer, wine and soda, surpassing drink sales to any other destination in the lower 48 states, according to statistics released by GuestLogix, a company that specializes in onboard merchandising for the airline industry.

Travelers flying to cities in Hawaii and Alaska spend the most of any U.S. destination, but that is because it often takes a long-haul flight to get to those cities.

Brett Proud, chief executive of GuestLogix, said the spending patterns for travelers to Vegas are unsurprising.

“Everybody going to Vegas has a party mind-set,” he explained. But spending on drinks drops significantly for travelers leaving Las Vegas, Proud added.

“On the way back, people are out of cash,” he said.

For all destinations, the biggest days of the week for buying drinks are Thursdays and Fridays, when the average plane load spends $67 and $66 per flight.

Haiti

Building complete on El Rancho Hotel

The new NH El Rancho Hotel in Haiti has completed construction, the Ministry of Tourism announced. The property, located in the Petion-Ville suburb of Port-au-Prince, is set for an official inauguration in October, a government spokesperson told the Caribbean Journal.

The grand opening had been slated for February.

The project is a renaissance for what was, at one time, one of the country’s most famous hotels. The El Rancho will include 72 rooms, according to the most recent information from the hotel.

Air travel

Puppy love at Lauderdale airport

The newest arrivals at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport are furry, four-legged and prone to bouts of tail wagging.

Broward’s airport has launched its “AmbassaDogs Program” featuring therapy dogs who are meant to put passengers at ease during the sometimes stressful air travel experience.

The AmbassaDogs include Joy, a Shetland sheepdog; Mikey, a greyhound; Tiffany, a Yorkshire terrier; and Penny, a border collie mix.

Cruise lines

Princess to add China sailings

Princess Cruises will expand to China next year, basing the Sapphire Princess in Shanghai for four months.

The cruise line, part of Miami-based Carnival Corp., expects to carry 70,000 passengers during the season. Princess announced earlier this year that it would sail two ships from Japan between April and October 2014.

In China, the 2,670-passenger ship will take trips that last three to seven days. The four itineraries all include stops in South Korea. The cruises, which start in May, will be tailored to Chinese guests.

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