Ovation Travel Group sends corona care kits to clients

Ovation Travel Group is sending corporate and leisure
travelers complimentary “Standing with You” care kits after they book. 

The kits include a face mask, hand sanitizer, disinfecting
wipes, tissues and a thermometer.

Ovation chairman and CEO Paul Metselaar said that client
trust is more critical now than ever. The kits, he said, are designed to
increase client safety and decrease stress and anxiety.

“While travel will not come back overnight, we are already
seeing demand increase among some of our clients,” he said.

Ovation, No. 16 on Travel Weekly’s 2019 Power List, is based
in New York.

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Scenic Group says shipyard begins work on its second expedition ship

The Scenic Group said that construction on the Scenic Eclipse II has begun this week in Croatia with a steel-cutting ceremony for the second of five ships planned for the company’s oceangoing fleet.

Its sister ship, the 228-passenger Scenic Eclipse, launched in August as the first expedition vessel to have its own fleet of two helicopters as well as a submarine.

Scenic said that as of now “work is being done on a situational basis” and that there is no set delivery or launch date at this point.

MKM Yachts, a new company wholly owned by the Scenic Group, is now in charge of construction of all of its ocean ships. The Scenic Eclipse was delayed more than a year due to multiple issues at Croatia’s Uljanik shipyard, including worker strikes, financial malfeasance, management turnover and frozen bank accounts, Scenic said. Last year, Scenic invested in Uljanik to help complete the ship. MKM Yachts said that under an agreement with the Croatian government it will operate its shipbuilding in a dedicated section of the existing Maj 3 Shipyard in Rijeka. 

Scenic has two other ships under construction: Emerald Waterways’ first ocean ship, the Emerald Azzurra, and the Emerald Luna, a river vessel. 

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