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Travel Roundup: Virgin Studies Atlanta and Dallas, IHC Blames Recession, Miami Luxury Hotels Decline and More

Virgin America studying flights to Atlanta, Dallas or Austin -- Virgin America Inc. is looking to Atlanta, Dallas or Austin as it adds Florida routes, its chief executive David Cush reported. Serving either Atlanta or Dallas would challenge Delta Air Lines Inc. and American Airlines. Virgin already announced service starting to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and will start San Francisco to Los Angeles flights on Nov. 18. The airline is also looking to expand to Toronto or Vancouver. Virgin America began flying in 2007. [Source: Bloomberg News]

IHC loses money, blames recession slump -- InterContinental Hotels Group PLC, the operator of Holiday Inn hotels, lost $56 million in the second-quarter after recession write-downs. Last year, the company had a $101 million profit. Chief executive Andrew Cosslett said that the company would soldier on and is still going to open more than 400 hotels this year. Cosslett said that that IHC will be "well positioned for the upturn." [Source: Associated Press]

Miami hotels post 20 to 40 percent occupancy loss -- Bookings plunged 20 points this spring and summer at the Delano in South Beach, while its sister hotel, the Shore Club, saw its per-room revenue fall 40 percent. The numbers from Morgans Hotel Group, their corporate owner, said the Miami market is the reason for the hotel group's rough $10 million second-quarter loss. Miami's luxury hotel market is faring poorly as the recession continues. Morgans said that Miami's South American visitors, always a staple, have also been staying away. [Source: Miami Herald]

Von Raesfeld joins Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas -- Royal Caribbean International announced 23-year-old Keriann Von Raesfeld as its choice for chef de cuisine for 150 Central Park, the Oasis of the Seas signature restaurant. The megaship is expected to launch in December. [Source: Royal Caribbean]