by Cheryl-Anne Sturken | January 01, 2007

Pearl Sea Cruises has signed contracts for two new luxury ships. The first will accommodate 165 passengers and debut in July 2008. The second will carry 210 passengers and debut in June 2009. Both are earmarked for international cruising.

Northwest Airlines will begin daily nonstop service from Bradley International Airport in Hartford, Conn., to Amsterdam, the Netherlands, beginning on July 1.

Radisson Hotels & Resorts has created its own line of branded spas called Larimar, the name of a stone native to the Dominican Republic and popular throughout the Caribbean, and which is believed to have healing powers. The first Larimar spa opened in November 2006 at the 353-room Radisson Resort & Casino in Aruba.

The Indiana Convention Center has been given official approval to break ground in 2008 on an expansion that will give the facility an additional 420,000 square feet of event space, increasing its overall space by 73 percent. Plans for a new convention center hotel are being developed.