Newsline Briefs

Alaska Voters on Aug. 22 approved measures to tax a cruise line’s corporate earnings and gambling revenues reaped while in the state’s waters, as well as to assess a $50 per-passenger head tax. The levies are slated to be implemented in 2007.

The Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority, which operates Chicago’s McCormick Place, signed a new five-year contract with Local 17 Decorators Union. To expire on June 30, 2011, the contract will benefit exhibitors and show organizers through reduced costs and greater work-rule flexibility.

Wyndham Hotel Group and Corinthia Group have agreed to jointly manage hotels under the Wyndham and Ramada brands in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Under the deal, 15 Corinthia-owned hotels will be rebranded, while other properties will become part of a new tier, the Wyndham Grand Collection.

Ryanair, the Irish budget carrier, will begin offering cellular service on its fleet in mid-2007, making it the first European carrier to do so.