Florida is already a significant part of Virgin Holidays' offerings. The global vacation package company has a substantial presence in Central Florida and regularly markets the region to outsiders. It's also a popular destination for Virgin Atlantic, with the airline serving both Orlando and Miami. But over the next few years, Virgin Group will pretty much take over the state.
possibly being extended to Disney World and eventually Tampa. Being connected to the private train system, a first in the U.S. in decades, created lots of buzz, but for Virgin, but it's still mostly a branding opportunity, as the British company is only a minority investor. Virgin Trains USA remains under the same management and majority owner, Fortress Investment Group, as before.
Orlando-to-Miami route that would use some of the same I-4 right-of-way that Virgin Trains USA is now seeking, but the hyperloop tube would turn at Highway 27 and swing around the west of Lake Okeechobee, before connecting to Miami. With an estimated travel time between Orlando and Miami of less than 30 minutes, the hyperloop proposal would be more than five times faster than the Virgin/Brightline train.
DP World Cargospeed, which is focused exclusively on moving freight via hyperloop. A link to the Port of Miami would make moving cargo via the hyperloop especially appealing. Both the train and the hyperloop plan to have terminals at PortMiami.
The Port is home to yet another Virgin venture that is about to launch. Virgin Voyages will begin sailing out of the PortMiami later this year, when it debuts the ship Scarlett Lady. The cruise line is also developing plans for a 100,000-square-foot Miami Beach-inspired cruise terminal. The brand-new, adults-only cruise line is a joint venture between Virgin Group and Bain Capital. Based out of Plantation, Florida, the new cruise line is looking to shake up the industry with streamlined pricing, unique offerings like an onboard tattoo parlor and drag shows, and bold contemporary designs.
Just a few miles away from the Virgin Voyages offices sit the headquarters another Virgin venture. Virgin Hotels is Virgin founder Richard Branson’s latest project. The upscale, business-friendly chain is designed to be welcoming to women traveling alone. An all-cash deal for around $14 million launched the hotel chain, when Branson purchased the Old Dearborn Bank Building in Chicago. After a four-year remodel, the first Virgin Hotel opened there in 2015.
a $200 million remodel. It is slated to reopen in November as a Virgin Hotel and will be the first with a casino. Dallas and San Francisco are also home to Virgin Hotels. Seven more hotels are currently in the works stretching from Palm Springs to Scotland, each with a distinct style the celebrates that city.
lube and vibrators.
Even the bed has been completely redesigned. Billed as the "bed of the future," the "Lounge Bed" has a slanted, padded headboard designed to be leaned against, and one corner of the bed has an attached chair back. The headboard and chair back make the bed a conversation pit, and even a potential workstation. Guests can use an app to adjust the room temperature and order room service from the comfort of the award-winning bed. Free wifi, minibars with "street prices," Poliform-designed closets and sit-down makeup vanities all promise to make Virgin Hotels a step above.
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