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Oahu's Turtle Bay Resort expands ev...

Oahu's Turtle Bay Resort expands event offerings

Within the next six months, Turtle Bay Resort will play host a electronic music DJ's concert, a jazz and blues festival, and a yoga and music festival. The resort is also putting on family-friendly events to celebrate Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's, and, since it's winter on the North Shore, lots of surfing related events. Adam Luchs, events manager at Turtle Bay, said the hotel is opening itself up as an outdoor venue to concert promoters. On the resort property and within walking?
Boeing makes sales to Iran for firs...

Boeing makes sales to Iran for first time in 35 years

The Boeing Co. is back in business with Iran, albeit in a very small way. Boeing (NYSE: BA) said in its 10-Q filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that it sold aircraft manuals, drawings and navigation charts and other data to Iran Air. The sales generated around $120,000 in gross revenue and $12,000 net profit. They were intended to help improve the safety of Iran's civil aviation industry. Boeing reported a revenue total of $23.7 billion across all its operations in the third quarter. The?
Johnston County Airport to unveil n...

Johnston County Airport to unveil new upgraded terminal

The Johnston County Airport in Smithfield will unveil its new terminal with $4 million in upgrades at the end of the month, including a new pilot's lounge and other amenities. Airport Director Ray Blackmon says the project began in 2011 "after completing a multi-million dollar mandatory runway safety area." The new building is four times the size of the old terminal it replaces and includes a lobby and a conference room that Blackmon calls "state of the art." The new pilot's lounge, accessible?
With three generations of 737s, Ala...

With three generations of 737s, Alaska Airlines rides the Boeing efficiency boom

To understand the importance of Boeing's advances in 737 fuel efficiency to the airline industry, look no further than Alaska Airlines. The Seattle-based airline, now head-to-head in a market fight against much-larger rival Delta Air Lines, is basing much of its strategy on Boeing's 737 planes, and on that aircraft's substantial fuel burn improvements. The airline's ability to compete, especially against a growing threat from Delta, is increasingly a result of "much more fuel-efficient aircraft?
Pebblebrook hotels fuller, rates hi...

Pebblebrook hotels fuller, rates higher ? and income soars

Bethesda-based Pebblebrook Hotel Trust reports sharply higher third-quarter earnings on gains in room revenue and occupancy. The hotel owner also raised its full-year outlook. Pebblebrook reports net income of $23.7 million, or 36 cents per share, compared with $11.3 million, or 18 cents per share, in the same quarter a year ago Revenue per available room rose 11.4 percent on an 8.5 percent increase in room rates and a 2.6 percent rise in occupancy. "Our hotels benefited from accelerating growth?
Denver heads toward record year for...

Denver heads toward record year for convention attendance

Denver is on pace for its best convention year ever, with the number of delegates flocking to the Mile High City through the first nine months of 2014 outnumbering those who came here during the city's record-breaking 2013. Through the end of September, 319,445 conventioneers have ate, drank and networked in Denver ? a 2 percent year-to-date bump over last year, Visit Denver said Thursday. With a number of meetings planned for October through December as well, the convention and visitors bureau?

MSNBC

'One hot mama!' Woman speechless af...

'One hot mama!' Woman speechless after Ambush Makeover, donates hair to charity

A rainy fall day in New York City got much brighter for two ladies when they were swept away by our Ambush Makeover team for an unforgettable transformation.53-year-old Vickie Lilley from North Carolina dropped 95 pounds and decided it was a good time to trade in her "au naturale" appearance for an upgraded look. "She's a wonderful person, " Vickie's friend Renee told Jill Martin.
The Week in Pictures

The Week in Pictures

Foamy freshmen at St Andrews, widows light up Diwali, umbrellas vs. batons in Hong Kong, football fight on the field, counting sheep & more.
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The Secret to Getting a Cheap Thank...

The Secret to Getting a Cheap Thanksgiving Flight

Holiday season is just around the corner.
Giant Sculptures Greet Sydney's Bea...

Giant Sculptures Greet Sydney's Beachgoers

The "Sculpture by the Sea" exhibition stretches for over a mile along Sydney's coastline.
Tamron's Tuesday Trend: 3 ways to r...

Tamron's Tuesday Trend: 3 ways to rock a pantsuit or jumpsuit

Each week, Tamron Hall shows off beauty tips, style ideas or lifestyle trends that she enjoys and offers tips so viewers can join in too. This week style expert Lilliana Vazquez offers her advice for pulling off a style Tamron loves ? the pantsuit.

NewYorkTimes

In Transit Blog: Getting Acrobatic ...

In Transit Blog: Getting Acrobatic at Club Med

Guests at Club Med resorts will be able to learn circus arts through a new partnership with Cirque du Soleil.
Cheaper Fuel Leads to Record Profit...

Cheaper Fuel Leads to Record Profits at Airlines

The recent slide in crude oil prices contributed to soaring third-quarter revenue for the biggest airlines, and that trend seems likely to continue through the holiday travel season.
Update: New Ebola Screening Measure...

Update: New Ebola Screening Measures

A guide to the steps being taken to prevent travelers from spreading Ebola.
The Getaway: Your Big Box Vacation

The Getaway: Your Big Box Vacation

Should you book travel through chains like Costco, Sam?s Club and BJ?s Wholesale Club? Here are some factors to consider.
In Transit Blog: In Curacao, Helpin...

In Transit Blog: In Curacao, Helping Hands for Reefs

REEF, a nonprofit group, is offering a trip in which participants help remove invasive lionfish in Curacao.
T Magazine: Espadrilles That Travel...

T Magazine: Espadrilles That Travel Well

Breezy slip-ons for hitting the beach and the street.

Infozine

House Republicans Demand Ban on T...

House Republicans Demand Ban on Travelers from West Africa

By Wesley Juhl - House Republicans want to ban travel to the U.S. from West Africa, where the Ebola outbreak continues to rage.
Rich Fish Diversity Found in Big ...

Rich Fish Diversity Found in Big Buffalo Creek

By Bill Graham - Peer into Big Buffalo Creek and you will see small fishes swimming in the clear water, no surprise for a stream bordering Ozark highlands. But what will surprise an onlooker is the species diversity found when fishery biologists sample the stream's fish population with seines and nets.
Kansas City International Airport...

Kansas City International Airport Traffic Up for August

The number of peak-day scheduled aircraft departures for August 2014 was 186.
Worldwide Travel Caution Update

Worldwide Travel Caution Update

The Department of State is updating the Worldwide Caution to provide information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world.
South Pacific Tropical Cyclone 20...

South Pacific Tropical Cyclone 2014-2015 Season Travel Alert

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to the South Pacific region about the ongoing threat of tropical cyclones affecting the area.
Mexico Travel Warning Updated

Mexico Travel Warning Updated

U.S. citizens have been the target of violent crimes, such as kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery by organized criminal groups in various Mexican states.

PhoCusWright

Online Travel Agency Competition He...

Online Travel Agency Competition Heats up Down Under

Australia and New Zealand's (ANZ's) online travel agency (OTA) landscape has changed considerably over the last three years. Long a two-horse race between Wotif and Webjet, the status quo is now facing disruption by several domestic and global players, according to PhoCusWright's newly released Australia and New Zealand Online Travel Overview Seventh Edition (an Asia Pacific and Global Edition publication). Wotif has experienced decelerated growth since 2010 – and recorded its weakest performance in 2013. Webjet is on a roll, aggressively closing the gap with Wotif, and has gradually moved away from an air-only approach to become a full-service OTA. With broad expertise and deep pockets for marketing spend, global OTAs such as Priceline-owned Booking.com, Expedia, and Orbitz subsidiary HotelClub continue to up the ante in the online hotel space. "Despite the weakening of the Australian dollar and subdued growth forecast of the ANZ travel market, competition in the...
Are Global Travel Organizations Und...

Are Global Travel Organizations Undervaluing Regional Social Media?

Travel industry engagement in the major global social platforms – Facebook, Twitter, YouTube – is nearly universal. Social networks now play a considerable – and growing – role in travel companies' marketing, customer engagement and service, according to The State of Social Media in Travel, a new Global Edition study from PhoCusWright. However, despite widespread prominence of social networking use across the travel industry, less than 10% of respondents to a new study cited any engagement with key regional social networks. In China, home to the world's largest social networking population and where nearly all Chinese travelers are active on local social platforms, only 6% of travel companies are currently active on some of the most popular social networks, such as Sina Weibo. "Given the scope of our study, it was quite surprising to see that so few travel companies are engaged in regional social networks," says Douglas Quinby, PhoCusWright's vice...
PhoCusWright Announces Partnership ...

PhoCusWright Announces Partnership With Brazilian Consultancy, Mapie

Travel industry research authority PhoCusWright today announced a partnership with Mapie, a Brazil-based hospitality consultancy company specializing in the Latin American market. Mapie's services include business development, management modeling and consumer and market research. This partnership with Mapie is evidence of PhoCusWright's expanding presence throughout the globe. Mapie will assist PhoCusWright with fielding surveys, sourcing clients and distributing their travel, tourism and hospitality research across Latin America. "Latin America is a complex region with varying characteristics from country to country. Partnering with a respected and established entity like Mapie will help us expand our presence in what we think is an underserved market," said Tony D'Astolfo, managing director of PhoCusWright. "Mapie will help with market sizing and consumer trends, and we will also leverage their significant portfolio of travel industry clients to assist with quantitative and...
Is Airbnb a Distribution or Hospita...

Is Airbnb a Distribution or Hospitality Company?

Is Airbnb a Distribution or Hospitality Company?(And Why It Wants to Be a Hospitality Company) In the latter half of 2013, Airbnb began making more direct comparisons between itself and the hotel industry. Nathan Blecharczyk, co-founder and CTO, told the Telegraph in November that he expected Airbnb to surpass InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) and Hilton in total number of rooms. He was right. Intended or not, the direct comparison with two of the world's largest hotel companies proved to be perfect PR for the fast-growing startup. Within six months, the company had closed a monster US$475 million funding round. The extensive media coverage in the run-up to the funding couldn't have hurt. It widely – and almost always superficially – compared the reported $10 billion valuation to the lesser market caps of several hotel companies, including IHG. The comparisons – both in the number of rooms and in valuation – may have made for great PR, but...
Mobile Holiday Shopping: Travel Rev...

Mobile Holiday Shopping: Travel Review Websites Win in France and U.K., Online Travel Agents Lead in Germany

Across Europe, consumer travel behavior is about as diverse as the culture. Nearly a quarter of French, German and U.K. leisure travelers used a mobile device to plan holidays in the past year. But according to a recent PhoCusWright report (part of the European, Global and Innovation Edition subscriptions), the types of travel websites and mobile apps mobile travel planners visit varies considerably across markets. According to PhoCusWright's European Traveler Technology Survey 2014, travel review websites and apps dominate in France and the U.K. Fifty-two percent of mobile travel planners in the U.K., and 45% in France, used a mobile website or app like TripAdvisor in the past year. In Germany, however, mobile travel review activity drops to 29%. Instead, German travelers typically prefer visiting online travel agents (OTAs) on their smartphones and tablets. In fact, they are significantly more likely to use an OTA website or app than their French and U.K. counterparts. ...
China?s Exploding Online Penetratio...

China?s Exploding Online Penetration Leads to Expanded OTA Offerings And Platforms

As Alibaba sits perched on the edge of what could be the largest IPO in history, all eyes are on China's e-commerce marketplaces. And as the country's consumers flock to online and mobile shopping channels, travel is one of the industries driving the shift. China's online leaders have the experience, talent and determination to innovate; its tech-savvy traveler base is poised for considerable growth; and its quickly evolving online environment revamps business models and offerings at a rapid pace. China's online travel gross bookings reached US$18.2 billion in 2013, second in Asia Pacific (APAC) only to Japan's, according to PhoCusWright's newly released Asia Pacific and Global Edition publication, China Online Travel Overview Seventh Edition. With annual growth of 26 – 27%, online bookings will account for more than a quarter of all travel bookings by 2016, when China's online travel market will surpass Japan's to reach $37.1 billion. With China's overall and online...

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