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Texas Highways readers say San Anto...

Texas Highways readers say San Antonio is No. 1 travel destination

Texas Highways readers know a great place when they visit it. That's why the publication's audience has named San Antonio their favorite destination. Texas Highways polled readers in an effort to determine the top 40 destinations in the Lone Star State. The Alamo City was ranked numero uno based on a number of factors, including the popularity of some of its more notable attractions, like the Alamo and River Walk, as well as its cuisine and events. Texas Highways Editor Jill Lawless presented San?
Otters and Beavers take to the air:...

Otters and Beavers take to the air: Seaplane center expands in Kenmore

The biggest seaplane station in the U.S. is getting bigger, with construction of a new hangar at Kenmore Air Harbor. The new facility will allow the company employees to work indoors on Kenmore Air Harbor's largest aircraft, said Todd Banks, the company's president. "It's giving our people better working conditions," said Banks. "We weren't able to work on them inside very easily." Most of the company's 130 workers overhauled the aircraft outside, and had to stop work when weather got too wet?
San Antonio Convention & Visitors B...

San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau putting more heads in hotel beds

The San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau has not let a $325 million expansion of the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center get in the way of its efforts to help fill local hotel rooms. The bureau has booked more than 859,000 hotel room nights in fiscal year 2014, including business for future years. In fiscal year 2013, it booked 857,206 room nights. The number of visitors attending San Antonio conventions is also up. San Antonio has hosted more than 681,000 convention attendees in fiscal year?
Vail gets federal go-ahead to build...

Vail gets federal go-ahead to build summer activity center

Vail Mountain received official approval Monday to build out Epic Discovery, its planned summertime activity area at the ski resort that now relies extremely heavily on winter visitors for its income. The U.S. Forest Service, given authority in a 2011 bill sponsored by U.S. Sen. Mark Udall to issue permits on federal land for activities other than Nordic and alpine skiing, published a final record of decision for Epic Discovery, the first proposal submitted to the federal agency under the new law. That?
Hornblower to extend Niagara Falls ...

Hornblower to extend Niagara Falls season by five weeks

Stronger-than-anticipated demand, coupled with mild fall weather, has prompted the operataors of Hornblower Niagara Cruises to extend its season by five weeks. Hornblower Niagara, which is wrapping up its first year of running tour boats from Niagara Falls, Ont., to the base of the waterfall, said it will extend its season through Nov. 30 instead of the original closing date of Oct. 24. This will mark the first time that tour boats have remained active in the lower Niagara River past the U.S. Thanksgiving?
NBAA chief: Business aviation?s res...

NBAA chief: Business aviation?s resiliency is on display at annual event

Ed Bolen, president and CEO of the National Business Aviation Association, said Monday in Orlando that this year's event is a testament to the industry's resiliency. After feeling the pains of the recession, felt especially hard by the small and midsize jet markets, manufacturers are beginning to realize some of the benefits of the investments they made in their products even during the tough times. "Through it all, business aviation has been investing in the future," Bolen said, according to a?

MSNBC

4 Tips For Cheap Thanksgiving Fligh...

4 Tips For Cheap Thanksgiving Flights

If you?re planning to fly over the Thanksgiving holiday, think like a comedian: Timing is everything and if you get it wrong, it won?t be pretty.
Oil CEO Killed as Snowplow Collides...

Oil CEO Killed as Snowplow Collides With Jet

Cameras capture the devastation after a snowplow collided with a small plane, killing four people on board including the CEO of a French oil company.
Snowplow into Jet Leaves Four Dead

Snowplow into Jet Leaves Four Dead

Cameras capture the devastation after a snowplow collided with a small plane, killing four people on board including the CEO of a French oil company.
That's the Ticket: 4 Tips for Thank...

That's the Ticket: 4 Tips for Thanksgiving Fliers

If you?re planning to fly over the Thanksgiving holiday, think like a comedian: Timing is everything and if you get it wrong, it won?t be pretty.
How to choose the right concealer

How to choose the right concealer

Concealer can be every face?s best friend, but choosing the right shade and formula is the key to getting perfect coverage. The experts weigh in on how to nail the right concealer for your face:Define your skin?s texture first.
Marathoners Fight Thick Beijing Smo...

Marathoners Fight Thick Beijing Smog on Race Day

Despite heavy pollution blanketing Beijing on Sunday, an international marathon went ahead, with face masks used to battle the smog.

NewYorkTimes

T Magazine: Henri Samuel?s Modernis...

T Magazine: Henri Samuel?s Modernist Twist

The French decorator became interested in contemporary art late in his career and the results are now on display at New York?s Demisch Danant gallery.
Frequent Flier: A Wayward Tablet Sh...

Frequent Flier: A Wayward Tablet Shares a Seat Pocket With a Guardian Angel

A lost tablet finds its way back to its worried owner thanks to the founder of a pharmaceutical-naming agency and, maybe, some divine intervention.
Itineraries: Love Field Flight Limi...

Itineraries: Love Field Flight Limits End, and Passengers Cheer

Because some identical or similar routes are now offered at Love and Dallas-Forth Worth International, travelers have a rare blessing: options.
On the Road: For Travel Pros, Ebola...

On the Road: For Travel Pros, Ebola Fears Create Teaching Moments

The effects in the business travel industry have been negligible so far, but concerns are growing.
Paris Journal: The Secret Is Out on...

Paris Journal: The Secret Is Out on a Cherished Underground Haven

A secretive community of street artists, history buffs and other Parisians regularly prowl a network of abandoned tunnels and chambers.
T Magazine: A New Short Film, Starr...

T Magazine: A New Short Film, Starring James Franco, From the Artist Daniel Arsham

Premiering exclusively here, the new collaboration between the two talents depicts the end of the world as they know it.

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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