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Fight over duty-free shops at DIA c...

Fight over duty-free shops at DIA continues

A dispute over Denver International Airport's lucrative contract with Dufry North America LLC to sell duty-free items at the airport this week moved into Denver District Court for a second time. The fight centers on allegations that DIA officials improperly communicated with and favored Dufry, also known as the Hudson Group, and its partners during the airport's bidding process for an operator to run the duty-free shops, a process that started in April 2013 and concluded last fall when the city?
Populous plans Super Bowl events fo...

Populous plans Super Bowl events for XXXIst straight year

For the XXXIst ? or 31st ? straight year, Kansas City architecture firm Populous is managing the planning and operations for the Super Bowl. Populous, which is famous for its work in the sports world, is helping plan the National Football League's championship game ? better known as Super Bowl XLIX ? between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks. The firm also designed the $455 million, 63,400-seat University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., and the more than $660 million?
Met Square gets OK for liftoff from...

Met Square gets OK for liftoff from FAA

The Federal Aviation Administration changed course and determined that the Met Square project in downtown Miami is not a hazard for commercial air traffic. In December, the FAA sent Met Square developer MDM Development Group a "notice of hazard" letter, recommending that the 538-foot hotel and residential project be scaled down to 471 feet so as not to interfere with airplanes flying overhead to and from Miami International Airport, about 5 miles away. On Jan. 29, the FAA sent the developer a letter?
American Airlines adds internationa...

American Airlines adds international flights -- but not in Charlotte

American Airlines Group Inc. (NASDAQ:AAL) announced this week that it is adding six routes to destinations in Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America. But none of those will be taking off from Charlotte Douglas International Airport. CLT, formerly the largest hub for US Airways, serves as the second-largest hub for Fort Worth, Texas-based American since the two carriers merged in late 2013, creating the world's largest airline by operations. In the year leading up to that deal's closing, executives?
Pittsburgh International due for an...

Pittsburgh International due for an update, says new airport authority CEO Cassotis

Christina Cassotis, Allegheny County Airport Authority's new CEO, said on Friday that Pittsburgh International Airport is due for some sprucing up, if not an overhaul. In an interview with the Business Times, Cassotis said the airport is 23 years old and has reached a point where some work is in order. The scope of that work remains to be determined, she said. But any project would be in keeping with the market, said Cassotis, who began her duties on Jan. 15. Cassotis spent 16 years with the consultancy?
American Airlines pilots approve co...

American Airlines pilots approve contract with 23 percent pay raise

American Airlines pilots have approved a contract that gives them a 23 percent pay raise this year and subsequent raises of 3 percent for the next five years. About 65.7 percent voted in favor of the deal and 34.3 voted against the new five-year contract, according to the Allied Pilots Association. "Today's results provide immediate and significant pay increases to our pilots, and represent another step forward in our (merger) integration," American Airlines President Scott Kirby said in a prepared?

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Glowing Shores and Cold Swims: The ...

Glowing Shores and Cold Swims: The Week in Pictures

Blizzard blows through New England, algae blooms blue, Syrian city is recaptured and more.
Super Bowl: Who Can Afford to Atten...

Super Bowl: Who Can Afford to Attend?

With a smaller than usual supply and higher than anticipated demand, ticket prices for Super Bowl XLIX are selling for about $8,000 per seat. NBC's Mark Barger reports the sky-high prices have limited the ability for normal fans to attend.
Beijing Mayor: Smog Makes Our City ...

Beijing Mayor: Smog Makes Our City 'Unlivable'

Tourism in Beijing is down 10 percent as the city struggles to establish clean air standards.
FBI Investigates Online Bomb Threat...

FBI Investigates Online Bomb Threats Against U.S. Airlines

The FBI is probing a series of threatening tweets, often made in the name of ISIS, aimed at least 20 commercial aircraft flying in the U.S.
Will SkyMall Fly Again?

Will SkyMall Fly Again?

A former advertiser known for tech-friendly apparel is pursuing an acquisition of SkyMall days after the in-flight catalog filed for bankruptcy.
Northeast Blizzard Causes Thousands...

Northeast Blizzard Causes Thousands of Flight Cancellations

Hundreds of passengers were stranded overnight at New York's John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia airports as a blizzard swept through the area.

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In Transit Blog: Cunard Ships Will ...

In Transit Blog: Cunard Ships Will Travel Back in Time

This summer, in honor of its 175th anniversary, Cunard plans to recreate its original voyage, from Liverpool, England, to Boston, aboard the Queen Mary 2.
Pilots Union Approves Contract With...

Pilots Union Approves Contract With Airline

The deal provides a substantial salary increase, though some union members have criticized it for failing to match the terms offered by Delta Air Lines.
Odd Photo Choice for Venezuela Prom...

Odd Photo Choice for Venezuela Promotional Effort

Jim Wyss, a reporter for The Miami Herald, was surprised to see a picture of himself after his release from Venezuelan detention being used in a campaign for national pride.
In Transit Blog: Presidents Can Be ...

In Transit Blog: Presidents Can Be So Romantic

This year Valentine?s and Presidents? Day fall on the same weekend, and hotels around the country are offering packages that celebrate both occasions.
In Transit Blog: At Bulgari Hotel M...

In Transit Blog: At Bulgari Hotel Milan, Renowned Chefs Are Guests

The Bulgari Hotel Milan has a seven-month food festival in which high-profile chefs collaborate on the cuisine.
T Magazine: The Los Feliz Neighborh...

T Magazine: The Los Feliz Neighborhood of Los Angeles Gets its First Boutique Hotel

In a creative-class enclave not known for its lodging options, Hotel Covell is opening above the beloved hangout Bar Covell.

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Education, Experience Drive Carni...

Education, Experience Drive Carnivore BBQ Food Truck, Video

By Lucas Daprile - One might expect to find the holder of an MBA from the prestigious Wharton School managing millions in a corporate high-rise or sparking startups in Silicon Valley.
DC Jewish Museum Moves ? on a Tru...

DC Jewish Museum Moves ? on a Truck ? with the Times

By Jordan Gass-Pooré - Congress proved that the way to help reunite a community was to saw one of its beloved buildings in half and put it on a truck.
Kansas City International Airport...

Kansas City International Airport 2014 Passenger Traffic Tops 10.1 Million

"During 2014 we welcomed a new carrier, Spirit Airlines, and saw increased flights from other airlines to key destinations like Boston, Los Angeles and San Francisco."
Four More Former Puerto Rico Poli...

Four More Former Puerto Rico Police Officers Sentenced

The officers admitted to being members of a criminal organization that sought to enrich its members through a pattern of illegal conduct.
Human Rights Watch Calls on DR Co...

Human Rights Watch Calls on DR Congo to End Deadly Crackdown on Protests

The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo has used unlawful and excessive force to crack down on protests since January 19, 2015, Human Rights Watch said Saturday. The demonstrators were protesting proposed changes to the electoral law that many Congolese believed would permit President Joseph Kabila to stay in office beyond his mandated two-term limit.
Liberia Travel Warning

Liberia Travel Warning

There have been major accomplishments in the fight against Ebola, and for the first time in several months we are seeing lower rates of new infections, reduced demand at Ebola treatment units, and other positive signs.

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In Online Travel, Size Matters

In Online Travel, Size Matters

In Online Travel, Size MattersFour Questions about the Future of Online Travel Agencies With Expedia swallowing Travelocity, Orbitz considering a sale, eDreams Odigeo in transition and Priceline stoking fears around the world, every online travel company and hotelier must confront a rising strategic reality: It's become a two-horse race, and the leaders are pulling ahead of the pack. Online travel agencies (OTAs) are the fastest growing distribution channel globally, and the two largest, Priceline and Expedia, outpace the market by no small margin. Combined gross bookings of the two jumped from 38% of global OTA sales in 2011 to 47% in 2013 (see Figure 1). And the continued, super-charged organic growth of Priceline's Booking.com, as well as Expedia's assumption of the Travelocity volume largely in 2014 (and Australia's Wotif), mean global share of the two leaders will only accelerate in 2014 and 2015. Figure 1 The rest of the OTA market is growing, but at a pace far...
U.K. Proves Perfect Storm for Mobil...

U.K. Proves Perfect Storm for Mobile Bookings

The time is finally here: The majority of U.K. travelers own a mobile device, and travel companies have the mobile web and app experience down pat. And now, mobile bookings are beginning to flourish. By 2016, 25% of online bookings will be mobile, up from 12% just three years before. In Europe, the U.K. has the highest share of total web traffic from smartphones and tablet. Learn more about the U.K.'s mobile travel market with Phocuswright's U.K. Online Travel Overview Tenth Edition.
Mobile Travel Shopping Hits Tipping...

Mobile Travel Shopping Hits Tipping Point ? But PC Still Dominates Booking

Mobile devices have invaded the early travel planning funnel. During 2014, one third of U.S. leisure travelers used their smartphone to research where to go for an upcoming vacation while only slightly fewer, 32%, used the device to shop for travel products like flights and hotels. According to a new Innovation Edition publication, the growth in mobile travel shopping has been extremely impressive, up from 26% the prior year. While consumers might be breaking out their devices to research and plan their trips, the overwhelming majority still head to the PC (78%) when it comes time to book. Nevertheless, mobile booking is growing. One in four leisure travelers used their smartphone to book leisure in 2014, up from only 15% from 2013. "The industry has been very focused on mobile booking for quite some time now. And while that growth is exciting to watch unfold, it's only just part of the story," says Phocuswright's senior analyst, consumer research, Marcello Gasdia. "More...
Canada's Travel Industry Fails to K...

Canada's Travel Industry Fails to Keep Pace as Travelers' Mobile Expectations Accelerate

Home to one of the first leaders in the global smartphone revolution, the storied maker of the BlackBerry messenger and smartphones, Canada has been somewhat sleepy when it comes to the mobile travel revolution. According to Phocuswright's Canadian Online Travel Overview Third Edition: 2012-2016 (a European and Global Edition publication), gross bookings via mobile devices (smartphones and tablets) remain well below that of the U.S., Europe and even Asia, with mobile as a share of all online bookings still in the low single digits. "When it comes to mobile, Canada's travel industry – with a few exceptions – has let the consumer pass it by. The Canadian traveler is already there," said Phocuswright's vice president, research, Douglas Quinby. "Four in five Canadian travelers own mobile devices and a significant minority of travelers use their devices across a range of travel activities." More than 40% of mobile travelers researched local activities or destinations on...
Europe's Online Travel Market Will ...

Europe's Online Travel Market Will Expand 7% in 2015, Despite Economic Challenges

A new European and Global Edition study published by Phocuswright finds that European online travel gross bookings will march forward at a brisk pace in 2015, despite continued economic sluggishness and geopolitical turbulence. Optimism over Europe's recovery experienced in the first half of 2014 proved short-lived, as the French economy continued its slowdown into 2015 and Greece's fiscal woes continued to weigh heavily on Euro Zone stability. Despite these challenges, online bookings expanded by 8% in 2013 and will continue to climb at a similar pace through 2016, according to Phocuswright's European Online Travel Overview Tenth Edition. "While growth in the total travel market has slowed, there is still ample opportunity to shift market share between Europe's many travel intermediaries and suppliers," states Luke Bujarski, director, research at Phocuswright. Intense competition driven by disruptive innovation across all the major travel segments including air and...
Sputtering European Economy Halts H...

Sputtering European Economy Halts Holiday Spending Recovery

After climbing out from the depths of the global economic recession, Europe appeared to be on track for a lasting recovery. But despite some signs of progress, the region's economic rollercoaster continued in 2014, amid fears of a renewed slowdown in the region's largest economies. Branded as Europe's growth engine, Germany sputtered in the second quarter as the country's gross domestic product (GDP) contracted. Add to that geopolitical turmoil and deflation concerns, and it is clear that Europeans have plenty to be concerned about. According to a new European and Global Edition publication, consumer travel trends for 2014 are mixed, but positive indicators remain. Although travel incidence fell in France and the U.K., a larger share of German travelers took a leisure trip versus the previous year. And while Europeans in all three markets took fewer trips, they spent more, making cutbacks among those who did travel largely symbolic. Consumer travel trends reflect a varied...

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