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Cruise news you can use, plus more ...

Cruise news you can use, plus more Friday business headlines

Looks like the party boat is about to get even bigger. Carnival Corp. has entered into agreements with shipbuilders Fincantieri and Meyer Werft to deliver nine new ships to its fleet by 2022, the South Florida Business Journal reports. The Miami-based cruise company (NYSE: CCL) didn't specify which brands the ships will operate under, but said they will serve the North American, European and Chinese cruise markets. If you're a cruise-lover, it's OK to break into your happy dance now. Go ahead?
Dayton commute among shortest in U....

Dayton commute among shortest in U.S.

The Dayton region has many strong selling points for prospective residents ? affordability and thriving arts scene among them ? but commuting to work is a factor often overlooked. While folks in Washington, D.C. and Atlanta are known to wallow in traffic for hours, the Dayton region is a relative breeze for commuting. In fact, the typical commute distance for Daytonians is a mere 6.6 miles, according to a new report from the Brookings Institute. That skews on the lower side for most medium-?
Carnival Corp. to build nine new sh...

Carnival Corp. to build nine new ships by 2022

The largest cruise operator in the world has announced plans to grow even larger. Carnival Corp. & plc has entered into agreements with shipbuilders Fincantieri and Meyer Werft to deliver nine new ships to its fleet by 2022. The Miami-based cruise company (NYSE: CCL) did not specify which brands the ships will operate under, but stated that they will serve the North American, European and Chinese cruise markets. "We're excited to take this next step in our fleet enhancement plan with these two?
Two N.C. cities among '50 Best Coll...

Two N.C. cities among '50 Best College Towns to Live In Forever'

Two North Carolina cities have landed on College Ranker's list of the "50 Best College Towns to Live In Forever." Durham ranks No. 34, while Asheville ranks No. 23. Among the factors that make Durham a great place to live after college, says the blog, are its "thriving economy and support for the arts." The top five college towns worth settling in are St. Augustine, Florida; Lawrence, Kansas; Fort Collins, Colorado; Athens, Ohio and Ames, Iowa.
Does the Brent Spence Bridge projec...

Does the Brent Spence Bridge project need to be so big?

For the past several years, we?ve been sold a misnamed project. The $2.6 billion Brent Spence Bridge project, when the financial details are examined, is in actuality an 8-mile highway widening and interchange replacement plan. Fixing the functionally obsolete bridge and building a new one to its immediate west would cost about $700 million. For the second straight year, Kentucky failed to pass legislation that would pave the way for financing via a public-private partnership. Private investors?
When it comes to the Brent Spence, ...

When it comes to the Brent Spence, we need to bridge the reality gap

If you want to immediately feel depressed, turn to page 5 and look at the timeline that Chris Wetterich put together for you this week. Oh, I?m sorry. You didn?t want to feel depressed? I know I am usually a lot more sunshine and rainbows than this, but I really need you to go look at that timeline and get deeply, seriously depressed. What Chris has laid out for you there represents more than a decade of steadily increasing costs for a solution to our region?s Brent Spence Bridge problem.?

MSNBC

Airlines Require Two in Cockpit Aft...

Airlines Require Two in Cockpit After Plane Crash

Numerous airlines hastily changed their policies to require that two crew members be in the cockpit at all times after the Germanwings crash.
How Was the Co-Pilot Left Alone at ...

How Was the Co-Pilot Left Alone at the Controls?

Many carriers require two members of the flight crew to be in the cockpit at all times.
Video Shows How to Access Airbus Co...

Video Shows How to Access Airbus Cockpit in Emergency

Airbus educational video from 2002 shows the safety procedure for accessing a cockpit during an emergency.
Children Brave Pain for the Glory o...

Children Brave Pain for the Glory of Rodeo

Protective gear has not stopped injuries, but pint-size bull riders say bumps, bruises and broken bones can't keep them away from the sport.
Take a Ride on the Fury 325, the Wo...

Take a Ride on the Fury 325, the World's Tallest Giga-Coaster

What's Happening to Your U.S. Airwa...

What's Happening to Your U.S. Airways Miles on Saturday

The next step in the merger between U.S. Airways and American is getting the two frequent flier mile programs folded together.

NewYorkTimes

In the Hills of Sri Lanka?s Tea Cou...

In the Hills of Sri Lanka?s Tea Country

In the lush interior of the island nation, among the relics of the past, some of the world?s finest tea is grown.
Common Sense: Bargain Hunting With ...

Common Sense: Bargain Hunting With a Strong Dollar in Europe, but Finding a Mixed Bag

With the euro approaching parity with the dollar, it seems to be time for a shopping spree on the Continent. But currency fluctuations are complicated.
In Transit Blog: A New Hike Explore...

In Transit Blog: A New Hike Explores the Bay of Fundy

World Expeditions is offering a new hiking trip that includes four days on the less-populated portion of the Fundy Footpath in Canada.
Frugal Traveler: High in the Mounta...

Frugal Traveler: High in the Mountains and Monasteries of Georgia

This former Soviet republic is perfect for budget travelers who like their bumpy bus rides to end in mountain villages with lots of good, affordable wine.
Footsteps: Searching for Evan S. Co...

Footsteps: Searching for Evan S. Connell?s Bohemian Sausalito

The Midwestern postwar novelist made a life in California, where he frequented bars and rubbed elbows with literary lights.
In Transit Blog: At a Paris Museum,...

In Transit Blog: At a Paris Museum, a Portrait of Tintin

The Musée en Herbe in Paris explores the visual world of Tintin with illustrations and objects similar to those depicted in his adventures.

Infozine

Modifications Earns Audi A6 Top S...

Modifications Earns Audi A6 Top Safety Pick+, Video

Stellar performance in the small overlap front test earns the 2016 Audi A6 a Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Missouri Angler Catches State-rec...

Missouri Angler Catches State-record Paddlefish

The first paddlefish snagging trip for Andy Belobraydic III will be one he?ll remember for the rest of his life.
NOAA Spring Weather Forecast, Vid...

NOAA Spring Weather Forecast, Video

Spring Flood Risk, Drought Outlook, Temperature and Precipitation Outlook
UPDATE #2: Extended Again, TSA Pr...

UPDATE #2: Extended Again, TSA PreCheck Enrollment Center at KCI Airport

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Aviation Department is teaming up with the Transportation Security Administration and IdentGo so air travelers may enroll in the TSA PreCheck program Monday, March 9th through Friday, March 27th at Kansas City International Airport.
Sporting Park Hosts CONCACAF Grou...

Sporting Park Hosts CONCACAF Group A Finales

Honduras/French Guiana vs Haiti and United States of America vs Panama
Human Rights Watch Calls on Ukrai...

Human Rights Watch Calls on Ukraine, Get Civilians Medical Care, Video

Travel restrictions imposed by the government of Ukraine have contributed to serious delays in the delivery of humanitarian aid, particularly medicines and medical equipment, to civilians in rebel-controlled areas of eastern Ukraine

PhoCusWright

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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