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Work on Marshall/Hyatt Centric to s...

Work on Marshall/Hyatt Centric to start this summer

One of downtown Sacramento?s longest-planned development projects should get underway in the next few months.
Behind the scenes at the speed-dati...

Behind the scenes at the speed-dating-for-travel-leaders that is IPW

In increments of just 15 or 20 minutes, destinations and travel companies look to cement $4.7 billion in contracts with travel operators.
Jacksonville airport soars in April

Jacksonville airport soars in April

For Jacksonville International Airport, T.S. Eliot is wrong: April certainly wasn?t the cruelest month. The airport saw more visitors this April than in any since it opened, staff members told the Jacksonville Aviation Authority board on Monday, with 545,386 people enplaning and deplaning. This is up 13.55 percent from April 2017 and represents the seventh month of year-over-year passenger growth ? a sustained period of growth that hasn?t been seen in a decade, said Chief Financial Officer?
Meet the people who can?t get enoug...

Meet the people who can?t get enough hotel points (You?ll learn something)

When the Marriott Rewards Insiders get together (at a Marriott property, of course), the conversation is about tips, trips and how their internet forum led to new friendships.
'Ego travel' is the new Millennial ...

'Ego travel' is the new Millennial obsession

Thomas Cook's newest travel report finds that Millennials prefer to stay where they can snap the best selfies. In the survey, 52 percent say social media posts were a consideration during their booking process. Thomas Cook calls it "ego travel." The survey of British travelers also shows that Facebook is still a place where Millennials show off their vacation highlights. A full 56 percent of Millennials use Facebook the most when sharing vacation snapshots. Travelers over 55 are also susceptible?
United Airlines reverses course on ...

United Airlines reverses course on premium cabin food service

United Airlines has announced another about-face. The Chicago-based carrier said it is reversing course on plans to downsize ? or ?streamline,? to use the carrier?s parlance ? the food offerings in the carrier?s domestic premium cabins. The changes were to have taken effect June 1 on all flights of less than four hours in duration. Instead, the carrier issued a statement late last week: ?We want our customers to know that we value and appreciate them and that we?re listening. Our?

MSNBC

Co-pilot sucked halfway out of wind...

Co-pilot sucked halfway out of windshield during Chinese flight

A seemingly routine flight from southwestern China to Tibet turned chaotic when a windshield burst open in mid-air, partially sucking out the co-pilot.
American Airlines' new emotional su...

American Airlines' new emotional support animal policy: Spiders, no. Miniature ponies, maybe.

No, you can't bring that emotional support hedgehog to help you through the flight.
FAA: Southwest discouraged mechanic...

FAA: Southwest discouraged mechanics from reporting some issues

Southwest said safety is top priority and intimidation is not tolerated.
Southwest plane with cracked window...

Southwest plane with cracked window makes emergency landing

The timing could hardly be worse for the Dallas-based airline, coming just two weeks after a passenger was sucked out a window on another flight.
United rolls out new pet policy ban...

United rolls out new pet policy banning certain breeds and some summer travel

Following several high-profile pet-related incidents, United is tightening its cargo rules ? and banning some breeds altogether.
Are you guilty of these bad travel ...

Are you guilty of these bad travel behaviors? A new survey reveals the most annoying.

Seat kickers and trigger-happy perfume wearers, you're on notice.

NewYorkTimes

The 52 Places Traveler: On the Wate...

The 52 Places Traveler: On the Water, and Off, the Rogue River in Oregon Charms

The reason I?d come to the Rogue River area is because it?s thriving ? even in the off-season.
Explorer: A D.I.Y. Trip Through Ala...

Explorer: A D.I.Y. Trip Through Alaska?s Inside Passage

Following in the footsteps of John Muir ? and millions of modern cruise ship passengers ? one marine ferry at a time.
Chasing the Deal: Four Father?s Day...

Chasing the Deal: Four Father?s Day Getaways Worth Taking

Give dad an experience this Father?s Day with one of these four budget-friendly vacation packages, designed to please the fathers on our gift lists.
Venice Journal: A Chance to Spend 9...

Venice Journal: A Chance to Spend 99-Plus Years in Venice (in the Afterlife)

Even if you can?t afford a palazzo on the Grand Canal, you might be able to bid for a plot in the cemetery of San Michele.
Cultured Traveler: You Have Airport...

Cultured Traveler: You Have Airport Stories. Now, an Airport Will Write a Story for You.

As part of a showcase for artists at La Guardia in New York, writers will create fictional tales for fliers ? and finish them before they land.
Explorer: In Chad, the Elephants (S...

Explorer: In Chad, the Elephants (So Many Elephants) Are Back

Although it?s not well-known, Zakouma National Park is a showcase for a stunning conservation success story. It?s welcoming for tourists too.

Infozine

Car Crashes - a Leading Cause of ...

Car Crashes - a Leading Cause of Death Among Children

Twenty-nine percent of the children killed were not restrained in a car seat or safety belt.
KCI Airport Passenger Traffic Inc...

KCI Airport Passenger Traffic Increases in February 2018

Year-to-date passenger boardings are 793,044, up 2.3 percent.
KCI Airport Passenger Traffic Inc...

KCI Airport Passenger Traffic Increases in January 2018

Passenger boardings were up 3.7 percent, with a total of 405,749 boarded.
IIHS Rear Crash Prevention Rating...

IIHS Rear Crash Prevention Ratings Hopes to Cut Parking Lot Mishaps [video]

Parking crashes usually don't result in serious injuries, but repair costs can quickly mount, along with the hassle of going without the family vehicle while waiting for the body shop to finish work. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has launched a rear crash prevention ratings program to help consumers identify models with the technology that can prevent or mitigate low-speed backing crashes. Two systems earn the highest rating of superior, and four earn the second-highest rating of advanced.
High-speed Broadband Goes Live in...

High-speed Broadband Goes Live in Samoa

The Asian Development Bank (ADB), the World Bank Group, and the Government of Australia joined the Government of Samoa to celebrate the arrival of high-speed internet in the country at a ceremony at the TATTE Convention Centre Friday.
February 2018 Air Travel Consumer...

February 2018 Air Travel Consumer Report Released

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Thursday released its February 2018 Air Travel Consumer Report on air carrier data compiled for the month of December 2017 and calendar year 2017.

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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