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Milwaukee convention center expansi...

Milwaukee convention center expansion deliberations delayed

A consultant?s recommendation for a $225 million expansion of Milwaukee?s downtown convention center will have to wait another month. At the January Wisconsin Center District board meeting, chairman Scott Neitzel said the board would consider the final report from Crossroads Consulting at the March board meeting and discuss next steps. However on Friday, the board decided to not hold a meeting in March and will reconvene in April. Neitzel said the district?s new CEO Marty Brooks is scheduled?
From Three Sixty to Scottrade: The ...

From Three Sixty to Scottrade: The favorite hangouts of the 40 Under 40 class of 2018

Where can you find these up and comers relaxing during their downtime?
2017 was another profitable year fo...

2017 was another profitable year for The Hawaii Convention Center

The Hawaii Convention Center was in the black in 2017, its second consecutive year in its history of posting profitable results.
Disney-area luxury hotels file plan...

Disney-area luxury hotels file plans for up to $60M expansion

The Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek and Waldorf Astoria Orlando near Walt Disney World are looking for a multimillion-dollar upgrade. Plans call for a nearly 55,000-square-foot expansion, including a 35,000-square-foot ballroom, which will cost roughly $50 million to $60 million, according to the company's November 2017 investor report. The hotel properties, which are interconnected via a conference center, want to expand the available meeting space across two buildings. One larger room will be added?
Which are the best hotels and resor...

Which are the best hotels and resorts in Alabama?

Some of the Yellowhammer State's best hotels and resorts are in Birmingham, according to a major media company. The Birmingham metro area featured heavily in two U.S. News & World Report rankings of the six best resorts and 15 best hotels in Alabama. The Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa in Birmingham came in second place in the resort ranking. Among the best hotels in the state, the Grand Bohemian Hotel in Mountain Brook came in third, Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge came?
PedalPub sets its sights on Napervi...

PedalPub sets its sights on Naperville

PedalPub is coming to west suburban Naperville.  For the uninitiated, PedalPub is a bicycling concept in which a bike is outfitted to accommodate up to 16 riders who pedal like crazy from one pub or brewery to the next, where they can sample beer or wine or whatever suits their fancy. The company is based in Minneapolis but has put its bikes manufactured in the Netherlands into several markets across the country, most notably Nashville, Tennessee, where PedalPub ? with a fleet of 13 bikes ??

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Free flowers and a pop-up marriage ...

Free flowers and a pop-up marriage booth: How airports do Valentine's Day

Air travel is rarely very romantic, but this Valentine's Day some airports and airlines are making a special effort to add a dash of love to the journey.
Unexploded World War II bomb closes...

Unexploded World War II bomb closes London airport

Some 284 flights were cancelled at London City Airport on Monday after an unexploded WWII bomb was discovered in the nearby River Thames.
Hamster flushed down toilet after c...

Hamster flushed down toilet after college student's pet denied flight

Belen Aldecosea, 21, accuses Spirit Airlines of causing her to flush her pet hamster down a toilet after the company refused to let her bring the pet on a flight.
California state loophole leaves mi...

California state loophole leaves minors at risk using Uber, Lyft

State regs require fingerprints and background checks for almost any worker who may be alone with kids. Those same requirements do not apply to Uber and Lyft.
Hand warmers and hip-hop: How Minne...

Hand warmers and hip-hop: How Minneapolis is preparing for the Super Bowl

An army of volunteers has been recruited to help travelers find their way around -- with the help of some free handwarmers.
Emotional support peacock denied fl...

Emotional support peacock denied flight by United Airlines

United Airlines said in a statement to NBC News that the peacock "did not meet guidelines for a number of reasons, including its weight and size."

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The Getaway: The Great American Roa...

The Getaway: The Great American Road Trip: Shorter and More Popular Than Ever

Seeking convenience and adventure (while avoiding airport security, baggage fees and the hassle of flying with Fido), more travelers are hitting the road.
Check In: At an Amsterdam Hotel, Ca...

Check In: At an Amsterdam Hotel, Canals and Character

The Pulitzer Amsterdam celebrates its past but has a flair for modern touches. Don?t miss the bar ? or the boat tour.
Bites: A New Orleans Restaurant Off...

Bites: A New Orleans Restaurant Offers Creativity Between Bread Slices

At Turkey and the Wolf, standard lunchbox fare is just a launching pad for the high-flying imaginings of a merry band of inventors.
Personal Journeys: At a Yoga Retrea...

Personal Journeys: At a Yoga Retreat in India: Beach Walks, Body Treatments and Healing

Guests have many reasons for spending a week of yoga and meditation in Gokarna, but reflection and rejuvenation are priorities.
Explorer: At New Zealand Trail Huts...

Explorer: At New Zealand Trail Huts, Shelter, Conversation and Community

Sometimes there?s solitude. Other times, lively discussions with new friends. And at every stop in the hut system there?s the Intentions Book. It?s must-reading.
The 52 Places Traveler: Starting an...

The 52 Places Traveler: Starting an Intimidating World Tour in the Big Easy

Our new columnist ? chosen (out of 13,000 applicants) to visit all of the spots on our 52 Places list ? finds plenty to celebrate in New Orleans, including fierce pride and a spirit of forgiveness.

Infozine

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.
Hyundai Elantra Earns Highest IIH...

Hyundai Elantra Earns Highest IIHS Award

The Hyundai Elantra, a small car, qualifies for the highest award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety after earning an acceptable rating in the new passenger-side small overlap front crash test.
Nissan Titan Improves Earns a Goo...

Nissan Titan Improves Earns a Good Rating [video]

The Nissan Titan crew cab is the fourth large pickup to earn a good rating in the driver-side small overlap front test.
Court Should Allow Legal Challeng...

Court Should Allow Legal Challenge to Proceed Against Warrantless Searches of Travelers? Smartphones, Laptops

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) urged a federal judge Friday to reject the Department of Homeland Security?s attempt to dismiss an important lawsuit challenging DHS?s policy of searching and confiscating, without suspicion or warrant, travelers? electronic devices at U.S. borders.
KCI Has Third Busiest Year in His...

KCI Has Third Busiest Year in History

The number of peak-day scheduled aircraft departures for December 2017 was 166.

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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