Hawaiian Airlines to showcase past,...

Hawaiian Airlines to showcase past, present flight attendant uniforms for Hawaii Fashion Month

Hawaiian Airlines will give a special presentation of its past and current flight attendants' uniforms at the MAMo Wearable Arts show next weekend at the Hawaii Convention Center. Hawaiian Airlines is the presenting sponsor for Hawaii Fashion Month, and is collaborating with MAMo, or Maoli Arts Month, and PAI Foundation on the Nov. 8 fashion show, which starts at 7:30 p.m., and is free and open to the public. It is the first time Hawaiian Airlines has sponsored a fashion show of this kind. "Hawaiian?
General aviation deliveries rise in...

General aviation deliveries rise in Q3

Total worldwide deliveries of general aviation aircraft increased in the third quarter to 1,678, up 5.7 percent year over year. Total billings for those deliveries also increased, up 4 percent to $16 billion. According to a new report from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, deliveries of piston aircraft and business jets increased 9.2 percent and 9.3 percent respectively year over year. Turboprop aircraft, meanwhile, declined 3.7 percent. GAMA's records show that the Wichita-based?
Going cuckoo for Portland: Tourism ...

Going cuckoo for Portland: Tourism group clocks in with a cool (and timely) promotion (Photos)

Travel Portland has a promotional idea that's, well, a little bit cuckoo. The group enlisted artist Nicolas Gros to build a huge ? 24 feet tall, nine-and-a-half feet wide ? handcrafted cuckoo clock that aims to promote the city's charms. The project is part of Travel Portland's "Portland is Happening Now" winter promotional campaign. Contained within the clock's artistic touches are Portland cityscape sights and touches such as the Portlandia statue, a bike-riding native and a nod to beer. The?
Cary's LORD Corp. helps Sikorsky ma...

Cary's LORD Corp. helps Sikorsky make Army's Kiowa Warrior chopper replacement

Thanks to Cary's adhesive and vibration management company, LORD Corp., the U.S. Army could get a more efficient helicopter to replace the Kiowa Warrior helicopter fleet. Aircraft manufacturer Sikorsky, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), launched a program four years ago to develop a helicopter with improved performance, and LORD partnered with 53 other companies on the project. The outcome is the S-97 Raider, a helicopter with improved maneuverability, hover efficiency, hot?
Streetcar Authority sets hours, dis...

Streetcar Authority sets hours, discusses Smart City integration

The Kansas City streetcar system will run as late as 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. On Thursday, the board of directors of the Kansas City Streetcar Authority Inc. voted unanimously to establish the hours of service of the under-construction 2.2-mile streetcar line that will run from the River Market to Union Station when it is complete in late 2015 or early 2016. During the peak hours of operation, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, trains will arrive at station stops every 10 minutes.?
Three crash victims from Wichita, i...

Three crash victims from Wichita, including pilot, city officials say

Ron Ryan, the retired owner and president of Ryan International Airlines, has identified the pilot killed in Thursday's plane crash as Wichitan Mark Goldstein. Ryan, who said he received permission from Goldstein's parents in Florida to release the name, says the pilot was a former air traffic controller who was working as a contract pilot. Goldstein used to fly for Ryan. City officials said late Thursday afternoon that Goldstein and two other victims of the crash were from Wichita. A fourth was?


The Week in Pictures

The Week in Pictures

Lava creeps towards Hawaiian homes, internet tax lights up Hungary, space rocket goes up in flames, Beluga whale gives birth and more.
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The Week in Pictures

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A 3-cent tooth whitener and 7 other...

A 3-cent tooth whitener and 7 other surprising uses for hydrogen peroxide

There?s a good chance you have a little brown bottle of hydrogen peroxide in your bathroom right now ? but you probably don?t use it for much other than the occasional disinfection of minor cuts and scrapes. Behold all the affordable (and ingenious) uses you've been missing out on.
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'Be Careful, Ebola': Jet Passenger's Note Sparks Alert

A flight from Italy put on lockdown after landing at Dublin Thursday, officials said, after a passenger wrote "be careful, Ebola" on a coffee cup.


T Magazine: Finding Solace in Artis...

T Magazine: Finding Solace in Artistry

The Los Angeles artist Alex Israel sees a vivid exuberance in Terrance Hayes?s reflection on the comforts and perils of taking refuge in art.
In Transit Blog: Taylor Swift Welco...

In Transit Blog: Taylor Swift Welcomes You to New York

The singer Taylor Swift has been named New York?s ?global welcome ambassador? by the city?s tourism group.
Check In: Hotel Review: Bespoke Inn...

Check In: Hotel Review: Bespoke Inn in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Free bike rentals, plenty of outdoor lounge space and a location near Main Street are all part of the package at this four-room inn that opened last year.
Q&A: Traveling on the Fly With Omar...

Q&A: Traveling on the Fly With Omar Miller

The actor?s tips for choosing restaurants and hotels may make advanced planning seem boring.
T Magazine: Murder, They Wrote

T Magazine: Murder, They Wrote

For over a century, the cloistered luxury of the Orient Express has mingled intrigue and decadence. Two mystery novelists board in search of inspiration.
Heads Up: London Develops a Peruvia...

Heads Up: London Develops a Peruvian Palate

A dozen or so high-profile Peruvian restaurants have emerged on the city?s dining scene, with more on the way.


Spotting Whooping Cranes in Kansa...

Spotting Whooping Cranes in Kansas

Whooping cranes will fly through the state in upcoming weeks, making their way to wintering grounds at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge on the Texas Gulf Coast.
Consumer Reports 2014 Annual Auto...

Consumer Reports 2014 Annual Auto Reliability Survey

Infotainment Systems are a Growing First-Year Reliability Plague
Travel Implications Because of Eb...

Travel Implications Because of Ebola in Parts of West Africa

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to screening procedures, travel restrictions, and reduced aviation transportation options in response to the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea.
Somalia Travel Warning

Somalia Travel Warning

The U.S. Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens to avoid all travel to Somalia.
Russian Federation Travel Alert

Russian Federation Travel Alert

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens in Russia to the on-going tensions along the border with Ukraine and the potential for clashes between pro-Russian groups and Ukrainian forces.
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.


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, 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...
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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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