Rawlings-Blake aims to keep the Cha...

Rawlings-Blake aims to keep the Charm City Circulator free despite deficit

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake wants to try to close an $11.6 million Charm City Circulator deficit without raising parking taxes or charging riders ? but those options could be on the table if all else fails. Rawlings-Blake said Wednesday she intends to make the free circulator system more efficient in order to close an annual budget deficit that's forced it to rely on city general funding to pay its bills. She addressed the topic a day after a city report projected continued losses building?
American Heart Association chooses ...

American Heart Association chooses Philadelphia for its 2019 convention

The American Heart Association has selected Philadelphia as the host city for its 2019 annual meeting, which would be one of the largest citywide conventions the city has booked. Citing the new work rules put in place earlier this year, the association has selected the Pennsylvania Convention Center to holds its convention that will take place on Nov. 16-20, 2019, which is expected to fill more than 51,000 hotel room nights and generate more than $67 million in economic impact for the region. It?
Dayton sign company lands huge cont...

Dayton sign company lands huge contract

The Dayton region's largest sign company has landed one of the biggest deals in its history. Sign Dynamics, based in Dayton, signed a contract to fabricate new interior lobby signs for all Holiday Inn brands. The four styles of Holiday Inn have about 1,400 locations in the U.S., and whenever each location renews its franchise, it will be required to convert to the new interior branding, said Jeff Becht, owner of Sign Dynamics. That amounts to a multimillion dollar contract that should keep Sign?
Sea Life Orlando installs 360-degre...

Sea Life Orlando installs 360-degree tunnel at I-Drive 360

Sea Life Orlando Aquarium is slowly coming together at the $200 million I-Drive 360 entertainment complex. On Nov. 26, the marine attraction revealed that it has installed the 360-degree viewing tunnel guests will experience come next year. The tunnel will be glass-encased, allowing guests to walk through a massive aquarium built around them and see marine and plant life at the attraction. Check out a picture of the tunnel and a rendering of what it will look like upon completion above. The tunnel?
Nashville?s hotel rates are the fas...

Nashville?s hotel rates are the fastest growing in the nation

Hotel rooms in Nashville are getting pricier. Two key measures for the hotel industry ? daily hotel rates and revenue per available room ? grew faster in Nashville in October than any of the nation's top 25 markets in the past year, according to a new report by Hendersonville-based hotel research firm STR. In STR's data on the 25 largest hotel markets in the U.S., Nashville's hotel industry posted the strongest gains in revenue per available room, climbing 23.4 percent during the past year?
Experts share their 3 best tips for...

Experts share their 3 best tips for Arizona businesses to start exporting

Arizona is slipping behind the curve. While the rest of the nation has doubled export output, Arizona is up only 44 percent since 2004. During the same 10-year period, Utah increased exports 241 percent; Washington and Texas posted gains of 142 percent and 138 percent, respectively. Arizona needs to grow its economy at twice its current 3 percent rate ? and exporting is one opportunity. There are good business reasons to explore exporting. Companies that export actually grew during the recession?


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Thanksgiving Day Parade by the Numb...

Thanksgiving Day Parade by the Numbers

The Thanksgiving Day Parade began in 1924, and since then it has only grown larger and more colorful with each passing year.
Traveling for Thanksgiving? Leave N...

Traveling for Thanksgiving? Leave Now

Travel experts recommend leaving Tuesday in advance of Winter Storm Cato if you're driving to Thanksgiving in the Northeast.
Brian Williams: 'Friend for Life' T...

Brian Williams: 'Friend for Life' Tags Along on Extreme Race

The dog, now named Arthur, walked and swam alongside the adventurers throughout their South American journey -- after they fed him a meatball.
Thanksgiving Travel: Snow, Ice and ...

Thanksgiving Travel: Snow, Ice and Wind Spell Trouble

Traffic-snarling weather is in the forecast from New England to Georgia for Wednesday ? one of the busiest days of the year on the roads, on the rails and in the skies.
Where the Weather Will Impact Thank...

Where the Weather Will Impact Thanksgiving Travel Most

A major storm is predicted to hit the East Coast on the eve of Thanksgiving, threatening to impact travel for millions.


East Coast Storm Disrupts Thanksgiv...

East Coast Storm Disrupts Thanksgiving Travel

A mix of rain, sleet and snow in the New York area has slowed traffic, grounded planes and forced many people to change their holiday plans.
Check In: Hotel Review: D.O.M. Hote...

Check In: Hotel Review: D.O.M. Hotel in Rome

This boutique property, opened late last year, offers a superb location and a good value for a five-star hotel.
T Magazine: Just in Time for Art Ba...

T Magazine: Just in Time for Art Basel, a First Look at Miami?s Newest Hotel

Ian Schrager, the hotelier who co-founded New York?s Studio 54, returned to his old stomping grounds to open The Miami Beach Edition in what was the Seville Hotel.
36 Hours in Santa Fe

36 Hours in Santa Fe

Winter offers a slower, less-crowded Santa Fe experience, leaving time for visitors to savor culture, a cocktail or a green-chile cheeseburger.
In Transit Blog: For a Wintry Holid...

In Transit Blog: For a Wintry Holiday, Airlines Waive Fees

Because of winter storm Cato several airlines are waiving fees to change or cancel flights.
In Transit Blog: In Quiet Puglia, L...

In Transit Blog: In Quiet Puglia, Lots of Classes

The Borgo Egnazia resort in Puglia is offering off-season classes in subjects like cooking, photography, and golf.


Subaru Impreza Moves Up to Top Sa...

Subaru Impreza Moves Up to Top Safety Pick+

The Subaru Legacy, Outback and Forester also are available with EyeSight and previously earned the Top Safety Pick+ award.
El Salvador Travel Warning

El Salvador Travel Warning

The Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens that crime and violence levels in El Salvador remain critically high.
Philippines Travel Warning

Philippines Travel Warning

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to the Philippines, in particular to the Sulu Archipelago, the island of Mindanao, and the southern Sulu Sea area.
4 Minivans with Major Flaw, 5th A...

4 Minivans with Major Flaw, 5th Acceptable, Video

A group of four minivans recently tested by the Institute for protection in small overlap front crashes shows some of the worst possible outcomes for this type of crash, with only one vehicle performing acceptably.
Capitol Dome Restoration to be Co...

Capitol Dome Restoration to be Completed for 2017 Inauguration, Video

By Lorain Watters - Drilling, banging, buzzing ? the Capitol?s majestic presence has been hidden beneath towers of scaffolding pipes as part of the 150-year-old dome?s restoration.
Kansas City International Airport...

Kansas City International Airport Traffic Up for September 2014

The number of peak-day scheduled aircraft departures for September 2014 was 174.


Latin American Travel Market Poised...

Latin American Travel Market Poised for Major Growth

An emerging middle class of travelers hungry for adventure has stoked significant demand for travel services in Latin America. By 2016, the Latin American travel market will register gross bookings of US$98.5 billion, up 23% from just three years before. Despite disappointing macroeconomic signals in certain markets, both traditional and online distribution channels continue to report positive growth. Source: Phocuswright's Latin America Online Travel Overview Second Edition
Phocuswright Announces the Next Gen...

Phocuswright Announces the Next Generation of Groundbreaking Travel Innovators

Travel industry research authority Phocuswright Inc. has announced the award winners of The Travel Innovation Summit, held on Nov. 11, the first day of The Phocuswright Conference currently underway in Los Angeles, Calif. Each year, 32 innovators are selected to demonstrate groundbreaking applications and solutions that are set to change the travel industry. The winners represent the best of this elite group. "New travel startups and legacy travel companies alike are finding incredible ways to push the travel industry to new heights ? making travel easier for both the consumer and the company," said Phocuswright vice president, research, Douglas Quinby. "This year's presenting companies are amongst the most exciting we've seen present to date at The Travel Innovation Summit, and we look forward to seeing each make a greater impact on the travel industry in the future." Winners are chosen by a panel of judges comprised of travel and technology experts, who determine the top...
U.S. Leisure Travelers' Private Acc...

U.S. Leisure Travelers' Private Accommodation Adoption

According to Phocuswright's Share This! Private Accommodation & the Rise of the New Gen Renter, 22 million adults stayed in private accommodation when traveling for leisure over the past year. While that number looks big, and it has been growing, it still accounts for just 17% of all U.S. travelers. Of the remaining 83%, more than four in five of those travelers did not even consider renting a home, apartment or space when traveling. Discover the three reasons why U.S. Travelers don't consider private rentals.
India Mobile Growth Already Huge An...

India Mobile Growth Already Huge And Poised To Explode

"Meteoric" is the only way to describe mobile growth worldwide, and India's is no exception. As of August 2014, wireless subscriptions in India are second globally only to China1. A recent Phocuswright Asia Pacific and Global Edition study shows that feature phones are plentiful in India, but consumers are rapidly shifting to smartphones, which will spark mobile commerce growth. With cheap mobile Internet plans and a proliferation of low- to mid-end Android, Nokia Asha and Windows Phone-powered devices, Phocuswright's India Online Travel Overview Seventh Edition explains that smartphone users will more than double from 51 million in 2013 to over 104 million in 20142. Although smartphone penetration is just beginning to scratch the surface, 41.95 million subscribers are already accessing broadband via phones and USB-based Internet devices, a clear sign of mobile's enormous potential. "The Indian mobile travel market is small but gaining momentum," said Phocuswright's research...
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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