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Week in Review: How departing CEOs,...

Week in Review: How departing CEOs, blue lagoons and KISS rocked the DFW business scene

Last week saw major stories in most of the industries we cover, from airlines and finance, to real estate and energy. Friday alone produced the departure of MoneyGram CEO Pamela Patsley, the headquarters move of D.R Horton, the eye-popping financial numbers from Irving-based Exxon Mobil Corp., and the Texas Rangers sealing a deal for a player some observers consider a legitimate No. 1 starting pitcher. Heck, even the rock band KISS made business news last week in DFW. Let's look back at what made?
Alaska, Delta on opposing sides of ...

Alaska, Delta on opposing sides of 'Open Skies' debate over foreign airlines

As Alaska Air Group and Delta Air Lines circle one another in the fight to win passengers, a new battle front has broken out in the form of two opposing organizations whose names are nearly identical. The U.S. Airlines for Open Skies will take on the Partnership for Fair and Open Skies, and Alaska (NYSE: ALK) and Delta (NYSE: DAL) find themselves on opposing sides of the debate. A press release announcing the formation of U.S. Airlines for Open Skies includes Alaska among the members of group,?
Here's the Peebles plan for a hotel...

Here's the Peebles plan for a hotel-apartment house in Mount Vernon Triangle

The Peebles Corp. has submitted plans to construct a combination hotel-apartment building at Fifth and Eye streets NW in Mount Vernon Triangle, on a D.C.-owned site that the city has attempted to redevelop since before the Great Recession. According to a zoning application filed Friday, the Fifth and Eye project, at 901 Fifth St. NW, will include a 153-room hotel on the first eight floors and a 52-unit ?apartment house? on floors nine through 12. There will be 5,500 square feet of meeting/function?
Trump sues José Andrés over Old Pos...

Trump sues José Andrés over Old Post Office restaurant deal. We've got the suit.

Donald Trump vowed to take action against chef José Andrés for abandoning their restaurant deal at the Old Post Office after the Republican presidential candidate made widely criticized comments on immigrants. On Friday, the Donald made good on his word. Trump Old Post Office LLC sued Andrés? ThinkFoodGroup and an affiliate, Topo Atrio LLC, for $10 million and attorneys fees, accusing them of two counts of breach of contract. The suit was filed in U.S. District court for the District of Columbia Andrés?
Chefs face off at Miami Spice launc...

Chefs face off at Miami Spice launch event - photos

About 3,000 people attended the Miami New Times' Iron Fork Miami Spice Kickoff last night, but only one left a champion. The culinary competition and tasting showcase was hosted by Chef Allen Susser at the Hyatt Regency Miami. It was the launch event for the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau' 14th annual restaurant program, which begins Saturday. About 84 eateries served hors d'oeuvre at the event, including 37 of the 194 restaurants participating in Miami Spice. Click the attached slideshow?
Dulles security screening just got ...

Dulles security screening just got comfy

It is a lot more comfortable to put your shoes back on after schlepping through security at Dulles International Airport (confirmed by personal experience) thanks to a marketing campaign by Marriott International Inc. Marriott (NASDAQ: MAR) is promoting its SpringHill Suites brand with what it calls its ?Comfort Zone experience? at Dulles. Comfy chairs and sofas have replaced the not-so-comfortable post-screening benches at all three security checkpoints at Dulles. SpringHill Suites calls the?

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This Resort Offers an Oasis in a Wa...

This Resort Offers an Oasis in a War-Torn Land

A luxurious new tourist resort has opened in the Gaza Strip.
United Chief Says Extra Fees Are He...

United Chief Says Extra Fees Are Here to Stay

The chairman of United Airlines says add-on fees for checking bags and other services are here to stay.
Jetliner's Cracked Windshield Trigg...

Jetliner's Cracked Windshield Triggers Emergency Landing

A Virgin Australia Boeing 777 passenger jet made an emergency landing at Los Angeles International Airport after suffering a cracked windshield.
What New TSA Chief Has in Mind for ...

What New TSA Chief Has in Mind for Air Travelers

New TSA administrator Peter Neffenger vows to improve on the 96 percent failure rate in weapons detection found in recent undercover testing.
'I Don't Have 20 Minutes': Jet Near...

'I Don't Have 20 Minutes': Jet Nearly Runs Out of Fuel

The Allegiant plane with 144 passengers landed safely last Thursday at Hector International Airport in Fargo, North Dakota.
#changingmyunderwearnow: NFL Star T...

#changingmyunderwearnow: NFL Star Tweets Jet Scare

An American Airlines flight traveling from Chicago O'Hare to Charlotte made an emergency landing Tuesday night.

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In Transit: Airline Upgrades Are Re...

In Transit: Airline Upgrades Are Reaching Economy Passengers

Improved features for airline passengers, which reflect the industry?s newfound economic stability, include free Wi-Fi access, beverages and new food menus.
In Transit: A Late Summer Night?s D...

In Transit: A Late Summer Night?s Dream on Michigan?s Mackinac Island

The island?s Mission Point Resort is offering a Shakespearean-themed package from Aug. 27 to 31.
Asbury Park, Long Neglected, Shows ...

Asbury Park, Long Neglected, Shows Signs of Rejuvenation

There are still pockets of abandonment in this New Jersey seaside town, but there is a palpable sense among elected officials, entrepreneurs and many residents that Asbury?s moment has arrived.
Your Money: Guesswork in Cashing In...

Your Money: Guesswork in Cashing In Delta?s Frequent-Flier Miles

Over the last 18 months, the airline has been engaged in some sleight of hand, no longer posting a chart explaining how many miles a free ticket will require.
In Transit: Luxury Hotels in London...

In Transit: Luxury Hotels in London and Bermuda Offering Signature Liquors

Luxury hotels are getting into spirits, offering private label blends guests can sample at the bar or take home as a memory in a bottle.
Explorer: In France, Biking Along A...

Explorer: In France, Biking Along Arcachon Bay

A relaxed five-day, 50-mile ride takes in pine forests, fishing hamlets and a wildlife preserve, with time to stop for oysters straight from the sea.

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Smithsonian Renovations a Constan...

Smithsonian Renovations a Constant Process

By Sarah Fulton - An estimated 27 million people visited one of the Smithsonian Institution museums in 2014. They saw wonders that include the Star Spangled Banner, the Hope Diamond and mummies. However, many of them did not see the millions of dollars of work going on behind the scenes.
Full Interchange Closure at K-10 ...

Full Interchange Closure at K-10 and Renner Boulevard

Map shows full interchange closure at K-10 and Renner Boulevard, as well as detour routes
Tips for Traveling with Pets

Tips for Traveling with Pets

Taking your pet along on your upcoming vacation? A Kansas State University veterinarian says there are many factors to consider when planning your trip.
Djibouti Travel Warning

Djibouti Travel Warning

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Djibouti, including the risk of attack by terrorist organizations in the region.
Niger Travel Warning

Niger Travel Warning

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Niger and specifically recommends citizens avoid travel to the Diffa region, particularly those areas adjacent to Niger?s southern and eastern border, and Lake Chad.
Seven Kansas Lakes Under Blue-gre...

Seven Kansas Lakes Under Blue-green Algae Warning, One Partial Closure

Lakes under a Warning are not closed. Marinas, lakeside businesses and park camping facilities are open for business.

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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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