EXCLUSIVE: Ohio State losing about ...

EXCLUSIVE: Ohio State losing about $200,000 a year on Jack Nicklaus Museum

Ten years since becoming part of Ohio State University, the Jack Nicklaus Museum still needs significant subsidies from the Buckeyes athletics department. The shrine to golf?s greatest player and a former national champion at Ohio State was transferred by the private Jack Nicklaus Museum Inc. to Ohio State in 2005 in a seemingly natural move for a building that sits on campus and honors one of the university?s most-accomplished former stars. While it's seen as a community asset instead of a?
American Airlines affiliate's finan...

American Airlines affiliate's financials get closer scrutiny as standoff with pilots intensifies

The standoff between International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 357 and Republic Airways showed no sign of ending today. Meanwhile some 2,200 Local 357 pilots who work for Indianapolis, Ind.-based Republic Airways (Nasdaq: RJET) are studying a detailed four-page document from the seven-member Local 357 executive board sent out late Friday. The document explains why the board decided not to send out for a rank and file vote the proposed last, best and final contract offer that Republic presented?
Marcus Hotels names Gerald Rappapor...

Marcus Hotels names Gerald Rappaport GM at Oklahoma City hotel

Marcus Hotels & Resorts has promoted one of its own to a new post in Oklahoma City. The Milwaukee-based hospitality group named Gerald Rappaport, a familiar name in the hotel business in Milwaukee, to be the new general manager for the Skirvin Hilton Hotel in Oklahoma City. Rappaport will make the move from serving as general manager of the Hotel Phillips in Kansas City, Mo. He has had a long career in Milwaukee-area hotels, managing downtown properties Hilton Milwaukee City Center, the Intercontinental?
Best and worst states for drivers: ...

Best and worst states for drivers: How Florida measures up

Good news Floridians: We are not among the top 10 worst states for drivers, according to new research from The bad news: We're also not among the top 10 best states for drivers, either. To come up with the rankings, looked at the number of fatal crashes, the number of car thefts, car repair costs, gasoline spending, insurance premiums and commute times. Here's how Florida scored: Commute each way in minutes: 25.50 Insurance premium (five-year average): $1,138 Annual?
Average price of gas in Kansas cont...

Average price of gas in Kansas continues fall

The average price of regular unleaded gas in Kansas has hit $2.39 a gallon, and some expect it to go much lower. The statewide average fell 13 cents in a week and is down 90 cents a gallon compared to a year ago, the Topeka Capital-Journal reports. Some analysts say gas prices could fall to $2 a gallon or less this month.
Avoid this bridge in your morning c...

Avoid this bridge in your morning commute

Commuters who cross the Ohio River will have one less option this morning, WCPO reports. The Robeling Suspension Bridge will be closed on Tuesday morning for repaving of the approach on the Ohio side. The bridge will be closed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday and is expected to reopen for the evening commute. The bridge is closing in addition to a number of other traffic changes near the riverfront as construction continues at the Banks development, including the closure of Rosa Parks Way between?


6 'Disorderly' Passengers Detained ...

6 'Disorderly' Passengers Detained as Plane Is Diverted

Six people were detained after an altercation involving "disorderly" passengers ended with a Southwest Airlines plane diverting to a Texas airport.
Six Detained After Altercation Dive...

Six Detained After Altercation Diverts Plane to Texas

Six people were detained after an altercation caused a plane to make an in-flight diversion to an airport in Amarillo, Texas, officials said.Pol
Planes Collide While Taxiing at Air...

Planes Collide While Taxiing at Airport

A minor collision between two airplanes Sunday night at Oakland International Airport damaged at least one wing tip.
Train Security Could Tighten After ...

Train Security Could Tighten After Americans Thwart Attack

European leaders were meeting Saturday to reconsider train security after American passengers thwarted a terrorist attack on Paris-bound trip.
TSA Agent Abused Passenger in Airpo...

TSA Agent Abused Passenger in Airport Bathroom: Report

A TSA screener at New York's LaGuardia Airport has been accused of sexually abusing a 22-year-old foreign student, police sources tell NBC New York.
Tropical Storm Erika Passes Caribbe...

Tropical Storm Erika Passes Caribbean Islands

Powerful winds and heavy rain struck the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Saint Maarten as Erika passed by, headed in the direction of Florida.


Heads Up: Blue Hill, a Literary Enc...

Heads Up: Blue Hill, a Literary Enclave, Grows in Downeast Maine

With scenery that brings out the poet within, it is little wonder that Blue Hill, Me., has quietly become a writers? enclave.
From a Balloon, a Different View of...

From a Balloon, a Different View of the Serengeti

The Tanzanian savanna and its animals create vivid memories.
Choice Tables: In Siem Reap, Cambod...

Choice Tables: In Siem Reap, Cambodia, Local Fare Gets a Chance to Shine

New restaurants offer a deep dive into one of Southeast Asia?s lesser-known cuisines.
A Tour of Lake Michigan, My Inland ...

A Tour of Lake Michigan, My Inland Sea

Chicago. Sand dunes. A ferry crossing. A voyage reveals striking topography, time-worn communities and the reassuring permanence of an unchanging lake amid it all.
Itineraries: Hotels Fight Back Agai...

Itineraries: Hotels Fight Back Against Sites Like Expedia and Priceline

Hotel chains are using rewards points and benefits to encourage guests to book directly, while the industry fights a merger of Expedia and Orbitz.
36 Hours in Istanbul: Differences B...

36 Hours in Istanbul: Differences Between European and Asian Side

Ceylan Yeginsu, who reports for The Times in Istanbul, answers some questions about the city where she was born and has lived for the last three years.


Kansas Man Sentenced in Plot to E...

Kansas Man Sentenced in Plot to Explode Car Bomb at Wichita Mid-continent Airport

A Wichita, Kansas, man working as an avionic technician for an aeronautics company and possessing restricted access to secure airport areas, was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison today for attempting to explode a car bomb at the airport in Wichita.
Kansas City International Airport...

Kansas City International Airport Passenger Traffic Up Again

15th Consecutive Month of Passenger Gains
Tunisia Travel Alert

Tunisia Travel Alert

The Tunisian government has shown its commitment to addressing security concerns and has visibly augmented its security presence at tourist locations, but challenges remain.
Pakistan Travel Warning

Pakistan Travel Warning

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all non-essential travel to Pakistan.
Syria Travel Warning

Syria Travel Warning

This Travel Warning supersedes the Travel Warning dated March 3, 2015, to remind U.S. citizens that the security situation remains dangerous and unpredictable as a violent conflict between government and armed anti-government groups continues throughout the country, along with an increased risk of kidnappings, bombings, murder, and terrorism.
Algeria Travel Warning

Algeria Travel Warning

The Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens against travel to the Kabylie region and remote areas of southern and eastern Algeria.


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, 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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