Hawaiian Airlines to fly Oakland Ra...

Hawaiian Airlines to fly Oakland Raiders as team's charter carrier for 2015 football season

With only one day left until the official start of this year's National Football League season, the Oakland Raiders renewed its partnership with Hawaiian Airlines as the team's official charter after a brief, yearlong hiatus, the Honolulu-based airline said Wednesday. ?Hawaiian pairs a winning combination of unmatched comfort with excellent service and they are dedicated to helping the players and coaches get ready for football,? Oakland Raiders President Marc Badain said in statement on Wednesday. Starting?
See behind I-Drive's Mango's Tropic...

See behind I-Drive's Mango's Tropical Cafe construction

Mango's Tropical Cafe is still making headway toward its opening later this year. The new restaurant and entertainment venue is the latest addition to International Drive's growing entertainment options. It joins other new investments like I-Drive 360, which opened earlier this year, and the future Skyplex project opening at the I-Drive/Sand Lake Road intersection by 2018. The venue will play a role on further boosting what Orlando has to offer to its 62 million tourists, as well as become a destination?
Miami Beach commission gives final ...

Miami Beach commission gives final OK for convention center hotel lease

The Miami Beach Commission gave Portman Holdings the final approval for the Miami Beach convention center hotel's 99-year lease agreement on its second reading Wednesday. The lease agreement with the city encompasses the parking lot behind the Fillmore Theater, which is adjacent to the convention center. The hotel would have 701 rooms, 99 suites, 95,000 square feet of meeting space, an amenity deck with pools, and a sky bridge to the convention center. Its first reading was approved July 31. The?
New airline-agnostic luxury lounge ...

New airline-agnostic luxury lounge planned for MSP Airport

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport will soon be home to a $2 million lounge that will be open to well-heeled travelers flying on any airline. Up to now, airport VIP lounges in the U.S. have been the domain of specific carriers, which only allow their own passengers in. By contrast, MSP's "Escape Lounge" will be open to anyone who can pay the entry fee, reports the Star Tribune. ?This is a new concept in North America,? MAC marketing strategist Phoebe Larson told the newspaper. ?It?
Price of a hotel room in Charlotte ...

Price of a hotel room in Charlotte is up how much in the past year?

The average price of a hotel room in Charlotte is up 6% from this time last year, according to a new report from booking website The latest Hotel Price Index report, issued Wednesday, shows a night?s stay in a room in Charlotte averaged $121 during the first half of the year, up from $114 a year earlier. Although the city was solidly in the top half of the nation in terms of the percentage jump in room prices, the cost locally still ranks near the bottom among the country?s 50 most?
Emirates' new Orlando service is a ...

Emirates' new Orlando service is a boon for the region

Emirates Airline's debut in Orlando on Sept. 1 was a welcomed one, as it now helps connect Orlando to many parts of Asia and the Middle East. Better yet, it also brings big business to the region. For example, Emirates' arrival in Orlando will result in a huge economic impact of more than $100 million in business and the creation of 1,400 new local jobs to accommodate the airline. It also helps Orlando International Airport grow its service into the Middle East and Asian regions, which should prove?


The Week in Pictures: Sept. 24 - Oc...

The Week in Pictures: Sept. 24 - Oct. 1

A supermoon eclipse stuns, the President gets bowtie help, a nosy butterfly makes an unexpected landing and more.
Amtrak to Charge $20 Fee for Exceed...

Amtrak to Charge $20 Fee for Exceeding Bag Limits

Amtrak says that on Thursday that it will start charging $20 to passengers who exceed restrictions for carry-on and personal items.
Tap, Swipe, Experience: Best Apps f...

Tap, Swipe, Experience: Best Apps for Travelers

Innovative travel apps help smart-phone-toting travelers find nearby getaways, locate empty restrooms, even avoid civil unrest in foreign lands.
Nazi Treasure Train Town Enjoys Tou...

Nazi Treasure Train Town Enjoys Tourism Gold Rush

A town in Poland is enjoying an unlikely tourism boom as authorities there hunt a buried Nazi-era train carrying guns and looted gold.
Plane Makes Emergency Landing at JF...

Plane Makes Emergency Landing at JFK, Sparks Fire

An Aer Lingus plane had to quickly return to New York's Kennedy Airport to make an emergency landing Monday evening when it experienced problems with its hydraulics.
Record Number of Guns Found in Airp...

Record Number of Guns Found in Airport Searches: TSA

TSA agents discovered 67 guns in carry-on luggage in airports across the country during the week that ended Sept. 17


Frugal Traveler: A $1,000 Day in Lo...

Frugal Traveler: A $1,000 Day in London for $100

Our traveler, more pauper than prince, still manages to see much of London on a full stomach and a tight budget.
Q&A: From Alaska to Iceland, Breaki...

Q&A: From Alaska to Iceland, Breaking Barriers to Arctic Travel

A conversation with Sarah Aciego, a professor of glaciology, who started Big Chill Adventures to take small groups on weeklong photo-hiking tours.
In Transit: Hurricane Joaquin Air T...

In Transit: Hurricane Joaquin Air Travel and Cruise Updates

Hurricane Joaquin is affecting air travel from the Bahamas but hasn?t yet had a significant impact on cruise lines currently operating in the area.
Sarajevo?s Enduring Optimism

Sarajevo?s Enduring Optimism

Having witnessed mankind?s capacity for violence, it is demonstrating the capacity to rebuild with art that nourishes and heals.
Falling Under the Spell of Sarajevo

Falling Under the Spell of Sarajevo

The city is blossoming again, demonstrating for the world its special spirit, and reveals a little bit more of itself after each visit.
Places Where Hemingway Lived or Tra...

Places Where Hemingway Lived or Traveled

Hemingway liked Idaho in the fall, Key West for the fishing, but lived in Cuba longer than anyplace else.


Chad Travel Warning

Chad Travel Warning

U.S. citizens are urged to carefully consider the risks of travel to Chad and, if already in Chad, are encouraged to review their and their families? personal safety and security plans to determine whether they and their family members should depart.
Kansas City International Airport...

Kansas City International Airport Passenger Growth Up Again in August

The number of peak-day scheduled aircraft departures for August 2015 was 161.
DOT Funds $1 Million for Missouri...

DOT Funds $1 Million for Missouri Roads and Bridges Damaged by Flooding

Missouri will use the $1 million provided to help repair bridges as the state continues to assess the damage estimated to reach more than $6.5 million.
Somalia Travel Warning

Somalia Travel Warning

There is no U.S. Embassy or other formal U.S. diplomatic facility in Somalia at this time. Consequently, the U.S. government is not in a position to assist or effectively provide services to U.S. citizens in Somalia. In light of this and continuous security threats, the U.S. government recommends that U.S. citizens avoid all travel to Somalia.
Cameroon Travel Warning

Cameroon Travel Warning

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the high risk of traveling to Cameroon, and urges U.S. citizens to avoid all travel to the North and Far North regions of the country because of the general threat of violent crime, terrorism, and the targeting of westerners for murder and kidnappings, particularly by the extremist terrorist group Boko Haram.
Central African Republic Travel W...

Central African Republic Travel Warning

Indiscriminate violence and looting has occurred in CAR since the overthrow of the Government in March 2013. Sectarian violence is frequent and has resulted in thousands of deaths.


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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