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Sea-Tac Director: TSA screener shor...

Sea-Tac Director: TSA screener shortage exposes travelers to security risks

Sea-Tac Airport is losing Transportation Security Administration security screening officers almost as fast as it hires them, resulting a staff shortage that exposes travelers to security risks, Sea-Tac Airport Managing Director Lance Lyttle told Congress Tuesday. A shortage of security screeners at the nation's eighth largest airport is contributing to long lines for travelers, Lyttle said, putting them at risk of becoming "soft targets" in mass shooter or terrorist attacks. "Lines that stretch?
Planned Elk Grove hotel would piggy...

Planned Elk Grove hotel would piggyback on hospital

Banking on drawing business from a planned hospital nearby, a hotel group has bought undeveloped Elk Grove land to develop the city?s first Candlewood Suites.
San Jose airport pushes restaurant ...

San Jose airport pushes restaurant deal with more revenue, but loss of two local icons

Mineta San Jose International Airport is asking for approval of three bid packages for new airport bars and restaurants that would replace two longtime local outlets, but hike the airport?s guaranteed revenue from food and beverage operations by 20 percent.
Sizing up three possible buyers for...

Sizing up three possible buyers for Schlitterbahn's Kansas water park

Signs point to a sale of the Schlitterbahn water park in Kansas City, Kansas. Who are the possible buyers?
Policy Forum: Statewide room tax co...

Policy Forum: Statewide room tax collections have more than doubled since 1999

Room tax collection in Wisconsin has more than doubled since 1999, according to a new report from the Wisconsin Policy Forum. On Tuesday, the research organization with offices in Madison and Milwaukee published "Checking In: A look at Wisconsin room tax trends," in coordination with the Wisconsin Hotel & Lodging Association, the Wisconsin Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus and the Tourism Federation of Wisconsin. The report finds that of the major state and local taxes that produce more?
United Airlines hoping for another ...

United Airlines hoping for another hit with new LGBTQ Pride T-shirt

The Chicago-based carrier is celebrating Pride Month (and inclusive spirit) with a new tee and other special offers.

MSNBC

Co-pilot sucked halfway out of wind...

Co-pilot sucked halfway out of windshield during Chinese flight

A seemingly routine flight from southwestern China to Tibet turned chaotic when a windshield burst open in mid-air, partially sucking out the co-pilot.
American Airlines' new emotional su...

American Airlines' new emotional support animal policy: Spiders, no. Miniature ponies, maybe.

No, you can't bring that emotional support hedgehog to help you through the flight.
FAA: Southwest discouraged mechanic...

FAA: Southwest discouraged mechanics from reporting some issues

Southwest said safety is top priority and intimidation is not tolerated.
Southwest plane with cracked window...

Southwest plane with cracked window makes emergency landing

The timing could hardly be worse for the Dallas-based airline, coming just two weeks after a passenger was sucked out a window on another flight.
United rolls out new pet policy ban...

United rolls out new pet policy banning certain breeds and some summer travel

Following several high-profile pet-related incidents, United is tightening its cargo rules ? and banning some breeds altogether.
Are you guilty of these bad travel ...

Are you guilty of these bad travel behaviors? A new survey reveals the most annoying.

Seat kickers and trigger-happy perfume wearers, you're on notice.

NewYorkTimes

Alone, Happily Alone, in the Tatra ...

Alone, Happily Alone, in the Tatra Mountains

Empty hiking trails and winding roads suit the the 52 Places Traveler?s mood in Slovakia.
A Journey to Bosnia and Herzegovina...

A Journey to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Where Sleeping Beauty Awakens

More than 20 years after war upended this breathtakingly beautiful land in the Balkans, a writer explores her faith, and the challenges of history.
In the Arizona High Desert, Taking ...

In the Arizona High Desert, Taking the Temperature of a Wine Boom

In a region known for extremes, a newcomer to wine tastings explores a largely experimental and free-spirited vineyard scene.
A Look Inside the New TWA Hotel

A Look Inside the New TWA Hotel

The hotel at Kennedy International Airport is located in the former TWA Flight Center, which was designed by the architect Eero Saarinen in 1962.
Update: Taking a Cello or a Surfboa...

Update: Taking a Cello or a Surfboard on a Plane? American Airlines Just Cut Its Fees

The airline said many oversized items, which it was charging $150 to check, will now be considered standard baggage and cost only $30.
Sailing in Treacherous Waters to Al...

Sailing in Treacherous Waters to Alaska. With Toddlers for Crew.

With a barely-4-year-old and a not-quite-2-year-old, in a 32-foot boat sailing up the Inside Passage, a family discovers the best rewards are those never imagined.

Infozine

Car Crashes - a Leading Cause of ...

Car Crashes - a Leading Cause of Death Among Children

Twenty-nine percent of the children killed were not restrained in a car seat or safety belt.
KCI Airport Passenger Traffic Inc...

KCI Airport Passenger Traffic Increases in February 2018

Year-to-date passenger boardings are 793,044, up 2.3 percent.
KCI Airport Passenger Traffic Inc...

KCI Airport Passenger Traffic Increases in January 2018

Passenger boardings were up 3.7 percent, with a total of 405,749 boarded.
IIHS Rear Crash Prevention Rating...

IIHS Rear Crash Prevention Ratings Hopes to Cut Parking Lot Mishaps [video]

Parking crashes usually don't result in serious injuries, but repair costs can quickly mount, along with the hassle of going without the family vehicle while waiting for the body shop to finish work. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has launched a rear crash prevention ratings program to help consumers identify models with the technology that can prevent or mitigate low-speed backing crashes. Two systems earn the highest rating of superior, and four earn the second-highest rating of advanced.
High-speed Broadband Goes Live in...

High-speed Broadband Goes Live in Samoa

The Asian Development Bank (ADB), the World Bank Group, and the Government of Australia joined the Government of Samoa to celebrate the arrival of high-speed internet in the country at a ceremony at the TATTE Convention Centre Friday.
February 2018 Air Travel Consumer...

February 2018 Air Travel Consumer Report Released

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Thursday released its February 2018 Air Travel Consumer Report on air carrier data compiled for the month of December 2017 and calendar year 2017.

PhoCusWright

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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