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Viad loses $9.9 million during the ...

Viad loses $9.9 million during the first quarter

Viad Corp. (NYSE: VVI) reported Thursday that its revenue and income were down in the first quarter of 2017, but both did better than what analysts expected. The Phoenix-based company that owns a number of companies in convention and event marketing industries and in the tourism industry, reported revenues of $277.4 million, which is down 14.9 percent from the same period last year, but that beat projects by $920,000.  Viad also reported a loss for the quarter at $9.9 million, or 49 cents per?
United Airlines? CEO steps up compe...

United Airlines? CEO steps up competition for international travelers

United Airlines is feeling the heat when it comes to international travel, with foreign carriers offering premium services while fast-growing startups target travelers on tighter budgets. United's CEO had a lot to say on how his airline is competing while he was in San Francisco this week.
Big Island biggest winner in Q1 tou...

Big Island biggest winner in Q1 tourism gains

Visitor spending surged 13.5 percent on the Big Island during the first quarter, leading the four major Islands in tourism gains, according to preliminary statistics released Thursday by the Hawaii Tourism Authority. Visitors spent $772 million on the Big Island during the first three months of the year, while arrivals increased 12.8 percent to 495,558. In March, visitor spending rose 27.2 percent to $258.5 million, while arrivals increased 15.7 percent to 175,733. These gains were supported by?
Hawaii visitor spending up 10 perce...

Hawaii visitor spending up 10 percent for Q1

Visitor spending in Hawaii increased 10.1 percent during the first quarter to $4.82 billion, according to preliminary statistics released Thursday by the Hawaii Tourism Authority. Arrivals for the first three months of the year increased 9.4 percent to 2,478,604 visitors compared to the same period last year, boosted by a 9.7 percent increase in arrivals via air service. In March, total visitor spending rose 13.5 percent to $1.61 billion, while arrivals increased 12.5 percent to 903,550 visitors?
Speakers, authors headline opening ...

Speakers, authors headline opening of new Alabama memorial, museum

A center looking to honor the victims of racial terror and drive the conversation on race relations in America forward has opened in the heart of the former Confederacy. The Equal Justice Initiative kicked off on Thursday a two-day summit in Montgomery to celebrate the opening of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration. The first day opened with a conversation between Sherrilyn Ifill, director counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund,?
Milwaukee drops proposals for Fourt...

Milwaukee drops proposals for Fourth and Wisconsin, seeks new development offers

The city of Milwaukee scrapped two big-budget development proposals it received 19 months ago for the parking lot on West Wisconsin Avenue across from the convention center. Those competing proposals were submitted by downtown Milwaukee?s two biggest hotel owners: Jackson Street Partners and The Marcus Corp. Both developers envisioned hotels with hundreds of rooms and attached convention space for the city-owned parking lot at Fourth Street and Wisconsin Avenue. Both projects hinged on either?

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Southwest cancels dozens of flights...

Southwest cancels dozens of flights in wake of deadly midair explosion

On Monday, 128 flights were reported canceled, but the company did not detail why.
Man tasered on AA flight after alle...

Man tasered on AA flight after allegedly fondling female passenger

A video shows suspect Jacob A. Garcia struggling with police until officers are forced to use a taser on him.
The travel industry marks Earth Day...

The travel industry marks Earth Day by cutting emissions, plastic ? and prices

Just one hotel cutting out individual shampoo/conditioner bottles will divert 250 pounds of plastic per year from landfills.
The top safety mistakes we make whe...

The top safety mistakes we make when we fly, according to flight attendants

While the chances of being involved in a flight-related accident are low, these experts say it pays to listen to and follow the safety rules on every flight.
On Southwest flight, a firefighter ...

On Southwest flight, a firefighter heard a loud pop ? then sprang into action

"For some reason," said Andrew Needum, a firefighter from Texas who was traveling with family, "it was me that day."
'Nothing short of miraculous': Sout...

'Nothing short of miraculous': Southwest pilot used to beating the odds

One passenger was killed and seven others were injured, but the toll could have been much higher had it not been for Shults' quick thinking.

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36 Hours: 36 Hours in Copenhagen

36 Hours: 36 Hours in Copenhagen

In the design-savvy, food-obsessed Danish capital, the only problem for travelers is keeping up with all that is new.
Travel Tips: 5 Ways to Stay Safe on...

Travel Tips: 5 Ways to Stay Safe on Bus Trips Abroad

Traveling by bus abroad can be a fun and affordable way to see the sights, but depending on where you go, road safety can be a big issue. Here?s what to know before you go.
Pursuits: In Charleston, Beer Gets ...

Pursuits: In Charleston, Beer Gets Its Own Neighborhood

On tap in the city?s Brewery District: stouts, I.P.A.s, stewed oxtails, collard pizza ? and a skatepark.
5 Places: Five Places to Go in Loui...

5 Places: Five Places to Go in Louisville

The upbeat New Louisville district is buzzing with cool eateries, shops and thriving businesses, with a distillery and a hotel opening just in time for Derby season.
Closing of Philippine Tourist Hub S...

Closing of Philippine Tourist Hub Stirs Fears of Military Takeover

Tourists will be barred from the island of Boracay in what local officials call an overreaction by President Rodrigo Duterte to environmental threats.
A Lynching Memorial Is Opening. The...

A Lynching Memorial Is Opening. The Country Has Never Seen Anything Like It.

The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, opening Thursday in Montgomery, Ala., is dedicated to victims of white supremacy.

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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.

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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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