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Hawaii seeks contractor for $4M in ...

Hawaii seeks contractor for $4M in improvements for Kalaeloa Aiport

The Hawaii Department of Transportation, Airports Division has released a request for proposals for new hangars and infrastructure improvements, an estimated $4 million project at West Oahu?s Kalaeloa Airport, where the Solar Impulse solar-powered aircraft landed Friday after a five-day flight from Japan. The proposal calls for the construction of several pre-engineered, light-gauge steels structure under 12,000 square feet. Each structure will have eight hangar bays with a utility room and either?
Rumor: Disney's Hollywood Studios s...

Rumor: Disney's Hollywood Studios set for $3B expansion, new name

Disney's Hollywood Studios may receive a $3 billion answer to the question: "What's in a name?" Take it with a grain of salt for now, but rumors behind the park's renovation at Walt Disney World Resort have reached critical mass and the truth may soon reveal the largest Disney park renovation in company history. A blog at entertainment website thisisinfamous.com reports a $3 billion park expansion is in the works that will include farewells to many favorites and welcome many long-awaited changes,?
Editor?s picks: Examining craft bee...

Editor?s picks: Examining craft beer's biggest threat: drought

With a record heat wave and a holiday weekend to build up your thirst, this may not come as welcome news: Washington state?s beer industry faces a threat. It?s the statewide drought. Beer is 75 percent water, but that?s not the problem. The problem is hops. Prices for this grown-in-Washington ingredient ? which is one of the main flavors in many varieties of beer ? are soaring in part because of reduced water allocations for the Yakima Valley farmers who produce most of the nation?s?
Mexico's biggest hotel operator to ...

Mexico's biggest hotel operator to debut in Miami

Grupo Posadas, a major player in the Mexican hospitality industry, is joining forces with Las Vegas-based private equity firm Bighorn Capital to bring the GP's high-end boutique hotel brand, Live Aqua, to Miami. Per its agreement with Grupo Posadas, Bighorn Capital will invest $450 million to develop Live Aqua properties in Miami and four other United States markets ? Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston and Washington, D.C. Grupo Posadas said these five markets were initially targeted for the new hotels?
The Carlyle Group acquires Lauderda...

The Carlyle Group acquires Lauderdale Marine Center

The Carlyle Group has acquired the largest yacht repair facility in the nation, the Washington D.C.-based company announced Wednesday. Lauderdale Marine Center will undergo minor renovations and several expansions, the global asset manager (Nasdaq: CG) said in a statement. Its immediate plans for the property include adding pavement to the southwest corner of the property for additional mega-yacht repair space, completing the renovations adjacent to the River Bend boatyard and developing a new management?
Business@Leisure: Luxury with econo...

Business@Leisure: Luxury with economy staycation at Hotel Palomar CityScape

It?s another grueling hot week in Phoenix and sitting at home doesn?t fit the bill for the weekend. Many heed the ?staycation? clarion call. The idea of staycations isn't new, but a staycation in the heart of the Valley is a little off the normal track. Downtown Phoenix has a cachet different than urban San Francisco, Manhattan or Chicago?s Magnificent Mile. I was on that bandwagon, too. For a number of years, I?ve heard it said, ?you should see all that?s going on? about downtown?

MSNBC

Tunisia Massacre Victims Honored Wi...

Tunisia Massacre Victims Honored With Minute of Silence

Britain marked a nationwide minute's silence on July 3 in memory of the victims of the jihadist gun massacre in Tunisia on June 26.
Dried Up Lake San Antonio Shuts As ...

Dried Up Lake San Antonio Shuts As Summer Kicks In

Four years of drought have reduced Lake San Antonio to only 5% of maximum capacity. The lake closed indefinitely on July 1.
The Week in Pictures

The Week in Pictures

The White House turns into a campground, Europe swelters under heat wave, Greek pensioners line up for cash, a panda cub naps and more.
Feds Look Into Possible Airline Sch...

Feds Look Into Possible Airline Scheme to Keep Fares High

The Department of Justice is investigating possible collusion among major airlines to limit available seats which keeps airfares high.
Why This July 4 Holiday Could Be De...

Why This July 4 Holiday Could Be Deadliest in Years

Busier roads, rising fatalities and the Fourth falling on a Saturday may push the national death toll over 400, says the National Safety Council.
JetBlue Starts Charging for All Che...

JetBlue Starts Charging for All Checked Baggage

JetBlue, which had long touted its one free checked bag perk, started charging for the first piece of luggage Tuesday.

NewYorkTimes

How Iceland Emerged From Its Deep F...

How Iceland Emerged From Its Deep Freeze

Unemployment is 4 percent, the International Monetary Fund is predicting 4.1 percent G.D.P. growth for 2015, and tourism is booming.
Explorer: In Machu Picchu?s Shadow,...

Explorer: In Machu Picchu?s Shadow, Peru?s Lake Titicaca Offers Natural Beauty

Peru is perhaps best known for Machu Picchu, but the lake draws a considerable number of tourists who flock to its man-made islands.
Footsteps: Robert Graves Found ?Per...

Footsteps: Robert Graves Found ?Perfect Tranquillity? in Majorca

The poet and writer, shellshocked after World War I, found a place to write in a village on the northern coast of the Spanish island.
Heads Up: The Arts Find a Home in t...

Heads Up: The Arts Find a Home in the Upper Florida Keys

A spate of galleries and working studios set up by islanders and transplants has highlighted a growing community of artists.
Air Passengers Applaud a Justice De...

Air Passengers Applaud a Justice Dept. Collusion Case

Peeved passengers are cheering on government investigators looking into possible collusion among the major domestic airlines.
Should Swimmers Worry About Sharks?

Should Swimmers Worry About Sharks?

A rash of shark bites in North Carolina has raised concerns. Here?s what you need to know to stay safe.

Infozine

Human Rights Watch to U.S.: Lifti...

Human Rights Watch to U.S.: Lifting Restrictions to Bahrain a Bad Move

The Obama administration?s announcement on June 29, 2015, that it will lift restrictions on arms sales to Bahrain is based on a seriously flawed assessment of Bahrain?s human rights situation.
Nepal Travel Warning

Nepal Travel Warning

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Nepal and recommends that they exercise caution there following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake on April 25.
Will U.S. Stop It's Interventioni...

Will U.S. Stop It's Interventionist Policies on Cuba?

Aviva Chomsky is a historian, activist and author of eight books, including The Cuba Reader and A History of the Cuban Revolution.
Republic of South Sudan Travel Wa...

Republic of South Sudan Travel Warning

The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens against travel to the Republic of South Sudan.
Two Kansas Lakes Under Blue-green...

Two Kansas Lakes Under Blue-green Algae Warning

Kansans should be aware that blooms are unpredictable.
Smithsonian Folklife Festival Bri...

Smithsonian Folklife Festival Brings Peru Flavor to Washington

By Sarah Fulton - Eloisa Margarita Piminchumo Dominguez, 56, a hotel cook from Huanchaco, Peru, held up a pink crab just larger than a quarter Wednesday. As a Spanish guitar played nearby and a throng of people filed past, Dominguez explained how her family fishes in a river near their home. She laughed heartily as the surrounding group bent down to photograph the crab.

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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