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NHL Fan Fair in full swing: Here's ...

NHL Fan Fair in full swing: Here's what to expect ? PHOTOS

Want to sharpen those stick-handling skills? How about a selfie with a furry National Hockey League mascot? The NHL Fan Fair is underway at the Greater Columbus Convention Center with all those activities and more in a sprawling 200,000-square-foot hockey heaven. Fans can stop by 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $16 for adults and $12 for children at the door. See the slideshow for photos of what you'll find if you come on down.
Bill proposes slot machines at Hawa...

Bill proposes slot machines at Hawaii's airports

A bill introduced in the state Legislature this week would allow slot machines at Hawaii's airport for international travelers, which could open the door to some form of legalized gambling in the Islands. Revenue from the machines would go to the airport revenue fund. However, House Bill 91 makes clear that "this part shall not be construed to legalize Internet gambling, electronic bingo games or other forms for gambling ... other than play or operation of slot machines within airports." The bill,?
Gov. Walker comments on Kenosha cas...

Gov. Walker comments on Kenosha casino decision: Full transcript

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker took time during a visit to the 2015 Wisconsin Education Convention in Milwaukee Friday to speak to reporters about his decision to reject the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin's proposal for an $800 million off-reservation casino on the former Dairyland Greyhound Park property in Kenosha. Walker placed the blame on agreements negotiated under former Gov. Jim Doyle between the state of Wisconsin and the Forest County Potawatomi Community. Those agreements provided protections?
Boeing's flying Jumbotrons could li...

Boeing's flying Jumbotrons could light up future jetliners with digital advertisements

Will we see the day when Boeing jetliners are glowing digital advertising billboards? Just in case, Boeing last week won a new patent for technologies that would add giant digital displays onto wings, fuselages and tails ? and even upturned winglets on future jets. The basic idea is that the display areas would contain digital imaging equipment, covered with a transparent layer, and heated or cooled from beneath as needed. You might think of this as turning Boeing (NYSE: BA) aircraft into flying?
Entrepreneurs: Uber, Airbnb pump up...

Entrepreneurs: Uber, Airbnb pump up the Triangle brand

An argument I heard a lot while compiling data for this week's shared economy cover story? Services like Uber and Airbnb help the Triangle's brand as an innovator. Fans of the services ? which connect people to their peers for things like rides to work and temporary housing ? say if the Triangle does not embrace the shared economy, the innovation brand it's working to polish would suffer. In addition to polling our online readers on the issue, I decided to ask some of the entrepreneurs directly?
Sacramento airport hotel project wo...

Sacramento airport hotel project worth at least $23M

A $23 million Hyatt Place hotel proposed for Sacramento International Airport could be open in 2017. Sacramento County supervisors at their meeting Tuesday will consider a development agreement with Los Angeles-based real estate development firm Sonnenblick Development LLC to build a 135-room hotel between the airport's main commercial terminals. The hotel would feature indoor pool and spa, fitness room, a dining area and 3,500 square feet of meeting space. Hospitality company Sonnenblick-SMF LLC?

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Why the Supreme Court Is Acting on ...

Why the Supreme Court Is Acting on Lethal Injections

In the wake of a botched execution in Oklahoma, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case brought by three death row inmates on lethal injection.
Caribbean Travel Unfazed by Cuba Op...

Caribbean Travel Unfazed by Cuba Opening - For Now

There's pent-up U.S. desire to travel to Cuba, but the hotels, roads and air routes haven't caught up yet, experts say.
TSA Discovers Record Number of Fire...

TSA Discovers Record Number of Firearms in Carry-On Bags

The TSA discovered a record 2,212 firearms in carry-on bags this year, up from 660 a decade ago, and the vast majority of them were loaded.
What Can $100 Buy in Havana?

What Can $100 Buy in Havana?

CNBC's Washington reporter Eamon Javers went to Cuba to find out much rum and cigars $100 will buy.
Protests and Papal Visits: The Week...

Protests and Papal Visits: The Week in Pictures

Pint-sized Swiss guards await Papal visit, reminders of a historic Selma march, children stand up for a seized playground and more.
Inside the Cuba That Americans Neve...

Inside the Cuba That Americans Never See

Varadero Beach, a top tourist destination in Cuba, is part of a booming construction business with the help of European investors.

NewYorkTimes

Vocations: The Travel Agency Execut...

Vocations: The Travel Agency Executive: Traveling to an Open Cuba

The Marazul Charters travel agency has organized cultural and histrorical trips to Cuba for years.
SkyMall?s Parent Files for Bankrupt...

SkyMall?s Parent Files for Bankruptcy Protection

The in-flight catalog?s parent, Xhibit, attributed some of its troubles to changes in in-flight entertainment and retail competition.
In Transit Blog: Honoring Orson Wel...

In Transit Blog: Honoring Orson Welles in Wisconsin

Kenosha, Wis., the hometown of Orson Welles, will observe the centennial of his birth in May with a month of events, including live performances and screenings.
In Transit Blog: See Baja on a Ship...

In Transit Blog: See Baja on a Ship With a Past

AdventureSmith Explorations is offering a Baja Peninsula cruise on a ship that launched in 1924.
Lives: Track Changes

Lives: Track Changes

To protect myself, I found a simple way to hide.
In Far-Flung Myanmar, a Land of Con...

In Far-Flung Myanmar, a Land of Contradictions

In the lush, primal jungles of the northern part of the country, where thoughts turn to orchids, not juntas.

Infozine

Human Rights Watch Calls on DR Co...

Human Rights Watch Calls on DR Congo to End Deadly Crackdown on Protests

The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo has used unlawful and excessive force to crack down on protests since January 19, 2015, Human Rights Watch said Saturday. The demonstrators were protesting proposed changes to the electoral law that many Congolese believed would permit President Joseph Kabila to stay in office beyond his mandated two-term limit.
Liberia Travel Warning

Liberia Travel Warning

There have been major accomplishments in the fight against Ebola, and for the first time in several months we are seeing lower rates of new infections, reduced demand at Ebola treatment units, and other positive signs.
Home Team Loss Boosts Car Insuran...

Home Team Loss Boosts Car Insurance Claim Rates Around NFL Stadiums

The rate of collision claims from ZIP codes around NFL stadiums is higher on days when the home team loses or ties than when it wins, a new study from the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) shows.
Libya Travel Warning

Libya Travel Warning

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all travel to Libya and recommends that U.S. citizens currently in Libya depart immediately.
USA Cycling BMX Riders Head to Ro...

USA Cycling BMX Riders Head to Rosarito, Mexico, Not to Ride, but to Build a House, Video

USA Cycling?s responsibility is to not only develop championship cyclists, but to also help mold outstanding adults.
Iran Travel Warning

Iran Travel Warning

Dual national Iranian-American citizens may encounter difficulty in departing Iran. U.S. citizens should stay current with media coverage of local events and carefully consider nonessential travel.

PhoCusWright

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...
Online Travel's Growth - and Future...

Online Travel's Growth - and Future - Is Not Only in Emerging Markets

The refrain of online travel over the past half-decade is often repeated: as developed markets in North America and Europe mature and slow, travel companies must look abroad to emerging markets for the next big wave of growth. There is no question that online travel markets in developed economies have matured, and the heady double-digit growth rates of the markets' early years are a thing of the past. A cursory glance at Figure 1 tells a very clear story. FIGURE 1 Indeed, whether looking at the total travel market (that is, all gross bookings, purchased both online or offline) or specifically at online channels, emerging markets are growing much faster. Between 2011 and 2015, travel in the developed markets of North America, Western Europe and Australia, New Zealand and Japan in Asia Pacific is growing at a combined compound annual rate (CAGR) of 2.5% vs. 7.4% for all emerging markets. For online travel, the difference is even starker: 7% in developed markets vs. 22%...
OTA Hotel Play Pays Off: Double-Dig...

OTA Hotel Play Pays Off: Double-Digit Gains Boost Outlook for U.S. Intermediaries

The skies have not been friendly to online travel agencies (OTAs) in recent years, but OTAs are countering online market share lost to airlines with a strategic move of their own. OTAs have aggressively pursued the higher-margin hotel segment, and those efforts are paying dividends. According to a new Global Edition report, OTA hotel bookings are projected to grow 15% in 2014, outpacing hotel website gains for the third consecutive year. OTAs' share of the online hotel market will increase to 48%, up from 46% in 2012. "OTAs have leveraged the return of deal-hungry, mid-market hotel shoppers to reverse the recent shift in favor of suppliers and replace revenue lost to airline-direct bookings," says Phocuswright research analyst Maggie Rauch. "A strong hotel market, paired with improving air sales and an early advantage in capturing mobile travel bookings, is boosting the outlook for intermediaries." Hotel and lodging will comprise a growing share of OTA revenues, increasing...

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