Nature causes delays on two Hawaiia...

Nature causes delays on two Hawaiian Airlines flights

Nature interfered with two Hawaiian Airlines flights over the weekend, causing delays but not completely out of the ordinary. Last Friday, flight HA 380 operated by a Boeing 717 from Honolulu to Hilo was struck by lightning and arrived at Hilo at 7:01 p.m. without incident. A spare aircraft was ferried over to Hilo for Flight HA 381, which was scheduled to depart from Hilo to Honolulu at 6:47 p.m. The flight was delayed and departed Hilo at 11:03 p.m., arriving at 11:57 p.m. On Sunday, flight HA?
Hawaiian Airlines recognized for in...

Hawaiian Airlines recognized for invasive species fight

Hawaiian Airlines was among several Hawaii organizations and individuals honored for curtailing the spread of invasive species. The state Department of Land and Natural Resources honored several organizations with its Invasive Species Achievement Awards at a ceremony at the State Capitol on Monday to cap its annual Hawaii Invasive Species Awareness Week. Hawaiian Airlines was named the 2014 Business Leader for its efforts to prevent invasive species movement for many years through collaborations?
Arnold Palmer Regional Airport gett...

Arnold Palmer Regional Airport getting daily Chicago route

Westmoreland County's Arnold Palmer Regional Airport is about to get new service to Chicago. According to multiple sources, discount carrier Spirit Airlines will soon begin flying daily to Chicago O'Hare International Airport. Details about the route were not immediately available, but the Latrobe airport and the airline have scheduled a Wednesday morning press conference to make a formal announcement. Airport officials declined comment and a Spirit Airlines spokesman did not immediately respond?
Paine Field wins approval for futur...

Paine Field wins approval for future commercial air service

The Snohomish County Council narrowly approved plans for commercial air service at Paine Field Monday after heated and divided testimony. The three-to-two vote approves a 50-year lease by Propeller Paine Field LLC, a company that wants to build a commercial terminal at Snohomish County's largest airport. The terminal would allow commercial air carriers to operate scheduled air service. In the debate, proponents argued commercial air service would attract more business and jobs to the area because?
Copters, cats, concrete: Orlando ho...

Copters, cats, concrete: Orlando hosts $73M in convention biz this week

The Orange County Convention Center's schedule is full of events this week that should bring about $73 million in economic impact ? a nice boost to the region's tourism and hospitality industry. First up is the Helicopter Association International Heli-Expo, which flew into town March 2 and runs through March 5. An estimated 19,500 people are expected to attended the trade show, which should generate about $38.4 million in economic impact for the Orlando area. Check out more about the Heli-Expo?
Chicago's 2015 housewares extravang...

Chicago's 2015 housewares extravanganza is about pots and pans and a former Presidential hopeful

Visitors to the 2015 International Home and Housewares Show will start streaming in to town this weekend by the tens of thousands. Would that they had a more exciting ? and fresh ? keynote speaker to look forward to as they pore over all the pots and pans and other kitchen gadgets on display at one of Chicago's largest trade shows. But no. The best this giant confab of all things related to the home and hearth could rustle up in the way of a featured speaker is Mitt Romney, ? a one-time Presidential?


FAA Approves Frozen New Hampshire L...

FAA Approves Frozen New Hampshire Lake for Plane Landings

New Hampshire's Lake Winnipesaukee has been approved by the FAA for plane landings ? the only ice runway in the lower 48 states.
FAA Approves Frozen New Hampshire L...

FAA Approves Frozen New Hampshire Lake for Plane Landings

New Hampshire's Lake Winnipesaukee has been approved by the FAA for plane landings ? the only ice runway in the lower 48 states.
The Week in Pictures

The Week in Pictures

Snow covers the Holy Land, a lion goes for his cleaning, a superstar stumbles and more.
Frozen Beauty: Wisconsin's Ice Cave...

Frozen Beauty: Wisconsin's Ice Caves

Weather conditions are chilly enough to allow the National Park Service to give the public access to ice caves on Lake Superior. KBJR's Bryce Henry reports each year the interior of the caves varies, as does access.
Whoa! Explosive Airshow Takes Off D...

Whoa! Explosive Airshow Takes Off Down Under

The Australian International Airshow kicked off at the Avalon Airfield in the city of Lara on Tuesday.
Thanks for All the Fish: SeaWorld A...

Thanks for All the Fish: SeaWorld Axes Public Feedings

Guests at SeaWorld's Orlando theme park will no longer be allowed to feed the dolphins.


Frequent Flier: Embrace the Adventu...

Frequent Flier: Embrace the Adventure, and Find an Even Keel

Ben Pascal, who travels the world marketing a pathogen-detecting device, finds the journey is easiest when he keeps a cool head.
On the Road: In Homeland Security F...

On the Road: In Homeland Security Funding Standoff, Business Travelers Face Uncertainty

Recurring threats to partly shut down Homeland Security are frustrating travel planning, with many employees unsure whether to postpone a trip or risk delays.
T Magazine: Pierre Hardy Shares His...

T Magazine: Pierre Hardy Shares His Favorite Hometown Haunts in the City of Light

On the eve of Paris Fashion Week, the revered accessories designer opens up about where to eat, workout and shop.
Where to Go Now: Near or Far, Head ...

Where to Go Now: Near or Far, Head South to Escape the Winter

From St. Vincent to South Africa, the Travel section has some suggestions for sunny getaways ? just in time for spring break.
In Transit Blog: Goodie Bags Filled...

In Transit Blog: Goodie Bags Filled With Memories

A welcome gift like a bottle of Champagne is standard at many high-end hotels, but some properties are also giving their guests goodies at checkout.
Overnighter: Ravenna, Italy, Glitte...

Overnighter: Ravenna, Italy, Glittering Still

A few miles from the Adriatic Sea, the city has arcade-lined piazzas, wine bars brimming with locals and spectacular Byzantine mosaics.


Greater Kansas City Weekend Weath...

Greater Kansas City Weekend Weather 2/28-3/01

Winter weather advisory remains in effect from 9 AM Saturday morning to 6 PM Sunday.
Algeria Travel Warning

Algeria Travel Warning

U.S. citizens are warn against travel to the Kabylie region and remote areas of southern and eastern Algeria.
Chad Travel Warning

Chad Travel Warning

The entire Lake Chad region, not only along Chad?s border with Nigeria, is especially vulnerable because of rising activities by the extremist terrorist group Boko Haram. Chad?s historically volatile security environment can deteriorate unexpectedly, especially along the border areas.
Kansas Trout Fishing Hot Spots

Kansas Trout Fishing Hot Spots

Kansas offers trout fishing at more than 30 public fishing lakes
Kia on the Rise in Auto Rankings,...

Kia on the Rise in Auto Rankings, Acura, Infiniti and Mercedes-Benz Take a Fall

Buick Earns a Top 10 Spot in Consumer Reports Annual Car Brand Report Cards
Nigeria Travel Alert

Nigeria Travel Alert

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Nigeria and urges caution while traveling within Nigeria during the general and gubernatorial elections on March 28 and April 11, 2015, respectively.


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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