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Vail Resorts buys Australia's large...

Vail Resorts buys Australia's largest ski area

Vail Resorts Inc. has acquired the largest ski resort in Australia, marking the first international foray for the Broomfield company and creating what its CEO said could be a strong draw to bring tourists from that continent to Vail-operated ski areas across America. The $136 million acquisition of Perisher Ski Resort, funded with cash on hand and the revolver portion of Vail Resorts? senior credit facility, is expected to be completed sometime later this year. The company will receive 100 percent?
Niobrara oil depends on railroads t...

Niobrara oil depends on railroads to get to market, say feds

About 64 percent of the crude oil produced in the Niobrara formation, the rock layer at the center of Colorado?s oil boom, gets to market via railroad tank cars, according to a new analysis by the federal Energy Information Administration. The EIA on Monday said it would start providing monthly data on how much crude oil moves around the nation via rail, in addition to information about pipeline, tanker and barge crude-oil traffic. ?The new crude-by-rail data provides a clearer picture on a?
San Antonio Museum of Art director:...

San Antonio Museum of Art director: CPS land gift a game changer for downtown institution

The San Antonio Museum of Art is receiving a significant gift that will allow the downtown institution to address its severe shortage of space. CPS Energy?s decision to approve a resolution that will result in the donation of approximately 3.5 acres of real estate including a former operations center facility at 326 Jones Avenue to SAMA will free up critical space on the museum?s existing campus for more exhibition and education needs. The acreage in question is approximately half of the real?
Scottsdale sees golf rounds, revenu...

Scottsdale sees golf rounds, revenue bump in 2014

More golf was played in Scottsdale last year than the previous year, according to numbers from the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. In addition, the revenue generated from those rounds also saw an uptick. For all of 2014, average Scottsdale golf-related revenues were up 5 percent. The average number of rounds played in 2014 were up 4.8 percent from the previous year. Increased play drove 2014?s improved revenue numbers, but toward the end of the year, both median and average rate per?
Colorado investors buy Adam's Rib g...

Colorado investors buy Adam's Rib golf community near Eagle

A group of Colorado investors says it has purchased the Adam's Rib Ranch golf-community property and Adam's Mountain Country Club in the Brush Creek Valley near Eagle. The buyers group is led by Chad Brue, principal of Brue Capital, and includes Dan Bennett of Vail, owner of Southwest Greens of Colorado, according to an announcement Monday of the March 20 sale. The property includes 2,655 acres of land, a working 1,553-acre ranch, an 18-hole Tom Weiskopf-designed golf course that opened in 2007,?
Louisville website looks to be sour...

Louisville website looks to be source for baby boomer travelers

Liz Dahl was tired of being sold bus tours and cruises when she planned her travels. Although there's nothing wrong with either, she knows that the interests of baby boomers go way beyond those activities. But the advertising community is so focused on its target demographic ? 18- to 49-year-olds ? that baby boomers often are left out. ?We are not being spoken to like everyone else," said Dahl, a travel agent and former public relations consultant. "We don't just retire at 55 or 60. We stay?

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'Bomb' Note in Toilet Diverts Passe...

'Bomb' Note in Toilet Diverts Passenger Jet

A Turkish Airlines flight en route to Brazil was forced to change course and land in Casablanca after a bomb threat, a spokeswoman said Monday.
JetBlue Computer Outage Snarls Chec...

JetBlue Computer Outage Snarls Check-Ins Systemwide

JetBlue Airways experienced a major computer system outage Monday, delaying check-in and flights for thousands of passengers.
Global Icons Go Dark for Earth Hour

Global Icons Go Dark for Earth Hour

Lights went out in cities around the world for Earth Hour to raise awareness of environmental issues.
Investigators Comb Through Jet Cras...

Investigators Comb Through Jet Crash Site

Watch as search and rescue efforts continue in the French Alps, as investigators sift through the debris field of the intentionally downed A320 jet. Video provided by the French Interior Ministry.
The Week in Pictures: March 19 - 26

The Week in Pictures: March 19 - 26

A solar spectacle, sailors on the high seas, the catch of the day and more.
Lufthansa Tightens Safety Rules Aft...

Lufthansa Tightens Safety Rules After Germanwings Crash

Lufthansa Group added new cockpit security measures and safety roles within the company following Tuesday's crash.

NewYorkTimes

On the Road: Thoughts at the End of...

On the Road: Thoughts at the End of the Road, and a Word of Advice

The writer sums up 16 years of On the Road columns for The Times.
In Transit Blog: Walkabout: More Tr...

In Transit Blog: Walkabout: More Travel Warnings in Kenya; Luring Tourists to Appalachia

A weekly capsule of travel news curated by our writers and editors.
Footsteps: Searching for Evan S. Co...

Footsteps: Searching for Evan S. Connell?s Bohemian Sausalito

The Midwestern postwar novelist made a life in California, where he frequented bars and rubbed elbows with literary lights.
T Magazine: A Cure for the Cacophon...

T Magazine: A Cure for the Cacophony

In Beijing, a hotel for guests who want to sleep where they spa.
In Transit Blog: A Paris Picnic, De...

In Transit Blog: A Paris Picnic, Delivered

Paris Picnic will deliver meals to locations in the city, complete with a baguette and a blanket.
Itineraries: In Atlanta, a Quest to...

Itineraries: In Atlanta, a Quest to Keep Its Airport the World?s Busiest

The city?s officials say they believe its bustling hub has been crucial to local economic growth and have intensified efforts to attract businesses.

Infozine

Sustainable Forest Plantations in...

Sustainable Forest Plantations in Vietnam, Video

More than 43,000 households in central Vietnam have received access to micro finance and technical support to establish over 76,500 hectares of forest under a World Bank-supported project.
House Budget Threatens Funding St...

House Budget Threatens Funding Structure for Transportation

By Sean McMinn - The House budget passed by Republicans on Wednesday sent a clear message to transportation advocates: Find money or face serious cuts.
Smithsonian National Zoo?s Andean...

Smithsonian National Zoo?s Andean Bear Cubs Have Names, Video

By Alicia Alvarez - Sorry, Bao Bao. The bear action at the Smithsonian National Zoo on Thursday was nowhere near the pandas, and it might not be for a while.
Modifications Earns Audi A6 Top S...

Modifications Earns Audi A6 Top Safety Pick+, Video

Stellar performance in the small overlap front test earns the 2016 Audi A6 a Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Missouri Angler Catches State-rec...

Missouri Angler Catches State-record Paddlefish

The first paddlefish snagging trip for Andy Belobraydic III will be one he?ll remember for the rest of his life.
NOAA Spring Weather Forecast, Vid...

NOAA Spring Weather Forecast, Video

Spring Flood Risk, Drought Outlook, Temperature and Precipitation Outlook

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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