Disney reveals new info and first l...

Disney reveals new info and first looks of the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge expansion

The minds behind The Walt Disney Co.?s upcoming Star Wars attractions unveiled more project details during a discussion panel at Walt Disney World Resorts? Hollywood Studios park. Spoiler alert: There are no Star Wars T-shirts for sale, but there will be a fleet of X-Wings to geek out over. Star Wars: Galaxy?s Edge is the 14-acre expansion, currently under construction and set to open in 2019, at Hollywood Studios and at Anaheim's Disneyland park. Sneek peeks and insider info, including?
American Airlines debuts holiday vi...

American Airlines debuts holiday video with important (and universal) message

American Airlines is getting right to the heart of what the holidays are all about in a new video holiday greeting it has just distributed to millions of customers and friends of the world's largest carrier. Indeed the 90-second "Welcome Home" video is laser-focused on mining the emotions of love and caring that invariably well up at this time year, even among employees of an airline that ? like some of its competitors ? has witnessed some pretty ugly things happening on planes and at airports?
Jeff Bezos shows what it's like to ...

Jeff Bezos shows what it's like to ride a Blue Origin rocket into space (Video)

The 11-minute ride is filmed from inside the capsule, where tourists could start booking seats as early as 2018.
2017 brought significant changes to...

2017 brought significant changes to Hawaii airline service

In 2017, three airlines announced they would resume or launch service in Hawaii, while existing Hawaii carriers ramped up planned service, reflecting category growth. Perhaps most notably, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) announced in October that it would enter the Hawaii market with ticket sales beginning in 2018, though specific routes and timing have not yet been revealed. Most recently, the airline was reported to be working with the Federal Aviation Administration to receive ETOPS,?
Downtown San Jose's iconic Fairmont...

Downtown San Jose's iconic Fairmont Hotel slated to sell in new year

Longtime real estate developer and investor Lew Wolff tells the Business Journal that he wasn?t looking to sell the 805-room luxury hotel initially, but was approached with an offer too good to pass up.
STATEMENT: Edgemoor addresses city ...

STATEMENT: Edgemoor addresses city council's rejection of MOU for $1B airport remodel

The developer chosen by the city to design, build and privately finance the renovation of Kansas City International Airport (Code: MCI) into a single terminal remains "confident" it can reach an agreement despite "new concerns." The status of the bid led by Maryland-based Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate LLC fell into question Thursday, after the City Council voted 9-4 to reject an ordinance authorizing the city manager to execute a memorandum of understanding that laid out a framework for?


Atlanta airport loses power, trappi...

Atlanta airport loses power, trapping travelers in planes and terminals

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta ? the busiest airport in the world ? lost power on Sunday leaving some passengers trapped in planes and inside the airport terminals.
500 people aboard 2 Royal Caribbean...

500 people aboard 2 Royal Caribbean cruises fell sick

Symptoms were reported by more than 500 people aboard two cruise ships operated by Royal Caribbean in the last month.
Black passenger removed from Delta ...

Black passenger removed from Delta flight files bias lawsuit

Kima Hamilton, who is black, alleges that Delta Air Lines wouldn't have violated his civil rights during a flight in April if he were white.
Airline launches probe after Zucker...

Airline launches probe after Zuckerberg sister harassed in first class

Alaska Airlines says it has launched an investigation after author and CEO Randi Zuckerberg described crude behavior by a passenger which was ignored by staff.
Woman on Delta flight: I was mistak...

Woman on Delta flight: I was mistaken for sex trafficking victim

Stephanie Ung said that she was questioned by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers for more than an hour upon arriving at the airport.
Americans in Bali describe chaos as...

Americans in Bali describe chaos as volcano strands tourists

Tens of thousands of travelers remained stranded in Bali on Monday as a volcano hurled gray ash nearly 10,000 feet into the air, canceling hundreds of flights and shuttering the island's airport.


The Getaway: New Tools and Tours fo...

The Getaway: New Tools and Tours for Solo Travelers

As more people explore the world on their own, travel companies are beginning to find more meaningful ways to serve them.
Check In: A Stylish Seattle Hotel W...

Check In: A Stylish Seattle Hotel Whose Location Can?t Be Beat

For proximity to Seattle?s greatest hits, it doesn?t get much better than the 12-story Seattle Thompson, just a few blocks from the Puget Sound waterfront.
Frugal Traveler: Cairo, Vibrant and...

Frugal Traveler: Cairo, Vibrant and Budget-Friendly, Is Ready Again for the World Stage

The Egyptian capital is as engaging as ever ? and is a particularly great destination for bargain seekers.
Bites: A New Roman Restaurant With ...

Bites: A New Roman Restaurant With a Young Chef Celebrates the Classics

Santo Palato, in the San Giovanni neighborhood, stands out in a way that goes beyond its bright, polychrome décor.
How Wildfires Are Affecting Tourism...

How Wildfires Are Affecting Tourism in Southern California

What?s open ? and what?s not ? in San Diego, Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.
At Chapelco in Argentina, Skiing, S...

At Chapelco in Argentina, Skiing, Steaks, Sun (and Few Crowds)

This modern resort in Patagonia is relatively undiscovered, but the slopes can be stunning. And it?s close to a charming town with great empanadas.


Kansas City International Airport...

Kansas City International Airport Preparing for 2017 Holiday Travelers

The Kansas City Aviation Department projects that nearly 740,000 passengers at KCI Airport during the 2017/2018 winter holiday period. Peak days will see approximately 38,000 travelers in and out of KCI.
Pakistan Travel Warning

Pakistan Travel Warning

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all non-essential travel to Pakistan. This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning dated May 22, 2017.
Honduras Travel Alert

Honduras Travel Alert

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to postpone or cancel unnecessary travel to mainland Honduras due to ongoing political protests and the potential for violence.
Worldwide Travel Caution

Worldwide Travel Caution

As part of the Department of State?s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad. This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated September 14, 2017.
Kansas City International Airport...

Kansas City International Airport October 2017 Passenger Traffic Up

Southwest TSA Pre Checkpoint moves gates
Saudi Arabia Travel Warning

Saudi Arabia Travel Warning

The State Department warns U.S. citizens to carefully consider the risks of travel to Saudi Arabia due to continuing threats from terrorist groups and the threat of ballistic missile attacks on civilian targets by rebel forces in Yemen.


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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