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Delta fight to use Dallas airport g...

Delta fight to use Dallas airport goes before judge in September

A judge will hear a dispute between Delta Air Lines Inc. (NYSE: DAL) and Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) over Dallas Love Field in September. The dispute will be heard Sept. 28 by U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade, reports Dallas Morning News. An agreement between Atlanta-based Delta and Southwest that allows Delta to use a Love Field gate for its five daily flights to Atlanta expires Sept. 30. The airport is Southwest's home. Southwest says it does not have room for Delta because Southwest intends?
Charlotte council backs NBA incenti...

Charlotte council backs NBA incentives

Charlotte City Council voted Monday night to contribute at least $600,000 worth of police and other public-safety services at no charge to the NBA as part of Charlotte?s role as host of the league's 2017 all-star game. Including money, rental fees and other services provided for city-owned venues and by Charlotte's taxpayer-backed tourism arm, more than half of the $6 million committed to stage the game and related fan festivals and skills competitions will come from the public sector. Council?
Cuomo maps out plan to replace LaGu...

Cuomo maps out plan to replace LaGuardia Airport (Video)

Eighteen months after calling LaGuardia Airport in Queens a "third-world facility," Vice President Joe Biden was on hand at a Manhattan hotel Monday as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo map out a plan to replace the airport. Cuomo described LaGuardia as "a terrible front door to New York. It's a lost opportunity. It is almost universally decried." Cuomo announced a $4 billion plan to move the entire airport 600 feet closer to the Grand Central Parkway. A single, unified passenger facility will replace?
Hate checking in at the front desk?...

Hate checking in at the front desk? Then you'll like DIA's new hotel

The under-construction Westin Denver International Airport hotel passed a major milestone Monday: it?s ready to take online reservations. The 519-room hotel and conference center, which includes 35 suites, is part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. (NYSE: HOT); it's set to open Nov. 19. ?We are thrilled to have reached this milestone, and to be inching closer and closer to our opening day,? hotel general manager Tom Curley said of the debut of online reservations at the hotel's website. Westin?
LaGuardia's historic past, complain...

LaGuardia's historic past, complaint-filled present and expensive future

New York's LaGuardia International Airport is one of the busiest in the nation, and one of the most loathed. Now, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing it be replaced in a $4 billion project. Take a look at a design for the new airport, how it looks today, and a glimpse into its past.
Exclusive: New images show dual tow...

Exclusive: New images show dual towers planned for iSquare Mall + Hotel

The $400 million iSquare Mall + Hotel has a new look ? one that better reflects its plan for two upscale hotel towers. The Blackmine Group?s Abdul Mathin told Orlando Business Journal his firm has submitted a revamped conceptual plan to the city of Orlando for approval for the $400 million, mixed-use project proposed for the southeast corner of International Drive and Kirkman Road. The new plan features a luxury 500-room Solis Orlando Hotel and an ultra-luxury 100-room Capella Suites, as OBJ?

MSNBC

Today in Pictures: July 26

Today in Pictures: July 26

See Sunday's best photos.
Shark Attacks and Starry Skies: The...

Shark Attacks and Starry Skies: The Week in Pictures

A shark attacks during surfing final, Greece comes under fire, Milky Way lights up the night sky, Santas go to the beach and more.
Karibu, Obama! Kenya Welcomes Presi...

Karibu, Obama! Kenya Welcomes President with Open Arms

Obama's visit here, his first as president, captivated a country that views him as a local son.
Neglected Roads Take Big Toll on Dr...

Neglected Roads Take Big Toll on Drivers' Bottom Line

A new report by a roadway advocacy group says more than a quarter of our interstates, highways and two-lane arteries are in poor condition.
Did Airlines Raise Fares After Amtr...

Did Airlines Raise Fares After Amtrak Crash?

The federal government has opened a price-gouging investigation involving five airlines that allegedly raised airfares after a deadly Amtrak crash.
Power Outage at LaGuardia Airport D...

Power Outage at LaGuardia Airport Delays Flights

Some arriving planes have been delayed by as much as three hours amid a power outage at LaGuardia International Airport, authorities say.

NewYorkTimes

In Transit: Mac & Cheese Fest in Ch...

In Transit: Mac & Cheese Fest in Chicago to Expand This Year

There will be more macaroni, more cheese and one more Golden Noodle Award at this year?s event.
In Transit: Airline Upgrades Are Re...

In Transit: Airline Upgrades Are Reaching Economy Passengers

Improved features for airline passengers, which reflect the industry?s newfound economic stability, include free Wi-Fi access, beverages and new food menus.
Itineraries: More Fees Propel Airli...

Itineraries: More Fees Propel Airlines? Profits, and Embitter Travelers

Bag fees, flight-change fees, special seat requests, first-class upgrades: Profit margins for nonticket add-ons can be as high as 80 percent, says one analyst.
In Transit: Namibia by Bike and Tra...

In Transit: Namibia by Bike and Train

A safari from BikeTours.com will offer travelers an opportunity to see Namibia?s wildlife from two perches: the saddle of a bicycle and a chartered train.
In Transit: Taking the Slow Boat (a...

In Transit: Taking the Slow Boat (and Train) From London to Paris

Taking trains and a ferry from England to France isn?t as fast as the Eurostar, but a leisurely journey has its own rewards.
In Transit: Monday?s Travel News: C...

In Transit: Monday?s Travel News: Carnival in China; New Zealand Bike Race

What you need to know if you?re on a trip or planning one soon, including Carnival?s plans in China, New Mexico?s Chile Trail and a Dolly Parton Resort.

Infozine

Smithsonian Renovations a Constan...

Smithsonian Renovations a Constant Process

By Sarah Fulton - An estimated 27 million people visited one of the Smithsonian Institution museums in 2014. They saw wonders that include the Star Spangled Banner, the Hope Diamond and mummies. However, many of them did not see the millions of dollars of work going on behind the scenes.
Full Interchange Closure at K-10 ...

Full Interchange Closure at K-10 and Renner Boulevard

Map shows full interchange closure at K-10 and Renner Boulevard, as well as detour routes
Tips for Traveling with Pets

Tips for Traveling with Pets

Taking your pet along on your upcoming vacation? A Kansas State University veterinarian says there are many factors to consider when planning your trip.
Djibouti Travel Warning

Djibouti Travel Warning

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Djibouti, including the risk of attack by terrorist organizations in the region.
Niger Travel Warning

Niger Travel Warning

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Niger and specifically recommends citizens avoid travel to the Diffa region, particularly those areas adjacent to Niger?s southern and eastern border, and Lake Chad.
Seven Kansas Lakes Under Blue-gre...

Seven Kansas Lakes Under Blue-green Algae Warning, One Partial Closure

Lakes under a Warning are not closed. Marinas, lakeside businesses and park camping facilities are open for business.

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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