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Week in Review: Amid market turmoil...

Week in Review: Amid market turmoil, what stories made DFW's headlines?

In a week that saw turmoil on Wall Street that affected many DFW companies' stocks, there were plenty of other story lines for our writers to follow. We carefully examined the analytics and scoured our website to determine which of the stories from last week seemed to connect with the readers. With that in mind, here's how high-speed rail, AT&T Inc.(NYSE: T), Envoy Airlines and a score of other companies made their way onto our pages. We covered topics from alcohol sales to high school stadiums.?
Hawaii Tourism Authority honors fou...

Hawaii Tourism Authority honors four ranches statewide with tourism legacy awards

The Hawaii Tourism Authority honored four ranches on Thursday for their commitment to perpetuating the state's unique paniolo, or Hawaiian cowboy, traditions that date back to the early 1800s. Those agricultural bastions ? Parker Ranch on the Big Island, Kualoa Ranch on Oahu, Ulupalakua Ranch on Maui and Kipu Ranch on Kauai ? were the chosen recipients of the HTA's Tourism Legacy Awards, which are given out each year at the state agency's annual conference at the Hawaii Convention Center. "Find?
From 9News, 9 things to do in Color...

From 9News, 9 things to do in Colorado this weekend: state fair, affordable art and more

September is almost here. That means your weekend will most likely be filled with the adventure of finding out what new shows and movies are streaming online now. There's also the Denver Broncos preseason game to watch this Saturday. All that and so much more. Colorado is offering an eclectic mix of events to fill up your weekend in between the game and the binge-TV-watching marathon. > Click here for nine things to do this weekend.
Colorado swimming company makes a b...

Colorado swimming company makes a big splash in franchising

Few things are as important to many parents as making sure their child can swim ? but busy schedules, hours lost to commuting and the hectic lifestyle of many families can make it difficult to squeeze in the time for swim lessons. That may be one of the reasons why the growth of SafeSplash Swim School ? which allows customers to meet weekly at a time of their choosing ? has suddenly exploded. Or it may be the 90 degree heated pools, or the country-club-meets-swimming-pool atmosphere. Either?
Tropical Storm Erika: Miami, Fort L...

Tropical Storm Erika: Miami, Fort Lauderdale airports cancel flights

As of Friday afternoon, Miami International Airport and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport cancelled a total of 17 flights because of Tropical Storm Erika. At MIA, four arrivals and two departures ? a total of six flights were cancelled. Airlines affected include American Airlines, and American Eagle, and the cities affected include Fort de France, Martinique; Providenciales, Turks and Caicos; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; and St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.?
Exclusive: New 365-room hotel slate...

Exclusive: New 365-room hotel slated for I-Drive area

A New York real estate development firm appears to be preparing plans to build a new high-rise hotel on Universal Boulevard just behind the Orange County Convention Center. Empire Equities? related Empire EQ Hotel LLC submitted a development plan to Orange County earlier this month for Empire Hotel, a 365-room tower with a three-level, 444-space parking deck on vacant land, according to a document obtained by Orlando Business Journal. Dovi Leshes of Empire Equities declined to comment about the?

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Train Security Could Tighten After ...

Train Security Could Tighten After Americans Thwart Attack

European leaders were meeting Saturday to reconsider train security after American passengers thwarted a terrorist attack on Paris-bound trip.
TSA Agent Abused Passenger in Airpo...

TSA Agent Abused Passenger in Airport Bathroom: Report

A TSA screener at New York's LaGuardia Airport has been accused of sexually abusing a 22-year-old foreign student, police sources tell NBC New York.
Tropical Storm Erika Passes Caribbe...

Tropical Storm Erika Passes Caribbean Islands

Powerful winds and heavy rain struck the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Saint Maarten as Erika passed by, headed in the direction of Florida.
The Week in Pictures: Aug. 20 - 27

The Week in Pictures: Aug. 20 - 27

California Hotshots control the Rough Fire, migrants cross tense borders, a newsroom mourns, D.C. welcomes newborn panda cubs, and more.
Five Reasons Why China's Woes Are R...

Five Reasons Why China's Woes Are Rocking the World

The economic struggles of China, the world's largest exporter and second-largest importer, are potentially the world's problems.
Hand-Luggage Hangover: Passenger Ch...

Hand-Luggage Hangover: Passenger Chugs $200 Cognac

The passenger was reportedly not allowed to board her flight out of concern for the safety of others and herself as she was traveling alone.

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As Hikers Celebrate on Appalachian ...

As Hikers Celebrate on Appalachian Trail, Some Ask: Where Will It End?

Faced with increasing crowds and partylike behavior by a few, officials are threatening to reroute the Appalachian Trail so that it does not end atop Maine?s highest peak.
With Ruble?s Decline, Russian Touri...

With Ruble?s Decline, Russian Tourists Gain Appreciation for the Motherland

Since the ruble?s fall late last year put foreign vacations out of reach of many in the middle class, more Russians are choosing to vacation at home.
In Transit: Hiking and Biking in Ta...

In Transit: Hiking and Biking in Tasmania

Tasmanian Tour Ride & Seek, an Australian outfitter offering trips in a dozen countries, has added a destination close to home.
A Tour of Lake Michigan, My Inland ...

A Tour of Lake Michigan, My Inland Sea

Chicago. Sand dunes. A ferry crossing. A voyage reveals striking topography, time-worn communities and the reassuring permanence of an unchanging lake amid it all.
In Transit: For Loyal Guests, Hotel...

In Transit: For Loyal Guests, Hotels Bring Back the House Call

Sending makeup artists, tennis pros and even chefs to the homes of loyal guests for a personal connection.
Bites: Inventive Menus at Soho Hous...

Bites: Inventive Menus at Soho House Berlin?s New Restaurant

The Store Kitchen, off the lobby of Soho House in Mitte, is drawing a stylish crowd with its creative takes on ambitious, vegetable-focused dishes.

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Pakistan Travel Warning

Pakistan Travel Warning

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all non-essential travel to Pakistan.
Syria Travel Warning

Syria Travel Warning

This Travel Warning supersedes the Travel Warning dated March 3, 2015, to remind U.S. citizens that the security situation remains dangerous and unpredictable as a violent conflict between government and armed anti-government groups continues throughout the country, along with an increased risk of kidnappings, bombings, murder, and terrorism.
Algeria Travel Warning

Algeria Travel Warning

The Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens against travel to the Kabylie region and remote areas of southern and eastern Algeria.
There's Dove Hunting In Hundreds ...

There's Dove Hunting In Hundreds of Missouri Crop Fields

More than 180 MDC areas offer dove hunting with nearly 100 providing crop fields.
A Healthy Picnic Is Not an Oxymor...

A Healthy Picnic Is Not an Oxymoron

By Karen Collins, MS, RDN, CDN, FAND - Q: I love picnics, but it seems that all the traditional favorites are so unhealthy. Is there a way to keep the fun parts and make the meal healthy, too?
2016 Honda Pilot Makes Top Safety...

2016 Honda Pilot Makes Top Safety Pick+ List, Video

The redesigned Honda Pilot, a midsize SUV, has aced the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's small overlap front test. With an available front crash prevention system earning a superior rating, it qualifies for the 2015 Top Safety Pick+ award.

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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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