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First Buffalo River Marina operatio...

First Buffalo River Marina operations up for bid

Operations and maintenance for the First Buffalo River Marina has been put out to bid by the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. The 115-slip marina, located across the mouth of the Buffalo River from Canalside, has been operated and maintained for the past two years by Safe Harbor Development LLC of Tennessee ? the same firm that is in the early years of a 25-year pact with the ECHDC to operate the 1,100-slip Safe Harbor Marina at Buffalo Harbor State Park, formerly the Small Boat Harbor. Bids?
United Airlines ready to wear-test ...

United Airlines ready to wear-test new uniforms

United Airlines will begin wear-testing a new line of uniforms for tens of thousands of United employees later this month. The wear-tests are a big step forward in a new uniform project that United first announced in 2017 ? a project where the full rollout of the new uniforms is not expected to be finished until late in 2020, a United spokeswoman said Wednesday. United said in 2017 that it would work with three design partners ? Brooks Brothers, Carhartt and Tracy Reese ? on new uniforms?
Boating and fishing make a splash a...

Boating and fishing make a splash ahead of the 2019 boat show

Last year's boating figures are in and new boats sold for an average of $52,000 in the state last year.
Airbnb's bet on hotels is paying of...

Airbnb's bet on hotels is paying off

The company was founded to differentiate itself from the traditional hospitality industry. Yet over the past year, adding hotels to its site has helped fuel Airbnb's rampant growth.
GSA erred in ignoring Trump emolume...

GSA erred in ignoring Trump emoluments issue, IG finds

The General Services Administration acted improperly in failing to consider constitutional issues surrounding President Donald Trump's financial stake in the entity that operates the Trump International Hotel in downtown D.C., according to a report released Wednesday by the agency's inspector general. The IG's report found the GSA ignored the issue of emoluments, a debate that flared up even before the president was sworn in, when its Office of General Counsel decided in mid-December 2016 not to?
Louisville International Airport to...

Louisville International Airport to get a new name

Louisville's airport has adopted a new name to honor its most famous native son. Louisville Regional Airport Authority officials voted Wednesday to change the name of Louisville International Airport to Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport in honor of the late boxing legend. The airport?s Federal Aviation Administration location identifier will remain SDF. ?There is a brand undeniably associated with him that speaks to inclusion, that speaks to diversity,? airport authority member?

MSNBC

Co-pilot sucked halfway out of wind...

Co-pilot sucked halfway out of windshield during Chinese flight

A seemingly routine flight from southwestern China to Tibet turned chaotic when a windshield burst open in mid-air, partially sucking out the co-pilot.
American Airlines' new emotional su...

American Airlines' new emotional support animal policy: Spiders, no. Miniature ponies, maybe.

No, you can't bring that emotional support hedgehog to help you through the flight.
FAA: Southwest discouraged mechanic...

FAA: Southwest discouraged mechanics from reporting some issues

Southwest said safety is top priority and intimidation is not tolerated.
Southwest plane with cracked window...

Southwest plane with cracked window makes emergency landing

The timing could hardly be worse for the Dallas-based airline, coming just two weeks after a passenger was sucked out a window on another flight.
United rolls out new pet policy ban...

United rolls out new pet policy banning certain breeds and some summer travel

Following several high-profile pet-related incidents, United is tightening its cargo rules ? and banning some breeds altogether.
Are you guilty of these bad travel ...

Are you guilty of these bad travel behaviors? A new survey reveals the most annoying.

Seat kickers and trigger-happy perfume wearers, you're on notice.

NewYorkTimes

Frugal Traveler: An Indian City Bur...

Frugal Traveler: An Indian City Bursting With Action

The present-day version of Chennai in South India dates back to only the 1600s, so a relatively youthful exuberance should not come as a surprise.
Stocking Up at an Airline?s Garage ...

Stocking Up at an Airline?s Garage Sale

It may be hard to imagine liking an airline enough to buy its old silverware and service carts, but at a monthly sale, lovers of Delta Air Lines snap up decommissioned items.
5 Places: Five Places to Visit in L...

5 Places: Five Places to Visit in London

In the East London neighborhood of Dalston, subterranean fashion shops, eclectic restaurants and a hopping indie music scene make for an unexpected slice of the city.
Travel Tips: Finding Open-Minded He...

Travel Tips: Finding Open-Minded Health Care Abroad

For women and L.G.B.T.Q. people, finding friendly medical care away from home can be a challenge. There are resources they can turn to.
Explorer: A Family Ski Adventure in...

Explorer: A Family Ski Adventure in the Himalayas

Why can?t we go skiing in Austria, like everybody else? the writer?s wife asked. Instead, they were in Kashmir, where the powder?s thick, the crowds are thin and the territory is, well, disputed.
With Beaches, Wine and Buzz, Is Thi...

With Beaches, Wine and Buzz, Is This Australia?s Next Hot Place?

The remote Margaret River region has beauty, vineyards and an annual food and wine festival called the Gourmet Escape that is increasingly putting it on the map.

Infozine

Car Crashes - a Leading Cause of ...

Car Crashes - a Leading Cause of Death Among Children

Twenty-nine percent of the children killed were not restrained in a car seat or safety belt.
KCI Airport Passenger Traffic Inc...

KCI Airport Passenger Traffic Increases in February 2018

Year-to-date passenger boardings are 793,044, up 2.3 percent.
KCI Airport Passenger Traffic Inc...

KCI Airport Passenger Traffic Increases in January 2018

Passenger boardings were up 3.7 percent, with a total of 405,749 boarded.
IIHS Rear Crash Prevention Rating...

IIHS Rear Crash Prevention Ratings Hopes to Cut Parking Lot Mishaps [video]

Parking crashes usually don't result in serious injuries, but repair costs can quickly mount, along with the hassle of going without the family vehicle while waiting for the body shop to finish work. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has launched a rear crash prevention ratings program to help consumers identify models with the technology that can prevent or mitigate low-speed backing crashes. Two systems earn the highest rating of superior, and four earn the second-highest rating of advanced.
High-speed Broadband Goes Live in...

High-speed Broadband Goes Live in Samoa

The Asian Development Bank (ADB), the World Bank Group, and the Government of Australia joined the Government of Samoa to celebrate the arrival of high-speed internet in the country at a ceremony at the TATTE Convention Centre Friday.
February 2018 Air Travel Consumer...

February 2018 Air Travel Consumer Report Released

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Thursday released its February 2018 Air Travel Consumer Report on air carrier data compiled for the month of December 2017 and calendar year 2017.

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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