Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Travel updates

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Trend Analyst Michael Tchong on Innovation and Hospitality

Renowned trend analyst Michael Tchong of Ubercool, who will be speaking at HSMAI's upcoming Affordable Meetings National, being held Sept. 8-9, 2010, discussed the state of innovation, marketing, and the hospitality industry. ...more

Sales and Marketing
Planners Under Increased Pressure To Show ROI For Meetings

Nearly half (49 percent) of the meeting planners attending the 10th Annual Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International’s (HSMAI) Affordable Meetings® Mid-America Conference & Exposition at Chicago's Navy Pier, April 14-15, 2010, stated that they feel increased pressure to show metrics/statistics that attest to the success of events. ...more

Using Video to Engage and Interact with Online Travel Shoppers - Complimentary Webinar

Three Industry Experts will reveal the Steps to Using Online Video to Increase Sales Conversions. ...more

European Travel Commission Elects Petra Hedorfer As New President

Ms Petra Hedorfer, CEO of the German National Tourist Board (GNTB) was unanimously elected President of the European Travel Commission at the organisation’s 78th General Meeting in Brussels on 10 June. Ms Hedorfer succeeds Mr Arthur Oberascher of Austria for a three-year term. ...more

Sustainability in Business Today: A Cross-Industry View

Sustainability has received a great deal of attention from the media and the business community for a number of years. Yet there are still those that believe sustainability is more of a public relations play than an issue with real implications for business performance. What does sustainability really mean in a business context? What are many companies doing about it? And what is the evidence that the business case for sustainability, in fact, exists? ...more

Glenn Hotel in Atlanta Joins Marriott's Autograph Collection

Glenn hotel, Atlanta’s premier property known for its warm Georgia hospitality, is now part of the Autograph Collection from Marriott. Sage Hospitality manages Glenn hotel and is pleased to announce the hotel as the latest property to join the prestigious Autograph Collection, which is a group of independent hotels representing upscale and luxury properties with distinctive personalities. ...more

Oklahoma City Staybridge Suites Opens Near Airport

Hotel along the Meridian Corridor is close to downtown, entertainment district ...more

Spirit Airlines Update on ALPA Strike: Flights Cancelled Through Tuesday, June 15, 2010

As a result of its pilot union’s decision to strike, Spirit’s flights are cancelled for Saturday, June 12 through Tuesday, June 15, 2010. ...more

Delta Expanding First Class on Domestic Flights

50 domestic markets to receive more First Class service, boosting upgrade opportunities for frequent flyers and bolstering Delta's status as leading provider of first-class seating ...more

The Framework for a Stronger UNWTO Focus of Debate at the Executive Council

The tourism industry has undergone rapid and substantial change since UNWTO was founded in 1975. In 1975 there were 222 million tourist arrivals, 75 per cent of which were concentrated in 15 countries, almost all from the developed world. ...more

President of Uruguay Highlights Tourism’s Role in Economic Growth and Development in a Meeting with UNWTO Secretary-Gene...

Major outcomes of the first official visit of the UNWTO Secretary-General to Uruguay include the development of a report on the exemplary case of tourism in Uruguay and strengthening cooperation on key issues such as the use of alternative energies in the hotel sector and on accessible tourism. ...more

New Auto Club Survey Shows Many Local Travelers Are Unprepared to Prevent ID Theft on Summer Vacation

Despite the fact that identity fraud is one of the fastest-growing crimes in the U.S., about 40 percent of Southland residents have little or no concern about it happening to them while traveling or visiting retail locations this summer, according to a new survey by the Automobile Club of Southern California. ...more

Senate Passes Cruise Vessel Safety Legislation

The Cruise Vessel Safety and Security Act of 2009 requires cruise lines to report all crimes aboard cruise ships plus take other actions to protect the victims of crimes on cruise ships. ...more

American Eagle Airlines Launches Nonstop Jet Service Between Dallas/Fort Worth and Augusta, Ga.

American Eagle Airlines, the regional affiliate of American Airlines, began nonstop jet service between Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and Augusta Regional Airport (AGS) in Augusta, Ga. Eagle will operate the service with 50-seat Embraer ERJ-145 jets. ...more

American Eagle Airlines Launches Nonstop Jet Service Between Dallas/Fort Worth and Fayetteville, N.C.

American Eagle Airlines, the regional affiliate of American Airlines, today launched nonstop jet service between Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and Fayetteville Municipal Airport (FAY) in Fayetteville, N.C. Eagle will operate the service with 44-seat Embraer ERJ-140 jets. ...more

American Airlines Announces Launch of New Flight Between Dallas/Fort Worth and San Salvador, El Salvador

American Airlines announced the launch of its new nonstop flight between Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and San Salvador, El Salvador (SAL). The airline is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary serving the Central American country. ...more

GOL Announces Flights to Saint Marteen in the Caribbean

Operations will begin with charter flights, although the Company has already applied for authorization to operate regular flights ...more

Frontier Airlines Launches New Orleans to Denver Service

Daily Nonstop Service Begins June 11 ...more

Visa Data Shows Reasons for Optimism for South Africa Tourism: Strong First Quarter Growth and 2010 FIFA World Cup™

South Africa saw a 34 percent increase in inbound tourism spending during the first quarter of 2010, and anticipates additional growth opportunities around the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, according to Tourism Outlook: South Africa, an annual report released today by Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) that analyzes Visa cardholder spending for the past two years. ...more

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