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Hotel History: The Wales Hotel

One of the most charming historic hotels in New York, the Wales Hotel is closing its doors in 2020. It opened in 1902 as the 92-room Hotel Chastaignery on 92nd Street and Madison Avenue in the neighborhood called Carnegie Hill. After four name changes over one hundred years it became the Hotel Wales in 2000. […]

Satan does not fly American Airlines!

Florida resident Swati Runi Goyal was awaiting takeoff aboard an American Airlines flight to Las Vegas on the day before Halloween, when an airline employee approached her and demanded that she immediately changed out of a shirt proclaiming ‘Hail Satan’, otherwise threatening to remove her from the flight over the shirt’s ‘offensive’ message. In addition […]

Scorpion attacks United Airlines passenger on San Francisco-Atlanta flight

A female passenger on United Airlines flight from San Francisco to Atlanta was bitten by a scorpion mid-flight. A woman who felt a stinging sensation reportedly inspected herself in the aircraft’s bathroom, only to discover a scorpion in the leg of her pants. The arachnid was eventually captured by the plane’s crew. The woman was […]

The Higgins Hotel & Conference Center names General Manager and Director of Sales

The Higgins Hotel & Conference Center has announced the appointments of Daniel Rhodes as General Manager and Marc Becker as Director of Sales & Marketing. With a unique, 1940s-inspired theme and WWII artifacts incorporated throughout the property, The National WWII Museum’s Hotel will officially open its doors this December in New Orleans’ flourishing Arts and […]

FAA seeks public comments on Boeing 737 MAX Master Minimum Equipment List

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) posted a revised Boeing 737 MAX Master Minimum Equipment List (MMEL) today for a 30-day public comment period. An MMEL is a master list of aircraft items that may be inoperative under certain operational conditions, while maintaining the safe operation of the aircraft. The agency seeks comment any time an […]

US travel market share to continue decline through 2023

Sluggish demand for overseas travel to the U.S. will sustain the trend of the country falling behind international travel growth worldwide, according to the latest forecast released by the U.S. Travel Association. While global long-haul travel is projected to grow an average of 4.8% annually through 2023, the pace of U.S. growth is projected to […]

Canada and US issue Dominica travel advisories over ‘civil unrest’

The Government of Canada and the United States Department of State have issued Dominica travel advisories. Travel warnings were issued in response to civil unrest in Dominica ahead of Friday’s general election. Two persons were shot and injured by the police Thursday morning in the village of Salisbury during attempts to quell demonstrations by some […]

FAA: Holiday or not – do not aim laser-light displays at sky

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a warning today that holiday laser-light displays aimed at houses become potentially dangerous when aimed into the sky. The agency receives reports each year from pilots who are distracted or temporarily blinded by residential laser-light displays. This creates a serious safety risk to pilots and their passengers flying overhead. […]

Delta Air Lines and Aeromexico: Creating seamless travel experience

Delta Air Lines and its Joint Cooperation Agreement partner Aeromexico are focused on providing their customers with a consistent experience when traveling between the two airlines. Over 3.2 million Delta and Aeromexico customers connect across the trans-border network every year and creating a truly seamless journey is paramount. Thus, by looking at all aspects of […]

Kāneiolouma Hawaiian village announces restoration plans

Beginning in January 2020, a crew of traditional Hawaiian stone masons and cultural practitioners will begin Phase Three of the Kāneiolouma project – the full restoration of this ancient Hawaiian village located on Kauai’s beautiful south shore. Located only steps away from world-famous Poipu Beach, Kāneiolouma is a largely intact 20-acre Hawaiian village dating back […]

United Airlines announces new Chief Executive Officer

United Airlines today announced that Oscar Munoz, Chief Executive Officer, will transition to the role of Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of United Airlines Holdings, Inc. in May 2020. As CEO, Munoz has transformed United’s culture and set new standards of operational and financial performance. J. Scott Kirby, President, will succeed Munoz as […]

Deadly Terror Attack at Pearl Harbor Hawaii? Arizona Memorial lock-down just cleared

Visitors are safe and all Pearl Harbor gates are now open again. Tourists and other visitors are now able to leave the Memorial and the base. Earlier Tourists visiting Arizona Memorial were under a “shelter in place” order unable to leave the base at this time. One person is confirmed dead and three others were […]

The Gift of Travel

December is a month for the giving of gifts. It is also a time to motivate employees during a season not only of joy but also for many a time of great frustrations. For those employed in the tourism industry December often means large crowds and challenging weather situations. It is a time when those […]

San Francisco aims to increase tourist arrivals from India

The Golden Gate city of San Francisco in California, USA, continues to look at the India travel market and expects the arrival figure to go up to 225,000 in 2020. The new direct United flight from Delhi, India, to San Franisco will help the sentiment, tourism leaders said in Delhi today. Joe D’ Alessandro, President […]

NASA’s space ‘robot hotel’ launches tomorrow

NASA announced that it is launching a “robot hotel” into space with the upcoming SpaceX commercial resupply mission. The Robotic Tool Stowage (RiTS), a protective storage unit for critical robotic tools, will be launched to the outside of the International Space Station on December 4 with SpaceX Dragon spacecraft, according to the US space agency. […]

United Airlines plans transatlantic route expansion with 50 new Airbus A321XLR jets

United Airlines today announced an order to purchase 50 new Airbus A321XLR aircraft, enabling the carrier to begin replacing and retiring its existing fleet of Boeing 757-200 aircraft and further meet the airline’s operational needs by pairing the optimal aircraft with select transatlantic routes from its key US hubs in Washington D.C. and Newark/New York. […]

DHS wants mandatory airport facial recognition scans for all Americans

US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is lobbying for a change to the current rules covering all Americans entering or leaving the United States, in order to “provide that all travelers, including US citizens, may be required to be photographed upon entry and/or departure” from the US, citing the need to identify criminals or “suspected […]

Delta Air Lines and LATAM to launch codeshare in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru

Delta Air Lines and LATAM will launch codeshare for flights operated by certain LATAM affiliates in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru beginning in the first quarter of 2020, pending receipt of applicable government approvals. The codeshare will offer customers increased connectivity between up to 74 onward destinations in the United States and up to 51 onward […]

SB Architects Celebrates Successful Bike to Hope Cycle and Year of Giving

This fall, SB Architects, an international architecture firm renowned for localizing the look and feel of its hospitality, residential and commercial projects, co-sponsored and participated in the 8th Annual Bike to Hope cycle, an event benefitting City of Hope, which was recently named the leading cancer center in the West by US News & World […]

Seatrade Cruise Global returns to Miami with 2020 event

Cruise industry’s annual business-to-business event, Seatrade Cruise Global, is returning to the Miami Beach Convention Center 20-23 April 2020 for its 35th anniversary edition. The event is expected to deliver its most robust program to date and attracting the world’s largest gathering of high-level executives, thought leaders and innovators from all facets of the cruise […]

United Airlines pledges millions of miles to non-profits

United Airlines continues its Miles on a Mission campaign this Giving Tuesday by pledging to match customer donations up to a total of 10 million MileagePlus® miles to featured Miles on a Mission partners. The campaign is a first-of-its-kind crowdsourcing platform that gives customers a simple, and easy way to donate miles to non-profit organizations […]

Atlanta to host 2021 International LGBTQ+ Travel Association Global Convention

The International LGBTQ+ Travel Association has selected Atlanta, Georgia’s capital and an LGBTQ+ oasis in the southern United States, as the host city for its 38th Annual Global Convention, 5-8 May 2021. This will be the first time the city has hosted IGLTA’s premier educational and networking event. The opening night reception, sponsored by Atlanta […]

WTO: US Airbus tariffs should be reduced by around $2 billion

According to the World Trade Organization, the US should immediately reduce the $7.5 billion in tariffs that the WTO authorized to the US in October by around $2 billion. This is the direct result of the WTO panel finding that the loans for the development of the A380 no longer have an impact on Boeing […]

Hawaii and Oregon have a common tourism problem: Homeless people

A plan to increase funding for homeless services is nearing completion in Oregon at the Multnomah County Commission. The proposal to dedicate a share of the hotel, motel and motor vehicle rental taxes to social services has already been approved by the Portland City Council and Metro Council. The dedicated funds will pay for service […]

Tiffany Is On My 2020 Travel Schedule

My international travel plans for 2020 will include visits to all the Tiffany shops on the planet. This is going to be an interesting journey, because as of 2018, there were 321 stores worldwide with 93 in the United States and 228 in the rest of the world, including the UK, France, Spain, Ireland, Australia, […]

Boeing says it was just ‘an issue’, reports say 777X test ‘tore plane’s skin open’

According to the latest media reports, the damage sustained by Boeing’s top of the line 777X prototype aircraft during September stress test was actually much worse than it was reported by the plane maker. The most recent test – meant to bring Boeing’s new 777X airframe to its limits – left the plane’s skin torn […]

Obama visit in 2010: Now $1.1 billion gone from the Green Vault in Dresden

Tourists visiting Dresden and Travel Security officials in Germany are in disbelieve. The crowns jewel from the Saxon king, a sword with a diamond-encrusted handle, a hair clip shaped like the sun and parts of a diamond necklace were among the items stolen from the Dresden Museum. Thieves scored more than 1 billion Euros in […]

California and Oregon travelers preparing for bomb cyclone

A “bomb cyclone” weather phenomenon is expected to dump snow, knock out power and topple trees in California and Oregon causing woes for would-be Thanksgiving travelers. A bomb cyclone is a rapid drop in air pressure and could bring ocean waves of up to 35 feet, wind gusts of up to 75 mph, and heavy […]

Delta expects 2% increase in passengers from last year’s Thanksgiving week

Before gathering around the table, an estimated 5.2 million travelers will board Delta Air Lines flights across the globe this week, making this year’s Thanksgiving travel period the busiest on record. Meteorologists in the Operations & Customer Center are keeping a close eye on a winter storm system making its way west across the Rockies […]

Hawaii tourists spent US$1.33 billion in October

Tourism dollars from the Transient Accommodations Tax (TAT) helped to fund a number of community events statewide in the land of Aloha during October, including the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival, Maui Marathon, Kauai Chocolate and Coffee Festival, and Honolulu Pride Parade and Festival. Visitors to the Hawaiian Islands spent a total of $1.33 billion […]

US Travel applauds Global Entry for Brazil

U.S. Travel Association issued the following statement on the announcement that citizens of Brazil can soon join the Global Entry program: “The American travel community welcomes news that citizens of Brazil will soon be able to access the Global Entry program for a secure, expedited Customs process when visiting the United States. “Global Entry is […]

Parking: Frustrating, revenue and cutting edge technologies

Recognizing how frustrating parking can be for travelers (and also recognizing that parking is an important source of revenue), airports across the United States are introducing cutting-edge parking technologies to make their parking facilities more customer-friendly and safer, while at the same time making them more competitive relative to independent satellite lots. These technologies are […]

Millennium Hotels and Resorts Welcomes Guests to Celebrate the Holidays with Exclusive Winter Sale and Festive Offerings

Millennium Hotels and Resorts, a global hotel group boasting over 135 hotels across some 80 locations worldwide, kicks off the holiday season with thoughtfully-curated offers, unique attractions and an exclusive winter promotion that will entice guests to travel during the most wonderful time of the year.  Known for its exceptionally designed hotels in iconic locations, […]

How America travels: Holiday travel and travel projections for 2020

The American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) today released its annual study that tracks perceptions of American travelers, key indicators of future travel planning and where they are spending. This annual temperature check of the consumer provides invaluable insights for tour operators, destinations and travel planners. ASTA collected the opinions of 2,050 travelers on a […]

Philadelphia welcomes new tourism developments, hotel openings in 2020

The World Heritage city of Philadelphia, known as “the birthplace of America”, is rich in history, arts and culture, vibrant neighbourhoods, tax-free shopping and much more welcomes a plethora of new tourism developments and hotels opening throughout 2020. In 2020, visitors to Philadelphia can choose to stay at the new dual-branded W and Element Hotels, […]

Thanksgiving food, guns and knives: TSA defines no-fly carry-on items

That Thanksgiving dinner with the family was so memorable, that you thought you’d bring back some of it with you. Well, don’t even bother trying to bring mashed potatoes or gravy (or is there a gravy loophole?) along in your carry-on as you travel back home. By now, almost everyone knows that guns, knives, brass […]