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Education is Key

Teplis Travel is excited to participate as a sponsorship partner of this year’s ACTE Global Summit in NYC. In an ever-changing industry, we know that skills and knowledge are the backbone of what makes a great travel partner, and we expect to gain valuable insights for our clients next week at this educational event. Topics covered will include how changing trends …

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GBTA Europe: Taming Meeting Travel

We find a lot of valuable travel advice floating “across the pond”. Here’s a very informative report from the GBTA Europe Conference 2017 where members had the chance to hear a panel of experts discuss top tips for bringing a company’s travel and meetings management under one umbrella. Lead by Betsy Bondurant of Bondurant Consulting, the panel included Benjamin Park, …

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Hotels Call Out OTAs for Deceptive Practices

The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) has launched a new Search Smarter consumer awareness campaign aimed to put a halt to what it describes as misleading marketing strategies by online travel agencies and travel search sites, as well as to fight rampant bookings fraud. The group particularly focuses on Expedia and Priceline’s dominant control of 95% of the online …

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Top 6 Hotel Trends for 2017

When the American Hotel & Lodging Association asked its members about the most prevalent trends in the industry, 8,000 hotels responded. The results of their annual Lodging Survey, conducted by industry data provider STR, were revealing. Here’s what they see as the top six trends: 1. Ubiquitous in-room technology You just can’t do without in-room technologies—especially high-speed wireless Internet and high-definition …

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Delta Going Biometric at Reagan Airport

Delta will be testing a biometric boarding pass process at Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) allowing eligible Delta SkyMiles Members enrolled in CLEAR to forego a paper or mobile boarding pass and hard copy ID in favor of using fingerprints as proof of identity at the Delta Sky Club. The DCA pilot will test how Delta and CLEAR systems work together …

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Sleep Pods Debut in Dubai

Dubai International airport has unveiled 27 sleep pods and cabins as part of the new Sleep ‘n’ Fly lounge in Terminal 3 For passengers needing to recharge during a long journey, the Sleep ‘n’ Fly lounge features 20 Igloo sleep pods (measuring 6 1/2 feet x 2 1/2 feet) and seven 42 square foot Yawn cabins with double beds. They can …

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British Airways Restores Full Schedule

British Airways is operating a full schedule at Heathrow and Gatwick following a major IT failure which led to thousands of flight cancellations over the weekend. “Our IT systems are now back up and running and we will be operating a full flight schedule at Heathrow and Gatwick on Tuesday 30 May,” the airline said in a statement. The airline …

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ISM Conference Opens in Orlando

The Institute for Supply Management Conference in Orlando got off to great start yesterday with a keynote speech from former Secretary of State Colin Powell. But the great news was the release of ISM’s Business Survey Committee’s Economic Forecast for 2017 for US businesses. Based on survey responses from purchasing and supply executives in both manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors, business looks to be …

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The Ultimate Luxury: LAX’s New Private Terminal

You think you’re an elite traveler with your Diamond status, your First Class Lounge access and such? A newly opened private terminal at Los Angeles International Airport has just raised the bar a lot higher– for those who can afford it. It’s not just for passengers flying on private jets– it’s for passengers traveling in first or business class on …

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Delays Expected After Singapore Airport Fire

A fire at Singapore’s Changi Airport has caused the closure of a terminal and lengthy delays as passengers and flights are moved. The airport said smoke began issuing from air vents in Terminal 2 late Tuesday afternoon (local time) and evacuation of the terminal was begun. It said it had identified the cause of the fire, but did not give …