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First look: Inside the Viking Sea

Eager for a glimpse of Viking Sea — the second ocean ship from river giant Viking? USA TODAY this week got early access to the 930-passenger vessel ahead its christening next month in Greenwich, England. Viking Sea is less than a third the size of the latest megaships from the likes of Royal Caribbean and Norwegian…

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Alaska Air buys Virgin America for $2.6 billion

Alaska Air Group has agreed to buy Virgin America for $2.6 billion, the airlines said. Alaska Air (ALK) said it will pay $57 per share, sending Virgin America (VA) stock soaring 40%. Including debt and aircraft leases, the transaction is worth about $4 billion. The combined airline will have 1,200 daily departures, 280 aircraft, and hubs…

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GBTA Poll Shows Vast Majority of Firms Have Effective Risk Management

More than 72 percent of global travel buyers report that their company has a risk management plan in place, according to a poll conducted by the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) and its European partner associations. In addition 81 percent found their company’s risk management plan to be effective directly following the terror attacks in…

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Airplane Lavatories That Clean Themselves?

Airplane lavatories. While most of us prefer not to ponder just how filthy they really are – the fact that they’re one of the most unsanitary places on a plane will come as little surprise. Boeing hopes to change that. The U.S. plane manufacturer just announced it’s filed a patent on a prototype that uses ultraviolet (UV) light…

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California Hotel Rates Are Soaring

Demand for hotel rooms in key California business markets is pushing up room rates far above the national average, according to a new report. STR, a firm that tracks hotel industry performance and metrics, this week released data for room rates in major cities during the week of March 13-19 and compared them with the same…

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The Airships Are Coming!

Since the crash of the Hindenburg in 1937 airship enthusiasts have bemoaned the loss of this type craft as an integral part of our transportation infrastructure. Well those days are over. Yesterday, London-based Hybrid Air Vehicles successfully filled their crowdfunding coffers to the tune of £500,000, within ten hours! The Airlander 10, which is now officially…

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Millennials Changing the Hospitality Industry

According to travel industry sources, sometime between now and 2020, millennials (born between 1980 and 2000) will comprise the largest spending demographic in tourism travel. Megan Christianson, executive director of Visit Grand Rapids, said millennials are the new “buzzword” in the hospitality industry. And, as in the workforce, they’re not like Baby Boomers or GenXers.…

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Low-cost airlines: They changed the world — but what next?

The pioneers of low-cost air travel took the industry by storm. But now, when nearly half of air journeys in Western Europe and the U.S. are on budget carriers, is there room left for growth? Across the world, low-cost airlines have become not only a fixture of the travel industry but an essential element of contemporary life. The…

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Marriott Ups Offer, Wins Starwood Bid

After being outbid by a group led by a Chinese insurance company last week, Marriott International upped its bid and has won over Starwood Hotels and Resorts with an offer of $14.4 billion, creating the world’s largest hotel company. News broke on Friday that Starwood was ending its initial $12.2 billion deal with Marriott in…

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There Are WAY Better Methods To Board Airplanes

There are few things more frustrating when traveling by air than waiting patiently for your “zone” to be called at the gate, walking down the jetway like a boss, and then, inexplicably, being met by a sudden and immovable line in the plane’s narrow aisle.“There must be a better way,” we have all said under…

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