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Uber and Lyft Exit Austin

Uber and Lyft are used to getting their way–but they just lost a major battle in Austin. The two ride-sharing companies spent a record $8.1 million in a coordinated attempt to repeal the Austin City Council’s new ordinance requiring fingerprint-based background checks for Uber and Lyft drivers. That money couldn’t buy a win–voters in the Texas…

Paris Melia Hotel | Teplis Travel

Paris Goes Modern with the Melia

Melia Hotels International is sporting a new address in Paris’ financial district, La Defense. La Defense sits to the west of the city, rising high above the traditional, white stone architecture with modern skyscrapers and sleek designs. Though not officially part of Paris proper, La Defense is less than a 10-minute Metro ride from some…

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Frequent Fliers Pick Southwest, Marriott as Best Loyalty Programs

Millions of frequent fliers this year voted Southwest Airlines and Marriott Hotels as their favorite travel loyalty programs. The honors, known as the Freddie Awards, were handed out last Thursday in a splashy Las Vegas event outside the city’s new T-Mobile Arena. Southwest’s Rapid Rewards program, which relaunched in 2011, snagged the top spot for North American…

New Hires | Teplis Travel

Teplis Travel Attracts Top Industry Talent

Teplis Travel, a top-ranked corporate travel service company in the U.S., announces the appointment of three new members to their team: Joni Doiron, Vice President of Business Development; Sarah Buzzinotti, Vice President of Marketing; and Tony Cocchiarella, Manager of Business Development. Joni Doiron’s previous role at Executive Travel as VP, Sales, and previously at BCD Travel was focused…

RFID Scanner | Teplis Travel

Delta Implementing RFID Baggage Tracking Technology

Delta Air Lines announced Thursday that by August RFID (radio frequency identification device) baggage tags will be in use at 84 airports, including Atlanta, where Delta is headquartered. Here’s how it works: When you check your bag, it will get an RFID tag instead of the digital bar code tag you usually get. As bags are loaded onto conveyor belts…

Radisson Hotel | Teplis Travel

Another Giant Hotel Chain Sold to Chinese Investors

Although China’s Anbang Insurance and its partners ultimately lost to Marriott in a see-saw bidding battle for control of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, a different Chinese company has succeeded in buying another U.S. lodging giant. Carlson Worldwide, the Minneapolis-based, privately-held firm that owns both the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group and Carlson Wagonlit Travel – a leading…

Airport Strikes in Europe | Teplis Travel

Airport Strikes Continue Today in Europe, Flights Cancelled

Public sector labor union Verdi continued its program of strikes against airports in Europe, stemming from disagreements concerning wages, staffing, retirement arrangements and possible job losses. The action will affect ground handling, check-in, security and fire cover at selected airports through 5:00am on Friday. Yesterday 350 flights were cancelled by Lufthansa alone in work stoppages…

Luggage Stack | Teplis Travel

Airlines Significantly Improve Baggage Handling

The airline industry’s focus on improving baggage management is showing strong results with 2015 baggage mishandling rates dropping to their lowest ever. According to the SITA Baggage Report 2016, the rate of mishandled bags was 6.5 bags per thousand passengers in 2015, down 10.5% from the previous year, less than half the rate in 2003…

Uber and Lyft on a Car's Windshield | Teplis Travel

Uber & Lyft Pass Car Rentals in Market Share

Ridesharing services accounted for 46 percent of ground transportation transactions processed by expense management supplier Certify during the first quarter. The services—Uber, primarily—continually have gained ground on taxis in Certify’s quarterly reports over the past two years, gaining 4 percentage points of transaction share since the fourth quarter of 2015. Taxis lost 6 percentage points during…

Denver Airport Train Service | Teplis Travel

Denver’s New Airport Train Service Begins

Some airports, like Denver’s, aren’t known for easy and cheap public transportation to the city center. For years residents have complained about their options to get to the airport, which is actually 23 miles from downtown, and the drive often takes far longer than the usual 35 minutes due to heavy traffic on Interstate 70. All…