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U.S. Travel Congratulates Florida On Record Year of Tourism

U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow issued the following statement congratulating Florida on a record nearly 113 million visits to the state in 2016:   “This marks the sixth straight year of tourism growth for Florida, and I …

  • Las Vegas to Ring in 2016 With Dazzling New Year’s Eve Extravaganzas

    Published on : Friday, December 18, 2015

    Las Vegas is the ultimate destination to bring in the New Year with stellar experiences across the Strip and beyond. The destination will host one of the largest pyrotechnic fireworks shows in the world, along with unparalleled nightclub parties and …

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  • ASTA Statement on Restoring Commercial Flights to Cuba

    Published on : Thursday, December 17, 2015

    American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) President and CEO Zane Kerby issues this statement regarding the U.S. State Department’s announcement today that it has reached a bilateral arrangement with Cuba to establish scheduled air service between the two countries:   …

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  • U.S. Travel Association Predicts Increased Spending Along With Rise in Holiday Traveler Numbers

    Published on : Thursday, December 17, 2015

    This year’s record number of travelers hitting the road, rail or skies this holiday season will spend more per person than last year, according to economists at the U.S. Travel Association. AAA projects that the number of year-end holiday travelers …

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  • Premier basketball is back in Vancouver

    Published on : Thursday, December 17, 2015

    Local officials, along with U.S.-based bd Global, announced that eight men’s and eight women’s basketball teams will descend upon the 2010 Olympic Host City in November 2017 and annually during the American Thanksgiving holiday week. During this week, National Collegiate …

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  • US Congress doubles H-1B and L-1 visa fee

    Published on : Thursday, December 17, 2015

    The United States (US) Congress has raised the “outsourced fee” on highly qualified IT professionals by doubling the H-1B and the L-1 visa fee. Earlier the fee was up to $2000 but now it has been doubled to $4000. The …

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  • U.S. network airlines’ express dissatisfaction with “sin taxes”

    Published on : Thursday, December 17, 2015

    Business Travel Coalition (BTC)  weighed in on U.S. major network airlines’ claims that they are unfairly burdened by government imposed “sin taxes.”   BACKGROUND U.S. tax law permits corporations, even those that have discharged their debts and wiped out losses …

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  • Fast-Charging stations for EVgo installed at Salt Lake City

    Published on : Wednesday, December 16, 2015

    EVgo (ee-vee-go) and a diverse collection of site host partners announced installation of new Electric Vehicle (EV) Fast-Charging EVgo Stations at 6 Salt Lake City area locations. The chargers will give EV drivers the ability to recharge their vehicles in …

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  • Smoke in the cabin forces Alaska plane to make an emergency landing

    Published on : Wednesday, December 16, 2015

    Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle to Spokane had to make an emergency landing following reports of smoke in the cabin.         According to the Alaska Airlines spokeswoman Halley Knigge, flight 2372 landed safely in Spokane at 8:15 …

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  • Delta tops the on-time arrival list third time in a row

    Published on : Wednesday, December 16, 2015

    Each month, the three global carriers seem to reach new milestones in their efforts to improve operational efficiency, but one metric stood out in the latest figures released by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.     In October, for the …

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  • Vancouver to set new tourism record with over 9 million visitors in 2015

    Published on : Wednesday, December 16, 2015

    It’s been another banner year for Vancouver’s tourism industry. Based on the latest visitor data, Tourism Vancouver projects 2015 year-end overnight visitation to exceed nine million people, a new best for Metro Vancouver’s tourism industry and the second consecutive record-breaking …

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  • Hotel pipeline report in U.S. shows 10.7% increase over 2014

    Published on : Wednesday, December 16, 2015

    There are 3,803 projects totaling 457,606 rooms Under Contract in the United States, according to the November 2015 STR Pipeline Report. This represents a 10.7% increase in the number of rooms Under Contract compared with November 2014 and a 20.6% …

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  • The Future is Neo-w: Virgin America to Acquire 10 New Airbus A321neos

    Published on : Tuesday, December 15, 2015

    Virgin America today announces it has agreed to acquire 10 new state-of-the-art Airbus A321neo aircraft, which are up to 20 percent more fuel and carbon efficient than the airline’s current fleet and which will help further reduce operating unit costs …

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  • Passenger describes ‘near death experience’ during emergency landing

    Published on : Monday, December 14, 2015

    Southwest Airlines Flight 987 from Austin to Harlingen had to make an emergency landing in San Antonio after a part of the wing appeared out of place. A passenger on board, Lorenzo Hernandez Jr described his experience while in a …

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  • British traveller shot dead in Jamaican taxi

    Published on : Monday, December 14, 2015

    A British woman travelling with her 7 years old daughter was shot dead in a Jamaican resort on Montego.   The women named Melanie Rose Clarke, clerical worker from Birmingham was sitting in the front seat of the taxi while …

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  • B.C. forests lend perfect ingredients for holidays and gift

    Published on : Saturday, December 12, 2015

    When the holiday season rolls around, it’s easy to forget that without B.C. resources such as wood products and minerals, many of the gifts you see would not be sitting under your Christmas tree. B.C. wood products play a large …

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  • Child trafficking tourism racket busted in Peru

    Published on : Saturday, December 12, 2015

    Joshua David Brown, 64, an American has been accused by Peru police of facilitating sex tourism and exploitation of children for several years in South American countries.   He was allegedly accused of offering online assistance of sex acts with …

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  • Hoverboards fall out favour with US airlines as Xmas gifts

    Published on : Saturday, December 12, 2015

    This Christmas, hoverboards may be gaining popularity as Christmas presents this year, but they’re falling out of favour with an increasing number of big airlines.   American, Delta and United all three announced on yesterday that they would no longer allow the devices on their planes. …

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  • Positive results for the U.S. hotel industry in the week ending on Dec. 5

    Published on : Friday, December 11, 2015

    The U.S. hotel industry recorded positive results in two of the three key performance measurements during the week of 29 November through 5 December 2015, according to data from STR, Inc.       In year-over-year measurements, the industry’s occupancy …

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  • Aeromexico’s daily flights to Vancouver promises new business opportunities

    Published on : Friday, December 11, 2015

    Aeromexico launched daily flights between Mexico City and Vancouver on Dec. 9 which promises to create opportunities for business, tourism and trade. Craig Richmond, the president and CEO of Vancouver Airport Authority responded to the media excitement.     Richmond …

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  • 6 reasons to visit New Orleans this Winter

    Published on : Thursday, December 10, 2015

    New Orleans is a city known for its celebrations, and winter is no exception. From unique holiday traditions and special deals on hotels, cocktails and cuisine, to playing host to citywide celebrations, New Orleans is sure to delight guests of …

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