Thursday, October 11, 2012
Trimming Non-stops to Europe
The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that Delta Air Lines is cutting back on nonstop flights to cities like Milan, Italy, and Barcelona, Spain, and depending more on connecting passengers through Paris, where its joint venture partner Air France has a major hub.
Langham Purchased Landmark Property in NYC
Langham Hospitality Group signed a sales and purchase agreement to acquire The Setai Fifth Avenue hotel located at 400 Fifth Avenue in midtown Manhattan, New York, 4 Hoteliers reports. The hotel is scheduled to join the Langham portfolio in January 2013.
Tech Savvy Passengers Demand Mobile Self-Boarding
A "dramatic increase" in the number of passengers carrying smartphones is fueling demand for self-boarding and flight updates on mobile devices, according to Airport-World.com.
Hilton Launches Doubletree Hotel Brand in South Africa
Hilton Worldwide announces the signing of a new DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Cape Town, South Africa. The hotel will be Hilton Worldwide's fifth property in South Africa and its second in the 'Mother City' of Cape Town, reports hotelinteractive.com.
China Vows to Improve 'Lagging' Urban Transport System
China will increase government spending and offer tax breaks to quicken the development of the country's urban public transport system, Reuters reports.
Courtyard New Orleans French Quarter Hotel Now Open
Marketwire reports that the Courtyard New Orleans Downtown/Iberville is thrilled to announce the completion of a multimillion dollar conversion.
Virgin Australia Upgrades Brisbane Flights to Queensland, Newcastle
Business travelers flying Virgin Australia between Brisbane and Newcastle, Cairns, Rockhampton and Proserpine will see large planes — some with business class — from February 2013, reports Australian Business Traveller.
Possible High-Speed Ferry from Stamford to Manhattan
A new high-speed ferry traveling from Manhattan to Stanford, Conn. is being considered as an alternative for commuters who drive, take the bus or train to work, WTNH reports.
Amtrak Posts Ridership Record in FY2012
In fiscal-year 2012, Amtrak ridership totaled 31.2 million passengers — a 3.5 percent increase compared with FY2011 and the highest passenger count in the railroad's history, says Progressive Railroading.
Hilton Hotel Chain Ushers in Casual Dining
Hilton Worldwide has begun pitching three new restaurant concepts — which are more akin to eating at Panera Bread or grabbing a meal from a Whole Foods store than a traditional sit-down hotel restaurant — to owners of Hilton Hotels and Resorts, Embassy Suites and Doubletree by Hilton, according to USA Today.
A New Generation of Airport Hotels
Airport hotels are being retooled for a new breed of business traveler, reports CNN. To meet the demands of these executives, hoteliers are improving upon existing technology, design and style of airport properties.
Starwood Hotels and Resorts Joins the MasterCard World Elite Luxury Hotel and Resort Portfolio
MasterCard and Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc. announced that they will give consumers more variety and choice in their business travel by adding over 150 Starwood properties to the MasterCard World Elite Luxury Hotel and Resort portfolio, according to 4-traders.com