Agents are reporting a rise in clients asking about trips to Britain after the pound fell significantly after the Brexit vote. "The drop in the GBP has an upside for U.S. travelers who will get more bang for their buck when visiting the UK,” London-based NoteWorthy's Nicolina Butler said.
Southwest Airlines is updating the back-office technology behind its reservations platform as part of a $250 million overhaul. "After 30 years, we're going to have an up-to-date reservation system that will have much more robust capabilities for us to more tactically contemplate making changes to our business model," said CEO Gary Kelly.
Concerns over Cuban airport security continue as a US congressional delegation has been denied visas to visit Cuba to review security procedures. "[I]t is not enough to rely on the Castro regime's word that these airports are secure," said Rep. John Katko of New York who chairs a House transportation security subcommittee.
Big Sur is magical year-round, from the days when the sun lights up the sea in brilliant hues of blue to those when the fog settles low on the mountains like snow. This mystical central coastal region of California isn't suitable for the weary, however. Measuring roughly 90 miles long and traversed by a two-lane highway that curls and curves with the undulating coastline, drivers here -- especially those with kids in the backseat -- need patience in spades. A keen interest in nature viewing helps pass the time, too.
Chile's Isla Chiloe in Patagonia is the perfect island retreat for travelers looking to escape modern trappings and immerse themselves in local culture. Visitors can stay at a charming hotel, tour colonial-era structures, view colorful stilt homes and taste excellent BBQ dishes.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter has named Alaska Airlines the recipient of the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest honor an employer can receive in recognition of support for National Guard and Reserve members. "I have been working for the company for 20 years, and I have seen how they treat people in uniform – they treat them with respect," wrote Paul Miller, who serves in the Army National Guard.
American Airlines has hired an outside company to help passengers traveling to Cuba secure visas and will soon set up a new desk dedicated to booking flights to the country. American is planning its first flight to Cuba on Sept. 7, pending final approval by the Cuban government.
Southwest is reimagining its creative content based on employee suggestions. Southwest magazine will redesign its layout to include more travel features and employee spotlights.
McCarran International Airport saw some 4.1 million travelers in May, the highest number for the Nevada airport since 2007. The total was a 3.9% jump over last year.
Southwest Summer Camp imparts young people with the value of what it means to "Live the Southwest Way," writes attendee Alec Langen. "I've been brought up in the Southwest Family, and have now experienced it firsthand," he writes.
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