Amtrak's revenue for November was the highest in the company's history, thanks to a record number of passengers during the week of Thanksgiving. Amtrak has recently made almost $17 million in upgrades to its trains, including new carpet, drapery and cushions for seats.
JetBlue Airways has started nonstop service between Florida's Orlando International Airport and Toussaint Louverture International Airport in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Award-winning Austin, Texas, chef Damien Brockway will be on staff of the P6 restaurant on the rooftop level of The Line ATX Hotel, soon to open in Austin. The Line's parent company, the Sydell Group, is converting a former Radisson Hotel bought in 2016.
Florida's St. Augustine is the nation's oldest city, but there is nothing outdated about its holiday offerings. Travelers can stroll through the lit-up historic district during the annual Nights of Lights event, sip wine while taking a carriage ride tour of the city and enjoy artwork at the Grand Bohemian Gallery housed inside Marriott's Casa Monica Resort and Spa.
Using North American tour operators offers several advantages, such as their ability to solve your clients' problems and directly charge your clients' credit cards for tours, Jacob Marek writes. When choosing an operator to work with, you may want to ask them about key features, including a 24-hour emergency contact and marketing restrictions.
More agents are offering travel insurance because of regular occurrences of natural disasters, terrorist attacks and other issues over the past two years, Richard D'Ambrosio writes. As a result, a recent insurance study shows, insurance sales are slowly rising due to agents and travelers becoming more educated about insurance features.
IRAS Group, owner of the Best Western Plus Fort Lauderdale Airport South in Dania Beach, Fla., has chosen HP Hotels to operate the 155-room property. HP manages more than 40 hotels across 17 states.
Designers inject enjoyment into hotel development but must be involved with all parties to the operation so that practicality and long-term value are served, executives noted at a recent investors' panel. "In all fairness to designers, we want the look, we want to buy it right, we don't want to pay a fortune, and we want it to last," Gene Kornota of Rebel Hospitality said.
Alaska Airlines on Thursday began new nonstop service between San Francisco International Airport and Hawaii's Kailua-Kona International Airport.
Hawaiian Airlines on Thursday unveiled a $128 million, 280,000-square-foot maintenance hangar at Honolulu's Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. CEO Mark Dunkerley commented: "It's a much better environment for our employees to work in. They're going to have the facilities they need to do what they do so well."
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