Culturally-booming Cincinnati is undergoing a transformation with enhancements to the arts, especially in the Over-the-Rhine district. Visitors can explore old breweries along the Brewing Heritage Trail, design their own works of art at the Contemporary Arts Center and learn about human rights issues at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.
Florida's Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa has introduced new entertainment options and child-friendly activities. Marriott's New Guestroom Entertainment Platform gives guests access to their personal Netflix and other streaming accounts, and kids can enjoy hiking and snorkeling at the resort's Funky Fish Ocean Camp.
Deciding whether to create a niche can be a tough decision for agents, but agents who choose a specialty can benefit from it and set themselves apart from the crowd. For example, agents who sell only one destination brand gain a high level of knowledge in that one area, and agents who provide great customer service and use smart social media strategies can outshine the competition. Michael Schottey of TravelPulse will continue to discuss this topic at ASTA Global Convention 2017.
Sales professionals who complain, blame and act lame can knock themselves off the path to success, but they can get back on track by following five steps to positivity, Mike Marchev writes. They can recognize good work, laugh at their shortcomings and be a good loser, as well as generate and support ideas.
Hotel bookings are bound on both sides -- the consumer and hotel -- by the terms under which the booking was made and are unconditional unless conditions are initially stated, Mark Pestronk writes. "A promise by a hotel to deliver a room in the future in return for payment or a promise to pay constitutes a binding contract," writes Thomas Dickerson in his treatise, "Travel Law."
JetBlue Airways will launch twice-daily nonstop flights next March between Florida's Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The airline will also begin once-daily flights from Orlando, Fla., to Atlanta.
The Street's Ted Reed took an in-depth look at the intense and growing competition in the airline industry. "The major airlines increasingly fly into one another's hubs, reflecting both intense competition and an ongoing industry-wide effort to replace smaller aircraft with bigger ones," Reed writes. John Heimlich, A4A's chief economist, affirmed that the "fiercest" competition occurs between hubs and the hubs of carriers' competitors. "[T]he intrinsic nature of the airline business is to battle fiercely for customers and hence revenue. That revenue tends to be located in areas with the densest populations and largest businesses," Heimlich said. "It is no secret that airlines tend to choose those markets as their hub locations."
Retired air traffic control professional Alan Clendenin writes that reforming the ATC system is critical to Florida's tourism industry. In this commentary, Clendenin asserts that the current ATC system is outdated. "Despite the political drama and partisan divides, I still believe it's government's role to actually seek solutions and solve problems," he added, while urging Florida's elected officials to support the 21st Century AIRR Act.
American Airlines is offering companies the chance to win 10,000 points, worth five round-trip domestic flights, in a contest celebrating the 20th anniversary of the carrier's Business Extra service.
Hawaiian Airlines will switch to Airbus 330-200 aircraft for its eight-hour flights between Honolulu and Sapporo, Japan. The planes feature lie-flat seats and premium economy seats.
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