American Airlines CEO Doug Parker told CNBC's "Power Lunch" on Thursday that there are several signs the industry is bouncing back, providing welcome news for both consumers and investors. Parker said that American is investing in its employees and increasing pay.
Spanish seaside resort San Sebastian is a hotspot for high-end culture, including fine food and modern art displays. Visitors can take a walking tour of Rafael Moneo structures, taste craft beers at Mala Gissona Beer House and seafood dishes at Antonio Bar, and shop for fashions in the Gros neighborhood.
Travelers considering a Vietnam getaway may want to think about spending some time in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hoi An, a well-preserved historic town on the country's central coast. Those looking to see the attraction at one of its cultural peaks should schedule a visit around the town's Full Moon Lantern Festival, which happens the 14th day of every lunar month. "The locals turn off their lights, leaving the town bathed in candlelight," said Noel Cameron, general manager of Anantara Hoi An Resort.
Next year should be an outstanding year for bookings across all travel segments, according to an Ensemble Travel Group survey. Some 62% of participants expect a rise in overall sales in 2017 over 2016, while 65% foresee an increase in cruise bookings.
Since taking the helm in 2015, United CEO Oscar Munoz has undertaken several efforts to engage and invest in his employees, which has resulted in improved performance, enhanced customer service and a new culture that has created momentum for United. "It's just this personal level of engagement that we've been able to bring to the workforce that has created an energy and a momentum," he said.
Starting next year, the Department of Transportation will require regional airlines to submit performance statistics.
American Airlines is showing its support for the Chicago Cubs, after becoming the Major League Baseball team's official airline in February 2015. American is putting rally towels with the team's signature "W" on flights and even allowing pilots to provide game updates during flights.
A $1 billion renovation planned for Virginia's Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport will add 1.1 million square feet to the 75-year-old airport. The extra space will reduce wait times and improve traffic flow through the facility.
The US Department of Transportation has announced new consumer protection measures for airlines. "On the whole, the latest round of DOT consumer protection rules will benefit the flying public and the travel agency community who serves them. At the same time, we are disappointed that DOT is further delaying regulation on the disclosure of fees for basic ancillary services at all points of sale," ASTA President Zane Kerby said.
Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, is not a tourist hotspot, so travelers can get a real taste of the authentic Croatian culture and cuisine when they visit. Travelers can visit historical sites such as Medieval St. Mark's Church, taste locally produced olive oil and wine, and stay at Palace Hotel, which is located within an 19th-century Art Nouveau palace.
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