Nicholas Calio, president and CEO of A4A, is calling on Congress to reject any attempt to remove the cap on the airport tax, known as the Passenger Facility Charge, as they review FAA reauthorization bills, noting, "Already, flyers are taxed at nearly 21 percent on a typical domestic round-trip ticket. If this new amendment is adopted and the FAA reauthorization becomes law, airports would be free to raise the PFC as high as they wanted, until flyers' pockets are turned inside out."
Mud Facial Bar in Charlotte, N.C., recently began offering a facial mask featuring breast milk. Spa owner Kerri Flanigan said that breast milk has bacteria-fighting antibodies and that the mask is a good choice for people dealing with acne or eczema.
Katie Chang visited Canyon Ranch in Lenox, Mass., where she previewed the resort's Residences at Bellefontaine and enjoyed the 100,000-square-foot spa complex. The resort offers a full menu of spa treatments and more than 40 fitness activities daily.
The Crowne Pointe Historic Inn and Spa in Provincetown, Mass., features Shui Spa, which includes a steam room, sauna, swimming pool and heated outdoor tub. The spa features Kiehl's products and treatments like the Superbly Restorative Massage, which can be enjoyed within the spa or in an outdoor cabana.
Sunset Station in Nevada is celebrating its 20th anniversary, having transformed the area's casino experience from basic warehouselike slot parlors to a more colorful, luxurious feel. "Sunset was the crown jewel when it was built and represents the turning of a corner at that time," said Tony Lucas, professor of gaming at UNLV.
Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut is hoping the skill-based, social aspect of GameCo's video gaming machines will appeal to younger players. "At Foxwoods, we believe skill-based gaming machines are an important part of the future of gaming, but millennials tend to gravitate towards craps, blackjack and poker too, as those games also require a level of skill that they find appealing," Foxwoods CEO Felix Rappaport said.
Hard Rock, Melco and CNS Group have signed a deal with Cyprus to build what is anticipated to be Europe's largest casino resort for more than $558 million. The facility is due to open in 2020 and will feature a 500-room hotel, a spa, 136 gaming tables, 1,200 gaming machines and a 1,500-seat concert hall.
MGM China plans to open a $3.34 billion, 1,500-room MGM Cotai resort in the fourth quarter, although it was scheduled to open last year. In a media session, CEO Grant Bowie said he believes Macau's licensing processes need to be updated to keep up with a booming tourism industry.
New York legislators are considering a bill that would legalize online poker, one of many recent gaming expansions in the state. Three full-service casinos opened their doors in upstate New York less than a year ago, joining nine racinos and 11 tribal gaming facilities.