The Davenport Grand Hotel in Spokane, Wash., is taking reservations for private rooftop igloos with stellar views of the city and riverfront. The lighted, transparent structures can seat up to six for socializing and feature tables, blankets and speakers -- though their heating only bumps the interior temperature up about 5 degrees above the outdoor temperature.
Alaska Airlines has been named as founding partner and the official airline of NHL Seattle. The airline also will sponsor the "Alaska Airlines Atrium" at the team's hockey arena, creating a gathering place featuring stories and images of the Pacific Northwest. "'Meet me in the Alaska Airlines Atrium' is the vernacular that we're hoping to create within the community," marketing executive Natalie Bowman.
FedEx volunteers will work with Rise Against Hunger to pack over 170,000 meals in 10 cities in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the company's ongoing partnership with the organization. The company is also sponsoring free admission at civil rights museums in Birmingham and Montgomery, Ala.; Jackson, Miss.; Memphis, Tenn., and Atlanta.
The Information Sharing and Analysis Center for travel and hospitality is merging with the ISAC for retail and hospitality to improve collaboration and communication on the evolving landscape of threats, vulnerabilities and remediation. The umbrella group will tackle the travel industry as well as casinos, retailers, restaurants, hotels, consumer products groups and more.
House members are resurrecting the bipartisan Congressional Gaming Caucus, no doubt because the US gaming industry employs 2 million people and drives $261 billion into the economy each year. The caucus includes members from a variety of states, including some without much skin in the game yet, but politicians know the industry is a good place to go for votes as well as campaign contributions.
Millennials' desires have made the travel industry better for older generations in several ways, the most important of which is an Amazon-esque expectation of personalization -- knowing what individual guests want and providing it immediately. In the coming years, travelers of all ages also will continue to place importance on vastly improved technology, sustainability and food as a destination, not an afterthought.
More than a dozen luxury hotels around the world are auctioning off stays at their properties as part of a high-end auction to support the rescue of Australian wildlife, and bids are being accepted through Jan. 27. The unprecedented fires have cost Australia's tourism industry $690 million as of Thursday.
Plans are in the works to replace a terminal at Huntingburg Regional Airport in Indiana with a larger building that will accommodate more people and encourage increased traffic. The new terminal will also provide a rest space for pilots with showers, offices and a classroom.
Work to expand the Island Resort & Casino in Harris, Mich., is expected to start in June with completion set for 2021 after the Hannahville Indian Community Tribal Council approved the project. The $30 million expansion will feature a pool with water park features, a high-end dining venue and convention space and more than 100 new hotel rooms.
Travel advisors have been scrambling on the heels of tour operators suddenly going out of business, with Australia-based Excite Holidays' disappearance this month being the latest occurrence, putting holiday-goers around the world in limbo. Rather than absorbing the loss or asking clients to pay a second time, many advisors are trying to help clients get refunds from their credit card companies.
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