Travel & Hospitality
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5/23/2019

Airports across the US are embracing vending machines, which can offer an array of products that appeal to travelers while taking up relatively little space. The newly renovated Terminal B at New York's LaGuardia Airport, features a row of vending machines selling puffer jackets, upscale candy and trial-size toiletry kits.

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5/23/2019

Travelers planning to fly out of Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport or William P. Hobby Airport can go online to reserve parking spaces, and travelers who join the Parking Plus program can earn airline miles when they use the Ecopark and Ecopark2 lots.

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KTRK-TV (Houston)
5/23/2019

Panelists from the Travel Association, TripAdvisor, NostalgiaCon, AAA and Best Western looked to the future at the recent Leisure Travel Summit, eyeing a need to fill the gap between aspirational luxury travel and accessible trips, as well as provide options for foodies and "experience" aficionados. This summer promises to have the second-highest volume of travelers -- 3.6% more than last year -- since AAA started keeping statistics.

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Hotel News Resource
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5/23/2019

Major mid-price hotel operator Extended Stay America has reduced its owned-room portfolio more than 10% in pursuit of an "asset-lite" model it hopes will foster stability. Most of the sold-off properties become franchised as the chain aims for a mix of 70% owned and 30% franchised.

5/23/2019

A review covering the past three years shows that hotels can expect a boost over several metrics on the Memorial Day weekend, but with lags beforehand and especially on Monday. The STR analysis showed travelers filling about 1.3 million rooms above normal on Saturday and Sunday.

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Hotel News Now
5/23/2019

A spate of hotel and travel tools launched by Google over the past year helps meet consumers' demands for customization, says Dustin Bomar, the company's head of industry and travel. He credits his former role as Hilton Hotels vice president of digital acquisition and brand marketing with giving him insight into hospitality industry needs.

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5/23/2019

Local entrepreneur Christian Lawrence plans to bring modular construction, a popular technique on both coasts for hotel and other commercial projects, to Minneapolis. The founder of Rise Modular notes that cost savings for materials and labor have raised the profile for prefabrication.

5/23/2019

Steve Pociask of the American Consumer Institute writes that airports are lobbying hard to get Congress to raise taxes on travelers, a move that could have a devastating impact on vacationers, business travelers and our economy. "Airports are using misleading claims and fuzzy math to lobby Congress for an increase in the passenger facility charge (PFC), a hidden tax on virtually every air traveler in the United States," he writes.

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InsideSources
5/23/2019

United Airlines has extended its jet biofuels contract with World Energy. The fuel will be mixed with traditional jet fuel and used on all United flights departing from Los Angeles International Airport.

5/23/2019

American Airlines CEO Doug Parker sat down with NBC's Lester Holt for an interview.

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NBC News