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1/24/2022

Establishing a travel niche is a great way for advisors to build their clientele, according to Codie Liermann. However, a niche should be chosen carefully and focus on personal passions, but it shouldn't be too unique, Liermann says.

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TravelPulse
1/24/2022

Calls to the "front desk" by guests of hotels large and small are increasingly being answered many miles from that site by employees checking text messages and via automation. Worker shortages are driving the shift, resulting in a tripling of texts through the Marriott International Inc. app last year.

1/24/2022

United Airlines is looking toward the full recovery of international travel and has made investments in its premium seat offerings in preparation for the rebound. "We've definitely pointed a lot of incremental capacity across the Atlantic for this spring and summer in anticipation of this recovery," said Chief Commercial Officer Andrew Nocella.

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1/24/2022

American Airlines is adding flights from Austin, Texas, to Montego Bay, Jamaica, and Cozumel, Mexico, in June. The carrier will also offer summer service between Chicago and Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts.

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The Points Guy
1/24/2022

The Roberta Bondar Foundation has recognized Air Canada for its commitment to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. "Air Canada has set a long-term climate target with ambitious milestones, and is investing in sustainable aviation fuels and carbon reductions and removals, sharing in Roberta Bondar Foundation's commitment to protecting our planet for future generations," said the organization.

1/24/2022

Travel agencies' sales of airline tickets jumped 50% between 2020 and 2021, but demand lags behind pre-pandemic levels. Agencies sold tickets for 174 million trips in 2021, compared to 302 million in 2019, according to the Airlines Reporting Corp.

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TravelPulse
1/24/2022

December was the busiest month for air travel in 2021, with 2.43 million flights worldwide. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport was the world's busiest airport, according to flight data collected by Cirium.

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Travel Daily Media
1/24/2022

Hotels and restaurants are buying into the growing popularity of meatless lifestyles. Vegetarian and vegan dishes are a regular on many menus, but some hotels are offering suites furnished without leather or feathers.

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The New York Times
1/24/2022

A group of New York City elected officials is seeking a city landmark designation for the historic Roosevelt Hotel, which has been closed since December 2020. The petitioners fear the owner, Pakistan International Airlines, will convert the deteriorating, legally entangled property to a non-hotel use property.

1/24/2022

A new 11-story hotel tower has opened at Wild Horse Pass in Chandler, Ariz., as part of the casino-hotel's $143 million expansion. The project also includes a rooftop steakhouse and two pools as well as a renovated lobby and gaming area.

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