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1/18/2019

Hotels are ripe for cyberattacks, such as the one recently perpetrated against Marriott International Inc., and they must prepare accordingly, security experts advise. Acquisitions are especially vulnerable, illustrated by the hacking of Starwood after its merger with Marriott, one expert said.

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1/18/2019

Long-term, continuing lodging growth in Genesee County, Mich., is boosting local government coffers. More than $34 million in bookings in 2017 generated more than $1.1 million from a 5% hotel tax, a revenue increase of 29% since 2011, the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce reports.

1/18/2019

A Google device that translates conversation into dozens of languages is being tested at the concierge desks of hotels in Las Vegas, New York and San Francisco. The voice-activated Interpreter Mode is available through Google Assistant on Google Home devices and Smart Displays.

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1/18/2019

A "Project Runway All Stars" design challenge had contestants using items provided by Southwest Airlines to create travel wear, as well as leather travel accessory made from Southwest airline seat covers. The airline also provided the show with the use of an aircraft and assisted with getting airport access for filming.

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1/18/2019

Pennsylvania's Bradford Regional Airport will undergo a $1.27 million renovation designed to make the terminal more welcoming for passengers. The planned updates include exterior stone columns, enhanced lighting inside and out, new video screens in the lobby and a fireplace in the waiting area.

1/18/2019

FedEx is celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day by partnering with Rise Against Hunger to package meals for hungry people around the world. "Our support for this initiative perpetuates our corporate and societal values, using our knowledge to make connections and deliver resources where they are needed most," said Rose Flenorl of FedEx Global Citizenship.

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1/18/2019

Air Transport World has recognized Texas' Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport as the world's top airport. DFW has invested billions in improvements in recent years, including a $2 billion renovation of three terminals. DFW Airport "truly stood out for its innovation, operational excellence on focus on serving its customers," ATW Editor-in-Chief Karen Walker said.

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1/18/2019

American Airlines has promoted Kevin Brickner to the role of senior vice president of technical operations. Brickner was most recently the carrier's vice president of safety and operations integration as well as certified director of safety.

1/18/2019

Alaska Airlines is introducing a new West Coast wine menu that includes a rotating selection of wines chosen for their superior taste. "We really looked into what would play well in the air when you're [30,000] or 40,000 feet up," said Jonathan Hardy, certified sommelier.

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1/18/2019

An artificial intelligence application called HireVue searches resumes for keywords and uses a chatbot to ask questions to make sure applicants meet the requirements. The application also studies applicants' faces to see how many times they smile during interviews.

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