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April 20, 2017

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2nd phase of Tampa airport’s $2.3B expansion unveiled (Source: Fox13 News)
Construction is underway on a $2.3 billion renovation and expansion of the Tampa International Airport in Florida.

Airline industry has never been better for flyers (Source: Yahoo Finance)
Yahoo! Technology columnist Rob Pegoraro examines the industry’s performance metrics and successes, noting that air travel is safer than ever and average airfare has fallen significantly over the past 20 years.

ASTA calls for strengthening of passenger rights (Source: Travel Pulse)
ASTA would like to see more government action taken to protect passengers, including more openness about fees and protections for bumped travelers after the United Airlines passenger situation.

United grows revenue in first quarter (Source: Reuters)
United Continental Holdings increased revenue by 2.7% in the first quarter and predicts that passenger unit revenue will increase by up to 3% for the current quarter.

United thoroughly reviewing policies on crew movement, oversold situations (Source: Business Insider)
United Airlines is performing a comprehensive review of its training practices, saying it will share the results of the review by April 30 and has already instituted a policy of engaging law enforcement only in cases involving flight safety and security.


Atlanta airport served 1.4B passengers in 2016 (Source: Travel Pulse)
The Airports Council International has revealed the busiest airports around the world, and Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport ranks number one, with 1.4 billion travelers passing through its gates in 2016.

Construction begins on $1.6B concourse at LAX (Source: Los Angeles Daily)
The $1.6 billion concourse project at Los Angeles International Airport is officially underway.

New Minn. airport landing procedure helps environment (Source: StarTribune)
Landing procedures implemented two years ago at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport have resulted in significant environmental benefits, according to a study by the Metropolitan Airports Commission.

Texas airport looks to improve privacy with screening system (Source: KTXS)
The Transportation Security Administration has added advanced imaging technology at Texas’ Abilene Regional Airport to screen for weapons without touching a passenger, even if weapons are hidden under layers of clothing.

Texas airport opens new indoor/outdoor terminal (Source: USA Today)
Texas’ Austin-Bergstrom International Airport has opened its new South Terminal, where travelers can wait for flights indoors or outdoors and board by climbing stairs to their planes.

Car Rental

Car rental giant expands its global footprint (Source: Travel Pulse)
Enterprise Rent-a-Car’s holdings in Ireland are set to grow now that the company’s Irish division has acquired Dooley Car Rentals, the car rental division of the Limerick-based Dan Dooley Group for an undisclosed sum.


Breathing room and more: Guests shape their atmosphere (Source: Hotel Business)
A new device allows hotel guests to control room air quality and treat themselves to aromatherapy, humidifying mist and soothing sounds using a nightstand touchscreen.

Hilton’s annual report for 2016 highlights growth worldwide (Source: Hotel Management)
Hilton expanded into five new countries last year while opening 354 hotels worldwide, per its annual report. The hotel group is making strides in growing its brand in China.

Hilton Garden Inn expands food, beverage choices (Source: Travel Pulse)
Hilton Garden Inn is offering a wider range of food and beverage options, including 24/7 service and a cooked-to-order breakfast option.

Hotel overbooking — and help — likely to continue (Source: Travel Weekly)
Despite the publicity firestorm over airline overbooking set off by United Airlines’ removal of a passenger, hotels aren’t expected to alter overbooking policies.

Nashville, Seattle hottest cities for hotel construction growth (Source: Denver Business Journal)
Nashville, Tenn., leads the nation in the increase in hotel construction over last year, followed by Seattle and Denver, according to STR. Meanwhile, New York City has the most rooms under construction.


High-tech Celebrity Edge will be a game changer (Source: The Telegraph)
Celebrity Cruises has announced Celebrity Edge, a first-of-its-kind ship with an innovative design that’s expected to debut in December 2018.


Digital border searches to quadruple from 2015 (Source: The Atlantic)
The number of travelers entering the US who are asked to provide their electronic devices for digital searches will likely quadruple from 2015, according to statistics from US Customs and Border Protection.


Family adventures in the Bahamas’ Nassau (Source: Travel Pulse)
Nassau Paradise Island is a fun Bahamian spring break destination for families, with plenty of activities for children and adults of all ages.

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