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August 2, 2018

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Air Canada sees Q2 traffic rise 8.2% (Source: REUTERS)
Air Canada reports its second-quarter revenue went up 10.8%, while operating expenses rose 13.5% and cost per available seat mile rose 5.6%.

Alaska Air Group reports Q2 earnings (Source: Alaska Journal of Commerce)
Alaska Air Group has told investors the integration of Virgin America is about 85% complete, enabling the carrier to refocus on returned margins.


Atlanta airport has plenty for passengers to do during layovers (Source: WSB-TV2)
Passengers with time to kill at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport have an array of options for keeping busy while they wait for their flights.

N.Y. reaches milestone in $8B LaGuardia renovation (Source: ABC 7 NY)
New York has completed construction of a flyover to ease congestion for people headed to LaGuardia Airport, which is in the midst of an $8 billion makeover.

Study reveals top 10 US airports with lowest average fares (Source: Chicago Business Journal)
A study by aviation analyst Michael Boyd shows that the 10 US airports with the lowest average ticket prices all have a major Southwest Airlines presence.


AccorHotels acquires majority of 21c Museum Hotels (Source: SKIFT)
AccorHotels said Tuesday it will acquire an 85% stake in 21c Museum Hotels for $51 million.

$500M Ritz-Carlton slated for Manhattan’s NoMad neighborhood (Source: SKIFT)
A $500 million Ritz-Carlton hotel is scheduled to open in 2021 at 28th Street and Broadway in Manhattan.

Avery brings cosmopolitan comfort to D.C.’s Georgetown (Source: The Georgetowner)
British, Finnish, Spanish and Italian influences distinguish the decor of the Avery Georgetown, a two-year-old boutique hotel emphasizing relaxed luxury.

InterContinental hotel connects to Minneapolis-St. Paul International (Source: Mpls Star Tribune)
The newly opened InterContinental at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport has a direct skyway to Concourse C where fliers can check in. 

IHG announces debut UK locations for new brands (Source: Buying Business Travel)
The Intercontinental Hotels Group recently disclosed the debut UK locations for its new Voco Hotels and Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants brands. 

Kimpton coming to Germany in 2023 (Source: Travel Pulse)
The 155-key Kimpton Frankfurt is slated to open in 2023, marking the brand’s first property in Germany.

London’s Hoxton expanding to US (Source: Qiartzy)
The London luxury hipster hotel The Hoxton is expanding its brand to US markets in early September, starting with New York City.

Marriott International Unveils Unified Loyalty Programs With One Set of Benefits (Source: Marriott International)
Marriott International announced it will introduce one set of unified benefits across Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) for its members August 18, 2018.

Regency brand making debut in Budapest (Source: Frequent Business Traveler)
Hyatt is bringing the Regency brand to Budapest with a 231-room property opening in 2020.

U.S. News chooses best hotel loyalty programs (Source: Condê Nast Traveler)
U.S. News & World Report recently chose Marriott Rewards as this year’s best hotel loyalty program, giving Wyndham Rewards and World of Hyatt second and third place.


TSA announces expansion of CT scanners to screen luggage (Source: engadget)
The Transportation Security Administration has announced plans to expand its use of CT luggage scanners, deploying as many as 40 machines this year at airports across the US with the goal of having 145 deployed by the end of fiscal 2019.

TSA’s “Quiet Skies” program monitors flight behaviors (Source: CNN)
The Transportation Security Administration selects US citizens who are not suspected of crimes or on terrorist watchlists for surveillance under its “Quiet Skies” program.


Burgeoning Seattle offers new gems to discover (Source: New York Times)
Seattle is in growth mode, which has fueled new attractions for visitors to experience.

Have fun with the entire family in St. Petersburg, Fla. (Source: Travel Pulse)
Travelers with kids can enjoy many family-friendly attractions in St. Petersburg, Fla.

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