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June 6, 2024

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Strike Threatens American As Flight Attendant Union Rejects Latest Offer (Source: Travel Market Report)
The union that represents American Airlines flight attendants is heading towards a strike.  Members of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) on Wednesday rejected the latest offer from American. While American CEO Robert Isom said that the offer included a 17% pay boost, AFPA is reportedly seeking a longer-term deal than American offered, along with retroactive pay for “five years of stagnant wages.”

General Interest

Business Trips More Popular With Young Travelers (Source: Business Travel News)
Millennials are the most likely demographic to take a business trip, with 34% of workers planning to travel in the next year, according to a Morning Consult study, followed by Gen Z at 33%, Gen X at 23% and Baby Boomers trailing at 13%. The most common business travel bookings are hotel stays, but planned use of hotel chains dropped from 59% in January 2022 to 44% in March 2024, while intended use of independent hotels declined from 26% to 17%.


Mobile Passport Control Could Save You Hours At The Airport (Source: The Washington Post)
Mobile Passport Control has helped travelers save a lot of time getting through U.S. Customs and Border Protection when traveling internationally. This smartphone app can only be used when returning from an international trip and currently includes more than 30 US international airports, 14 pre-clearance locations and four seaports.


Marriott Is Taking Over One Of Hilton’s Best New York Hotels (Source: The Points Guy)
Last month, TPG reported some bad news for Hilton Honors loyalists looking to cash in on an award stay or earn points in New York City: The Conrad New York Midtown was exiting the Hilton portfolio.  At the time, it was unclear what exactly the property would become, but now we know that Hilton’s loss is Marriott’s gain. Moving forward, the Conrad New York Midtown will be known as The Luxury Collection Hotel Manhattan Midtown.

Marriott Reveals Some Info About New Midscale Brand (Source: Travel Weekly)
Marriott International has released details about its new midscale brand, which is under development under the working title Project Mid-T by Marriott.  Marriott CEO Anthony Capuano had previously announced plans for the “conversion-friendly midscale brand” during the company’s Q1 earnings call in May.

Asheville, N.C., Hotel Opens In Historic Skyscraper (Source: Hotel Management Online)
The Flat Iron Building, one of the first skyscrapers in Asheville, N.C., has been transformed into the 71-room Flat Iron Hotel, which features a speakeasy cocktail lounge, an Italian restaurant, a co-working space and a conference room. The new adaptive-reuse hotel pays tribute to its historic past with the Flat Iron Folks exhibit, a project that includes hand-painted window signs and biographical sketches of the building’s former residents.

Hilton Plans To Double Lifestyle Portfolio Over The Next Four Years (Source: Travel Weekly)
Fresh off purchasing the Graduate Hotels and NoMad brands, Hilton said it plans to double its lifestyle portfolio to 700 hotels within the next four years.  Hilton expects to open 100-plus lifestyle properties this year alone. The company’s lifestyle brands are Canopy, Motto, Tempo, Curio Collection, Tapestry Collection, Graduate and NoMad.

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