To counter unauthorized wholesale rates and avoid monitoring several online travel agencies, Marriott International has teamed with Expedia for a first-in-industry partnership that makes Expedia the exclusive distributor for wholesale and promotional rates at the hotel chain's 7,000 properties worldwide as of Oct. 15. The deal won't affect agencies, tour operators and others that have a direct partnership with the hotel titan.
Bettors in Nevada, as well as those at Resorts World Catskills in upstate New York, Pearl River in Mississippi and Q Casino in Iowa, were able to wager this week on NASCAR South Point 400 races. NASCAR in-race betting is expected speed up in February with the Daytona 500.
Montage Big Sky, which is slated to become the first five-star resort in Montana, will offer ski-in/ski-out and golf lodging at Spanish Peaks Mountain Club near Yellowstone National Park. The "mountain modern" guest rooms, the 16,000-square-foot Spa Montage with 12 treatment rooms, private hiking and mountain biking trails, and an exclusive fish camp along 4 miles of a private river will open in 2021.
The 54-room, five-star Asbury Ocean Club Hotel opened this summer on the shore of Asbury Park, N.J., a little over an hour from New York City. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows offer views of the Atlantic Ocean or sand-dune gardens, and the hotel also includes an oceanview pool, 24-hour concierge, personal bell staff, a spa and fitness center.
Travel advisors can let clients know which airlines half a million passengers like most with the results of the Airline Passenger Experience Association's survey based on a million flights on 600 airlines in four categories, with opinions on cabin service, seat comfort, food and beverage, Wi-Fi and entertainment. The only US companies to earn five of five stars were Delta Air Lines and American Airlines.
The JetBlue Foundation has provided $250,000 to 13 programs supporting mentorship and technical education, with a special focus on traditionally underrepresented communities. The 2019 grant recipients come from Atlanta; Boston; the New York area; Fort Lauderdale; Long Beach, Calif.; San Diego and Salt Lake City, as well as the initiative's first international grantee in Barbados.
American Airlines is retiring the last 28 McDonnell Douglas MD-80s in their fleet, marking the end of an era. Almost 1,200 were sold over a 20-year production run, 360 of them to American, which made the aircraft a cornerstone of their fleet for decades.
Hawaiian Airlines will change its schedule starting in January 2020 to improve onward connections for passengers flying from Brisbane, Australia to Honolulu. "We are pleased with the strong demand from the Queensland market for our flights from Brisbane to Honolulu and onward to the US Mainland, and wanted to provide our guests with improved access and connectivity so they can make the most out of their North American vacation," Hawaiian Airlines' Andrew Stanbury says.
United Airlines will offer an expanded schedule of flights into Las Vegas in January 2020 to accommodate more than 180,000 tech industry passengers expected to attend the Consumer Electronics Show. United will add flights from San Jose, Calif., Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Boston, Orlando, Nashville, Tenn., and Cleveland, Ohio as well as flying larger aircraft on some routes and increasing service from its hubs at San Francisco, Chicago, Newark, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles and Washington Dulles.
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport's growth has been spurred primarily by increases in international travel, especially to Asia and Europe, says CEO Sean Donohue. The newest terminal, Terminal F, provides increased flexibility for gates to be transitioned to international travel use during peak travel seasons.
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