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11/15/2019

Hawaiian Airlines shared highlights from its iconic 90th anniversary milestone, which took place Monday. The airline charted "the ultimate flyback flight" on HA1111, which mirrored a similar flight itinerary as the first flight in the carrier's history. Passengers were served by flight attendants in original uniforms from the 1960s, '70s and '80s and even received a copy of the Nov. 11, 1929, Honolulu Star-Bulletin newspaper as well as 90,000 HawaiianMiles.

11/15/2019

Russian airline Aeroflot was accused by some of "fat cat shaming" upon learning that Mikhail Galin's frequent flier miles were taken away after he smuggled his 22-pound cat, Viktor, onto a plane. Galin earlier chose to miss a flight when he wasn't allowed to board with Viktor, who is 4.5 pounds over the limit -- then found a lookalike cat to take Viktor's place for a weigh-in for a later flight, ultimately swapping the two cats before boarding and getting caught.

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11/15/2019

The Illinois House adjourned Thursday night without voting on a bill to alter the steep tax requirements for a possible casino in Chicago, and its sponsor plans to reintroduce it next year. "While we are disappointed that a much-needed fix to the gaming bill won't be made during this compressed veto session, the Chicago casino is still very much in the sightline thanks to the progress we've made with our state partners," Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says.

11/15/2019

Political protests and unease in Bolivia following President Evo Morales' resignation and exile has led the US State Department this week to recommend against traveling to the country. The department is encouraging Americans to exit Bolivia as soon as possible.

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Marriott International will establish its first franchised all-inclusive resort as it continues its advance into the all-inclusive sector with two Caribbean new-builds. The 283-room Autograph Collection on Curacao, owned by Bastiaan Guis with Pen Resort B.V., is planned, along with an 800-room Marriott in Jamaica.

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11/15/2019

The bidding war for Japanese hotel operator Unizo Holdings entered a new round as Fortress Investment Group raised its offer by 2.5% to $1.3 billion. The sum is below the $1.6 billion US buyout firm Blackstone Group proposed last month.

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11/15/2019

Radisson Hotel Group's one-stop website is more efficient since the company consolidated 10 sites last summer into one platform, which is on its way to doubling the visitor conversion rate, said Global VP of Digital Remy Merckx. The site is credited with enhancing booking, integrating the loyalty program and cross-promoting Radisson's eight hotel brands.

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11/15/2019

Expedia Group this week began taking into account the addition of resort fees when providing sorted lists of hotels to consumers, with the fees often leading to a lower ranking. The company's algorithms also consider room rates, hotel quality and popularity, as well as whether hotels choose to compensate Expedia.

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11/15/2019

More than 55 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles from home over the five-day Thanksgiving period, the most since 2005, AAA estimates. The figure is the second-highest since AAA's surveys started in 2000.

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11/15/2019

Charlotte Douglas International Airport officially unveiled its $39 million, 51,000-square-foot food court expansion Friday. Called The Plaza, it sits between concourses D and E and holds the airport's second Bojangles' and first Shake Shack. This is the third project to be completed in the airport's multibillion dollar Destination CLT renovation and expansion program. Funding for The Plaza was provided through passenger facility charges and future general airport revenue.