Accor, Hilton, InterContinental Hotels Group and Marriott International are investing $50 million in Groups360, a meeting-space booking engine previously called EventaGlobal. "We need to be able to embrace the supplier inventory, rates, and data to continue to create the awareness that there is technology that helps meeting planners," Groups360's Kemp Gallineau says.
The day the music dies at Vegas Hard Rock is coming in February, when the property will close for eight months to renovate and rebrand as a Virgin Hotel. The Hard Rock will shut its doors shortly after the Super Bowl on Feb. 2 at Miami's Hard Rock Stadium.
American Airlines will add seasonal non-stop Saturday service between Boston and Grand Cayman, beginning Jan. 11 and continuing through April 6.
UPS announced that it will not levy peak delivery surcharges for residential deliveries during this year's holiday season, which runs from about October 1, 2019 through January 24, 2020. The carrier applied a residential peak delivery surcharge in 2018, but said cost savings derived from its expanded network and efficient "super hubs" will allow it to waive the fee this year.
Chattanooga Airport in Tennessee is set to begin a $25 million parking deck construction project starting next spring. Terminal expansion is scheduled to follow the construction of the parking deck in early 2021. Several other projects in the airport's master plan are already underway, including a ramp expansion.
Salt Lake City International Airport celebrated Aviation Day with a time-lapse video of ongoing construction at its $3.6 billion replacement facility. The video notes the facility is funded through airport passenger fees and federal grants and highlights how the new facility will accommodate growth and improve service through parking and roadway additions.
CNBC's Ray Parisi tested transportation options to the top three Metropolitan New York airports, and found that taking a helicopter doesn't save as much time as one might believe: "In the end, the most expensive of the four options, Uber Copter, was only 14 minutes faster than mass transit but cost $213.07 more," Parisi writes.
Rob Enderle spends about half his time on the road, so he knows what he's talking about when it comes to travel. His advice includes traveling light and using laundry services if necessary, signing up for Clear or a trusted traveler program, dressing for comfort and making sure you have plenty of chargers and power banks for your favorite electronic devices.
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