Four Points by Sheraton, Residence Inn and Disney Parks and Resorts are the most environmentally efficient upscale hotel brands, according to a new study by sustainability technology company Brighter Planet. Vagabond Inns, Red Lion Hotels and Howard Johnson ranked highest among midprice properties, while Red Carpet Inns, Travelodge and Scottish Inns were found to be most efficient among budget brands.
Lufthansa and Airberlin are scrambling to rearrange their newly expanded flight schedules after Tuesday?s announcement that the opening of the city?s unified airport, Berlin Brandenburg International, has been postponed indefinitely. The German capital?s two existing airports, Tegel and Sch?efeld, which were set to close on June 2, the night before the new airport was to begin operations, now will remain open until it is ready.
Boeing unveiled its newest version of its 747 to the public on Feb. 13, 2011. The update -- Boeing's first to the jumbo jet in more than 20 years -- drew a crowd of about 10,000 to its 747 factory in Everett, Wash.
From USA Today: Airfares are expected to continue their recent climb this summer and into the fall. Fares for domestic flights are up 3 percent, on average, over last year and up 18 percent compared to 2010, according to online travel site Travelocity. International flight costs are up 20 percent from two years ago.
Airport security in America is broken. I should know. For 3? years?from my confirmation in July 2005 to President Barack Obama's inauguration in January 2009?I served as the head of the Transportation Security Administration. More than a decade after 9/11, it is a national embarrassment that our airport security system remains so hopelessly bureaucratic and disconnected from the people whom it is meant to protect. Preventing terrorist attacks on air travel demands flexibility and the constant reassessment of threats. It also demands strong public support, which the current system has plainly failed to achieve.
Although many signs point to a strengthening U.S. economy, the overwhelming sentiment in the business travel world remains doing more with less. That attitude came across in a recent study that found many business travelers are staying a few extra nights to handle more business instead of making multiple trips.
The Global Business Travel Association in its latest quarterly outlook issued Tuesday again revised downward its 2012 international business travel forecast, owing to the ongoing eurozone debt crisis, slowing growth in Asia and high oil prices. It also cut projections for meetings travel activity from its January report while leaving unchanged its U.S. domestic business travel projections.
Thousands of passengers were grounded this morning at Dallas/Fort Worth International, a lingering result of the strong storms that wreaked havoc there on Tuesday. The Dallas Morning News reports American and its regional affiliate American Eagle canceled 424 flights today "as their mechanics hurried to inspect aircraft that were pounded by hail in Tuesday's storms."
Balboa Travel this month tapped CheckpointBTS to help manage its clients' hotel spending. CheckpointBTS' web-based tool allows TMCs to consolidate data from corporate cards, expense reporting tools and global distribution systems and check bookings against negotiated rates to ensure travelers are booking the correct rates before check-in.
United passengers are still complaining about long phone delays and other glitches following the company's switchover to the reservation system of merger partner Continental. The Associated Press is the latest media outlet to pick up on the story, writing that the problems come "more than three weeks after a computer switchover that was supposed to make traveling better after the airline's merger with Continental."