Category | Etcetera

Hospitality sector bounces back…

Posted on 09 February 2012

  The hospitality sector was hit hard by the economic downturn. In tough times, belts tighten, and the first thing on most families’ chopping block is anything that requires disposable income. An upturn in this sector is a sign that the economy is turning around.   “The conventional wisdom suggests that key fundamentals should be on […]

Business travel outlook: Meetings to be shorter, smaller, closer to home…

Posted on 31 January 2012

Although planning professionals expect an increase in the number of business meetings in 2012, they predict them to be shorter, smaller, busier and closer to home, according to a survey recently released by the meetings and events division of American Express.   Among the findings from the meeting planners, buyers and hotel suppliers who were […]

How to minimize problems during European travel strikes…

Posted on 30 January 2012

In an anti-austerity protest timed to coincide with today’s meeting of the European Union in Brussels, Belgium’s first general strike in almost two decades has shut down public transportation, rail networks and Charleroi Airport, a hub for Ryanair and other low-cost carriers. Though most flights at Brussels’ airport are still operating, Reuters reports, the Eurostar […]

Mark your calendar, January 23, 2012….

Posted on 04 January 2012

Hope those in the Dallas/Ft Worth metroplex can join us….

Travelers at high risk of identify theft, experts say…

Posted on 13 December 2011

The last time John Sileo took his daughter to Disney World, it ended up costing much more than he expected.   Identity theft expert John Sileo had his credit card number stolen during a trip to lecture the Treasury Department on how to avoid identity theft.   When he returned to his hotel after a […]

KLM fliers can use social media to find the perfect seatmate…

Posted on 13 December 2011

In what could be fodder for a flight from hell – or potential membership in the Mile High Club – KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is launching a “meet and seat” service early next year that will let passengers tap their social media accounts and pick seatmates based on similar interests. Dutch airline KLM     […]

Push on to expand private TSA baggage screeners…

Posted on 30 November 2011

  Passenger checkpoint: San Francisco International Airport is one of 17 airports that use private companies to provide screening workers   As complaints swirl around the Transportation Security Administration, some airports and lawmakers want to hire private baggage screeners under a program the TSA administrator is reluctant to expand. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., wants more […]

Fliers must turn off devices, but it’s not clear why…

Posted on 29 November 2011

Anyone who has flown recently knows the drill: Power down your electronics before takeoff. But is it totally necessary?   Millions of Americans who got on a plane over the Thanksgiving holiday heard the admonition: “Please power down your electronic devices for takeoff.”   And absolutely everyone obeyed. I know they did because no planes […]

UK Border Agents Strike Will Affect Travel Wednesday…

Posted on 28 November 2011

UPDATE: 1 p.m.   The BBC has a nice FAQ to help people prepare for Wednesday’s strikes. In particular interest to travelers (and their agents), the site says that if delays occur, airlines must offer food and drink to passengers, and accommodation if necessary. But, the site adds, there will be no extra compensation because […]

TSA complaints drop to all-time low, report says…

Posted on 21 November 2011

Airline passengers’ security complaints against the Transportation Security Administration have dropped to their lowest level since such data was first tracked.   So says Bloomberg News, which writes “consumer complaints about the TSA last month were down 59% from a May 2004 peak. In September, they dipped to 1,418, the lowest since record-keeping began seven […]

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