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American travelers reduce budgets, still spend more than Europeans

The results of GGA 19th annual Holiday Barometer were released today. This year’s barometer found that the number of Americans who indicated that they would be taking vacation this summer held steady at 68 percent equal to the number of respondents in Brazil (68%) and five points higher than the number of European respondents (63%). There were several interesting differences […]

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Ontario International Airport: Passenger volume up almost 7% in April

Passenger volume at Ontario International Airport (ONT) climbed nearly 7% in April, continuing a trend of steady growth for the nation’s fastest growing airport. According to data compiled by the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA), almost 445,000 airline passengers traveled through the Inland Empire airport last month, an increase of 6.9% over April last year. From January through April, ONT […]

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U.S. Visa for Cubans: Cuban tourists face harsh restrictions

The U.S. Embassy in Cuba posted a bomb-shell message on their website today, punishing Cuban citizen and the travel and tourism trade between Cuba and the United States. The message reads: Effective March 18, 2019, the United States will reduce the B2 visa validity for Cuban nationals to three months with a single entry.  U.S. immigration law requires that U.S. visa […]

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Alaska Airlines flies nonstop to Everett’s Paine Field from Silicon Valley’s Airport

Alaska Airlines today launched nonstop service to Paine Field-Snohomish County Airport (PAE) in Everett, Washington from Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC). Paine Field is Alaska’s newest destination and the newest commercial service air terminal in the U.S. Located north of Seattle, Paine Field offers travelers in Western Washington an easier, and more convenient choice for travel. Learn more about […]

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Kia Ora Air Canada to Launch Seasonal Flights to Vancouver, Auckland

Kia Ora Air Canada to Launch Seasonal Flights to Vancouver, Canada from Auckland Air Canada today announced the addition of new, non-stop, seasonal flights between Auckland and Vancouver, Canada.  Air Canada’s flights to Vancouver will operate four times weekly onboard the carrier’s state-of-the-art flagship Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft beginning December 14, 2019 until the end of March 2020, subject to […]

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Yotel announce acquisition Washington DC property

Yotel has announced the acquisition of the Liaison Washington Capitol Hill hotel. The deal will be financed by partners Metrovest Equities and BLDG Management. The hotel group will operate the existing premises, which over the next year, will benefit from a full transformation and rebranding incorporating all of Yotel’s signature technology and adaptable design features, including smart cabins (rooms) and […]

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Global tourism growth, USA retains top position

The global tourism sector grew at 3.9 per cent last year, to contribute a record $8.8 trillion and 319 million jobs to the world economy, according to figures from the World Travel & Tourism Organisation. For the eighth consecutive year, this was above the growth rate of world GDP. The research conducted over the last 25 years by WTTC, which […]

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The US Withdrawal from Syria

However misconceived, President Trump’s decision to withdraw US forces from Syria might have a silver lining for Israel. It forces Jerusalem to reevaluate the basic assumptions of the “peace process” with the Palestinians that has been actively and coercively led in recent decades by successive US administrations. The Oslo process took place under unique global circumstances. The Soviet Union had […]