Direct Travel News Brief - March 28, 2017

TRAVEL MANAGEMENT NEWS

Fallout from Electronics Ban Worries Travel Advocates    The Hill

The travel community is worried that a new security measure banning large electronics on select flights from the Middle East and Africa will dampen global business and tourism and damage the reputation of Gulf carriers.

Business Travelers Have Embraced the Sharing Economy     Travel Pulse

Corporate travel managers grapple with a new era of travel.

Trump’s Proposed Budget Would Cut TSA, Amtrak and Airline Services    Skift

For an administration that is supposed to be prioritizing a massive infrastructure improvement plan, there is very little evidence of such a focus in President Donald Trump’s latest documents detailing his ideas for the discretionary portion of the 2018 fiscal year federal budget.  In fact, big cuts could be coming to several important elements of the U.S. transportation system.

AIRLINE/FLIGHT UPDATES

United Airlines Modernizes Airport Screening Experience at Newark Liberty    Travel Daily News

United Airlines is enabling customers to move through the screening process quicker at its hub at Newark Liberty International Airport with the opening of a fully redesigned and consolidated security checkpoint in Terminal C.

Delta Slates Massive LAX Terminal Move for May 12-17    Atlanta Business Journal

Delta Air Lines and Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) will relocate from Terminals 5 and 6 to Terminals 2 and 3 at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in May.

Delta to Begin Seattle to Chicago-O’Hare Service in June 2017     Delta.com

Seattle customers will have access to more than 160 daily flights to 50 global destinations this summer.

United Announces New Route Available for Sales     United.com

United's expanded summer schedule will feature 16 new daily routes, including four new domestic destinations, Champaign/Urbana, IL, Columbia MO, Rochester, MN and Santa Rosa CA, and a new seasonal international service between San Francisco (SFO) and Munich, Germany (MUC).  In total, United is adding 47 new daily round trips to its domestic schedule.

Struggling Alitalia Promises Cuts, Fare Unbundling     Travel Pulse

Alitalia has released its latest restructuring plan, which promises staff cuts, salary reductions and unbundled fares.

Delta’s New Fees for Earlier Flights     Travel Skills

It just got a little more expensive to get on an earlier Delta flight.

American Joins Delta in Offering Free Meals On Transcon Flights    Travel Market Report

Travelers on California-to-New-York flights will get dinner on the house.

Chicago's Midway Airport Ramps Up Competition with $248M Plan     New York Business Journal

Chicago Midway International Airport has undergone $248 million worth of modernization upgrades to make the stop more appealing to the millions who pass through yearly.

Two Airlines Already Calling it Quits in Cuba    USA Today

Frontier, Silver pointed to 'overcapacity' as a big reason contributing to their exit.

SAFETY & SECURITY

Canadians Finding Travel Document Confusion at US Border     Travel Market Report

More and more, Canadian citizens are finding themselves unexpectedly turned back by U.S. border officers.

U.K. Joins U.S. In Laptop Ban    Travel Market Report

The United Kingdom is joining the United States in banning laptops, tablets and other large electronic devices on U.K.-bound flights from certain Middle East and African countries.

Laptop Ban Begins in Cabins of Nine Airlines Flying Non-stop to U.S. from Mideast and Africa    USA Today

U.S. bans personal electronics larger than cellphones in cabins of flights to the U.S. aboard nine airlines in the Mideast and Africa.

What Fliers Need to Know About the Airline Laptop Ban    USA Today

See what airports and airlines are affected, as well as other details about the electronics ban.

Homeland Security Bans Large Electronics from Airline Cabins On Some Flights     Travel Market Report

Flights to the United States from eight countries targeted.

Trump Wants to Raise TSA Fees On Airfares     Travel Pulse

Another tax on travelers?

Government Travel Warnings & Alerts    U.S. Department of State

Click here for information on current government issued travel warnings and alerts.

TRAVELER TIPS, TRIPS & CONVENIENCE                                             

How to Never Again Lose Anything While Traveling     Airfare Watchdog

Travel can be disorienting. With all the moving around, jumping from taxi to plane to hotel to the next destination, while suffering from jet lag and fatigue, it's a sure recipe for losing something along the way.

Business Travelers Feel Safest in DC, Los Angeles    Travel Pulse

A survey by the GBTA found D.C., Los Angeles and London are perceived to be the safest cities for business travel.

How to Make Business Travel Bearable     Travel Pulse

Take these steps to survive working on the road.

Dressing for Access: Wearable Technology and Travel    HotelMarketing.com

While wearable technology has grabbed the attention of the travel industry at several times in recent years, various barriers and limitations have kept such devices from having any significant impact.

GROUND TRANSPORTATION

California Aims to Change Roadtrips Forever    Travel Pulse

Truly driverless cars may hit the road soon.

How High Speed Rail Could Energize Southeast Asia     4Hoteliers

High-speed rail tracks are notably absent in Southeast Asia – for now: With growing populations in urban centers and potential investors showing their interest, governments in the region are keen to embark on long-talked of rail modernization projects and usher in a new era of connectivity.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car Expands Loyalty Program into Latin America   Travel Pulse

Car rental customers can now use Enterprise's loyalty program in the Caribbean and Latin America.

HOTEL NEWS

Choice Hotels International Announces Cambria Hotels & Suites Continued Expansion     Travel Daily News

Choice Hotels International, Inc. announced significant growth and development plans for Cambria hotels & suites in 2017.

Marriott to Open a New Hotel Every 14 Hours for Three Years     Travel Pulse

The company's worldwide expansion plans are accelerating.

United Airlines extends Gold Status to Elite Marriott Rewards Members     Frequent Business Traveler

Marriott International loyalty program members who have achieved Platinum Premier Elite status or Platinum Elite status are now able to receive benefits from United Airlines, including free upgrades and expedited check-in.

Starwood to Open First Westin/Element by Westin     Successful Meetings

Next month will see the opening of Element Huntsville in Westin Huntsville...

The 20 Most Popular Hotels in Los Angeles    USA Today

Expedia names its 20 most in demand hotels in Los Angeles

MEETINGS & INCENTIVE TRAVEL

What Meeting Planners Need to Know About Wi-Fi Pricing     Meetingsnet.com

An offer of free or comped Wi-Fi on the part of the host facility may be good for the bottom line, but not so good for attendee experience.

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