Christopher Nassetta, chief executive of Hilton, forecasts a modest increase in US revenue from foreign travelers this year following a 4% drop last year, and aims to continue to work with the Trump administration to grow long-haul inbound travel.
A couple who met two years ago on an Air Canada flight has received a gift from the airline: tickets to Paris. Air Canada posted the couple's story on Instagram for Valentine's Day.
A lack of consumer awareness is the main hurdle agents face today, leading prospects to plan their own itineraries because they don't know how to find a good agent, Kim Everett of Keepsake Travel Designs says. To overcome this and be successful, Everett suggests taking on a carpe diem attitude, finding your target market and developing relationships with suppliers and other agents.
February marks the appropriate time to begin finalizing your 2018 marketing strategies, Tammy Levent writes. Your marketing plan should include attainable goals for increasing sales and promoting your business.
Gina Reyes, a Hawaiian Airlines flight attendant, soothed a crying child on a late-night flight, something she says she has done many times before. This time, she was caught on camera by an impressed passenger inspired by this act of kindness.
In March, Hawaiian Airlines will launch freight operations between Honolulu and Kahului and Hilo, using newly delivered ATR 72-200(F) aircraft. "The freighters are LD-3 compatible, which matches with our A330-200s. This will allow a lot of small industries around the islands to hook up with international markets," said the airline's Brad Matheny.
FedEx has begun construction of a new 96,529-square-foot distribution and sorting facility near Oklahoma City's Will Rogers World Airport.
Air Transport World has named Air Canada the 2018 Eco-Airline of the Year, noting its commitment to reducing emissions and its support for alternative fuels. "We are very pleased that ATW has recognized the effectiveness of our environmental programs, including our participation in the development and support of alternative fuels in Canada, and our efforts to contribute to healthier communities," said Calin Rovinescu, Air Canada's president and CEO.
The Wall Street Journal editorial board weighs in on a misinformation campaign waged by private jet lobbyists against bipartisan legislation to separate air traffic control from the Federal Aviation Administration. The editorial notes that private and business aviation's primary motivation stems from the fact that they pay only 0.6% of aviation user taxes, but account for 11% to 13% of controlled traffic -- meaning commercial passengers subsidize private jet flights. "If business jets try to tank the bill no matter the details, then Republicans ought to subject them to fees, same as commercial flights," the editorial board writes.
Travelers United founder and consumer advocate Charlie Leocha advises Nevada travelers that they could end up paying up to $96.3 million in fees this year alone if Congress passes the passenger facility charge tax on airline passengers. This comes at a time when airports have record levels of revenue available to them for airport improvement projects. "It's a bad deal for the millions of passengers ... [r]aising the PFC is nothing more than a greedy and easy way for airports to raise more revenue without asking their own municipalities for more funding," Leocha writes. "If Congress truly wants to ease the tax burden on the middle-class, their first New Year's resolution should be to scrap the proposed Airport Tax increase."