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June 11, 2024

In This Edition… updates on NDC, Softened hotel rate forecast, flight service and airline updates, Israel to require Electronic Travel Authorization, Amtrak’s expands service, hotel news, traveler tips, and much more!

Dans cette édition… des mises à jour concernant la NDC, des prévisions de tarifs hôteliers assouplis, des mises à jour concernant les services de vols et les compagnies aériennes, Israël entend exiger une autorisation de voyage électronique, Amtrak élargit son offre de services, des actualités hôtelières, des conseils aux voyageurs, et bien d'autres choses encore!

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Key Insights from Steve Singh’s Podcast with GBTA

In this article, we explore three major takeaways from the latest episode of GBTA’s quarterly podcast: “AI and the Quest for the Perfect Trip: A Conversation with Steve Singh.”  Read More

How a Travel Management Company Can Reduce Your Travel Costs

Here, we discuss four ways a travel management company (TMC) can help lower travel expenses for a business, all while still embracing the needs of its travelers. Read More

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American Airlines Changes Course on AAdvantage and NDC Implementation

Travel Pulse — Amid news of cuts to its revenue and profit forecast and its stock tumbling in value, American Airlines has indicated that it will reverse course on its controversial New Distribution Capability (NDC) plans and some AAdvantage requirements. Read More

PwC Softens 2024 U.S. Hotel Rate Forecast

Business Travel News — PwC tempered its projection for 2024 U.S. average daily rate and revenue per available room. Read More

Spotnana Establishes NDC Connection with Emirates

Business Travel News — Spotnana has developed a direct NDC integration with Emirates, giving it full access to the carrier's content. Read More

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Delta, United Will Restart Tel Aviv Flights This Week

The Points Guy — Israel's flag carrier, El Al, currently is the only airline serving the U.S.-to-Tel Aviv market. Read More

Virgin to Add Three Codeshare Partners

Business Travel News — Virgin Atlantic will launch three new codeshare partnerships this year, the carrier announced. Read More

Free Wine/Beer, Snacks Coming to Air Canada Domestic/U.S. Flights - For Now

Open Jaw — Air Canada will offer free beer and wine and selected $5 spirits on flights within Canada and the U.S. until the end of this year. It’s also offering free snacks on all flights. Read More

Fiji Airways to Join Oneworld

Business Travel News — Fiji Airways will become the 15th full member of Oneworld. Read More

Delta Air Lines Reports Big Interest in International Flights

Travel Pulse — International demand for Delta Air Lines is greater than it is domestically. Read More

Air France Unveils New Cabin Design for Embraer 190 Aircraft

Business Travel News Europe — Air France revealed its new cabin design for Embraer 190 aircraft operated by its Hop regional subsidiary, with the first refurbished aircraft expected to take to the skies this autumn. Read More

Alaska Launches Daily Service to Seattle from Toronto

Open Jaw — Alaska Airlines is adding a new daily direct flight between SEA and YYZ. Read More

Air Canada Extends Suspension of Israel Flights Through Early August

Travel Pulse Canada — Air Canada has once again extended its suspension of flights from Toronto and Montreal to Tel Aviv. The next flight from YYZ to TLV is scheduled for August 6, while the first flight to Israel from YUL is slated for August 12. Read More

WestJet Making Calgary-Tokyo Flights Year-Round

Open Jaw — WestJet's seasonal route between YYC and NRT will be turned in to a year-round flight this fall. Read More

Emirates, Avianca Launch Reciprocal Codeshare

Business Travel News — Emirates and Avianca beginning June 4 will launch a new codeshare agreement for select routes. Read More

Singapore Airline Revises Seatbelt Rules Following London Flight Turbulence

The Economic Times — Singapore Airlines Ltd. has revised its cabin-service rules following a turbulent flight from London that resulted in one fatality and numerous injuries. Read More

Delta Air Lines Unveils Newly Accessible Designs for Wheelchair Users

Travel Pulse — At the annual Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX), to be held May 28-30in Hamburg, Germany, Delta Air Lines subsidiary Delta Flight Products (DFP) plans on unveiling multiple accessibility-focused innovations. Read More

Finnair and IAG Loyalty Expand Partnership

Business Travel News — Members of Finnair's Finnair Plus loyalty program and British Airways Executive Club program beginning May 22 can link their accounts. Read More

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Israel to Begin Pilot Phase of Electronic Travel Authorization for Visa-Exempt Countries

Travel Pulse — Travelers from the United States and Germany will soon have access to a streamlined entry process when visiting Israel. Read More

Canadian Visitors to Israel Require Electronic Travel Authorization as of 01AUG

Open Jaw — Beginning in August, 2024, all travellers to Israel must have a valid visa or Electronic Travel Authorization. Read More

Government Travel Warnings & Alerts

U.S. Department of State — Information on current government issued travel warnings and alerts.  Read More

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Amtrak’s New Borealis Train Expands Service Between Two Great Midwestern Cities

Afar Magazine — Amtrak predicts the new train will welcome more than 200,000 passengers aboard within its first year of service. Read More

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Marriott International Is Adding High-profile Luxury Hotels

Travel Weekly — Marriott said it will operate the Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach, Calif., and convert a New York hotel to the Luxury Collection brand. Read More

IHG Calls for Industry Collaboration on Sustainability Efforts

Hospitality Today — As travel experiences a global surge, IHG Hotels & Resorts is urging the hospitality industry to join forces and prioritize sustainability. Read More

Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas Is Closing After 34 Years

CNN — The resort will reopen in 2027 as Hard Rock Las Vegas, with a soaring 700-foot-tall hotel tower in the shape of a guitar. Read More

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U.K. Government: New U.K. Visa Plan Will Cause Chaos to Travelers

Fodor’s Travel — New visa schemes by the United Kingdom and European Union could wreak havoc on travelers bound to or from the U.K. later this year, says the upper house of the UK Parliament. Read More

Help! I Left Something on the Plane or at TSA. How Do I Get It Back?

Afar Magazine — If you forgot your laptop or keys in the TSA tray or left a beloved coat in the overhead bin, these tips will improve your chances of recovering those lost items. Read More

The US Just Signed Into Law These Measures to Protect Air Traveler Rights

Afar Magazine — Here’s what you need to know. Read More

Air France to Introduce Concierge Service at Paris CDG

Business Travel News Europe — Air France will offer new concierge services at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport from June 11 to "welcome and assist" travelers, albeit at an additional cost. Read More

What Will—and Won’t—Get You a Fine at U.S. Customs

Afar Magazine — The wrong thing in your bag—a forgotten piece of fruit, for instance, or a handmade souvenir—could cost you and disrupt your international travels for months to come. Read More

Flyers Are More Worried About Plane Safety

TIME — U.S. web searches for “flight safety” hit the highest level in March since October 2014, but statistics show that getting on a Boeing or Airbus SE jetliner is still exponentially safer than the drive to the airport. Read More

Hurricane Forecast Calls for Record Number of Storms

Meetings & Conventions — The North Atlantic could experience 17 to 25 named storms and eight to 13 hurricanes between June 1 and the end of November. Read More

Paris Aims to Host the Most Sustainable Olympics Yet

Northstar Meetings Group — Organizers acknowledge the plan isn't perfect, but efforts are being made across the Games to reduce carbon and energy use. Read More

Denver's Halcyon Hotel to Unveil Outdoor Event Space

Meetings & Conventions — The rooftop venue will accommodate as many as 130 guests on the luxury property's sixth floor. Read More

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AI Tools to Make Event Planners More Productive

Northstar Meetings Group — Artificial intelligence is a game-changing technology — but how can it change your game in particular? Event professionals should check out these platforms. Read More

Inside Legislative Action Day: 130+ Business Events Leaders Met with Policymakers

Corporate Event News — A record number of business events industry leaders met with policymakers on Capitol Hill on Thurs., May 30 as part of the Exhibitions & Conferences Alliance (ECA) annual Legislative Action Day. Read More

Event-Tech Budgets Are Rising for Many Planners

Northstar Meetings Group — While high costs continue to be the top concern for planners, a good chunk — 42 percent — say their technology budgets will be higher this year, according to the new Northstar/Cvent Meetings Industry PULSE Survey. Read More

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