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October 8, 2019

In this edition of the Travel News Brief: Vision Travel rebrands to Direct Travel, flight service updates, development of a new “International Network” of carriers, the latest on Real ID, LAX bans curbside pickups, EHI launhces Entegral, new Uber services, Wyndham updates, new hotel properties, staying healthy while traveling, meeting industry news, 3 critical components for corporate incentive travel and more!

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3 Critical Components for Corporate Incentive Travel

Budgets, participant eligibility, and perception of corporate incentive travel is on the rise. Read More

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Vision Travel Corporate Business Officially Renamed Direct Travel

Direct Travel — Canada-based Vision Travel recently announced it is formally rebranding its corporate division to Direct Travel, following its merger with Direct Travel, Inc. in April of 2017. The rebrand marks a new chapter in Direct Travel’s history as two brands become one to form a stronger, more consistent brand in the industry. Read More

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American Will Expand Service to South America & Europe in 2020

Business Travel News — American Airlines next year will boost its service to three South American cities from Miami and will add direct service between Boston and London. Read More

Delta & Latam Announce Strategic Partnership Plans

Business Travel News — Delta and Latam have agreed to form a strategic partnership. As part of the deal, Delta will take a 20 percent stake in Latam and Latam will exit the Oneworld alliance. Read More

American & Alaska Cut Back on Loyalty Cooperation

Business Travel News — American Airlines and Alaska Airlines are scaling back their partnership. Their reciprocal loyalty program benefits will largely end as of March 1, 2020. Read More

BA Announces Codeshare with Malaysia Airlines

Travel Mole — Carrier spells out benefits for passengers…Read More

American Airlines Says Long-awaited DFW to Tokyo Haneda Flights Will Start in March

Dallas News — American has been bulking up its international flight schedule from DFW Airport. Read More

Delta & Latam Announce Strategic Partnership Plans

Business Travel News — Delta and Latam have agreed to form a strategic partnership. As part of the deal, Delta will take a 20 percent stake in Latam and Latam will exit the Oneworld alliance. Read More

United Airlines Adds Winter Nonstop Service Between Durango, CO and Houston

Durango Herald News — United Airlines will add a Saturday nonstop flight between Houston and Durango, Colo., between January and March. Read More

KLM Will Add Direct Flights to Austin

Business Travel News — In May 2020, KLM will begin direct round-trip service between Amsterdam and Austin three times per week. Read More

SkyTeam Failed, Airline Will Create Their Own International Network of Carriers

View from the Wing — Delta CEO Ed Bastian told Bloomberg that the SkyTeam, of which Delta is a part, hasn’t “brought a lot of great value to customers..[or] to member airlines” and so they’re trying to create their “own international network of carriers” with Delta “as the centerpiece.” Read More

United Will Move to Points-Based Upgrade System

Business Travel News — United Airlines is switching its upgrade system for high-level Premier members to a points-based system that it said would offer more flexibility in upgrade selection. Read More

FAA Says Individual Countries Will Decide When to Return 737 Max to the Air

Travel Pulse — The FAA says it is committed to safety and not a prescribed timeline. Read More

American Airlines Unveils New $350 Million Headquarters in Fort Worth

Dallas News — The corporate headquarters building is part of a $350 million expansion of the American Airlines campus in Fort Worth that was built in the 1950s. Read More

Delta Adding Flights to Rome from Boston

Travel Mole — Seasonal summer service starts next year…Read More

United Airlines To Alter Polaris Route Network

Simply Flying — Routes being served by United Airlines’ much-sought-after Polaris cabins will be changing from the beginning of December. Read More

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With Real ID Deadline Looming, Americans Remain Unprepared

Northstar Meetings Group — Come October 2020, U.S. travelers will require a Real ID or approved passport to board domestic flights...Read More

Dulles Passengers Can Again Do Arrival Paperwork Online

The Washington Post (subscription required) — "Mobile passport" is back in action at Washington's Dulles International Airport. In response to complaints, U.S. Customs and Border Protection resumed operation of the app that allows US and Canadian citizens to complete their arrival paperwork via smartphone or tablet. 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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LAX Bans Uber, Lyft, and Taxis From Curbside Pickup

Travel + Leisure Magazine — Officials at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) announced Thursday that it will soon ban all curbside pickups by ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft as well as pickups by taxis. Read More

World's Largest Car Rental Provider Introduces Entegral Technology Solution

Enterprise Holdings — Enterprise Holdings today launched Entegral, the new name for its integrated software solution that streamlines the post-accident process to assist service providers working to get customers on their way and back into a vehicle. Read More

Uber Adds More Services to Its App in Its Quest for Profit

Meetings & Conventions — Uber is cramming more services into its ride-hailing app as it explores was to generate more revenue and finally turn a profit. Read More

Texas High-Speed Rail Project Picks Up Speed

Transportation Today — A proposed Dallas to Houston high-speed rail project, with an overall estimated price tag of $20 billion, gained momentum this month when developer Texas Central announced it had signed a design-build contract with multinational civil engineering contractor Salini Impregilo and its U.S. subsidiary Lane Construction Corp. Read More

Amtrak Retiring Its Dining Cars on Long-Distance Trains

Travel Market Report — The company will instead offer a new experience that it says is more “flexible” and “contemporary” than before. Read More

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Choice Hotels Welcomes Third Cambria In South Carolina

Choice Hotels — Brand continues strong growth in the Carolinas…Read More

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts Announces Major Overhaul of Brands, New Tech Initiatives

Business Traveller — Business travellers to the United States staying in hotel brands under the Wyndham Hotels & Resorts umbrella can expect to see some changes to their travel experience in the near future, and travellers around the Asia-Pacific region can look forward to seeing several new openings from the company. Read More

Hyatt Introduces Caption By Hyatt

4Hoteliers — Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced Caption by Hyatt, a new lifestyle brand within the select service category that will bring people closer together, allowing them to work, eat or socialize in comfortable, flexible, communal spaces that encourage meaningful conversations and connections. Read More

Virgin Hotels Coming to Miami

Travel Market Report — The 40-story new-build hotel will be located in the heart of downtown Miami's Financial District in the bustling Brickell neighborhood. Read More

Radisson Adds Two New York Properties

Business Traveller — Radisson Hotel Group has announced the addition of two New York properties under its Radisson brand. Read More

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How to Stay Healthy While Traveling

Successful Meetings — A little planning and a lot of water can go a long way. Read More

American Express to Revamp Delta SkyMiles Line

Business Travel News — American Express will relaunch its entire Delta SkyMiles portfolio on Jan. 30, 2020, rolling out redesigned versions of all seven SkyMiles personal and small and midsize business cards. Read More

FAA to Test If Plane Seats Too Snug for Safety

USA Today — The Federal Aviation Administration said Thursday that it plans on conducting evacuation testing later this year to determine how easily passengers are able to exit an aircraft in the event of an emergency. Read More

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The 7 Deadly Sins to Avoid in Your Next Sales Incentive

Creative Group — Learn the psychology behind developing an incentive that works and incentive ideas for sales you can start implementing today! Read More

4 Meeting Properties Coming to the Palm Beaches

Northstar Meetings Group — Dotted with palm trees, these conference-friendly hotels add yet more lures to Florida's Atlantic Coast. Read More

Massive Meetings Hotel Heads to Atlanta Airport

Northstar Meetings Group — The 14-story Hilton property will bring new rooms, event space and more to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Read More

Tucson Complex Getting $65 Million Renovation

Venues Now — The Tucson Convention Center, which includes 205,000 square feet of meeting space, will undergo a renovation that will introduce new meeting rooms and a new floor for a ballroom. Read More

5 Conference-Friendly Hotels to Consider in Brooklyn

Northstar Meetings Group — Brooklyn is far and away the trendiest of NYC’s boroughs, the place to mingle with hipsters while savoring artisanal eats and craft cocktails. Now Brooklyn is emerging as a hot destination for meetings, thanks to the borough’s growing supply of full-service hotels. Read More

Here Are 4 New Meeting Hotels Coming to the Palm Beaches

Northstar Meetings Group — These conference-friendly properties are yet more lures to Florida's Atlantic Coast for planners. Read More

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