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September 5, 2023

In This Edition… Korean Air to weigh passengers and bags, flight service updates, four international airlines join TSA PreCheck, Amtrak orders new trains, Europe hotel rates rise, new hotels and brands, a guide to carry-on luggage size restrictions, traveler tips, and more!

Dans cette édition… Korean Air entend désormais peser les passagers et les bagages, des mises à jour sur les services de vol, quatre compagnies aériennes internationales rejoignent le programme TSA PreCheck, Amtrak passe commande de nouveaux trains, les tarifs hôteliers en Europe sont en hausse, de nouveaux hôtels et de nouvelles marques font leur entrée sur la scène hôtelière, un guide sur les restrictions relatives à la taille des bagages à main, des conseils aux voyageurs, et bien plus encore!

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5 Ways Your Business Can Increase Travel Policy Compliance

The cornerstone of any robust travel program is a strong corporate travel policy. Yet without the proper building blocks to raise compliance among your travelers, even the most comprehensive program may deliver benefits and cost savings that fall short of expectations. Read More

What the Rise of the Independent Traveler Means for Your Travel Program

The idea of what it means to travel for work has been redefined thanks in part to hybrid work environments and the continual growth of bleisure travel. Now, a new breed of traveler - known as the independent traveler - has emerged. Read More

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ATPI Announces ‘Record High’ Sales for First Half of 2023

Business Travel News Europe — ATPI, which was ranked as the eighth largest TMC in Europe by BTN Europe earlier this year, has experienced “record high” sales during the first half of 2023 with an increase of 35 per cent compared with the same period last year. Read More

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Delta Sky Way at LAX Opens 18 Months Early

TravelPulse — With the $2.3 billion project complete, Terminal 3 at Los Angeles International Airport is now directly connected to the Tom Bradley International Terminal via moving airside walkways. Read More

Aer Lingus Will Fly to Denver for the First Time

Travel Weekly — The Irish airline also will bring back Dublin-Minneapolis service, a move that was quickly matched by Delta. Read More

Delta Air Lines Launching Carrier’s First-Ever Bahamas Flights from Miami

Travel Pulse — Delta Air Lines is launching the carrier’s first direct flights to Nassau, Bahamas’ Lynden Pindling International Airport from Miami International Airport starting November 5. Read More

Korean Air to Begin Weighing Passengers Along with Their Bags

Travel Pulse — Korean Air will soon begin weighing passengers as well as their carry-on items at two different airports in South Korea. Read More

Air Canada Sees Q2 Demand 'Uptick,' Operational Challenges

Business Travel News — Air Canada reported strong demand in the second quarter, including an "uptick" in managed corporate business, and vowed to address what executives acknowledged were operational challenges in June and July. Read More

Qantas to Further Increase International Capacity

Business Travel News — Qantas plans to add more seats over the next year to and from Australia with a mix of larger aircraft and expanded frequencies. Read More

U.S. Carriers to Increase China Flights

Business Travel News — Three major U.S. air carriers plan to increase direct flights to China this fall following reports that the U.S. and Chinese governments have agreed to double allowed weekly flights between the countries. Read More

Qatar Airways Increases Doha-New York JFK Frequency to Three Flights Per Day

Insider Travel Report — Qatar Airways, effective Oct.30, 2023, will increase frequency from Doha to New York (JFK) from two to three daily flights. Read More

FAA Spending an Additional $121 Million for Runway Safety

Travel Weekly — Funds were distributed two days after the New York Times published an investigative piece alleging that airline close calls happen more often than publicized. Read More

Airline to Roll Out an Adults-Only Section

Meetings & Conventions — The Turkish carrier Corendon is experimenting with a section that bans travelers under the age of 16, separated by a curtain from the all-age masses. Read More

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Waiting in a Customs Line? You Might Want to Put Your Phone Away

Afar Magazine — How—and when—to use your phone while passing through immigration to avoid penalty. Read More

The World's First Digital Passports Have Arrived

Thrillist — Finland is the first country to try something new with immigration and border control this week — and the change marks the official beginning of a shift towards a digital passport process. Read More

TSA PreCheck Welcomes 4 New International Airlines

Simple Flying — Passengers traveling from the US on select foreign airlines can now skip the line to security by utilizing the TSA's PreCheck program. 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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European Hotel Prices Continue Rising This Summer

Business Travel News Europe — Global hotel prices have continued to accelerate this summer led by higher rates in Europe, according to the latest data from hotel analyst STR. Read More

New Margaritaville Hotel San Diego Gaslamp Quarter Is Now Open

Travel Market Report — It is the popular hotel brand's first location in a city center on the West Coast. Read More

IHG Unveils New Midscale Brand

Business Travel News — InterContinental Hotels Group unveiled a new conversion brand in the midscale sector called Garner. Read More

WorldHotels Debuts New Airport Hotel in Tokyo

Travel Market Report — The Hotel Villa Fontaine Grand Haneda Airport in Tokyo is the largest airport hotel in Japan. Read More

The 11 Best Hotels in Chicago

Afar Magazine — Find the retreat that best matches your taste in the Windy City. Read More

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Why Do You Have to Claim and Recheck Your Bag for a Connecting International Flight in the USA?

Afar Magazine — If you’ve ever wondered why you have to collect and recheck your suitcase after landing in the United States, we sought out some answers. Read More

These Are the 20 Busiest Airports in the United States

Afar Magazine — Here’s which U.S. airports see the highest number of air travelers boarding flights—and what to do if you find yourself among them. Read More

China Lifts Mandatory COVID Testing for Incoming International Travelers

TravelPulse — International travelers heading to mainland China will no longer need to present a negative COVID-19 test before being permitted to enter, starting on Wednesday, August 30. Read More

NYC’s Crackdown on Short-Term Rentals Stands To Impact Travelers

Travel Pulse — New York City’s new Short-Term Rental Registration Law comes into effect next month, likely reducing the city’s inventory that can be booked via platforms like Airbnb, Vrbo and Read More

These Are the Busiest Travel Days of the Year, According to TSA

Afar Magazine — These dates often bring with them some of the most congested days at the country’s airports and on the roads. Read More

The 5 Most Delay-Prone U.S. Airports for Departing Flights

Simple Flying — While some of these airports might be hard to avoid, passengers may want to be ready for delays. Read More

Delta Confirms Changes Coming To Delta Sky Club Access Via American Express Card

View From The Wing — A well-publicized rumor has Delta and American Express making changes to lounge access via card. Read More

A Guide to Carry-On Luggage Size Restrictions

Afar Magazine — Carry-on luggage size restrictions vary by airline—here’s how to tell if your bag is small enough to bring on board. Read More

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Demographics are Out; Valuegraphics are In!

Creative Group — Our values shape who we are intrinsically and determine everything we do. Why not focus on them when planning your next meeting or event? Read More

Major Convention Center Expansion and Renovation Projects for 2023

Northstar Meetings Group — Many cities throughout the United States are sprucing up their convention centers and adding more space to attract larger groups. The following facility projects are either recently debuted, in the middle of renovation work or awaiting approval to begin. Read More

How to Create a Winning Thematic Campaign

Creative Group — A powerful theme can set the tone for what's to come. Here we share some tips on choosing a theme that speaks volumes. Read More

What Do Planners Expect in 2024?

Northstar Meetings Group — The latest cycle of the Northstar/Cvent Meetings Industry PULSE Survey is now taking responses. This is a shorter questionnaire, focused on what you and your fellow event organizers are anticipating to close out this year and what you’re planning for next year. Take the survey now. Read More

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