Travel Industry Wire Travel Industry News EN Travel Industry Wire Questex Travel Group Sets Sail with New ITE at Sea Event Aboard Oasis of the Seas On the heels of its successful 10th anniversary Incentive Travel Exchange (ITE) celebration, Questex Travel Group today announced it is accepting applications for its ITE at Sea event, the latest addition to the company’s Global Meetings and Incentive Travel Exchanges (GMITE) portfolio, designed for qualified buyers and premier travel suppliers seeking to maximize their incentive travel business. Fri, 27 Mar 2015 17:27:46 EST FRA Summer Timetable 2015: Frankfurt Airport Offers New Destinations in Europe and the U.S. FRA's Global Route Network Features 104 Passenger Airlines Serving 297 Destinations in 104 Countries - New Routes and Higher Frequencies to Popular Destinations - Number of Seats Increases Particularly on Intercontinental Services Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:58:54 EST Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic Announce New Summer Flying The two airlines begin their summer schedule this weekend and will offer up to 39 return trans-Atlantic flights a day between the U.K. and 15 destinations across North America. The joint schedule now includes 10 daily flights between New York and London Heathrow, with eight daily departures from New York-JFK and two departures from Newark. Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:57:54 EST Viking River Cruises Expands Fleet With 12 New Ships Christened In Europe Viking River Cruises yesterday welcomed the newest additions to its fleet of river cruise vessels at a simultaneous christening ceremony in Amsterdam and Rostock, Germany. The company christened a total of 12 new river vessels, including 10 of its award-winning Viking Longships® and two custom vessels for the Elbe River. Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:55:35 EST Carnival Corporation Enters into Strategic Partnerships to Add Nine Cruise Ships to Its Fleet over a Four-Year Period Starting in 2019 Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK today signed two strategic memorandums of agreement that will add a total of nine new cruise ships to the company's industry-leading fleet over a four-year period from 2019 - 2022. The shipbuilding agreements, which include options for additional ship builds in the coming years, are subject to several conditions, including satisfactory financing. Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:44:15 EST 2014 U.S. Based Airline Traffic Increases 2.5 Percent The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported today that U.S. airlines and foreign airlines serving the United States carried an all-time high of 848.1 million systemwide (domestic and international) scheduled service passengers in 2014, 2.5 percent more than in 2013 and 1.2 percent more than the previous record-high of 838.4 million reached in 2007. Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:40:15 EST Webinar: Key Mistakes Made in Brand Story-Telling, and How to Get It Right! Join us at this complimentary webinar, Thursday April 2nd, 2pm EDT. Expert speakers from Marriott International, Travelocity and Gonzo Marketing - discuss the secrets to successful brand story-telling and how to gain competitive edge. Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:26:39 EST The Changing Face of U.S. Jobs CareerBuilder Special Report Tracks the Changing Composition of Jobs by Gender, Race and Age from 2001-2014 Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:00:42 EST Air Traveler Groups Join Airlines in Opposition to the Proposed Airport Tax Hike Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, announced that the Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) and Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) have joined with Travelers United and others in A4A’s opposition to the proposed near doubling of the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) – or Airport Tax. Thu, 26 Mar 2015 12:20:27 EST 2015 CalTravel Tourism Award Winners Announced Recipients to be honored at 33rd Annual California Travel Summit, June 17-19, 2015 at the Portola Plaza & Monterey Conference Center in Monterey, California Thu, 26 Mar 2015 09:25:49 EST Industry Disruptor Epteca Kicks Off 2015 With Record Growth and Thirteen New Clients Epteca ignites and launches a new travel brand client every week to ‘sell more stuff’ and generate incremental ancillary revenue using their smart selling marketplace Wed, 25 Mar 2015 10:32:12 EST GBTA Joins Opposition to Proposed Airport Tax Hike Strong Majority of Travel Buyers Oppose Increase Wed, 25 Mar 2015 10:16:11 EST Sunwing Introduces a Summer Program From Ottawa Sunwing Vacations announced that it will be increasing its flight schedule to offer a summer service from Ottawa for the first time. Beginning May 11th, the airline will operate a weekly, direct flight to the popular Cuban vacation destination of Varadero. Tue, 24 Mar 2015 13:08:33 EST Hertz Appoints Two Revenue Management Leaders Scot Hornick to oversee pricing and revenue management, has extensive RM experience over a 26 year career focused on travel, transportation and other industries - Charles Vuono will lead revenue strategy, planning, forecasting and analytics, has 15 years of experience leading Revenue Management, Planning and Strategy functions Tue, 24 Mar 2015 09:26:36 EST Hawaii Sues Travel Booking Sites for Millions - USATODAY Tax season just got even more hellish for nine travel-booking sites that owe Hawaii millions of dollars in back taxes. On Tuesday, the supreme court ruled sites like Orbitz, Priceline, and Expedia must pay up for sales made in Hawaii after a nearly five-year court battle that began in 2010 in Hawaii’s Tax Appeal Court. Mon, 23 Mar 2015 12:05:49 EST Launches Top Level Video Travel Guide Service Eager Tourists Can Now Plan Their Vacation in 30 Different Destinations Using Professional Videos Mon, 23 Mar 2015 09:16:51 EST Google Played Hardball with TripAdvisor and Yelp, Says Leaked FTC Report - Tnooz A report on Google’s search practices by the US Federal Trade Commission’s bureau of competition has been accidentally obtained by the Wall Street Journal. Fri, 20 Mar 2015 10:29:43 EST Incentive Travel Exchange 10th Anniversary Event Kicks Off in Vegas Buyers and suppliers who plan to attend Questex Hospitality + Travel’s 10th anniversary Incentive Travel Exchange (ITE) event March 18-21 at The Delano Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay can look forward to numerous development opportunities, thanks to a robust educational program, dynamic keynote address and landmark Las Vegas hotel tours. Thu, 19 Mar 2015 16:21:58 EST January 2015 Passenger Airline Employment Data U.S. scheduled passenger airlines employed 386,544 workers in January 2015, 1.2 percent more than in January 2014, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported today. Thu, 19 Mar 2015 16:14:20 EST Alaska to Fly from Boise to Spokane - Its Eighth Nonstop City Alaska Airlines CEO and President Brad Tilden announced during an address at the Boise Chamber of Commerce yesterday that Alaska Airlines will begin daily nonstop service between Boise, Idaho and Spokane, Washington, starting Aug. 24, 2015. Thu, 19 Mar 2015 09:27:31 EST