Travel Industry Wire Travel Industry News EN Travel Industry Wire Companies Planning to Hire More Recent College Graduates This Year and Pay Them Better According to a new survey from CareerBuilder, 65 percent of employers say they plan to hire recent college graduates this year, up from 57 percent last year and the highest outlook since 2007. One third will offer higher pay than last year, and 1 in 4 will pay $50,000 or more. Fri, 24 Apr 2015 09:21:56 EST Airlines to Congress: Funding System for Airports is Working In Senate Commerce Committee Hearing Testimony, A4A Says Airport Funding Abundant and Raising Taxes on Passengers is a Bad Idea Fri, 24 Apr 2015 09:18:15 EST MSC Cruises Continues Expansion In North America MSC Divina to Sail Year-Round from Miami due to Significant Growth in Market and Strong Consumer Demand Thu, 23 Apr 2015 13:29:05 EST Cruise Industry Continues Commitment and Initiatives to Advance Environmental Stewardship and Conservation Practices Air Quality, Recycling and Waste Management Essential to Cruise Experience Thu, 23 Apr 2015 13:19:01 EST Volaris Reports 32% Adjusted EBITDAR Margin, 9% Operating Margin for First Quarter 2015 Total operating revenues were Ps.3,768 million for the first quarter, an increase of 35.8% year over year. Thu, 23 Apr 2015 13:18:19 EST February 2015 Passenger Airline Employment Data Increases 1.8 Percent U.S. scheduled passenger airlines employed 388,983 workers in February 2015, 1.8 percent more than in February 2014, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported today. Thu, 23 Apr 2015 13:14:40 EST GBTA Calls on Lawmakers to Oppose PFC Hike Tomorrow, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation’s subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety and Security will be hosting a hearing to examine funding airport capital needs. Wed, 22 Apr 2015 10:23:04 EST Cornell Study Finds Travelers Want More Mobile Options As the hospitality industry gradually ramps up its mobile platforms, a new study published by the Center for Hospitality Research (CHR) finds that travelers are ready to use their smartphones and tablets for far more than is currently possible. Tue, 21 Apr 2015 11:27:09 EST Sunwing Will Add Direct Flights From Windsor to Cancun, Mexico Next Winter Mexico's flagship resort area, Riviera Maya, will become a short flight away next winter for residents of Southwestern Ontario, as Sunwing adds direct flights from Windsor to Cancun, beginning December 21, 2015. Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:49:40 EST All IATA Airlines Are IOSA Registered The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced today that all 224 of its member airlines, comprising 93% of all scheduled international air traffic, are listed on the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) registry. Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:43:43 EST CLIA Introduces CLIA Cruise TV Network New Platform Launches with Live Stream of Opening General Session at Cruise3sixty Mon, 20 Apr 2015 08:46:46 EST January 2015 U.S. Airline Load Factor at 83 Percent The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported last week that U.S. airlines’ systemwide (domestic and international) scheduled service load factor – a measure of the use of airline capacity – was 83.0 percent in January, unchanged from December, seasonally adjusted. Mon, 20 Apr 2015 07:58:50 EST Consumers Happier With Airlines, Prefer Smaller Travel Websites According to American Customer Satisfaction Index Passenger satisfaction lifts 2.9 percent for airlines, historically one of the lowest-scoring categories tracked by the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). Airlines reach an ACSI benchmark of 71 on a scale of 0 to 100 for 2015—approaching the category’s peak score of 72 in 1994. Nevertheless, airlines remain among ACSI’s bottom four categories, ahead of only Internet service providers, subscription television and health insurance. Mon, 20 Apr 2015 07:55:13 EST Travelzoo Reports First Quarter 2015 Down 9% Year-over-year Travelzoo Inc., a global Internet media company, today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2015, with revenue of $36.5 million, a decrease of 9% year-over-year. Net income was $1.9 million, with diluted earnings per share of $0.13, down from $0.31 in the prior-year period. Thu, 16 Apr 2015 19:40:02 EST GBTA Convention Panel to Examine Future of Travel Distribution Landscape The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) today unveiled its first of several panels in an exciting line-up of speakers for the upcoming GBTA Convention 2015, July 25-29 in Orlando, Florida: Future of the Distribution Landscape. Thu, 16 Apr 2015 10:48:40 EST Epteca Expands Executive Team with Digital Marketing Expert Rob Wilson As New CCO Rob joins Karin Sciavilla, COO, Magnus Nyström, CTO and Bojan Jokic, CEO as the latest addition to Epteca’s impressive senior leadership group. As CCO, Rob will focus on strategy and direction in areas such as product and revenue development, on the vendor side of Epteca’s marketplace ecosystem. Thu, 16 Apr 2015 09:03:22 EST Viking Star Sets Sail On Maiden Voyage Viking Ocean Cruises today announced its first ship, Viking Star, has embarked on her maiden voyage from Istanbul to Venice, thus launching the travel industry's first entirely new cruise line in a decade. Wed, 15 Apr 2015 18:44:23 EST Seven Innovations for the Aircraft Cabin of the Future This week the aircraft cabin of the future can be experienced at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany. Seven of the world's smartest ideas for the aircraft cabin were awarded on Tuesday, April 14th with the 'Cabin Oscar' - the Chrystal Cabin Award. Wed, 15 Apr 2015 18:37:05 EST United Continues Upgrades with New International Economy Meals, Complimentary Beer and Wine United Airlines this spring will give United Economy customers on long-haul international flights an all-new, high-quality in-flight dining experience, designed to offer travelers flavorful, complimentary meals with more substantial portions, complimentary beer and wine and a new option to purchase premium snacks. Wed, 15 Apr 2015 18:33:02 EST New Whitepaper Finds Travel Managers Are Tired of 'Buying Like It's 1995' A new whitepaper from ALTOUR, a leading travel solutions provider with more than $1.7B of industry leverage, and The BTN Group, found travel industry professionals are hungry for change in the managed travel purchasing process. Wed, 15 Apr 2015 18:23:38 EST