Travel Industry Wire Travel Industry News EN Travel Industry Wire Tom Kemp Named Alaska Airlines' Vice President of Flight Operations Alaska Airlines' board of directors announced the election of Tom Kemp to the position of vice president of flight operations for Alaska Airlines effective July 1, replacing Gary Beck, who will retire from the airline on June 30. Thu, 21 May 2015 17:52:50 EST Holland America Line Names Captain Emiel De Vries Master of New Ms Koningsdam When Holland America Line's ms Koningsdam sets sail in April 2016, Captain Emiel de Vries will be in command. Having been with the company since 1997, de Vries rose through the ranks from fourth officer to captain and has been master of ms Amsterdam, ms Eurodam, ms Nieuw Amsterdam, ms Rotterdam and ms Zuiderdam. Thu, 21 May 2015 17:30:40 EST Cruise Lines International Association Names Thomas P. Ostebo As President & CEO Selected by CLIA's Global Executive Committee, Ostebo will oversee CLIA operations both domestically and internationally, working directly with his senior leadership team to execute the organization's vision and work on behalf of CLIA members. Thu, 21 May 2015 17:29:32 EST Delta Infuriates Travelers by Witholding Data from Booking Sites - USATODAY As travel websites offering cheap deals on airline tickets proliferate on the Internet, airlines are looking for more ways to lessen the sites’ impact. For Delta Airlines, the answer is completely withdrawing its data about flights, tickets and pricing from several third-party booking sites. Thu, 21 May 2015 15:53:15 EST U.S. Travel Agencies’ Air Ticket Sales Remain Flat Vs. Same Period in 2014 Ticket Transactions Rise 4.86 Percent in First Four Months of 2015 Versus 2014 Thu, 21 May 2015 15:50:41 EST Travel Industry Exchange Now Open for Registration with Special Early Bird Pricing Questex Travel Group today announced early bird pricing of $75 for travel professionals who register by June 30 for its Travel Industry Exchange event, which will debut Sept. 15-17 in Orlando, Florida, at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. Thu, 21 May 2015 15:09:11 EST Adobe Report Predicts Summer Travel Spend to Increase to $65 Billion One in Every Five Dollars Spent now Coming from Mobile; Washington, D.C. Tops List of U.S. Travel Destinations Thu, 21 May 2015 13:16:57 EST Shared Services & Outsourcing Summit for Hospitality & Service - Las Vegas August 10-12. The Summit is the only event designed around implementing and furthering a shared services program to produce back office organization and front office benefits within hospitality and service. Plus, it's the only event that allows you to benchmark against your true peers. Thu, 21 May 2015 12:11:18 EST FOX’s Megyn Kelly Announced As Featured Speaker at GBTA Convention 2015 The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) today announced FOX News Channel anchor Megyn Kelly will be a featured speaker at GBTA Convention 2015, July 25-29 in Orlando, Florida. Kelly will be speaking at Convention Arena on Wednesday, July 29. Wed, 20 May 2015 08:42:22 EST Groupize Unveils Instant Bookings for Small Groups on Affiliate Sites introduces real-time bookings and new demand for small group and meeting business online, bringing more revenue to participating hotels and reducing the requirement to respond to eRFPs Wed, 20 May 2015 08:25:13 EST Gogobot Debuts API Platform, Unveils First Partner Integrations with HomeAway, Leonardo Hotels and Kiwi Collection Today Gogobot announced the availability of Gogobot's API platform, allowing businesses - from major travel brands to independent hotels and restaurants - to enhance their customers’ experiences on their sites by adding high quality content from Gogobot. Wed, 20 May 2015 08:17:47 EST Air Canada Adds Austin TX to Global Network Today With yesterday's departure of Air Canada Express flight AC8840 from Toronto, Austin officially became part of Air Canada's international network of more than 190 destinations on five continents. Tue, 19 May 2015 19:10:26 EST Disney Cruise Line Returning to New York, Miami and Galveston in 2016 In the fall of 2016, Disney Cruise Line will return to New York for a limited time with sailings to the Bahamas that include a visit to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. New seven-night Caribbean cruises from Miami and a return to Galveston, Texas round out the season. Tue, 19 May 2015 19:08:47 EST Video: How Expedia is Using Mobile to Innovate Their Product Offering Gary Morrison, SVP & Head of Retail, Expedia, recently shared his insights into how mobile is fundamentally changing the way customers connect with travel brands and how they are innovating their product offering to capitalize on this channel. Tue, 19 May 2015 11:01:38 EST Luxury Travel Advisor Honors Awards of Excellence Winners at ULTRA Summit The recipients were honored this week during the Luxury Travel Advisor’s ULTRA Summit at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort. Tue, 19 May 2015 10:43:06 EST Airfares for Domestic Destinations Hold As Fares to Europe Increase for Memorial Day Weekend Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC) announced today that after researching more than 530,000 airline tickets purchased for travel over the Memorial Day weekend, ticket prices paid, compared to 2014, ranged from flat for flights to U.S. domestic destinations to an overall increase in ticket prices for flights to Europe from the U.S. Mon, 18 May 2015 10:58:57 EST Questex Travel Group’s GMITE Events on Track to Break Records Questex Travel Group’s Global Meeting & Incentive Travel Exchanges (GMITE) events are on track to break annual records for participation, reinforcing their position as the leading conferences catering to the meetings, incentives, conferences and events market. Mon, 18 May 2015 10:35:32 EST JSSI Business Aviation Index Indicates Flight Hours Approaching 2008 Peak Levels According to JSSI's Q1 2015 Business Aviation Index, global flight hours increased by 6.8% Year-over-Year (YoY) and 0.2% Quarter-over-Quarter (QoQ). Using a new metric – percentage of peak usage – JSSI concluded business aviation is operating at 79% of the sector's 2008 peak levels. Mon, 18 May 2015 10:19:52 EST Memorial Day Travel Expected to Jump 4.6 Percent in California Over 2014 The Automobile Club of Southern California is predicting the biggest one-year jump in Memorial Day holiday travel since 2010 and the largest overall number of Memorial Day holiday travelers since 2005. Mon, 18 May 2015 09:22:13 EST GBTA Unveils Sharing Economy Panel for Convention 2015 GBTA Convention Panel Looks at Branding in a Changing Marketplace Mon, 18 May 2015 08:53:24 EST