Strategies for Managing the Airline Seat Wars

It is no secret that the competitive rigors of Wall Street and fierce battle for those top end bonuses are pitting tortured flyers against greedy airline companies in a conflict that seems to have no bottom in sight.

Where tracking luggage, kinder/gentler reservations managers and on time performance numbers ruled policy until just a few years ago, squeezing inches, yields and staff with no regard for the cargo are at front and center to airlines today. Casting paying passengers off planes to accommodate crew is suddenly nothing new. There is no guarantee when a passenger purchases a ticket for a place date and time that the contract will be fulfilled. Read more »

Summer Vacation Planning Seeing the Surge

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Summer is steaming ahead toward a profitable season for travel and hospitality companies, according to recent surveys and numbers streaming in. Demand for Packages is swelling, a trend revealed in Marriott’s Summer Travel Trend Report 2017. Consumers are booking packaged rates 7% more frequently for their holiday weekend vacations than their non-holiday trips. Read more »

Summer in Italy a Feast for the Senses

While visiting Italy is a feast for the senses in any season, Italy pops in spring and summer with endless blue skies, blooms of color, seductive strains of music and the sweet chaos of outdoor celebration. Best hubs for summer celebration: Armani Hotel Milan and La Fiermontina, Lecce.    READ MORE …

Cool New Hotels and Travel Packages to Book

New Luxury hotels in Cuba, Kempinski

Havana Opens Luxury Hotel in Historic District

Kempinski Hotels is formally opening a new luxury five-star hotel in Havana this month, called Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana. The hotel will occupy the Manzana de Gómez building in central Old Havana. This is a historic landmark that opened in the early 20th century as Cuba’s first European-style shopping arcade. There will be 246 rooms and suites, including a Presidential Suite encompassing more than 1600 square feet. Facilities include a rooftop swimming pool with views over the old city, a spa by Resense, three restaurants, a cigar lounge and a business center.

As the current administration readies to turn back the clock on gains made by the previous president and levy  Cold War-era sanctions against the tiny island nation, American citizens hoping to see Cuba in their lifetime may want to make plans.  Read more »

17 Grand Hotels with Legs

It takes a lot to become a member of the Historic Hotels of America collection and Historic Hotels Worldwide — least of all longevity. As new 17 historic hotels join the collection, each of them brings plenty of story and a sense of place to visitors trying to get the most out of visiting a destination.

These historic hotels date back to the 13th century and represent different independent hotels, brands, and collections from around the world and from ten countries. Read more »

Heavenly Beds or Hotel Hell? Happiness Survey

Most of us have had a terrible night in a hotel–whether it’s from a broken air conditioner, leaky pipe, or noisy and inappropriate neighbors. A survey of more than 1,000 recent hotel guests, conducted by Qualtrics, found out exactly what guests love and hate about staying in hotels. Top want: Wi-Fi. It’s more compelling than free food. Read more »