Thursday, February 23, 2017

Be the first to stay in this unique beachfront hotel suite

Tourism officials in Israel have come up with a novel way to raise the profile of the country and its high-tech capital as tourist destinations: convert a life guard tower into a luxury hotel suite, then hold a contest for the privilege of spending the night at the pop-up hotel.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Online travel agencies evolve for the future

Online travel agencies like, Travelocity and others, got their start as a supplemental marketing channel for hotels to sell unused inventory. They quickly evolved into much more than that, and their evolution continues. Recently, I had a conversation with Mahesh Chaddah, co-founder of, about the past, present and future in the world of OTAs.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Visit Vermont this spring to sample its sweet treats

The state of Vermont, the country’s top producer of maple syrup, is inviting visitors to explore both its sugar industry and its artistic offerings between mid-March and mid-April during a month-long period kicked off and concluded by maple festivals.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Holiday Hiatus

TheTravelPro will not publish on Monday, Feb. 20, in observance of the Presidents' Day holiday observance in the U.S. Publication will resume Tuesday, Feb. 21.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Marriott and Disney timeshares dominate list of top 25 rental resorts

Marriott and Disney resorts captured 16 of the top 25 rankings in's annual report on the most popular timeshare rental resorts.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Delta brings back free meals in coach

Restoring an amenity eliminated by virtually all U.S. airlines nearly two decades ago, Atlanta-headquartered Delta Air Lines will once again be offering complimentary meals to many of its main cabin passengers.

New figures show how safe it is to fly with your pet

New figures compiled by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) show that pets had a better than one-in-ten thousand chance of emerging unscathed from a flight aboard a U.S.-based airline last year.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Hawaiian Airlines 2016's most on-time carrier

For the 13th year in a row, Hawaiian Airlines had the highest percentage of on-time arrivals of all U.S. airlines in 2016, according to a report just released by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

ANA launches 15th phase of 'Tastes of Japan'

Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) will launch the fifteenth phase of its “Tastes of Japan” campaign in March to highlight the cuisine of three more of the country’s prefectures.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

World’s most valuable airline brands belong to Big 3 U.S. carriers

According to the annual evaluation performed by valuation and strategy consultancy Brand Finance, the world’s most valuable airline brands in 2017 all belong to U.S. airlines.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Hotel offers guests who book Dubai chance to win Bangkok

The upmarket AVANI Deira Dubai Hotel has unveiled a promotion that gives guests booking a stay in Dubai the opportunity to win a four-night stay at its sister property in Bangkok.

TheTravelPro offers travel guides to worldwide destinations

Most travel guide books are encyclopedic in their approach: they tell a traveler everything they might ever want to know about their chosen destination. But their thoroughness can also make them as exciting and intimidating to read as an encyclopedia.

TheTravelPro’s guides take a different approach.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Caribbean Airlines unveils new, more user-friendly website

Caribbean Airlines, which directly serves 18 destinations in the Caribbean and North and South America, has unveiled a new website designed to make it easier for customers to book flights and access additional information about travel-related topics.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Author and adventure travel leader begins offering tours of Ireland

Peter Sommer Travel, which specializes in small-group expedition travel and archaeological tours, has begun offering tours of Ireland.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Report ranks transit links that connect to world airports

A new report ranks the transit links that connect many of the world’s largest metropolitan areas to their nearest airports. It may not come as a surprise that U.S. airports’ transit links rank fairly low on that list.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Norwegian extends Cuba sailings through December

Norwegian Cruise Line will extend its offering of weekly round-trip cruises from Miami to Cuba through December 2017, bringing to 30 the number of cruises between May and December.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Qatar claims longest passenger flight by duration

Qatar Airways has claimed the distinction of operating the world’s longest passenger flight by duration with the launch of daily service from its headquarters in Doha to Auckland, New Zealand.

Home of PGA Honda Classic offers golfers a ‘sneak peek’

South Florida’s PGA National Resort & Spa is offering a package that will allow a limited number of golfers to get an early preview of the course that will be the home of this year’s PGA Tour Honda Classic.

Friday, February 3, 2017

FRIDAY FRUMP: Icelandair ad strains credulity

Don’t you just hate it – or maybe you love it – when you catch an advertiser stretching the truth? I love it! And I particularly love calling them out for it.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

London’s The Churchill hotel fully reopens following major refurbishment

New year, new start for venerable London property

The five-star London hotel that is the namesake of Sir Winston Churchill fully reopened in January following the completion of a multi-million pound restoration project.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Upmarket Washington DC hotel celebrates Valentine’s month

The Graham Georgetown in Washington, D.C.,’s Georgetown area is taking Valentine’s Day to new heights and turning February into Valentine’s Month.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Social media or your favorite travel writer

The vaunted travel website TripAdvisor is out with its Travelers' Choice awards, and properties around the world have been quick to issue news releases telling the world that they have been named "Best (fill in the blank) Hotel by the readers of TripAdvisor." But what does that mean?

Monday, January 30, 2017

Service from MIA to Guadalajara begins Feb. 1

Mexican low-cost carrier Volaris will launch service at Miami International Airport (MIA) on Feb. 1, with its first of 11 flights each week to Guadalajara and Mexico City.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Ride-hailing services grab ever-larger share of business travel

The popularity of ride-hailing services Uber and Lyft grew exponentially among business travelers in 2016 and now account for well over half of paid ground transportation among those travelers, according to a report based on business expense reports filed during the fourth quarter of 2016.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Qatar Airways to celebrate Chinese New Year with traditional cuisine

Qatar Airways will celebrate Chinese New Year, one of the most important annual events in the Chinese calendar, by serving Spring Festival-inspired dishes on flights to popular Asia destinations as well as in the airline’s premium-class lounges.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

In less than a year, five states' driver's licenses become invalid for domestic air travel

This article, originally published on Dec. 24, 2016, was updated Jan. 24, 2017.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will no longer accept the standard state-issued driver’s licenses issued by five states as valid identification at U.S. airports starting Jan. 22, 2018.

Editorial calls US airlines’ rhetoric re: new Gulf carrier service ‘disgraceful’

The following is an editorial by the founder of the Business Travel Coalition (BTC), and published here with its express permission.

Monday, January 23, 2017

ANA announces inaugural flight of C-3PO Star Wars jet

Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) has announced the schedule of the inaugural flight of its newest Star Wars™ themed aircraft, C-3PO™ ANA JET.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Travel trends for 2017

What travel trends can we expect to see as 2017 unfolds? According to one source, more “do-it-yourself” travel planning, more visits to offbeat destinations and an increase in home stays.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Upmarket Manhattan hotel offers novel ‘stay and play’ package

New York City’s upmarket Chatwal Hotel, located near the city’s famed Theatre District, has drawn upon its history of being immersed in the glitz and glamour of New York’s theatre productions to create a one-of-a-kind package for lovers of the theater and appreciators of the Golden Age of Broadway era.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

American introduces ‘basic economy’ fare

American Airlines has become the latest carrier to add a no-frills fare to its existing plethora of fare offerings.

Airline fares increase in Dec. CPI; full-year figure down

Airline fares increased 1.9 percent in December after a 1.3 percent drop in November and a 2.2 percent drop in October, according to the latest Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor.

San Francisco invites visitors to celebrate 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love

As both Baby Boomers and students of history will recall, 1967 was the year of the Summer of Love, and San Francisco was at the epicenter. Now, the City by the Bay is preparing to mark the 50th anniversary of that (in)famous summer with a wide range of events, displays and retrospectives for locals and visitors alike.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Qatar Airways extends travel bargains through 2017 ‘Travel Festival’

Due to exceptional response, Doha-headquartered Qatar Airways has extended its third Travel Festival, inviting world travelers to take advantage of a number of exceptional deals across the airline’s global network.

Upmarket Normandy resort to upgrade in '17

An upmarket property in Normandy, France that opened its doors in Sept. 2015 has proven so well-received that it is planning an expansion during 2017.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Delta Air Lines continues aggressive expansion in Seattle

Atlanta-headquartered Delta Air Lines is continuing its aggressive expansion at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) with the addition of seven new non-stop routes during 2017.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Qatar Airways to begin Vegas service in Jan. ’18

Qatar Airways will launch four-times-weekly service from Doha, Qatar to Las Vegas, Nevada on Jan. 8, 2018, making the airline the first Gulf carrier to provide regular scheduled service to Sin City.

Iberia introduces premium economy seating to four US gateways

Passengers bound for the U.S on Spanish airline Iberia can now purchase seats in the new Premium Economy Class for flights between Madrid and several of the airline’s U.S. gateway cities.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Alaska announces new year-round and seasonal routes from PDX

Seattle-headquartered Alaska Airlines is opening up four new markets for air travelers departing from Portland International Airport in Oregon, bring to 55 the number of destinations to which Alaska offers non-stop service from PDX.

American Cruise Lines makes pre-cruise amenities standard for 2017

American Cruise Lines is offering a range of complimentary pre-cruise packages for guests who will be traveling aboard their small cruise ships and paddle wheelers on the mighty Mississippi River and the Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Puerto Vallarta’s Villa Premiere concludes multi-million dollar renovation

The AAA Four-Diamond Villa Premiere in the Mexican coastal city of Puerto Vallarta has concluded a $3.8 million renovation of its guestrooms and facilities and has modified its name to more accurately describe what the property has to offer.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Air India claims world’s longest passenger route

Air India has snagged the distinction of operating the world’s longest passenger flight by distance, simply by reversing the direction of one of its existing ultra-long-haul flights.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Weekend travel advisory

If you're flying this weekend, be sure to pack extra patience. A winter storm in the mid-Atlantic to the southeast coupled with yesterday's shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) is causing flight delays and cancellations that will have a ripple effect, likely across the whole country.

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Friday, January 6, 2017

Shooting at FLL leaves five dead, several wounded

Airport closed by FAA 

Five people are dead and eight injured after a shooting at the baggage claim area of Terminal B at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).

Delta warns of winter storm delays; preemptively cancels 350 flights

Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines is advising passengers headed to or through the southeastern U.S. this weekend to closely monitor its website or mobile app for the latest news about potential weather delays.

New Orleans issues official invite to 2017 Mardi Gras

As if dyed-in-the-wool partiers needed a reminder, the New Orleans tourism industry has shared with the world a proclamation from the King of Carnival that Mardi Gras season has begun.

South Florida Margaritaville resort offers winter getaway package

Whether you are a bona fide Parrothead, know a few of Jimmy Buffet’s songs by heart or just want to get away from the winter cold, Buffet’s Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort is enticing potential guest with its new “I Gotta Go Where It’s Warm” package.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Alaska Airlines launches first West Coast flights to Havana

Seattle-headquartered Alaska Airlines on Jan. 5 launched the first regularly scheduled U.S. commercial flights between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Havana, Cuba’s José Martí International Airport (HAV).

Making the Most of München (Munich), Germany

This is a compilation of a previously published three-part series.

The capital of the German state of Bavaria, Munich (or München in German) is a modern city that retains much of its old world charm.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

New Year means new look for a grand Alabama hotel

Alabama’s Grand Hotel, opened in 1847, will receive a major make-over during the next 16 months to cement the 170-year-old property’s prominent position as a top-flight 21st century facility.