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8/15/2018

Walt Disney World can be an unforgettable experience for families if they have the inside scoop on its parks. Visitors can customize an itinerary with the Disney VIP Tour, gain easier access to hot rides by using FastPass+ reservations and enjoy longer park hours by staying at a Disney Resorts property.

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8/15/2018

The rooftop bar of the Holston House Nashville in Tennessee is the site of classes in drink-mixing, combined with some cocktail history, every Wednesday evening through this month. Don Hernandez, the hotel's beverage director, conducts the 90-minute, $30 sessions.

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8/15/2018

A Host Agency Reviews survey found the average income of hosted agents is $40,377 annually, a 16% rise compared to last year. This increase is being attributed to agents selling more large and premium packages as well as a strong economy.

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8/15/2018

It's important to increase your marketing efforts now to attract new clients before the market takes a downward turn, Richard Earls advises. The goal is to market aggressively when times are good, so when slow times occur you will already have a large client base.

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New York led the way in hotel construction in the second quarter with 169 projects. Dallas finished second with 156 projects, according to Lodging Econometrics.

8/15/2018

Looking ahead to its conversion to a for-profit corporation, Best Western International has filed its intentions to offer 55 million shares of common stock. The company said the conversion, which will result from a merger with its wholly owned subsidiary, is necessary to raise capital in the face of multiple competitive challenges.

8/15/2018

Tech companies are showing keen interest in the $250 million Ameswell office-hotel complex under construction near the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif. The triangle-shaped development is being touted as a site for work, meetings and leisure.

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Instaroom, a new web-based concierge platform, promises to save hoteliers and guests time and money by consolidating multiple channels of information and transactions. "We believe that today's travel distribution scene disconnects travelers from hotels with an abundance of different middlemen, creating an ecosystem that is neither beneficial for the hotel nor the traveler," CEO Niklas Pettersson said.

8/15/2018

Beginning Sept. 17, Southwest Airlines will allow only cats and dogs to fly as emotional support animals, limit the animals to one per passenger and require the animals to be leashed or caged at all times. "We welcome emotional support and trained service animals that provide needed assistance to our customers," said Southwest's Steve Goldberg. "However, we want to make sure our guidelines are clear and easy to understand while providing customers and employees a comfortable and safe experience."

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8/15/2018

United Airlines has entered into a partnership with Michelin Guides to provide MileagePlus members access to exclusive events in New York, Washington, D.C., San Francisco and Chicago. Members can use their miles to bid on the events, which include guide launch events with cocktails and tasting stations from the new Michelin chefs of 2019.