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5 Things Planners Can Learn from the Presidential InaugurationMeeting PlanningTravel

What could be one of the most controversial presidential inaugurations in U.S history is happening in just a few days. On Jan. 20, president-elect Donald Trump will be sworn into office, and nearly one million Americans are expected to travel to Washington, DC, to either attend the inauguration or protest it. People will be buzzing…

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Two One-of-a-Kind Meeting Experiences in Las VegasSponsored Content

Las Vegas offers meeting planners something more than a fabulous city. These days, the Las Vegas meeting experience also comes in the interactive, awe-inspiring variety. We’re going to share two fairly recent additions to the Las Vegas meeting scene for those looking for something out of the ordinary. Cirque Spark Sessions. This innovative program was…

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TSA Confiscates Record Number of FirearmsNewsTravelTrends

2016 was a tumultuous year that included sky-high political tensions, significant racial discord and prominent terrorist attacks around the world. Naturally, many Americans are feeling uncertainty and apprehension about traveling. Some may even feel the need to carry a weapon when they fly. According to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), which operates security checkpoints at…

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Real ID Act to Bring Changes to TSA CheckpointsNewsTravel

Soon, the routine act of presenting a boarding pass and driver’s license at a TSA checkpoint will not be so straightforward, due to impending deadlines associated with the Real ID Act. The act, passed by Congress in 2005, established minimum security standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards. Effective Jan. 22, 2018, TSA will…

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Delta Adds 7 Destinations to Seattle HubAirlinesNewsTravel

Pike Place Market in Seattle For the fifth consecutive year, Delta Air Lines is expanding flights from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) to seven new destinations. Since 2012, Delta has more than tripled flights and destinations at its Seattle hub. Mike Medeiros, Delta’s vice president – Seattle, stated, “As we prepare for another year of significant…

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California Bans State-Funded Travel to Four States with Anti-LGBT LawsNewsTravelTrends

Pier 39 in San Francisco In September, California passed a law that prohibits state-sponsored travel to states with legislation deemed to be discriminatory to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) groups. As of Jan. 1, the law is now in effect. The new law was created in response to legislation in states such as North…

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World’s 20 Safest AirlinesAirlinesNewsTravel

Qantas tops the list for the fourth year in a row on AirlineRatings.com’s list of safest airlines for 2017. The site, which is the world’s only safety and product rating website, takes into account numerous factors, including audits from aviation’s governing bodies and leading associations, government audits, airline’s crash and serious incident record, profitability and…