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5 Things Planners Can Learn from the Presidential Inauguration

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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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TSA Confiscates Record Number of Firearms

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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 Checkpoints

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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 Hub

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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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Alaska Airlines Unveils Free In-Flight Messaging

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Alaska Airlines has added new amenities to target a younger demographic. It makes perfect sense, as Virgin America (a low-cost airline well-known for hip and youthful branding) was recently acquired by Alaska Airlines. One new in-flight feature is particularly promising–the convenience of free smartphone messaging from 36,000 feet in the air. Alaska Airlines has announced the…

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Las Vegas, Los Angeles Break Tourism Records

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Bliss Dance by Barry Toranto, Las Vegas The 2016 numbers are starting to roll in, and it’s is looking like last year was huge for tourism records as evidenced by reports from Las Vegas and Los Angeles this week. Las Vegas set an all-time record in 2016 as it welcomed 42.9 million visitors, which surpassed its 2015 total of 42.3 million. Las Vegas Convention and…

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World’s 20 Safest Airlines

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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…

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Chicago Meetings Break Records in 2016

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In 2016, the Windy City experienced a record number of visitors. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and David Whitaker, President & CEO of Choose Chicago, announced that 54.1 million travelers visited the city in 2016. The increase of 1.5 million represents a 2.9 percent improvement from the previous year. “Three years ago we set a goal for…

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Disturbing Breakdown at Customs Checkpoints

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Roger Dow, president and CEO of U.S. Travel Association, had some harsh words for the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) following a four-hour technical disruption on Jan. 2 that caused long delays at checkpoints nationwide. According to the CBP, the service breakdown does not appear to be malicious, but it did create a lot of issues since…

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