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JetBlue Jettisons Third-Party Booking Sites

Like to prowl the web for the cheapest airfares, no matter where you find them? Your choices just narrowed, at least for all JetBlue Airways’ flights. The budget airline has joined others such as Delta in dropping several online travel-booking websites, or aggregators. They are second- or third-tier metasearch engines that sell a “very small…

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Third-Party and In-House Planners Make a Perfect Match

Third-party planners and in-house planners have often been thought of as being on opposite ends of the meeting planner spectrum. Some people incorrectly assume that an independent planner or planning company is not as experienced or effective as an in-house corporate meeting planner. Others fear that the rise of third-party planners could threaten the success…

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Time to Rebrand Third-Party Planners

Donna Hunt, CEO and managing director for HMS Meeting Services (left), and Yashema Mack Hotels do it all the time. Rebranding is a natural part of the hospitality industry, so much so that we don’t even blink when properties change names or flags. I believe it’s time to do the same for third-party planners. There…

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Singapore Named World’s Priciest City for Third Year Running

Overtaking Tokyo in 2013, Singapore was named the world’s most expensive city by the Economist Intelligence Unit for the third straight year. The good news for those traveling there is that the cost of living in Singapore has dropped 10 percent compared to last year’s numbers. Survey Methodology Twice annually for the past three decades,…

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New Yorker Hotel will be Third Largest in Manhattan Following Expansion

With its Art Deco design and red neon sign, the New Yorker Hotel has been a part of Midtown Manhattan’s landscape for more than eight decades. Up until a year ago, it had been operating as a Ramada hotel and was geared mainly toward budget-minded tourists, but the property has switched its focus to business…

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Two-Thirds of Meetings Professionals Feeling More Optimistic This Fall, IMEX Survey Says

Coming on the heels of a survey conducted at its European trade show that showed growing confidence among those who plan association meetings, IMEX Group announced the findings of its latest survey gauging the optimism of North American industry professionals. In advance of the IMEX America show next month in Las Vegas, the IMEX America…

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Frontier Airlines Institutes Penalties for Booking Through Third-Party Websites

Frontier Airlines became the latest carrier to implement policies designed to encourage customers to book flights on its own website rather than through an online travel agency such as Expedia, Orbitz or Travelocity. Frontier announced on Wednesday that customers who book through an outside source will not get a seat assignment until check-in, pay bigger…

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Survey Reports More Than a Third of Travelers Using Tablet Computers

Are laptops going the way of typewriters? A new survey of airline passengers shows that percentage of travelers using laptops has nearly been surpassed by the percentage using tablets. The online poll wasn’t exactly scientific—flight-information technology company FlightView conducted the study, and respondents were mainly users of its smart phone app—but it illustrates the growing…

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Third-Party Site Selection

Let’s acknowledge the elephant in the room: Finding the right hotel or meeting venue for a group is part of the draw and dread for meeting professionals. It’s a joy to discover an unsuspecting stellar option in a well-tread destination. It can also be exhausting trudging through yet another cookie-cutter, though serviceable, ballroom at a…

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Vail Resorts Buys Third Tahoe-Area Property

Vail Resorts Inc. of Broomfield, Colo., has bought its third Lake Tahoe-area ski resort, closing on an $18 million purchase of Kirkwood Mountain Resort. The Kirkwood, Calif., resort previously had been locally owned by Mountain Springs Kirkwood. Vail Resorts already operates Heavenly Ski Resort in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., and Northstar California in Truckee. The…

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