Logan Concessions May Get Overhaul
Logan Airport could be completely overhauling its dining options. For the first time in more than a decade, the Massachusetts Port Authority is looking to hire a new company to oversee the concessions at its four Logan Airport terminals — a decision that could remake the vast array of retailers and restaurants there for years to come.
“This is really significant because the whole makeup at Logan is going to change,” said Ramon Lo, publisher of trade journal Airport Revenue News.
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India & Indonesia Will Surpass China as Fastest-Growing Business Travel Market
Global business travel spending will increase to $1.3 trillion in 2016 and should grow an average of 5.8% per year to $1.6 trillion by 2020, according to the Global Business Travel Association’s annual forecast.
The forecast reports that India and Indonesia will experience the largest business travel growth rates over the next five years, both surpassing China in terms of business travel growth. China surpassed the US as the largest business travel market in 2015, but its business travel growth rate will slow to fifth-highest over that period. Although China has been experiencing the fastest growth in the world for 15 years, GBTA’s annual forecast predicts they will be overtaken by both India and Indonesia.
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Math Proves Jet Lag is Worse for Travelers Heading East
Would you believe that jet lag is worse when you are traveling east? Researchers have found just that, meaning that your jet lag really is that much worse when you are flying east.
In a study published in the journal Chaos, researchers say they have now identified the physiological reason travelers have more difficulty adjusting to the time change when flying east rather than west.
“Basically, what we show is this eastward-westward asymmetry … comes from the fact that your [circadian rhythms] have a natural period that is a little longer than 24 hours,” Associate Professor Michelle Girvan told Travel + Leisure.
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Emirates Named World’s Best Airline in 2016 Skytrax Awards
According to a survey of millions of airline passengers conducted by Skytrax, the world’s best airline for 2016 is Emirates.
The international airline, based in Dubai, won the top honors at Tuesday’s Skytrax World Airline Awards ceremony at the Farnborough International Airshow in England. The study grades upon the consistency of the quality service among the world’s top carriers.
The top 10 best airlines were named as:
2. Qatar Airways
3. Singapore Airlines
4. Cathay Pacific
5. ANA All Nippon Airways
6. Etihad Airways
7. Turkish Airlines
8. EVA Air
9. Qantas Airways
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The 50 Best Global Meetings Destinations in the World
For the first time, the Cvent meetings management company announced its annual top 50 convention cities for 2016 in three different categories: the United States; Asia Pacific and Europe, Middle East, and Africa. The US represents about half of the meetings and events industry worldwide.
In the U.S. rankings, Orlando, Chicago, and Las Vegas seem to be entrenched in the top three standings year-over-year. Orlando has earned the top position four out of the five years that Cvent has compiled this list.
Take a look at the rankings here.
Business Travelers Speak Their Minds
According to the GBTA, American business travelers generally have a brighter outlook on their travel experience this year versus last, citing improvements in social media accessibility, expense tracking, travel policy, safety and general corporate health. American business travelers are so satisfied that 92% say “they would travel the same amount or more in the future,” according to GBTA.
Of the eight nations responding to a survey sponsored by the Global Business Travel Association and American Express, business travelers in Mexico and the United States had the highest overall satisfaction levels (109.7 and 105.6 respectively).
For more, visit TravelMarketReport.com.
More Comfort but No Power in Southwest’s New Seats
Southwest Airlines quietly rolled out changes to the interior of its aircraft cabins in June. The new aircraft seats are the widest economy seats available in the single-aisle 737 market, and offer a unique design that gives customers more space.
The seats were first unveiled at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany last April. The new seats were designed and engineered by B/E Aerospace, and Southwest is the first to have them.
Bob Jordan, Southwest’s Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, said “serving as the launch customer for this seat is just one of several upcoming milestones related to our bold, new look launched in September of last year, and is specifically aimed at enhancing our customer experience.”
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New Survey Reveals North American Preferences For Travel to Europe
Results of a new survey conducted by Auto Europe reveal that over 40 percent of North Americans planning to visit Europe in the next 12 months do so as part of an annual trip. Of those planning to rent a car while abroad, 57 percent stated that they typically book their car rental reservation two-plus months in advance and do so because they want the best price and “want to feel relaxed leading up to their trip.”
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Fourth of July Travel Set to Break Record With 43 Million on the Move
It’s going to be a busy holiday weekend on the nation’s highways.
A record 43 million Americans are expected to travel this Independence Day weekend, with the overwhelming majority driving, according to AAA, a car lobbying group and one of the nation’s largest travel agencies. This tops the joint record set last year and in 2007.
According to NBC News, lower gas prices, strong consumer confidence and a generally healthy domestic economy have led more families to take trips this summer.
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Delta Private Jets Will Enable In-Flight Calls & Texting
According to Business Travel News, Delta Air Lines subsidiary Delta Private Jets plans to equip its fleet of more than 70 aircraft with Gogo Biz 4G service, enabling passengers to make calls and send texts during flights. After flight testing, Delta plans to launch the technology in the second quarter of 2017.