First Hotel Planned at Palm Beach County Airport

Palm Beach International Airport soon could get a hotel on its premises. The airport’s operator this week issued a request for proposals from developers interested in building a hotel on vacant county-owned land west of Belvedere Road and Australian Avenue.

The airport hotel would provide more options for travelers, especially those on business trips seeking nearby accommodations, according to Laura Beebe, deputy director of airport business affairs for the Palm Beach County Department of Airports.

It also would boost the county’s number of hotels, which has grown only in recent years as the economy has improved and as tourism has rebounded.

The hotel would rise across the street from an airport travel plaza expected to open May 1. The plaza will include a gas station, convenience store, fast-food restaurant and cell phone lot for drivers waiting on flights. The airport operator plans to meet with developers Jan. 27 to discuss the application process and required documentation. Developers’ proposals will be due March 21.

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2016’s 10 Most Anticipated New York Venues for Meetings and Events

Here are the most anticipated New York restaurants, corporate event venues, hotels, conference centers, and party rooms to open next year. These new and renovated New York venues will accommodate groups large or small for private and corporate events, conferences, meetings, weddings, business dinners, teambuilding activities, cocktail parties, and more.

  1. InterContinental New York Barclay
  2. Met Breuer
  3. Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown
  4. Nassau Events Center
  5. the Beekman
  6. Union Square Café
  7. William Vale
  8. Flash Factory
  9. Redbury New York

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Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown Rendering: Archpartners

The Global Air travel Demand in 2016

According to the International Air Transport Association, global air travel demand in 2016 will grow 6.9 percent year over year to 3.8 billion passengers. Capacity will outpace that with 7.1 percent year-over-year growth, up from 5.5 percent growth this year.

Capacity growth in North America will increase to 4.8 percent based on U.S. economic strength, and increased capacity in Turkey will accelerate Europe’s capacity growth to 6.2 percent. Capacity also will increase in Asia/Pacific (8.4 percent) as fleets in India, Indonesia and China grow, as well as in the Middle East (12.2 percent) and Latin America (7.5 percent).

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Delta Flies Highest In BTN’s 18th Annual Airline Survey

For the fifth consecutive year, corporate travel managers have named Delta Air Lines their favorite airline. The carrier once again earned the top score in all 10 categories in BTN’s Annual Airline Survey, and it continued to gain ground on its competition. Its total score presided 0.9 points higher, on a five-point scale, than all its competitors.

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5 Tips for Booking Event Transportation

There is a lot to consider when arranging ground transportation for your upcoming event- from budget and headcount to guest needs. No matter what the event, you want to be sure the company you work with provides safe, comfortable and smooth transportation. Check out these tips for booking transportation within your budget.

  1. Overestimate the headcount
  2. Determine the company’s capacity
  3. Identify guest needs
  4. Be clear about the schedule
  5. Get confirmation in writing

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United Airlines Joins Delta with On-Time Vow to Corporate Clients

United Airlines is making a promise to its largest corporate clients: the airline will be as reliable as American and Delta next year, or it will offer credits for upgrades and fees.

The offer, which follows a similar pledge by Delta Air Lines last summer, marks a push to move beyond airfare discounts and available flights as the main reasons corporate travelers choose an airline. A key difference is that Delta’s credits can be used to pay fares, while United’s will only be good toward seat upgrades and other ancillary costs.

United’s guarantee will cover domestic, international and regional flights next year, while Delta’s program includes only its domestic mainline operation. Also, United will use an on-time measurement that’s slightly different from its rival’s. United will measure flights that arrive before or right at the scheduled arrival time, where Delta uses a broader measurement of flights arriving within 15 minutes of their scheduled time.

Both carriers’ guarantees have terms that make an actual payout seem unlikely. United pledges to beat the on-time rate and completion rate of either American or Delta, without pledging to top both. For Delta to pay up, it would have to trail both of its rivals by both measurements, according to that carrier’s terms.

Compensation would include upgrades to Economy Plus seating, waivers of change fees and waivers on charges for name changes, which enable a company to transfer a ticket to a different person. The program will generally be available to United’s bigger corporate customers and is tied to how much business they give the airline.

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Biggest 2016 Price Increases Will Come In Hotel

According to American Express Global Business Travel’s annual Business Travel Forecaster, 2016 will be a year of higher hotel rates, slightly higher airfares and flat car rental rates across most of the globe for corporate travel buyers. Data projects “modest increases in global travel prices,” according to vice president of consulting Caroline Strachan. North American growth will be “healthy,” while rate growth in Europe and the Asia/Pacific region will be moderate. Latin America, meanwhile, will continue to struggle amid economic instability.

Hotels: Amex GBT projects corporate travelers in North America will pay as much as 6 percent higher for midprice and upscale hotels, as both transient and group demand increases.

Airfares: Airfare increases in North America will be slight, as rising capacity offsets growing corporate demand, according to Amex GBT. Short-haul economy fares will remain flat. Long-haul economy fares will increase between 0.7 percent and 2.7 percent. Business class fares will rise slightly on both short- and long-haul routes.

Car Rentals: Car rental base rates across the globe should remain flat in 2016, according to the forecast. In North America, the rental market will see limited growth in 2016, owing in part to ridesharing’s increasing market share.

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Etihad Debuts New Frequent-flier Lounge at New York JFK

Etihad, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, debuted its luxurious new frequent-flier lounge at New York JFK yesterday. JFK becomes just the second U.S. airport where Etihad has added its Premium lounge.

Available to the Gulf carrier’s business and first class passengers, the lounge spans more than 7,000 square feet and features stylish furniture, floor-to-ceiling windows, bathroom showers and a private “residence” sitting area meant to mimic a living room.

There’s also a bar with views of the airfield and aircraft like Etihad’s Airbus A380 superjumbo jet. Visitors can order signature cocktails which evoke the flavors of the various cities the airline flies to, from Los Angeles to Etihad’s home hub of Abu Dhabi.

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An image of Etihad's new lounge at New York's JFK Airport.

10 Most Notable New York Openings of 2015

This year saw the opening of many significant event and meeting venues in New York. Here’s a look at BizBash‘s list of the best restaurants, party rooms, hotels, corporate event venues, conference centers, and private rooms to open in 2015. These new and renovated New York venues suit groups large or small for private and corporate events, business dinners, cocktail parties, conferences, weddings, and more.

1. Whitney Museum of American Art

2. One World ObservatoryPhoto: Eric Laignel

3. Kings Theatre

4. New York Edition

5. 1 Hotel Central Park

6. The Baccarat Hotel

7. Zuma

8. Meet on Chrystie

9. W New York—Times Square

10. Ocean Prime

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