Airlines launched 3,042 new routes worldwide in 2016 | Guns allowed in 11 of the top 20 US airports | Southwest to add 5 destinations from San Diego in time for summer
January 12, 2017
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Airlines launched 3,042 new routes worldwide in 2016
Airlines around the world launched a combined 3,042 new routes last year, with European carriers leading the pack with new flights to the US. More than half of the added services were new and not served by another airline.
Travel + Leisure online (1/11) 
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Guns allowed in 11 of the top 20 US airports
People are legally allowed to carry loaded guns in nonsecure areas of many of the nation's largest airports, including facilities in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Phoenix and Las Vegas.
WHAS-TV (Louisville, Ky.) (1/11),  ABC News (1/11) 
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Southwest to add 5 destinations from San Diego in time for summer
Southwest Airlines is adding five destinations out of San Diego International Airport. The airline will offer seasonal flights to Newark, N.J.; Spokane, Wash.; and Indianapolis this summer in addition to launching year-round service to Salt Lake City and Boise, Idaho.
The San Diego Union-Tribune (tiered subscription model) (1/9) 
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The Smarter Traveler
Airports in Washington, D.C., area brace for inauguration crowds
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is warning travelers to plan for crowds from Jan. 19 through Jan. 22 at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport. A surge of travelers is expected to attend the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump. (1/11) 
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Thyme restaurant opens at Newark airport
Star chef Amanda Cohen has opened Thyme, an all-vegetarian restaurant, at United Airlines Terminal C in New Jersey's Newark International Airport. "This is an exciting, unique opportunity to expand vegetable-focused cuisine to a wide range of international travelers," Cohen said.
Food & Wine magazine online (1/11) 
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Refuel and Refresh
Imagining hotels of the future
Imagining hotels of the future
Robotics (Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
Robot butlers, supersonic travel and gourmet meals tailored to guests' DNA are among highlights of the hotel of the coming decade as envisioned by noted futurist James Canton. His study, done in conjunction with, was presented at a recent conference in San Francisco.
Forbes (1/10) 
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Edition Hotels to offer in-room yoga experience
Edition Hotels has partnered with Yoga for Bad People to offer in-room yoga. Three on-demand yoga videos will be available in Edition's properties in New York, Miami and London.
Hotel Management online (1/9) 
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Spotlight on Meetings and Events from MPI
Poetry in Motion
Often in writing classes, teachers tell their students that a good piece of prose is "something you can almost dance to," meaning the words are crafted in a way that they essentially create a rhythmic cadence when you read them out loud.
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Travel Pulse
Poll: If fitness facilities were available at an airport you were traveling through, would you use them?
Depends on the length of layover.  51.52%
No  34.95%
Yes  10.33%
I'm not sure.  3.19%
Sometimes we have the dream but we are not ourselves ready for the dream. We have to grow to meet it.
Louis L'Amour,
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