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April 24, 2012
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  • What does US Airways-American merger talk mean to you?
    The big news surrounding the proposed merger of US Airways and American Airlines is "all sound and fury signifying virtually nothing," this feature suggests. "Despite what you'll read elsewhere, American management can go months, perhaps years, before they even have to deal with the US Airways barbarians at the boarding gate," Joe Brancatelli writes. Portfolio.com (4/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Expert: Better food, faster Wi-Fi are key to improved airports
    Brand-name eateries, faster airport Wi-Fi and more power outlets are among airline frequent-flier program expert Randy Petersen's top recommendations to airports for an improved passenger experience. While passengers bristle at paying extra for poor quality Wi-Fi, they are often happy to shell out for top-notch dining experiences available at restaurants such as celebrity chef Rick Bayless' Tortas Frontera at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. APEX Editor's Blog (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
Spotlight on Orlando’s Inspiration
Fueled by imagination and innovation, Orlando meetings inspire. Visit Orlando’s Inspiration Spotlight series showcases relevant moments shared by our meeting planners and attendees—real people solving real problems, real ideas that led to real results. Watch and be inspired at OrlandoMeeting.com.
The Smarter Traveler 
  • Hotel uses robot, tunnel to ship baggage to airport
    New York's Yotel hotel is using a robotic baggage handler and tunnels that lead to the city's three airports to check guest baggage automatically. While the service is currently only used by JetBlue, other carriers are said to be interested. Meanwhile, Yobot the baggage robot will continue to do his job without ever needing a coffee, cigarette or lunch break. TerminalU.com (U.K.) (4/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Better ways to handle business receipts
    Business travel is changing for the better. And today's tech-savvy traveler is finding new, less frustrating ways to keep track of business receipts. "What's really state of the art today is using your smartphone camera to capture an image of your paper receipt and instantly upload it to your expense report, and then throw the paper away," said Michael W. Hilton, the executive vice president for worldwide marketing at the travel booking and expense management technology firm Concur. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Refuel and Refresh 
  • Wireless in-flight entertainment is expected to boom in next decade
    A recent report from IMS Research estimates that about 9,000 aircraft will offer wireless in-flight entertainment systems by 2021 as carriers move away from the traditional seat-back or cabin-roof entertainment systems. Wireless IFE will offer passengers streaming content such as sports, music, TV shows and video games that goes straight to passengers' or airline-provided handheld devices that will also allow travelers to manage their travel in the air. MSNBC/Overhead Bin (4/20), Breaking Travel News (4/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Destination of the Week 
  • Sample Montreal's French-flavored delights
     
    An eclectic food and restaurant scene make Quebec's largest city the darling of jet-set cognoscenti and the travelers that follow their lead. Montreal is second only to Paris in the size of its French-speaking population but -- fortunately for visitors -- English is widely spoken, too, making Montreal an accessible and fascinating place to conduct business. Frommers.com (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Travel Pulse 
  • Would you trust a robot to handle your baggage from hotel to airport?
Sure -- it's the wave of the future
No way -- I'd rather not have it out of my sight
Who checks luggage these days?

SmartQuote 
Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you."
--Carl Sandburg,
American poet, historian and novelist

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