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April 17, 2012
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  • Groups want feds to crack down on passenger taxes, fees
    The airline trade organization Airlines for America and a coalition of other interest groups are urging the U.S. government to crack down on the overtaxing of fliers. "The aviation industry and our passengers currently pay 17 separate federal taxes and fees, a hodgepodge thrown together and added to over the years without any guiding rationale or consideration for their overall impact on demand or affordability," said A4A spokesman Steve Lott. Frommers.com (4/13) 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 
  • Business travelers are doing more with less, study says
    Many business travelers are getting more bang for their travel buck by staying a few extra nights to handle more business instead of making return trips, according to a study by the Global Business Travel Association trade group. "We're seeing road warriors taking fewer trips but making the most of them, making more stops and spending more on the road," said Michael W. McCormick, association executive director. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (4/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Smarten up and avoid roaming and data-usage charges
    This columnist is telling smartphone users to smarten up when traveling abroad because charges for roaming and data usage can skyrocket when you're away on a business trip. "The amount of data transmitted by smartphones in the background can catch travelers by surprise on trips," James Kendrick writes. He also warns to watch the switch from Wi-Fi to 3G/4G connections. ZDNet/Mobile News blog (4/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Refuel and Refresh 
  • Specialized concierge services can boost guest experience
    The unique touch point occupied by hotel concierges opens up a wide range of opportunities for hoteliers to offer more personalized guest services, this feature says. Offering concierge services based on a specialized concept, such as romance concierges or sleep concierges, can ensure that guests' needs and desires are met at the most intimate level. Hotel Interactive (4/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Cocktail bar offering free champagne baths
    London's first "bellini bar" -- inside the SupperClub restaurant of Notting Hill -- is offering one lucky guest an extra-special splash in the form of a free champagne bath. Visitors who choose to pay for a tub filled to the rim with champagne will be soaked for $1,272. TerminalU.com (U.K.) (4/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Destination of the Week 
  • Dress to impress in Florence
     
    Pack an extra suit, shine your shoes, and practice those fat tie knots: Florence may not be known for fashion -- art, history, and art history lead the way here -- but locals are innately Italian in their willingness to dress to the nines, even when buzzing by on the back of one of the city’s ubiquitous Vespas. Frommers.com (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Travel Pulse 
  • Are you doing more with less?
Yes, I'm combining trips and cutting corners
No, my travel patterns don't allow it

Editor's Note 
  • Correction
    An item in Thursday's SmartBrief for the Business Traveler misstated Carroll Rheem's job title. Rheem is research director at PhoCusWright. SmartBrief regrets the error. LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
SmartQuote 
Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant."
--Robert Louis Stevenson,
Scottish novelist, poet and essayist

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