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2/22/2018

Hilton has opened its first double-branded hotel property in Mexico, located in Mexico City's Santa Fe commercial district, the hotelier said. The Hilton Garden Inn Mexico City Santa Fe joins the DoubleTree by Hilton Mexico City Santa Fe, which opened in December 2016.

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2/22/2018

Thanks in part to aggressive global expansion and Air Canada Rouge, the airline's leisure carrier, Air Canada's earnings for 2017 were up 5.2% over 2016 at $153 million. "Our strong 2017 results underscore the effectiveness of our transformation strategy, as well as the success of our global expansion and the power of our comprehensive network," said Calin Rovinescu, Air Canada's president and CEO.

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2/22/2018

After two years of record tourism in Bermuda, the country's recent repeal of same-sex marriage could stifle travel by both LGBT and non-LGBT travelers, agents predict. "Those under-45-year-old people are not going to be excited about coming to an island that does not welcome all their friends," said Mark Steward of Jet Set Tourism.

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2/22/2018

Alaska Airlines, in its blog, explains that air traffic control delays are rooted in safety requirements and that flights may be affected by conditions at other airports. "Alaska's Air Traffic, Dispatch and Systems Operations teams are continually seeking creative solutions to address delays, regardless of cause," the blog post asserts.

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2/22/2018

California's Santa Barbara was recently plagued by mudslides and a devastating fire, but it still shines with activities and attractions. Clients interested in traveling to the region next month can taste a variety of wines at Urban Wine Trail, enjoy the Santa Barbara International Orchid Show and delve into local cuisine during Santa Barbara Restaurant Week.

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TravelAge West
2/22/2018

It is important for agents to understand when "freebie' trips are taxable to prevent under-reporting income to the IRS, Mark Pestronk writes. For example, earning a free trip due to in-kind promotional benefits is nontaxable, but taxes must be paid on the fair market value of a trip if it was awarded based on sales quotas for the supplier.

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2/22/2018

Mastermind groups help agents overcome business obstacles, but there are certain factors agents should think about before enrolling in a mastermind program, Richard D'Ambrosio writes. Group dynamics, commitment and trust should be considered, he advises.

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Travel Market Report
2/22/2018

The Appling Middle School dance team from Bartlett, Tenn., was heading home from a competition when a Southwest Airlines gate agent spotted their large first-place trophy and asked them to perform for their fellow travelers. "He then jokingly said that they would have to perform to be able to get on the plane," said the team's coach, Lauren Scarborough. "But then he announced there would be a performance and a crowd gathered."

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Fox News
2/22/2018

Air Canada has added an Economy Basic fare to compete with fares offered by ultralow-cost carriers. The fare includes a carry-on bag and is nonrefundable.

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2/22/2018

American Airlines is rolling out high-speed satellite Wi-Fi service and says it will have retrofitted its A320 aircraft and legacy US Airways A319s with Gogo's 2Ku system by the end of 2018. ViaSat's satellite service is being installed in American's A319s and A321s and well as the airline's 737 jets.