Leisure travel agencies are increasing focus on travel disruptions and maintaining client safety amid a run of terrorist attacks on popular destinations in recent years. Agents should subscribe to intelligence companies' reports, prioritize duty of care for their clients and embrace new technology for communicating with clients during a disruption.
Online retailers Houzz and Pricefalls Marketplace have joined UPS Marketplace Shipping, bringing the number of participating companies to 20. UPS Marketplace Shipping automates order processing and updates orders with tracking numbers when items are shipped.
UPS will spend more than $500 million to expand its Canadian operations, with $125 million slated for a 180,000-square-foot expansion of the shipper's Montreal hub. The hub will be the shipper's first automated sorting facility.
UPS has appointed Russell Reed as its new managing director of UPS Thailand. Reed will lead a team of 500 and take responsibility for the shipper's small package, freight forwarding and contract logistics operations, plus the advancement of UPS operations in Cambodia and Myanmar.
Next year, Alaska Airlines will open a flagship lounge on the roof of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The new lounge is part of a multimillion-dollar renovation of the airport's North Satellite terminal.
FedEx's increased 2018 profit forecast is $15 to $15.40 a share, up from the December forecast of $12.70 to $13.30. The company credits a strong holiday season, the federal tax legislation and continued strong demand for its improved outlook.
Speakers aboard Cunard's annual Transatlantic Space Week cruise will include a former astronaut, an Apollo program flight controller and a member of the Royal Astronomical Society, the cruise line has announced. The October event will take place aboard the Queen Mary 2, which features a planetarium that offers constellation shows and virtual reality rides.
Executives at Ritz-Carlton have shared some details about the company's upcoming Yacht Collection, which is expected to begin sailing in November 2019. The line plans a 2019 debut in the Caribbean, with voyages in the Mediterranean, the Adriatic and along North America's east coast to follow.
A winter storm bringing high winds, snow and freezing rain to the northeastern US has prompted the cancellation of close to 3,500 flights in the region. American Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines and Delta Air Lines have announced they are offering travel waivers as the storm is expected to continue into Thursday.