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2/16/2018

Encouraging influencer marketing via social media has become a major promotional strategy for the hotel industry. A research infographic shows, among other findings, that 80% of consumers use social media and content sharing sites for leisure and travel ideas and 78% of travelers are influenced by recommendations from people they know.

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Small Business Trends
2/16/2018

An underground river flowing through turbines will supply all the energy for the Iveagh Garden hotel opening today in Dublin. Owned by the McGill family, the property is touted as the first fully sustainable hotel in Europe.

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2/16/2018

American Airlines Cargo will implement a new cargo management system, called iCargo, developed by IBS Software. "From booking to logistics to billing and everything in between, we evaluated all the leading providers and through that process landed on IBS being the partner with the experience needed to address the scale and complexity of our global business," said American Airlines Cargo executive Jessica Tyler.

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2/16/2018

Alaska Air Group reported 3.97 billion revenue passenger miles in January, a year-over-year increase of 3.5%. The carrier's capacity was 5.23 billion available seat miles, up 6.6% over 2017, and its load factor was 75.8%, down 2.3% from 2017.

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Alaska Air
2/16/2018

JetBlue Airways is working with the New York Botanical Garden to develop a Caribbean consortium to address conservation and commerce in the region. "JetBlue wants to protect the region's natural beauty, which in turn protects progress and our business," said Sophia Mendelsohn, JetBlue's head of sustainability.

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TravelPulse
2/16/2018

SITA was honored with the Aviation Technology Achievement award at Air Transport World's 2018 Annual Airline Industry Achievement Awards. SITA worked with JetBlue Airways and US Customs and Border Protection on a pilot program that allows passengers to securely self-board aircraft without paper boarding passes.

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Biometric Update
2/16/2018

The Parisian Macau has topped 5 billion social media impressions since it opened its doors in September 2016, CEO Sheldon Adelson says. The owner, Sands China, also welcomed 25% more visitors to its Macau properties last year, logging 92 million visits.

2/16/2018

New Jersey's Division of Gaming Enforcement is urging operators to apply for a sports betting license before the Supreme Court's ruling. "The Division of Gaming Enforcement recognizes it needs to be prepared to investigate and license businesses and individuals seeking to enter the New Jersey gaming market should the Supreme Court issue a favorable decision authorizing the state to legalize and regulate sports wagering," Division Director David Rebuck said.

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ESPN
2/16/2018

Macau is expecting 1% to 3% more tourists during the weeklong Lunar New Year holiday compared with last year. The week saw 935,266 visitor arrivals in 2017, an increase of 9.9% from 2016.

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GGRAsia (Macau)
2/16/2018

A bill to make daily fantasy sports legal in Massachusetts was discussed during a Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies hearing this week. If passed, the proposal would require fantasy sports operators to register with the state's Gaming Commission, contribute 15% of their revenue and pay up to $100,000 in registration fees.

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