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10/22/2020

Alaska Airlines is bringing back its "Swell Deals" promotion that links discounted airfare to surfing destinations with wave heights in Hawaii and California. The discount amounts will be based on data from Surfline, a forecasting website.

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10/22/2020

Automated check-in is likely to be followed by toilets, sinks and soap dispensers that operate without being touched as the coronavirus pandemic accelerates interest in hands-off technology for airports and aircraft. "Touchless travel promises peace of mind," said Daniel Baron, operator of an aircraft design studio, adding that it enables "the state of not having to even think about 'clean,' made possible by technologies and processes to mitigate angst along the journey."

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10/22/2020

For travelers trying to get away from it all, the Hemmelig Rom in upstate New York might be just the place. This Airbnb is a library with 1,500 books in a plain black box with electricity and Wi-Fi but no running water.

10/22/2020

A photo gallery provides a sneak preview of the massive, state-of-the-art Circa casino that opens next week in Las Vegas and the hotel tower that's slated to follow later this year. The first new downtown property in decades will boast 777 rooms and a six-pool swimming area along with the centerpiece, a stadium-style sportsbook.

10/22/2020

Expedia Group will have a second round of layoffs, affecting its Travel Partners Group, according to an email sent to employees by Travel Partners Group President Cyril Ranque. About 12% of its workforce, about 2,900 employees, were let go in February; this round is part of an effort to cut $300 million to $500 million in run rate reductions.

10/22/2020

Dr. Jane Goodall is encouraging travel advisors and tour guides to think small when it comes to wildlife tourism in an effort not to stress out animals or damage habitat. She said ecotourism can be a valuable educational tool but it needs to put the needs of the animals first.

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10/22/2020

Plans to build an AC Hotel by Marriott with a conference center are heralded as a bright spot in the current economic gloom for Waco, Texas. SRH Hospitality says it expects to pump $60 million into the venture, one of three hotels on the drawing boards for the city's Mary Avenue.

10/22/2020

The pandemic has thrust hotel ventilation into the spotlight as a transmission issue and prompted chains to tout their systems' effectiveness, but four public health experts assign less than high priority to the element. "The key question when going to hotels is not so much the ventilation, but who you're interacting with there and where you're interacting with people," says Amesh Adalja of Johns Hopkins University.

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10/22/2020

Los Angeles' Hotel Figueroa has continued to serve as a mainstay by and for women since its founding in 1926 as a sanctuary for a gender discouraged from traveling alone. Restored and reopened in 2018, the upscale Spanish Colonial property is a player on both the social and political-activism scenes, with women's empowerment as its focus.

10/22/2020

Nearly 95% of respondents to an industry survey said they plan to take a vacation this year and next. Half listed cruises as their preference and 18% cited resorts in the recently reported poll taken in the summer by cruise and vacation companies.

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