US hoteliers are employing a range of strategies to add days and weeks to the summer busy season, including special rates and packages, partnerships with local tourism promoters and cultivation of repeat customers. Regular postings on social media are keys as well.
The Mississippi Gaming Commission approved a local developer's proposal to build a casino with a 300-room hotel near Bay St. Louis on the state's Gulf Coast. The applicant, Cure Land, is building a boutique hotel in downtown Bay St. Louis and owns the Silver Slipper Casino there.
Travel editor Ted Thornhill describes his tour of American Airlines' Integrated Operations Center, a 149,000-square-foot facility where 2,000 workers oversee more than a million annual flights operated with 1,547 aircraft and serving more than 200 million passengers. "The calm professionalism of the staff -- some of whom have to digest information across six or seven screens in front of them -- is salute-worthy," writes Thornhill.
The US Department of Transportation has approved a joint venture between American Airlines and Qantas, which will allow the two carriers to codeshare on certain routes and combine operations in certain airports. The carriers filed their initial application for a joint venture in 2016.
FedEx maintains a location year-round at the San Diego Convention Center, but triples its size to accommodate the crowds of Comic-Con in order to help attendees safely ship memorabilia home. "This is our Super Bowl," said Jerry Lynn, a FedEx event solutions consultant who runs the location. "We assemble a huge team."
New York's Long Island MacArthur Airport received three grants from the Federal Aviation Administration, totaling $1.5 million. The grants will be used to conduct a study for the new west concourse, design airplane parking ramp improvements and draft renovations for the airport's main terminal. Officials also plan to apply for around $67 million from the FAA for concourse construction and other enhancements.
A $2.3M construction project is underway at Montana's Lewistown Municipal Airport. The project is expected to last several weeks and will include the completion of concrete work, runway improvements and lighting upgrades.
Construction is progressing on the $90 million terminal replacement project for Louisiana's Lafayette Regional Airport. The new 110,000-square-foot terminal will replace the airport's existing terminal, which was built in 1965, and the number of gates for commercial planes will increase from four to five. Local, state and federal funds contributed to the airport upgrade.
Southwest Airlines and Arise Veteran Foundation, a Repurpose with Purpose Partner, are supplying reclaimed leather from airline seat covers to Help Heal Veterans. The organization uses the leather in craft kits for veterans' rehabilitation treatment plans, which provide physical and psychological benefits.
The $168 million, beachfront One&Only Kea Island is coming to Greece with 75 resort villas and a "destination spa with holistic wellness at its heart." The first One&Only resort in Europe opens next year in Montenegro.