Structural work has begun on Walt Disney World's next addition to its Orlando, Fla., resort portfolio, the 900-room Reflections: A Disney Lakeside Lodge, set for a 2022 opening. Disney's four theme parks in Orlando drew 56 million visitors in 2017, accounting for 60% of the city's record-setting tourism industry.
The former headquarters of Procter & Gamble in downtown Cincinnati will be converted to a 181-room upscale hotel, its new owner says. Denver-based NuovoRE pledges to invest nearly $53.5 million in the Gwynne Building and is seeking $5 million in historic preservation tax credits.
An American Airlines pilot completing the final flight of his 35-year career gave his wings to a 2-year-old boy with Down syndrome who was completing his first air trip. Capt. Joseph Weis gave his AA Captain wings to the boy at Miami International Airport, after he and his mother happened to sit next to the pilot's wife on the flight from Spain.
This summer, 34 college students gained firsthand experience working with Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air in different departments such as Maintenance and Engineering, and Marketing. One intern, Kamia Bradley, worked as a flight operations intern where she was able to visit 17 destinations and create connections throughout the Alaska network such as Capt. Tara Wright, who was a part of Alaska's first all-female African-American flight crew.
Miami International Airport is set to unveil its new $324 million automated baggage system, which aims to triple efficiency, allowing the Transportation Security Administration to screen an estimated 7,000 bags per hour. Up to nine miles of new and re-routed conveyor belts, 12 new explosive detection machines, 52 new baggage screening stations, 102 new robot tables and a new reconfigured screening room are included in the improvements.
Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina will break ground in December on a $600 million expansion and renovation of its terminal lobby. Airport officials have released a video introducing the project to passengers and explaining how the five-year project will be completed while maintaining services.
American Airlines, JetBlue and United Airlines all offer programs that allow children with sensory disabilities to familiarize themselves with the experience of air travel. Meanwhile, several airports have created multi-sensory and quiet rooms for autistic children that are meant to calm sensory sensitivities.
Southwest Airlines works to support inclusion through relationships with organizations such as Disability:IN, a nonprofit that collaborates with companies to help people with disabilities receive equal access to jobs and business opportunities. Southwest provided transportation to Diversity:In's Annual Conference this year.
Travel insurance can cover any number of catastrophes, ranging from trip cancellations and lost luggage to medical emergencies and a travel company that suddenly goes out of business. When determining if insurance is worth the cost, be sure to check first if you have other coverage through credit cards, health insurance or homeowners' policies, and be wary of getting coverage through your airline or the company that booked your trip.