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2/15/2019

Food-and-beverage revenue for US hotels averaged $112.67 per occupied room in 2018, a 2.7% increase over 2017, STR reports. The beverage component saw a 4.2% jump, and an STR spokeswoman predicts "more of that in 2019."

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2/15/2019

There are several steps travel advisers can take to land group cruise bookings, including catering themes to their target markets and capitalizing on existing relationships with cruise lines, Kerry Tice advises.

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2/15/2019

NewcrestImage Chairman and CEO Mehul Patel says quality operations and branding will protect hotels, regardless of the business cycle.

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2/15/2019

United Airlines on June 6 will launch new daily service from Denver to Greenville/Spartanburg, S.C., and Syracuse, N.Y. The airline will launch weekend service from Denver to Portland, Maine, on June 8.

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2/15/2019

JetBlue Airways on Thursday launched its newest flight from Florida's Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to St. Maarten's Princess Juliana International Airport. "Today, JetBlue has again shown its commitment to the rebuilding of St. Maarten's economy with the addition of this new route that adds more than 62,500 seats for the destination," said Perry Geerlings, the Caribbean island nation's finance minister.

2/15/2019

American Airlines announced a new route from New York's LaGuardia Airport to Knoxville, Tenn. Passengers will be able to travel non-stop between the two cities in less than two hours. "It's a growing market. People are coming to the airport," said Marvin Mulder of American Airlines. "They're flying, and we are here to get our market shared and serve as many people as we can."

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2/15/2019

Southwest Airlines gave passengers a little extra "LUV" on Thursday with complimentary adult beverages for anyone flying on the holiday. Valentine's Day is just one of the many holidays Southwest offers drinks to its passengers at no charge.

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2/15/2019

Universal Entertainment recovered from a net loss in 2017 with a profit of about $1.46 billion last year. A compensation settlement worth $1.44 billion paid by Wynn Resorts was a major factor in the increase.

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2/15/2019

Tennis accounted for more than half of the 267 reports of suspicious betting activity submitted to ESSA in 2018. Globally, 178 reports came in relating to tennis events, 52 were connected with soccer and a handful of others for table tennis, esports, basketball, volleyball, ice hockey and more.

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2/15/2019

Senators in Rhode Island voted in favor of a proposal this week that would legalize mobile sports betting through two Twin River casino venues. Close to 97% of sports wagers are placed illegally, according to estimates shared by the bill's sponsor.

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