Alaska Airlines is planning to launch service at Paine Field in Everett, Wash., in February. Planned service includes nonstop flights to San Diego, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay area and Portland, Ore.
JetBlue is partnering with US Customs and Border Protection on a biometric self-boarding gate for international travelers in Terminal 5 at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. The gate will use facial-recognition technology to verify travelers' identities.
Southwest Airlines announced that it will start new, year-round daily service from Omaha, Neb., to San Diego, beginning June 9. The airline will launch weekly seasonal service from Omaha to Nashville, Tenn., on the same day.
Alaska Airlines is rolling out a new selection of craft beers and snacks. The updated menu includes sweet and savory snacks, and four West Coast beers.
United Airlines' "World Orchestra" ad campaign features musicians in far-flung locales playing Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue," the carrier's signature music. "In 'World Orchestra,' we used this beautiful melody as a connecting thread to showcase the global reach of the airline's network," said Haydn Morris, executive creative director, Mcgarrybowen New York.
HotelTonight CEO Sam Shank says successful boutique hotels have nostalgic appeal and offer guests a chance to show off on social media. "Hotels need to have things that are memorable and different," he said.
Ministers in Israel will consider a bill in the new year that would define poker as a game of skill and clarify the tax rate for the game. Poker players Ori Miller and Rafi Amit are in legal disputes with the government over the 50% tax it claims they must pay on their tournament winnings.
The Nevada Gaming Commission has delayed moving forward on new sexual harassment regulations until results from the Wynn Resorts investigation are revealed. The Nevada Gaming Control Board has proposed regulations that would require licensees to maintain written policies and procedures relating to preventing, reporting, investigating and responding to sexual harassment in the workplace.
Partypoker is returning to the Czech Republic after a nearly two-year absence, thanks to being awarded an online gaming license in the country. The Czech online poker room is expected to be run by Leon Tsoukernik of King's Casino in Rozvadov.
Saipan's Imperial Pacific casino hotel has halted its operations in the aftermath of Typhoon Yutu, which struck Oct. 25. The operator will address damage to the complex and wait until tourism has rebounded from the storm to open again.