Do you use social media for business travel purposes? According to a new survey, lots of road warriors are becoming increasingly reliant on the popular Internet-based services to help them plan their trips and to stay in touch with what’s going on.
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Have you ever worried about feeling so sick during an airline flight that you might have to tell the flight attendant you need a doctor? If that ever happens — and the odds are against it — help will probably be close at hand, and your problem isn’t likely to be too serious, according to a new study of in-flight medical emergencies.
The presence of portable electronic devices among adult airline passengers is almost universal these days, according to a new study; but the kinds of devices can vary significantly.
Courtesy of Westin New York Grand Central
If you think New York’s cramped LaGuardia Airport is a hassle now, wait until 2014: That’s when work could begin on the reconstruction of LGA’s Central Terminal Building, a seven-year, $3.6 billion project that will happen in stages so flights can keep operating. Plans call for a 1.3-million-square-foot terminal with 35 gates, with demolition of not only the current building but also the adjacent parking garage and departures level roadway. At Kennedy Airport, a May 2013 opening ?is scheduled for the expanded and improved Terminal 4, the new home of Delta’s international hub; the expansion means that JFK’s Terminal 3—the historic Pan Am Worldport building—will be demolished.
On the lodging scene, the former Helmsley Hotel on East 42nd Street is now the Westin New York Grand Central, while the former Setai Fifth Avenue is being converted into a Langham Place, the first Langham hotel in New York. Hyatt was due to open two properties in the first quarter—the Hyatt Place New York/Midtown South on West 36th Street off Fifth Avenue, and the Hyatt Union Square. A luxury SLS Hotel is scheduled to open later this year at 444 Park Ave. (at 30th Street), and Marriott is building a 68-story hotel at 54th and Broadway that will house both a Courtyard by Marriott and a Residence Inn.
U.S. companies have been keeping a pretty tight rein on spending by their business travelers even as the economy continues to recover, but a new study suggests they shouldn’t be too concerned about pinching pennies, because those trips bring a significant benefit to the bottom line.
A new survey of air travelers by FlightView finds that airlines could be selling a lot more ancillary services and upgrades on the day of travel — if only they offered such things to mobile device users.
Do you use your smart phone or tablet to book travel arrangements? A new analysis by Priceline finds that those who do tend to be younger and less tied down to rigid trip arrangements than travelers who book from more traditional computers.
Citing key economic indicators, a leading business travel organization has raised its projection for how much U.S. companies will spend on employee trips in 2013 as travel recovers to a level even higher than it reached before the Great Recession.
The Great Recession may be technically over, but a new survey of business travelers finds that there are still echoes of the economic downturn in the travel habits of road warriors.
Courtesy of History Colorado, the Colorado Historical Society
A regional rail network is coming to the Denver area, and one of the first pieces—now under construction— is a 22.8-mile line linking Denver International Airport to Union Station downtown. When it begins service in 2016, the East Rail Line to the airport will include intermediate stops at 38th and Blake, Colorado Boulevard, Central Park Boulevard, Peoria Street and 40th/Airport Boulevard. The plan also calls for an overhaul of Union Station, with new shops and restaurants as well as a 130-room hotel that is expected to open in 2014. Elsewhere on the lodging scene, Marriott recently opened the new SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown at Metro State University. And Hilton expects to open a dual-branded property downtown in April 2013, turning the former Xcel Energy building at 550 15th St. into a combined Hampton Inn & Suites and Homewood Suites. Out at the airport, the former Super 8 hotel at 7010 Tower Rd. is now the Red Lion Inn and Suites–Denver Airport. If you have some downtime downtown, check out the recently opened History Colorado Center, located near the main library and the Denver Art Museum. The exhibits offer a look at what life was like for the state’s early settlers.