On Tuesday, a 95 percent majority of
Delta Air Lines pilots represented by the Air Line Pilots'
Association voted to authorize a strike against Delta if their
contract is rejected. According to the union, 15 months ago Delta's
pilots gave back 50 percent of their contract, including accepting
a 32.5 percent pay cut; now, the union says, Delta is requesting a
further 18 percent salary reduction without acknowledging the value
of the pilots' past concessions.
A survey released on March 31 by TSN
Canadian Facts and the Tourism Industry Association of Canada
reveals widespread misconceptions about the documents required for
travelers to cross the United States-Canada border. Currently, a
driver's license and a birth certificate are necessary; however, 32
percent of Americans and 29 percent of Canadians believe a passport
is needed. In the States, 24 percent admit they do not know what
documents are required. In all, less than half of the U.S.
population has a clear understanding of the needed paperwork.
(Passports or other secure documents will be necessary for air and
sea crossings between the two countries beginning Dec. 31, and one
year later for land crossings.) "In combination with other factors,
such as the rising Canadian dollar and the increased cost of
gasoline, there is little doubt that misconceptions about travel ID
requirements are having a negative impact on travel from the U.S.
to Canada," said Richard Jenkins, vice president of TNS Canadian
Plans have been announced for the $300
million, 172-room Ritz-Carlton Highlands, Lake Tahoe, a
ski-in/ski-out resort at Northstar-at-Tahoe in Truckee, Calif. The
resort will feature a full-service spa and meeting space.
Groundbreaking is scheduled for this summer, with opening in late
The City of Atlanta filed suit March 29
against 17 online travel companies, including Hotels.com, Expedia
and Travelocity, claiming that the companies pocket the portion of
the occupancy tax collected on the markup of the room price. This
lawsuit is not the first of its kind; Chicago, Los Angeles,
Philadelphia and San Diego are in the midst of similar cases.
StarCite Inc. launched on Tuesday a new
tool that will allow planners to quickly compare the potential
costs of holding a meeting at various locations. The tool, Meeting
Estimator, primarily analyzes hotel and airline prices but also can
calculate additional costs associated with attendees who do not
need to fly or to stay overnight at the destination. Meeting
Estimator can be integrated with StarCite's meetings solutions
software packages or can be used as a stand-alone program.
A grand opening celebration was held
last weekend at 21cMuseum Hotel, a 90-room boutique property in
downtown Louisville, Ky. The hotel, which was built within five
connected buildings, is on the National Register of Historic Places
and features more than 8,000 square feet of meeting space, along
with 80 works by established and emerging artists on permanent
exhibit in the atrium lobby. The property also offers a spa, a
fitness room, a videoconference room, a 24-hour business center,
wireless and wired Internet access, and a new American cuisine
restaurant, Proof on Main.
Carlson Marketing has opened its first
office in mainland China. The branch, in Shanghai, is headed by
Gabi Kool, managing director China and executive vice president
Ground was broken on the 1,000-room
Sheraton Downtown Phoenix on March 28. One block from the Phoenix
Convention Center, the hotel will open in fall 2008 with 80,000
square feet of meeting space, including a 29,000-square-foot
ballroom and 42 meeting rooms. The City of Phoenix owns the hotel,
along with the convention center, which will increase its square
footage of function space to 900,000 in 2009.