Briefs 7-1-2007

Virgin America, a new entrant in the low-cost airline category, has been awarded domestic air rights by the Department of Transportation. The carrier plans to launch its inaugural route, San Francisco to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, this year and expand to 10 destinations by year’s end.

The Woodlands, Texas, has created a convention and visitors bureau to advertise, brand and promote its Town Center Improvement District as a meetings destination.

The U.S. Environ-mental Protection agency announced that planners for the government agency must now use a 14-point environmental checklist to determine where they place meetings. The agency estimates it spends
$50 million annually on travel and meetings.

The national business Aviation association has been forced to move its 2008 annual convention from New Orleans to Orlando due to hurricane damage to Lakefront Airport, which was slated to be the site of the NBAA’s Static Display.