United Airlines hikes fares; will rivals follow?
United Airlines has boosted many of its domestic fares, just in time to hit travelers making plans to fly over the Thanksgiving holiday.
But it was unclear late Wednesday whether other airlines would follow United’s lead.
United raised one-way fares between $2 and $5 Tuesday night. But by Wednesday evening, only Delta had begun “significant matching,” says Rick Seaney, of FareCompare.com which tracks ticket prices.
Falkland Islands going after tourism market
FALKLAND Governor Nigel Haywood says the fledgling tourism industry could hold the future of the islands, despite the discovery of oil in commercial quantities and a booming fishing industry.
“Tourism is important, I think tourism is the key to the future development of the islands because it ensures the preservation of the good aspects of the islands because tourists won’t come here if you have destroyed the environment and it builds up a varied service industry,” Governor Haywood told a group of Caribbean journalists on a media tour to the islands last week.
He, however, admitted that more will have to be done to enhance the ease of getting to the islands.” It’s very difficult to get here (no direct airlink), it’s very difficult to have accommodation here, and we have to address those,” he told journalists.
Mexico tourism grows thanks to non-US visitors
Los Angeles Times
Mexico predicts record tourist visits this year. But it’s not because of a surge in U.S. visitors.
Don’t get Mexico wrong. U.S. tourists still represent the lion’s share of foreign visitors, and Mexico welcomes them and their green dollar bills.
But Mexico is reaching out to visitors from countries such as Russia, Brazil, Peru and Colombia after fears of drug violence and the recession reduced U.S. visitor numbers.
The effort seems to be paying off.
Based on rising tourism numbers in the first half of the year, Mexican tourism officials predict the country will host 24.7 million foreign visitors in 2012, surpassing last year’s record of 23.4 million.
Hilton hotel chain ushers in casual dining
Are white tablecloths and waiters on their way out in hotel restaurants in favor of an area that more resembles a gourmet market?
Hilton Worldwide thinks so.
In a big departure for its pricier, full-service hotels, it’s begun pitching three new restaurant concepts — which are more akin to eating at Panera Bread or grabbing a meal from a Whole Foods store than a traditional sit-down hotel restaurant — to owners of Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Embassy Suites and Doubletree by Hilton.