News and Deals: January 18, 2013 – American Airlines unveils new look, Italy to Outline Plan to Revive Tourism, Hotels Hit by Second Inaugural Slowdown and Fliers losing faith in Boeing Dreamliner

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American Airlines unveils new look

Even as it tries to emerge from bankruptcy and eyes a possible merger with US Airways, American Airlines is busy with a new project: a face lift.

The carrier unveiled its first new logo and aircraft livery in decades on Thursday, with brighter colors, an “updated eagle” peeking out from a ribbon, a more contemporary font and bold red-white-and-blue stripes for its fleet’s tails.

After ordering hundreds of new planes, this is the latest step in the carrier’s quest to create a more modern travel experience for its passengers, the company said in a statement.

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Italy to Outline Plan to Revive Tourism
Wall Street Journal

Prime Minister Mario Monti’s government is expected on Friday to unveil measures aimed at reviving the country’s tourism sector, an industry that has lost ground to Spain and France over the past two decades.

The plan includes amendments to hotel building regulations, revamping tourism taxes, more carefully targeted use of public money funneled into the sector and improving training for aspiring hoteliers and tourism graduates.

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Hotels Hit by Second Inaugural Slowdown
Roll Call

Wow,” influential conservative blogger Erick Erickson tweeted earlier this week. “Was able to get a hotel room in DC for this coming weekend really easily. Surprised.”

He shouldn’t have been.

Obama inaugurama isn’t what it was four years ago. And that’s good news if you’re looking for a last-minute hotel room and don’t want to pay the cost of nice used car.

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Fliers losing faith in Boeing Dreamliner
USA Today

Pauline Weaver was in no hurry to get back on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner — even before federal regulators grounded the plane.

The lawyer in Fremont, Calif., liked the plane’s nifty windows and roomy restrooms. But she suffered a nine-hour flight delay that delayed the start of her vacation almost two weeks ago because of a mechanical problem with the plane.

“I don’t think they are unsafe, but they definitely have ‘bugs,'” says Weaver, a frequent flier. “I don’t want another vacation ruined or delayed because of them.”

Weaver and other fliers won’t have much choice now but to wait.

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