Travel News: August 31, 2017

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Pittsburgh airport to allow non-passengers in secured areas
Travel Weekly

Pittsburgh’s airport will soon become the first in the U.S since 9/11 to allow members of the public who don’t have a ticket into secured areas.

The program, called MyPITpass, begins Sept. 5.

“Since I started here, people have been asking about being able to escort loved ones to the gate or being able to shop and dine at the airport,” Allegheny County Airport Authority CEO Christina Cassotis said in a statement.

She added that the airport has worked closely with the TSA on the program.


Airlines Exchanging Miles for Harvey Donations
Travel Pulse

To help ramp up support for victims of Hurricane Harvey’s devastation, American and United Airlines are offering bonus miles to anyone makes charitable donations.

Members of United Airlines’ Mileage Plus who go to the airline’s fundraising page and give to the American Red Cross, AmeriCares, Airlink or Operation USA will receive between 250 and 1,000 bonus miles depending on the size of the donation. United said on its website that it will also match the first $200,000 raised through this campaign.


West Elm Hotels Program Will Tie Into Williams-Sonoma Brands

Details on West Elm Hotels’ loyalty program are finally starting to come together as the hotel chain prepares for launch next year.

The news came from David Bowd, one of the three founders behind DDK hotels, the group that is under contract to ultimately manage the West Elm chain. In an interview with Barbara Bohn in Hotels magazine, Bowd revealed that Williams-Sonoma, the parent company of West Elm, plans to establish a cross-network loyalty scheme.


Tourists return to Paris with a ten-year high in visitor numbers
Lonely Planet Travel News

After a drop in numbers last year, travellers have defied predictions and returned to Paris in record numbers to show their affection for the City of Love.

The numbers revealed for the start of 2017 indicate this may be the city’s strongest tourism year in a decade. There were 16.4 million hotel stays, an increase of 10% on the same time period last year. Visitors to all the city’s major attractions, including the Arc de Triomphe, have also increased.

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