Delta Testing Free In-Flight Wi-Fi
Delta Air Lines’ in-flight experience is poised to get much better. The airline announced Thursday that it will begin testing free in-flight Wi-Fi as soon as next week.
Starting Monday, May 13, customers on approximately 55 domestic flight segments a day will have an opportunity to browse the web, check email, shop online, message friends and stay updated on social media at no charge, Delta said. However, the initial test will not support content streaming so the binge-watching will have to wait.
Boeing (BA) has been struggling to recover from two fatal crashes overseas involving its 737 Max 8 jets and win back the public’s trust. The good news is consumers don’t have to worry too much about how the plane manufacturer’s woes will affect airfare.
One travel expert, Liana Corwin from Hopper Consumer Travel, said all the Boeing news will have little impact on summer travel and consumers shouldn’t worry about it, especially for high demand routes like New York to Los Angeles.
In the latest response to the growing global problem of overtourism, the Netherlands will stop promoting inbound travel, turning its focus to managing a record influx of visitors.
The Netherlands Board of Tourism and Conventions detailed its new strategy this week, saying one of its top priorities will be attracting visitors beyond Amsterdam and the country’s tulip gardens, and adopting policies that ensure tourism is benefiting all Dutch citizens.
Choice Hotels plans to shift its focus towards higher-end lodgings in a bid to attract upscale business travelers.
The hotel giant struggled somewhat last quarter, as revenue per available room declined nearly 1 percent domestically, driven primarily by flatness in its midscale and economy brands. Choice was also hurt by construction costs, and the partial government shutdown, the company said in an earnings call Thursday. Choice aims to raise revenue by expanding its footprint in the upscale segment, potentially with a new brand acquisition, as well as by upgrading its most popular midscale brand, Comfort Inn.
“One of our most successful initiatives has been growing our share in the upscale segment. We believe that our strategic focus on upscale will continue to evolve our portfolio and drive top line growth because of the revenue-intense nature of the brands,” said Dominic Dragisich, chief financial officer of Choice Hotels.Add to Flipboard Magazine.