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5/18/2018

The Transportation Security Administration is preparing for the busy summer travel season with higher levels of staffing, officials told lawmakers at a hearing with the House Homeland Security subcommittee on transportation. "The question that's still on the table is: How do we get those Precheck numbers up?" A4A's Sharon Pinkerton asked.

5/18/2018

U by Uniworld's recent policy change to allow non-millennials to book the company's river cruises has caused some agent confusion on how to sell the brand to an older crowd. Other agents have praised the company for listening to agent feedback and expanding its potential client base.

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5/18/2018

River-cruise company Scenic will update all eight of its vessels, aka Space Ships, which sail the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers for next year. These renovations will include fewer but larger staterooms and new wellness centers such as a salt lounge.

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5/18/2018

The Cotswolds region in the UK is the perfect destination for travelers seeking to step back in time in the English countryside. Visitors can learn about Henry VIII's sixth wife, Katherine Parr, at the Sudeley Castle and Gardens and tour the almost 800-year-old former nunnery, Lacock Abbey, which was featured in two "Harry Potter" movies.

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5/18/2018

Instead of complaining about inexperienced and struggling agents tarnishing the industry, it's best to mentor them, Charlie Funk advises. To be a good mentor, you need at least 10 years of experience, passion about the industry and a history of successes.

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5/18/2018

The current lending climate for the hotel industry is "very good" but reflects more caution than the "frothy" and "ebullient" pre-recession atmosphere, according to the organizer of a recent Meet the Money conference. Jim Butler, chairman of Jeffers Mangels Butler & Mitchell's Global Hospitality Group, projected continuing growth over the short term.

5/18/2018

An undisclosed buyer has acquired Templin's on the River in Post Falls, Wash., from Red Lion Hotels. The property will remain Red Lion-branded with the $9.25 million transaction, one of seven sales by the chain over the past eight months.

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5/18/2018

The swelling of the US hotel pipeline in the year's first quarter has been accompanied by an increase in multidevelopers, according to Lodging Econometrics. The firm's analysis showed 326 developers with three or more projects each as planned projects rose 4% and rooms 6% over 2017.

5/18/2018

The largest hotel operator in the Nordic countries has transformed one of its Stockholm properties into a base-camp-themed sanctuary aimed at the outdoorsy set. Downtown Camper by Scandic Hotels features a lobby designed for the sociability of hikers' retreats and offers equipment and guidance for both urban and wilderness experiences.

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5/18/2018

Fulcrum BioEnergy, which counts United Airlines as an investor, broke ground on Wednesday in Reno, Nev., on a plant that will convert household trash into low-carbon jet fuel. The manufacturing facility is expected to come online in 2020.