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Saturday October 31, 2009
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Steven Hayes

President
The Corporate Council
on Africa

US-Africa Summit, Summarized ‘There is much opportunity in Africa’

We get the lowdown on and takeaways from the recent Biannual US-Africa Business Summit in Washington, DC from the man who truly knows. There were nearly 1700 attendees and delegates from around the globe who took part in 90+ educational breakout sessions. Hillary Clinton spoke there, once again expressing the strong commitment of the US to investment in Africa. And then, there was the networking, too!

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 Mona Naffa

Founder
Society of Tourism
International-Middle East
 

We take a fresh look at the Switzerland of the Middle East and ask more about the
opportunities in Jordan.

Mona calls both Southern California and Jordan her homes and has been marketing Jordan as a tourism and meetings destination for years. Her company recently partnered with Expedia.com to offer even more travel and tour destinations to Amman. Listen in as she and Sandy describe the reasons you should take a tour in Jordan.


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Amie Gorrell

PR Director
Gaylord Resorts
and
Convention Hotels
 

There is no doubt Gaylord is a giant in the conventions and meeting industry. Meet one of the Gaylord ‘stars’, Amie Gorrell and learn how Gaylord continues to attract business travelers from around the world. Their attention to the business community and their work environment make them a great opportunity.

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Sandy Dhuyvetter

Executive Producer & Host
TravelTalkMEDIA
 
 

It's a Wrap!
Sandy Dhuyvetter
, Executive Producer and Host 
wraps up the hour with news and trends in Business Travel.

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ARCHIVES of last week's program. October 24, 2009
Guests last week
 Kevin Maguire

Chairman of the National Business Travel Association on BusinessTravelRADIO
this week.


Andy Menkes

Founder and President of Partnership Travel Consulting on BusinessTravelRADIO this week.


Partnership Travel Consulting


Sandy Dhuyvetter broadcast from the National Business Travel Association in
August 2009

San Diego, California.
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Thank you for joining Saturday and Sunday for some Serious Fun!
Warm regards,
Sandy Dhuyvetter

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Business Travel NEWS
Week of  October 26, 2009

FRIDAY OCTOBER 30, 2009
11 Ways to Destroy Your Buiness
October 27, 2009 NY Times
Small details can destroy a business, says New York Times blogger Jay Goltz, who outlines 11 of his favorite killer practices. Topping his list: Allowing extension cords that create fire hazards, failing to keep up with bill collecting and failing to train employees on how to interview job candidates.
http://boss.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/10/27/eleven-easy-ways-to-destroy-your-company/

Commerce Department Forecasts Travel Rebound By 2013
October 30, 2009 TravelPulse
The U.S. Department of Commerce released its 2009-2013 travel forecast, which predicts the United States will welcome 63 million international visitors in 2013, an increase of 9 percent from record-setting visits in 2008. However, reflective of the global economic downturn, international visitation is projected to decline 8 percent between 2008 and 2009 to 53 million visitors.
http://www.travelpulse.com/Resources/Editorial.aspx?n=62883


Fairmont San Jose Offers Meetings That Matter Program
October 30, 2009 TravelPulse
The Fairmont San Jose is offering groups an opportunity to help out a charity of their choice via the Meetings That Matter program. The program is available to planners booking a new meeting for dates in 2009 and up to June 30, 2010, with a minimum of 50 room nights.
http://www.travelpulse.com/Resources/Editorial.aspx?n=62895


American, Lexus Offer Free Wi-Fi In-Flight Promotion
October 30, 2009 TravelPulse
Beginning Nov. 1 and running through Nov. 7, American customers traveling on Wi-Fi-equipped aircraft can enjoy free Wi-Fi service, compliments of Lexus, allowing travelers to stay connected while thousands of feet in the sky.

 

Thursday October 29, 2009

New Nongaming Hotel Opens Near Las Vegas Convention Center
October 27, 2009 Meeting News
A new, nongaming SpringHill Suites by Marriott hotel has opened across the street from the Las Vegas Convention Center, giving meeting planners and convention attendees a new, strictly-business option for staying and meeting away from the Vegas Strip. Click HERE

'New Look' Corporate Travel Segment Emerges Fighting Fit for 2010
28 OCTOBER 2009 Focus on Travel News
'No pain no gain' is generally a phrase used by those embarking on a new fitness regime, but could equally be applied to the recent experiences of the corporate travel segment where in 2009, after years of ambivalence towards corporate travel management, businesses were forced to wake up and adopt 'boot camp' style work-outs for their travel budgets. Click HERE

Amex Surveys Say China Will Lead Business Travel Recovery
October 29, 2009 TravelPulse
American Express Business Travel announced the findings of two surveys which offered separate yet similar predictions on the health and future of business travel heading into 2010. The company surveyed its Global
Business Partnership (GBP) clients, its largest global clients, as well as 180 client organizations based across Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou in China through its annual China Business Travel Survey (The Barometer). The findings indicate that clients expect China will lead business travel recovery.
Further, investment by global companies and local companies in China should increase over the next 12 months. Click HERE

Priceline Launches iPhone, iPod Hotel
Negotiator App

October 29, 2009 TravelPulse
Priceline.com has announced the availability of the Hotel Negotiator App on the App Store. The app, which features The Priceline Negotiator (William Shatner), lets travelers use iPhone or iPod touch to quickly find and book last-minute hotel rooms using priceline.com's Name Your Own Price hotel service and save up to 50 percent over published hotel rates. The Hotel Negotiator App is available for free from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore.
http://www.travelpulse.com/Resources/Editorial.aspx?n=62834

Call, Email or Text for your next cab
29 October 2009 eTravelBlackboard
WiNav Technologies LLC has announced the launch of its new GPS based taxi dispatch system 'NaviCab'.
NaviCab aims to consolidate the dispatch efforts of many individual fleet and taxi company vehicles under one umbrella. Customers can now call, text or email NaviCab and book taxis regardless of the taxi company, pickup or drop-off location.
http://www.etravelblackboard.us/showarticle.asp?id=92100

Wednesday October 28, 2009
Ghana To Host First Pan-African Trade Fair And Investment Conference
Ghana News Agency / The Corporate Council on Africa
Ghana will host the first-ever Pan African Trade Fair and investment conference in Accra on November 15 to November 21, to serve as a platform to assist with the development of African businesses. Read more>>

Carlson Hotels Worldwide offers more perks for meetings in Asia Pacific
Wednesday, 28 October 2009 eTravelBlackboard  
Carlson Hotels Worldwide, one of the world's leading hotel companies, is offering more perks for small and medium sized meetings booked at its properties in Asia Pacific with the launch of a new dedicated campaign 'MeetingPERKS'. The campaign applies for three of the Carlson hotel brands across the region.
http://www.etravelblackboard.us/showarticle.asp?id=92083

American Offers Ben & Jerry's in Business Class
October 28, 2009 TravelPulse
American Airlines, a founding member of the oneworld Alliance, has a sweet treat in store for customers traveling in Business Class. Beginning Nov. 1, American's new Ben & Jerry's sundaes will tempt travelers in Business Class on flights from the United States to Europe, Japan, Latin America, India and China to indulge in their dessert first. The Ben & Jerry's sundaes will expand to Business Class cabins on transcontinental flights beginning Dec. 1.
http://www.travelpulse.com/Resources/Editorial.aspx?n=62764

Trade Show Associations Launch Exhibit Industry Council
10/28/2009 Meetings & Conventions
Five trade show industry associations have formed the Exhibit Industry Council in response to rising concerns from exhibitors that business practices in the industry are leading to an unsustainable business model.
http://mcmag.com/article_ektid30084.aspx#2

ACTE Exec Director Gurley Resigns
10/28/2009 Meetings & Conventions
Susan Gurley, executive director of the Association of Corporate Travel Executives, will step down on Dec. 1, announced ACTE president Richard Crum on Tuesday, during the association's global conference in Prague, Czech Republic. Gurley has accepted a position with a cause-based advocacy organization she declined to name.
http://mcmag.com/article_ektid30084.aspx#2

First web site for the cruise meetings industry debuts
OCT 27, 2009 eTurboNews
The media got their first look at Seasite.com, the first online web portal designed solely for the cruise meetings industry, at the Motivation Show in Chicago.
http://www.eturbonews.com/12457/first-web-site-cruise-meetings-industry-debuts

Tuesday October 27, 2009
AirPlus International and ACTE Release New Whitepaper on the Current Travel Management Landscape and its Future
AirPlus
Joint whitepaper highlights the top levers of cost saving for current travel management and which shall remain after the financial crisis
The whitepaper is available for free download at www.airplus.com and the www.acteconnect.org site

South Africa Eyes Grant to Break Jams at Region’s Borders
Business Day
South Africa is preparing to tap a new World Bank grant to help ease congestion and untangle red tape at border posts across the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
Read more>>

BTN Names Deutsche Bank's Debbie Dayton 2009's Top International Travel Manager
btnonline
OCTOBER 26, 2009 -- Business Travel News today named Deutsche Bank global head of travel-related services Debbie Dayton as the 2009 International Travel Manager of the Year during the Association of Corporate Travel Executives' global conference in Prague.

http://www.btnonline.com/businesstravelnews/headlines/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1004030393

ACTE Names BCD's Chris Crowley As Next President
btnonline By Amon Cohen
OCTOBER 26, 2009 -- The possibility of merger talks resuming between the Association of Corporate Travel Executives and National Business Travel Association were furthered by the election of a senior BCD Travel executive as ACTE's new president.
 http://www.btnonline.com/businesstravelnews/headlines/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1004030499

Las Vegas economy may get a hangover from high living
BY LATIMES.COM | DEC 26, 2008
Las Vegas has staked its future on 320-thread-count linens, 2,200-square-foot suites, filet mignon, Chanel, seaweed wraps and $5,000 bets on slot machines. The latest batch of mega-resorts revels in luxury. Thrift mostly vanished with showgirls and the Rat Pack.
http://www.eturbonews.com/6917/las-vegas-economy-may-get-hangover-high-living


American's Frequent Flyers Can Vote for
Favorite Road Warrior
Published on: October 27, 2009 - TravelPulse
American Way magazine recently chose five finalists in the Eighth Annual American Way Road Warrior Contest. Now American Way readers will determine the grand prize, second prize and third prize winners by voting online for their favorite contestant at www.americanwaymag.com/roadwarrior  by Nov. 14 at 11:59 p.m. CST.
http://www.travelpulse.com/Resources/Editorial.aspx?n=62691

A Fire Risk That Clears Security
By CHRISTINE NEGRONI
Published: October 26, 2009 - NY Times
Battery fires in personal electronic devices can be scary. But if a battery ignites on a plane, the risks are much greater. Batteries in electronic devices are a concern for safety agencies. With more people traveling with an assortment of portable electronics — sometimes a plane has more devices than passengers — fires are occurring on airliners with increasing frequency. More than half of the 22 battery fires in the cabin of passenger planes since 1999 have been in the last three years. One air safety expert suggested that these devices might be “the last unrestricted fire hazard” people can bring on airplanes.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/27/business/27fires.html?_r=2


How to Network – Live & In Person
October 26, 2009 - WALL STREET JOURNAL
Networking is one of the most valuable (and inexpensive) forms of marketing. Many successful business owners are master networkers who can walk into a room full of strangers, make a connection and handily attract a new client, partner or investor. While it helps to be naturally outgoing, networking is a skill that can be learned. First, it's necessary to get yourself in the right spot— and that means interacting with people who can potentially help your business. Attend a conference, trade show or social event where you can meet people who either need your product or service or know someone who might.  Click HERE

Monday October 26, 2009
GOL Launches UATP Corporate Card
TravelTalkMEDIA
Card will provide customers with a globally accepted payment option for corporate travel
São Paulo - GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes S.A. (Bovespa: GOLL4 and NYSE: GOL), the largest low-cost and low-fare airline in Latin America, announced today that the Company has become the first airline in Latin America to issue UATP accounts with the launch of its new GOL Corporate Card to business customers.
http://uatp.com/news-and-events/press-releases/2009/10/GOL.html

Venezuela Nationalizes Hilton Hotel
BY TAMARA PEARSON – VENEZUELANALYSIS.COM | OCT 26, 2009
Mérida, Venezuela (Venezuelanalysis.com) - The Venezuelan government nationalized the Hilton Suites and its assets, located on Margarita Island, a popular local and international tourist destination.
http://www.eturbonews.com/12439/venezuela-nationalizes-hilton-hotel

InterContinental to Open in Mendoza, Argentina
Published on: October 26, 2009 TravelPulse
IHG signed a franchise agreement with KLP Emprendimientos S.A. for development of the InterContinental Mendoza, in Mendoza, Argentina. It will be IHG’s third InterContinental in Argentina
http://www.travelpulse.com/Resources/Editorial.aspx?n=62597

American Airlines to Launch New York-Madrid Service
Published on: October 26, 2009 TravelPulse
Beginning May 1, 2010, American will inaugurate daily nonstop flights between New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) and Madrid Barajas Airport (MAD) aboard 182-seat Boeing 757-200 aircraft in two-class configuration. In American’s Business Class, 16 passengers will have the fully-motorized lie-flat seats and in-seat audio and video on demand.
http://www.travelpulse.com/Resources/Editorial.aspx?n=62626

Report Outlines the "New Normal" for U.S. Business Travel
Monday, October 26, 2009 eTravelBlackboard
With Travel Costs Relatively Flat, Business Travel Projected to Increase.  Travel Policies Expected to Remain Tight
The National Business Travel Association (NBTA) -- the leading global business travel organization -- today provided its members with the 2010 U.S. Business Travel Buyers' Cost Forecast.
http://www.etravelblackboard.us/showarticle.asp?id=92024

Decision on Completion for World Cup Delayed until December
Corporate Council on Africa and Engineering News
It is still unclear whether the airport link of the R25,4-billion Gautrain rapid-rail project will be finished in time for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Read more>>

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Friday October 23, 2009
BusinessTravelRADIO Launches Saturday October 24, 2009
TravelTalkMEDIA
BusinessTravelRADIO, hosted by award-winning media personality and travel industry veteran, Sandy Dhuyvetter, is a one hour weekly radio program that focuses on the business travel industry and features education forums, international news, and guests who are experts in the corporate and managed travel business.
http://www.traveltalkmedia.com

London's Heathrow Voted Worst Airport, Again
By: Reuters
London's Heathrow Airport has been voted the worst airport in the world for the second year running in a poll of 14,500 frequent fliers while Singapore's Changi was again ranked as the best.
http://www.cnbc.com/id/33443419

Singapore's Changi named world's best airport
ASTAbrief
A survey of 14,500 frequent fliers found that Singapore's Changi airport was the world's best, while London's Heathrow airport was, once again, the worst. The survey of Priority Pass members rated Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport and the Los Angeles International Airport and second- and third-worst. "A result that suggests anyone wanting a romantic break in Paris should avoid the Heathrow-Charles de Gaulle route if they don't want to kill the mood," according to a statement from Priority Pass. http://r.smartbrief.com/resp/svfMpfadtdbKvdCibHajCicNBzHY?format=standard
 

Borneo Convention Centre Kuching celebrates official launch ceremony
Published by Ozgur Tore   

Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK), the first purpose-built convention center in Borneo, celebrated its official launch ceremony with a lavish evening event at the new center on October 18, 2009. International guests and VIPs were invited to witness the lavish ceremony as BCCK announced they are now fully operational and ready to cater for events of any size.
http://www.ftnnews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=7518&Itemid=29

Business travel still suffering from economic crisis     
Focus on Travel News Published by Ozgur Tore   
Many companies in Germany have yet to feel the effects of the current boom on the international stock markets, and what experts are predicting as a foreseeable end to the global financial crisis.
Few companies anticipate the business travel sector to recover in the coming months. By contrast, video conference organisers have benefited significantly from the global economic and financial crisis.
http://www.ftnnews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=7515&Itemid=29

Continental stems losses in third quarter with cheap tickets
eTravelBlackboard  
Continental Airlines reported an US$18 million loss for the three months ending September, managing to stem its losses by increasing its passenger numbers with cheap deals.
http://www.etravelblackboard.us/showarticle.asp?id=91994


Budding Corporate Travel Demand Sparks Guarded Airline Optimism
By Jay Boehmer btnonline
October 22, 2009 - Corporate travel demand is improving, the major legacy airlines said during third-quarter earnings calls this week, though revenues and traffic from the segment remained down from the same period last year. Read More>>


The Foreign Assistance Revitalization and Accountability Act of 2009
The Corporate Council on Africa
The legislation’s statement of policy is that the U.S. should promote global development, good governance, and the reduction of poverty and hunger given the importance of global prosperity and security to the national interests of the United States.  In support of this policy, a reform and rebuilding process should be initiated that will redefine the U.S. foreign assistance architecture and strengthen the capacity of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and related agencies to establish effective development policies and implement innovative foreign assistance programs with maximum impact. http://www.africacncl.org/(jjrvua4513jxap30lhwsecyg)/blobdnld.aspx?id=38c25d8b-6c2d-4125-a70d-11ec5e8c3889

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Thursday October 22, 2009
Travelocity Business Names Sabre Exec New President
By Seth Harris BTNonline
October 21, 2009 - Travelocity Global late yesterday announced several senior executive changes, including the appointment of Yannis Karmis as president of Travelocity Business, effective Nov. 1. Karmis replaces Lesley Harris, who has shifted to the leisure online travel agency side of the company as head of North American Hotels and Packaging. More.

Air travel demand still weak in U.S.
eTravelBlackboard
Thursday, 22 October 2009
U.S. carriers suffered a 19 percent drop in passenger revenue in September according to the latest data from industry trade organisation Air Transport Association of America (ATA).
The data was based on a sample group of carriers with the decline marking the 11th consecutive month in which passenger revenue has declined from the prior year.
http://www.etravelblackboard.us/showarticle.asp?id=91986

United narrows loss, starts to see rebound
eTravelBlackboard
Thursday, 22 October 2009
United Airlines reported a US$57 million loss for the third quarter of the year and says that despite continued weakness was beginning to see a recovery in demand, even in premium seats.
Narrowing its result from the massive $792 million loss recorded a year earlier, United Airlines reported that revenue reached US$4.43 billion some 20.3% lower than the same three months ending September last year.
http://www.etravelblackboard.us/showarticle.asp?id=91987

NBTA Report Predicts Increase in U.S. Business Travel
TravelPulse
Published on: October 22, 2009
Nearly 7 in 10 (69 percent) of travel managers responding to an NBTA survey expect business travel volume to grow in 2010. Fifty-six percent of travel managers project their total travel spend to increase in 2010; another 31 percent expect their total travel spend to remain flat year over year.
http://www.travelpulse.com/Resources/Editorial.aspx?n=62463

GOL Launches UATP Corporate Card
eTurboNews
Published on: October 21, 2009
SAO PAULO - GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes S.A., the largest low-cost and low-fare airline in Latin America, announced today that the Company has become the first airline in Latin America to issue UATP accounts with the launch of its new GOL Corporate Card to business customers. Accepted by more than 250 associated airlines, representing over 95% of all passenger air travel capacity worldwide, UATP is designed to lower the
cost of sale by reducing or eliminating credit card transaction fees to airlines.
http://www.eturbonews.com/12376/uatp-copropate-card-launched-gol

Report Shows Airline Loyalty Programs Fall Short of Desires
TravelPulse
Published on: October 22, 2009
The loyalty program experts at Carlson Marketing and Peppers & Rogers Group dissect frequent flyer programs to determine what elements are most important to secure the loyalty of elite members. The white paper, “Better Business Results from Elite Frequent Flyers,” analyzes responses from nearly 5,000 frequent flyer program members from four different airlines.
http://www.travelpulse.com/Resources/Editorial.aspx?n=62502

For travelers on packed planes, 'fight for the overheads' is on
By Kitty Bean Yancey, USA TODAY
Published on: October 22, 2009
American Airlines flight attendant Gailen David dreads the pre-takeoff ritual that's becoming as irksome as taking shoes off at security checkpoints. Passengers laden with carry-ons resemble a scene from Survivor or The Amazing Race. They scramble to stow gear before others fill overhead bins, drag bags heavier than allowed, slip aboard with more than the two items typically permitted — and clip seatmates while cramming in belongings.
http://www.usatoday.com/travel/flights/2009-10-21-airlines-carryons_N.htm

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Wednesday October 21, 2009
How to beat the airport security line
10 simple ways you can become checkpoint-friendly

MSNBC
Though ever-increasing security at airports makes sense in the face of terrorist activity worldwide, that doesn’t make the slow processing speeds and long lines at airport security any less frustrating.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/33345755/ns/travel-tips/

AirPlus Study Anticipates Declines in Business Travel, Meetings
Meetings & Conventions Magazine
AirPlus International Inc. released its fifth annual Travel Management Study, a survey of 1,500 travel managers from 15 countries conducted February through April, projecting trends for the following 12 months. http://mcmag.com/article_ektid29730.aspx#5

Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas Unveils Meeting Facilities
TravelPulsePublished on: October 21, 2009
The Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas, opening in December, will offer more than 12,000 square feet of meeting space with floor-to-ceiling windows and technologically advanced amenities. The space will be situated on the third level, with a separate entrance from the main porte cochère. http://www.travelpulse.com/Resources/Editorial.aspx?n=62398

LAX Approves $1.26 Billion International Terminal Project
TravelPulse Published on: October 21, 2009
The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners awarded two contracts totaling $1.26 billion to reconfigure the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The Bradley West Project, as it is known, is considered to be the biggest public works project in the city’s history and is expected to create 4,000 construction-related jobs during the four-year project schedule. he Boeing B787. The new boarding gates are scheduled for completion in 2012.
http://www.travelpulse.com/Resources/Editorial.aspx?n=62438

Future of Japan Airlines still cloudy
eTravelBlackboard Wednesday, 21 October 2009
The future of Japan Airlines (JAL)and the structure it intends to take, is still murky as rumours and hearsay plague the carrier back home in Japan despite government promises that it won’t let the carrier go under.
http://www.etravelblackboard.us/showarticle.asp?id=91952

FCm Travel Solutions survey reveals 39 per cent business travellers looking to increase corporate travel budgets in 2010
TravelBizMonitor By TBM Staff | Mumbai
According to a report in asiatraveltips.com, FCm Travel Solutions recently conducted an online survey which indicated that during the next year more than 70 per cent of business travellers, who participated in the survey were looking to increase or consolidate their spend on corporate travel.

http://www.travelbizmonitor.com/fcm-travel-solutions-survey-reveals-39-per-cent-business-travellers-looking-to-increase-corporate-travel-budgets-in-2010-8551

United's new twist on fees: $249 for a year of checked luggage
USAToday
United has rolled out a new twist on baggage fees, something that The Associated Press describes as "a sort of all-you-can-carry fee for luggage. Could this be the next wise move in corporate business travel trends?
http://blogs.usatoday.com/sky/2009/10/united-has-rolled-out-a-new-twist-on-baggage-fees-something-that-the-associated-press-describes-as-a-sort-of-all-you-can-car.html

 

Please join The Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE)
at the Hilton Prague Hotel 25 - 27 October 2009 for the Global Education Conference.
riepeacte@aol.com

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Tuesday October 20, 2009
MPI Refines CMP As NBTA Readies Mark
Meeting News - Meeting Professionals International and the Convention Industry Council last month announced plans to alter the Certified Meeting Professional designation from a North American to a global standard. Meanwhile, the National Business Travel Association next month is launching its Strategic Meetings Management Certification, which is aimed at providing professionals with the training to, among other skills, manage data measurement, procurement and risk mitigation, standardize processes and lead a team of meeting planners. 
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/mn_20091019/index.php?startid=b#/2

Temecula Creek Inn Unveils Beyond the Boardroom Packages
TravelPlus Published on: October 20, 2009
The Temecula Creek Inn, located in Southern California’s wine country, has unveiled three Beyond the Boardroom meeting packages
http://www.travelpulse.com/Resources/Editorial.aspx?n=62348

Amtrak posts second-best ridership in history
etravelblackboard Tuesday, 20 October 2009
27.2 million passengers, $1.6 billion in tickets, on-time performance up Amtrak carried nearly 27.2  million passengers in Fiscal Year 2009, marking the second highest ridership total since the National Railroad Passenger Corporation started operations in 1971. http://www.etravelblackboard.us/showarticle.asp?id=91935

 Hotels.com reveals 30% drop in New York hotel rates
etravelblackboard Tuesday, 20 October 2009
According to the latest hotels.com Hotel Price Index (HPI), New York experienced the greatest hotel price fall of any state: prices were down by 30% year-over-year during the first half of 2009. http://www.etravelblackboard.us/showarticle.asp?id=91924

JetBlue Increases Flights from Boston to Baltimore
Published on: October 20, 2009
JetBlue Airways is expanding its daily service from Boston's Logan International Airport (BOS).  
http://www.travelpulse.com/Resources/Editorial.aspx?n=62367

 Buyers Consolidate Hotel Purchasing
BTNonline OCTOBER 19, 2009 -- Travel buyers increasingly are strengthening their hotel negotiating positions in an environment where they have less demand and more clout by consolidating meetings expenditures, including combining group and transient hotel volumes. Meanwhile, Marriott International reached critical mass on a sales restructuring effort that helps support that strategy. Click HERE for more.

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Monday October 19, 2009

Airlines identify customer loyalty and retention as having most positive impact, says survey
APAC carriers say multi-channel distribution and merchandising important 
eTravel Blackboard Monday, 19 October 2009
While airlines are still grappling with concerns over fuel instability and revenue/yield issues, they are also now more focused on positive areas of impact such as customer loyalty and retention.http://www.etravelblackboard.us/showarticle.asp?id=91894

FlightAware, World's Most Popular Flight Tracking Web Site, Releases First Free iPhone Flight
eTravel Blackboard Monday, 19 October 2009
FlightAware, the world leader in flight tracking with over two million monthly users, released the first-ever free flight tracking application for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch. Available today for free download  http://www.etravelblackboard.us/showarticle.asp?id=91905

SAS introduces mobile boarding passes
eTravel BlackboardMonday, 19 October 2009
It is now even easier to travel with SAS Scandinavian Airlines, as the airline has introduced mobile boarding passes. This means SAS customers can now travel using only their mobile phone and with an ID card/passport
http://www.etravelblackboard.us/showarticle.asp?id=91898

South Africa Tweets its way to Tenth Place in World
IOL Technology
South Africa has become the 10th largest user of Twitter in the world, while the country has the most Facebook users on the continent, even surpassing Egypt
http://www.ioltechnology.co.za/article_page.php?iArticleId=5207669

United to introduce unlimited Elite upgrades in 2010
eTravel BlackboardMonday, 19 October 2009
United Airlines has announced plans to introduce unlimited domestic upgrades for elite members and a companion, effective from the second quarter of next year.
http://www.etravelblackboard.us/showarticle.asp?id=91897


Revenue down, another loss for Southwest Airlines
eTravel Blackboard Monday, 19 October 2009
Southwest Airlines reported a US$16 million loss for the third quarter, though an increase in traffic meant that this result was better than the US$120 million loss achieved in the third quarter of 2008
http://www.etravelblackboard.us/showarticle.asp?id=91902


FAA probe of American Airlines expands
by eTurboNews:
Oct 18, 2009 - The Federal Aviation Administration may be expanding its investigation into suspected structural problems found in a small portion of American Airlines jets, according to the Wall Street Journal.

http://www.eturbonews.com/12308/faa-probe-american-airlines-expands

 

Secretary Napolitano to Deliver a Webcast Cubersecurity Address, Tuesday October 20

TravelTalkMEDIA
Secretary Janet Napolitano, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, will deliver a special webcast address during National Cybersecurity Month on Tuesday, October 20, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. EDT. The Secretary will discuss:

 

  • the urgent need to counter the threat of cyber attacks;

  • the shared responsibility for staying safe online; and

  • the leadership role DHS is playing on cybersecurity.

The speech will be broadcast live online at www.dhs.gov.  For more information on important cybersecurity issues, please visit www.dhs.gov/cyber.

South Africa Port Terminal Volumes Seen Up 10 Percent Year-on-Year,
Says Transnet
The Corporate Council on Africa and
BusinessDay
Speaking at a South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry annual convention, Transnet's general manager for capital projects and technology, Logan Naidoo, said that projections are that container volumes will grow 10 percent year-on-year over five years (i.e. per year), bulk volumes 9 percent and automotive goods percent. Read more>>

Hilton on Margarita Island seized by Venezuelan government
by eTurboNews:
The Hilton resort on the island of Margarita, located 40 miles off the coast of Venezuela, has been seized by the Venezuelan government on the orders of President Hugo Chavez.
http://www.eturbonews.com/12280/hilton-margarita-island-seized-venezuelan-government

Airline asking passengers to lighten their load before boarding
TravelMole

Just how far would airlines go to save money and further alienate travelers? The latest idea: Japan’s All Nippon Airways is now asking passengers on select flights to empty their bladders before boarding.

http://www.travelmole.com/stories/1138903.php?mpnlog=1&m_id=_r~AddY!Y!

Business travel survey shows budgets for 2010 remain tight.
By Roger Yu, USA TODAY
Matt Bush a human resources executive, estimates his travel budget will jump 30% in 2010.
During any other year, that might signal a business boom. But few things seem normal in a year when the travel industry has been turned upside down by companies severely cutting back.
Bush's double-digit increase will follow a 50% cut in his original 2009 budget. In 2010, he plans to log about 15 trips, up from nine this year.
http://www.usatoday.com/travel/flights/2009-10-12-business-travel-outlook_N.htm

What Keeps Airlines Execs Up At Night? Fuel, Revenue
and … Customer Experience?

By Scott McCartney WSJ
Are airline managers focusing more on customer service and experience?
A survey of top airline managers around the world conducted by Sabre Airlines Solutions suggests they are focused more on customer retention and service.
http://blogs.wsj.com/middleseat/2009/10/12/what-keeps-airlines-execs-up-at-night-fuel-revenue-and-customer-experience/

2010 Hospitality Law Conference to feature Latest Trends and Most Pressing Industry Issues Facing Loss Prevention Professionals.
2010 Conference will begin on Thursday, February 4, with a dedicated Loss Prevention and Risk Management Track to address relevant and timely topics of interest to loss prevention professionals
http://www.hospitalitylawyer.com/index.php?id=53#HLC_5

The Corporate Council on Africa learns first hand from Secretary Clinton Africa is on the minds of US business.
Video of Secretary Clintons presentation at the CCA  US-Africa Business Summit Oct 2, 2009 http://www.hospitalitylawyer.com/index.php?id=53#HLC_5

Preferred Hotel Group™ Selects Sabre Hospitality Solutions as Global Marketing and Distribution Provider
Newly Formed Sabre Hospitality Solutions Meets Industry’s Needs as Evidenced by This Comprehensive Agreement

SOUTHLAKE, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Preferred Hotel Group™, a global leader in the hospitality industry with more than 700 members in over 75 countries, has selected Sabre Hospitality Solutions to provide complete distribution marketing and technology for its members. Preferred Hotel Group (PV) will transition all five of its brands, Preferred Hotels® & Resorts (PH), Preferred Boutique™ (PH), Summit Hotels & Resorts™ (XL), Sterling Hotels™ (WR) and Historic Hotels of America® (HE) to Sabre Hospitality Solutions’ SynXis Central Reservation System (CRS) in 2010.
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20091015005888/en

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