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Comment by Colin J. Holden on February 3, 2010 at 8:08pm
I will be on assignment in Europe between May 10 and May 30 attending the Institute of Travel & Meetings Annual Conference at Chelsea FC, Stamford Bridge, London, England (May12 & 13) and the IMEX 2010 Incentive Travel, Meetings & Events Exhibition in Frankfurt, Germany (May 25, 26 & 27). I am looking to fill my schedule in the time between these two events (May 14-24) covering a number of business travel; meetings, incentives, conventions & events topics. I already have some tentative plans in Liverpool, London, Paris and Frankfurt – if anyone has any assignment suggestions or “must see” recommendations related to business travel or meetings, incentives, conventions & events topics please let me know…
Comment by David Paul Appell on January 21, 2010 at 12:56pm
I'm curious to know what people think about this latest brouhaha involving obese passengers, now that Air France/KLM has clarified its new policy. As per Reuters, AF "said that from Feb 1. overweight passengers who had freely chosen to buy an extra seat for comfort would get their money back on flights that were not fully booked."

The report also noted:

"Southwest Airlines and United Airlines have a policy where "oversize" people need to buy a second seat and can claim a refund if the plane is not full. This followed complaints from adjacent passengers."

Do you think this kind of policy addresses the issue sufficiently?
Comment by EnLinea Media on January 11, 2010 at 3:00pm
Travelers prefer full-body scans to patdowns 7-to-1, according to State of the American Traveler survey... what do you prefer?
Comment by Cessy Meacham on December 26, 2009 at 11:19pm
Thanks for sharing Mary Jo, I love the article, ( and subscribe as well :) spreading awareness and overall good attitude at the airport, can make a big change in the way we start our trip, business or pleasure. Buen Viaje!!! Safe trip! greetings from Florida.
Comment by Mary Jo Manzanares on December 26, 2009 at 8:52pm
Happy to! Now I just need to figure out how to do that in our system here. :-)
Comment by David Paul Appell on December 26, 2009 at 8:50pm
Thanks, Mary Jo! Why don't you throw a version of this into a blog post so our members will see in on the front page this weekend and coming week? Bon voyage!
Comment by Mary Jo Manzanares on December 26, 2009 at 8:43pm
I'm traveling tomorrow, and as an airline insider wrote the following article about potential security changes, what to expect, how to prepare, and give a few of my personal recommendations:
Comment by David Paul Appell on December 26, 2009 at 8:39pm
I sure hope what we've been hearing of the supposed new TSA rules are inaccurate or incomplete, because they seem moronic and pointless -- unless it's to discourage yet more people from flying...
Comment by EnLinea Media on December 4, 2009 at 10:41pm
Airline ticket prices expected to increase worldwide\

December 3, 2009
( According to the ITB World Travel Trends Report, commissioned by the world’s leading travel trade show and compiled by the consultancy IPK International, a short- to mid-term rise in the price of airline tickets is to be expected worldwide. Travelers will have to bear the cost of anticipated increases in taxes and charges by paying extra for tickets, according to the report.

The ITB World Travel Trends Report states that in order to become profitable again, airlines will have to significantly adjust their ticket prices. The findings are based on the assessments of 60 tourism experts from 30 countries, on a special IPK International trend analysis undertaken in leading source markets and on core data supplied by the World Travel Monitor®, recognized as the largest ongoing survey of global travel trends in some 60 source countries. The report notes that “current airline prices are clearly too low to allow airlines to become profitable again."

Despite the worldwide recession, the ITB World Travel Trends Report expects commercial aviation to grow dynamically over the next two decades. The Chinese market is predicted to expand annually by around 8.4 percent, followed by the Asian-Pacific region (6.9 percent), and South America (estimated at 6.4 percent). The European market is forecast to grow by 3.4 percent, lagging significantly behind the expected global average growth rate of 4.9 percent.

Dr. Martin Buck, vice president, CompetenceCenter Travel&Logistics, Messe Berlin, stated: “The currently unanswered question facing the world’s airline industries is whether price-conscious consumers will continue to drive the downgrading trend we are seeing in bookings or whether we will witness a return to the situation we had before the worldwide economic and financial crisis began. It also remains to be seen whether companies will limit their business travel to a minimum and how video conferences and other new forms of communication technology will influence travel behavior."

According to Dr. Martin Buck, the recession has already had a positive effect, “The over-capacity of the world’s airline industries has been reduced and older planes, which consume large amounts of kerosene, have been taken out of service." In the short term, a full recovery of demand is unlikely. Describing the situation he added that “flat is the new growth."

From December 15, 2009 the ITB World Travel Trends Report 2009/2010 can be downloaded free of charge from centre/publications .

Messe Berlin: Michael T. Hofer Spokesman & Director Press and Public Relations ITB Berlin/ITB Asia: Astrid Ehring Press Officer Messedamm 22 D-14055 Berlin Tel: + 4930 3038-2275 Fax: + 4930 3038-2141 Email: Web: IPK International: Barbara Postel Senior Consultant Gottfried-Keller-Straße 20 81245 München Tel:+ 49 89 82923713 Fax: + 4989 82923726 Email: For additional details:
Comment by Max Pesling on November 28, 2009 at 9:49pm
Here's an interesting take on the Airbus A380 superliner. So is it an oversized white elephant already or could it still be the future of longhauls?,8599,1942120,00.html



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