Alexandre de Juniac, director general and CEO of the International Air Transport Association, used his opening address at the organization's Global Media Day in Geneva, Switzerland, to call for more cooperation between airlines and governments worldwide.
Leading consumer voice Travelers United and A4A are urging senators to reject a proposal being pushed by airports to unnecessarily raise the passenger facility charge on everyone who flies. "It's easy to advocate for a tax increase when you don't have to own it," said A4A executive Sharon Pinkerton. Travelers United said airline passengers are already unfairly penalized with an excessive tax burden.
On Saturday morning, American Airlines' Snowball Express flight will take off from Chicago O'Hare International Airport. The flight takes children of fallen US military members to Dallas for a week of celebrations, including a private concert by acclaimed "Forrest Gump" actor Gary Sinise and his Lt. Dan Band.
Gaming revenue rose 11% for the Chickasaw Nation in Oklahoma to more than $1.44 billion for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30. "Net profits from our businesses are the highest ever in Chickasaw Nation history," said spokesman Tony Choate.
Skill-based games are on the rise in the US, with GameCo's video gaming machines appearing in seven casinos since November of last year. Gamblit Gaming entered the market later than its rival but can now be found at 12 casinos in Nevada, four in Oklahoma, one each in New Mexico and California, and on three cruise lines.
GVC is in negotiations with UK bookmaker Ladbrokes Coral Group to purchase a majority stake in the company. The talks come as the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport considers lowering the maximum bet on fixed-odds terminals from $134 a spin to between $2.68 and $67 per turn.
The New Jersey Assembly passed a bill this week to legalize internet cafes at state racetracks. The proposal would allow racetracks to offer online gaming if they partner with an Atlantic City casino or an internet platform associated with one.
Construction began this week in on a Leech Lake tribal casino in Cass Lake, Minn. The gaming facility will cost up to $50 million and have four blackjack tables, 650 slot machines, 100 hotel rooms, a restaurant, brew pub and more.
Former Shangri-La Hotels CEO Giovanni Angelini says hotels will increasingly have to stand out in a competitive market. "Technology has to be aligned with the hotel's overall strategic positioning and with the competitive advantages of the brand," writes the founder of Angelini Hospitality.
Owners of the Island Hotel in Newport Beach, Calif., this week announced plans to rebrand the property as the Fashion Island Hotel. "Adding 'fashion' to the hotel name bolsters the alignment between these two important properties while emphasizing Fashion Island as an iconic and luxury destination," said Ralph Grippo, president of Irvine Company Resort Properties.