US travel agency air ticket sales down 17% in July

Airlines Reporting Corp | August 20, 2020

Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC) today released data showing that net sales from ARC-accredited travel agencies decreased 17% month-over-month from June to July 2020. This marks the first decrease in net sales month-over-month since May, and a 95% decrease year-over-year from July 2019. The consolidated dollar value of tickets transacted by agencies last month totaled $387 million, compared to $8 billion in July 2019.

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Key industry spokespeople joined us for an informative Q&A on the Hospitality Industry.

Ted Horner (Managing Director at Hospitality Technology Consultants), Tish Nyar (Director of Operations at Australia & New Zealand TFE Hotels), and Scott Boyes (Vice President Operations at NSW/ACT Accor Hotels) provided their insight on the interaction between technology and hospitality.

Spotlight

Key industry spokespeople joined us for an informative Q&A on the Hospitality Industry.

Ted Horner (Managing Director at Hospitality Technology Consultants), Tish Nyar (Director of Operations at Australia & New Zealand TFE Hotels), and Scott Boyes (Vice President Operations at NSW/ACT Accor Hotels) provided their insight on the interaction between technology and hospitality.

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Avelo Airlines Reports Strong Booking Trends from Delaware Valley

Avelo Airlines | January 19, 2023

On January 18, 2023, Avelo Airlines reported strong booking trends before the much-awaited introduction of the airline's base at Wilmington Airport (ILG). This launch will take place on February 1, and from that date onwards, the company will offer nonstop flight services to Florida from the most convenient location in Delaware Valley. Andrew Levy, Chairman and CEO at Avelo Airlines, said, "With 14 days to go, we are very encouraged by the initial demand from across the four-state Delaware Valley region. We are seeing strong booking trends across all five Florida destinations Avelo will serve from Wilmington. It is clear there is a lot of excitement about the convenient, affordable and reliable service Avelo is bringing to the region." (Source – Cision PR Newswire) With Avelo's ILG base opening in two weeks, the airline plans to provide nonstop flights to five popular destinations in Florida: Fort Myers, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, Orlando, and West Palm Beach. In addition, Avelo will run a special inaugural flight on February 1 from Wilmington to Orlando International Airport (MCO), the busiest and most convenient airport in Central Florida, to mark the opening of its ILG base. The company will begin by placing one Boeing Next-Generation (NG) 737 at ILG along with 35 Crewmembers (employees), including pilots, aircraft technical operations and maintenance, airport customer service, flight attendants, and supervisors. In the United States, Avelo now offers service to 34 locations. By operating on overlooked routes to underserved communities across the nation, the airline has ushered in a new era of choice, convenience, and competition in air travel. About Avelo Airlines Founded in 2020, Avelo Airlines was established with a simple goal - Inspiring Travel. Through its Soul of Service culture, the airline keeps people at the heart of everything, allowing customers to save time and money, avail low everyday fares, and experience refreshing convenience. Avelo operates a fleet of Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft and serves 34 popular locations across the United States, with five bases: Tweed-New Haven Airport in Southern Connecticut (HVN), Hollywood Burbank Airport in Los Angeles (BUR), Orlando International Airport (MCO), Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU), and Wilmington Airport in the Delaware Valley (ILG).

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Lodging Dynamics Appointed Management Company For The Charter Hotel Seattle, Curio Collection by Hilton

Lodging Dynamics Hospitality Group | December 13, 2022

Lodging Dynamics Hospitality Group (Lodging Dynamics), a leading hotel management company, has been appointed to manage The Charter Hotel Seattle, Curio Collection by Hilton (Charter Hotel). This appointment expands Lodging Dynamic's presence in the Seattle market. "We are thrilled to add this beautiful, one-of-a-kind hotel to our management portfolio, The Charter Hotel, with its prime location, spectacular rooftop bar views, and other first-class amenities, makes it a tremendous addition to our management portfolio," -Jamie Caraher, Lodging Dynamics president and CEO The Charter Hotel is located near many of Seattle's most popular attractions. Pike Place Market, The Convention Center, Seattle Aquarium, Pier 66, and Pine Street – home to some of Seattle's best shopping and restaurants are all within short walking distance. The 229-room Charter Hotel features luxury guest rooms and two upscale dining experiences: the Fog Room (a rooftop lounge with water and skyline views featuring a contemporary food and beverage service) and Patagōn (a modern, gourmet, upscale Argentine restaurant featuring locally sourced fish, meat, and vegetables). In addition, the hotel features more than 10,000 square feet of meeting and event space. The Charter Hotel Seattle, Curio Collection by Hilton participates in the award-winning Hilton Honors travel program representing 6,700 hotels worldwide. For more information about the Charter Hotel or to book a room, call (206) 256-7500 or visit https://www.thecharterseattle.com. About Lodging Dynamics Based in Provo, Utah, Lodging Dynamics Hospitality Group is a nationally recognized, award-winning operator of premium-brand, select service, and extended-stay hotels and one of a few third-party operators approved by Marriott and Hilton. Founded in 1991 after developing the first Marriott franchise in Utah, Lodging Dynamics continues its long history by providing award-winning operating services for hotels throughout the continental United States and Hawaii. The company has managed hotels in the Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, and IHG premium-brand families. For more information, visit www.lodgingdynamics.com.

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