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EU Roaming Fees: The End is Nigh

Travelers in the EU will be able to say “Goodbye Roaming Fees” as the European Union moves towards a single digital market with their elimination.   Beginning June 15, travelers will be able to use their mobile devices anywhere in the EU and pay the same price they would at home.
The EU first began to take action on high roaming charges in 2007 and the result has been a 92% drop …

Choice Hotels Adds Benefits for Elite Members, Launches Summer Promotion

Choice Hotels Adds Benefits for Elite Members, Launches Summer Promotion

Choice Hotels announced that it will begin offering additional benefits for members of its Choice Privileges loyalty program.
Starting June 1, elite members of Choice Privilege will now be offered a complimentary welcome gift or bonus points upon check-in at any Choice property.
In addition to the new membership benefits, Choice Hotels began a new summer promotion. Under the promotion, Choice Privilege members can book two separate qualifying stays at a Choice …

Trump Administration’s 2018 Budget Calls for Shifting Air Traffic Control to Non-Profit Entity

Trump Administration’s 2018 Budget Calls for Shifting Air Traffic Control to Non-Profit Entity

The Trump Administration submitted its 2018 U.S. federal budget Tuesday and it includes a plan to remove air traffic control functions from the Federal Aviation Administration and shift them to a new non-profit non-governmental entity.
The move is one of the central elements of the plan and it would also increase federal deficits. It would lower the government’s cost in managing the air-traffic control system by about $10 billion p.a. starting …

Mercedes-Benz to Debut New Smart Fortwo EV with Increased Torque in U.S.

Mercedes-Benz to Debut New Smart Fortwo EV with Increased Torque in U.S.

Mercedes-Benz announced availability of the 2017 smart fortwo electric drive coupe and cabrio.
At $23,800 for the coupe and $28,000 for the cabrio, the two will be among the least expensive electric vehicles in the United States.
The 2017 models will feature new a higher top speed and more powerful motor than previous versions.
The car’s 80-horsepower electric motor, which will be situated at the rear end of the vehicle, is capable of …

Air China Simplifies Travel Between Beijing and Frankfurt

Air China Simplifies Travel Between Beijing and Frankfurt

Air China announced it is making it easier to travel between Beijing and Frankfurt, Germany with the introduction of the Easy Was Beijing-Frankfurt service.
The route is Air China’s first international express route between China and Europe. It features a number of new services, including dedicated check-in counters, boarding gates, and baggage carousels.
The service also offers better and easier connections, as well as reduced transfer times.
The new service comes during the …

Alaska Airlines Begins Portland-Philadelphia Route

Alaska Airlines Begins Portland-Philadelphia Route

Alaska Airlines announced the launch of new seasonal service between Philadelphia and Portland, Oregon. The carrier will operate the non-stop route on a daily basis.
Flights are scheduled to depart Portland International Airport at 8:39 p.m. and arrive at Philadelphia International Airport at 4:50 a.m. the next day. From Philadelphia, flights will depart at 6:05 a.m. and arrive in Portland at 8:47 a.m.
Alaska will operate the service using Boeing 737-900 aircraft. …

First Kimpton Hotel to Open Outside of Americas Debuts in Amsterdam

First Kimpton Hotel to Open Outside of Americas Debuts in Amsterdam

InterContinental Hotels and Resorts announced the opening of Kimpton De Witt hotel in Amsterdam. The property is the first Kimpton hotel to open in Europe, as well as the first of the brand’s properties to open outside of the Americas.
The hotel has 274 guestrooms and suites, and is located in a late 20th century building with architecture from the Dutch Golden Age in the 17th century. The hotel is health-conscious: …