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New Kempinski Hotel to Open in Myanmar

New Kempinski Hotel to Open in Myanmar

Kempinski announced it will open a new property in Nay Pyi Taw, the capital city of Myanmar, on November 1.  The Kempinski Hotel Nay Pyi Taw will be the first of the company’s properties to be located in Myanmar.
The hotel will have 141 guestrooms and suites, including a 10,764-square-foot (1,000-square-meter) Grand Royal Suite.  The property will also offer five dining venues, an outdoor pool, a tennis court, and a fitness …

What’s Doing in Versailles

Versailles, known for its château as well as for the treaty that bears its name and officially ended the First World War, served as the de facto capital of France for over a century and was the cradle of the French Revolution.
Located just over 10 miles (17 kilometers) from the center of Paris, the town was founded by King Louis XIV in the late 17th century. Louis XIV, known as …

Alaska’s Load Factor Down in August

Alaska’s Load Factor Down in August

Alaska Air Group announced operational results for August 2014 for Alaska Airlines as well as for Horizon Air.  Passenger load factor for the month decreased for both carriers, while traffic and capacity increased.
System-wide load factor for August was 87.3%, a decrease of 0.5 percentage points from 87.8% in August 2013.  Load factor for Alaska Airlines decreased by 0.4 percentage points, down to 87.6% from 88% last year, while Horizon Air’s …

Hyatt Regency Sochi Opens in Russia

Hyatt Regency Sochi Opens in Russia

Hyatt announced the opening of a new Hyatt Regency brand property in Sochi, Russia.  The Hyatt Regency Sochi is located alongside the beach promenade in the city’s central business district.
The 14-story hotel has 198 guestrooms, including 28 suites, each with complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi Internet access and private balconies offering views of the Black Sea.
The property also has an outdoor swimming pool, a traditional Russian sauna, a fitness center, and a …

5 Stories to Read This Weekend: August 30, 2014

It’s a holiday weekend.  Time to catch up on some feature stories you may have missed during the week. Here are some selections for you to take a closer look at.
1.) Jonathan Spira reviews the Mark Hopkins hotel in San Francisco, California, where he explores the property’s new Nob Hill Club lounge and restaurant.
2.) Karin Sun reports on the sights to see, places to stay, and food to taste in the …

What’s Doing in Chicago

Known to the world as the “Windy City,” a reference of uncertain origin that may have originated with either its weather and or its long-winded politicians, Chicago, with 2.7 million residents, is the third most populated city in the United States.
Chicago first came into existence as the site of Fort Dearborn, a fort built in 1803 that played a major role in a conflict between U.S. troops and the Potawatomi …

Poll: How Effective is the TSA?

If you fly frequently, be it for business or leisure, you are well aware that waiting in line at TSA security checkpoints is an unavoidable part of the air travel experience.
Over the past year, the TSA has implemented numerous changes with an eye toward improving the airport screening process for passengers, including expanding the PreCheck trusted traveler program to international flights and airlines, as well as to more airports within …