New York Auto Show Returns and Electric Vehicles Take the Spotlight

by Jonathan Spira

NEW YORK — The New York International Auto Show returned this week after a pandemic-induced three-year hiatus and electric vehicles are commanding the spotlight.
The show opened to the public on Friday following two press days and runs through April 24. The show dates back more than a century and was previously held at the New York Coliseum, the old Madison Square Garden, and the Grand Central Palace.
Organizers said they expect …

Understanding the Calendrical and Religious Connection Between Passover and Easter

by Anna Breuer

It’s no mere coincidence that this year, for the third time since 2018,  the first night of Passover overlaps with Good Friday or that the second day of Passover is also Easter.
Both arrive together every spring, just like blossoming tulips, and have many commonalities and share profound connections.
Sometimes, however, when the holidays occur on the Gregorian calendar vary widely.  Why this is has largely to do with the moon and …

Tomorrow is Good Friday and the First Night of Passover: Here is What’s Open and What’s Closed

by Anna Breuer
Tomorrow is Good Friday and the First Night of Passover: Here is What’s Open and What’s Closed

Tomorrow is Good Friday and, at sundown, the first day of Passover. The former marks Jesus’ crucifixion, the latter the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt.
Neither is as widely observed as a federal or state holiday: relatively few offices close and most people simply go to work.
The two holidays do coincide with the start of spring recess at many public and private schools throughout the United States, so students get a break.
Here’s …

The Busiest Airport in the World? Why It’s Atlanta (Again)

by Kurt Stolz

Just as the travel industry begins to recover globally, Atlanta has taken the crown as having been the world’s busiest aerodrome in 2021, rebounding after dropping down one spot the previous year.
The world’s busiest airport – Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International – saw over 107 million passengers last year, allowing it to hold that title for the 22nd time.  Until 2019, the airport had held the title for 21 years in a …

What to Do If You’ve Lost or Misplaced Your Coronavirus Vaccine Card?

by Jonathan Spira

It’s now over a year since many people received their first coronavirus vaccine jabs and were handed those inconvenient, pesky 4.25”-by-3.5” white- or cream-colored CDC-issued cards that don’t fit into one’s wallet.  Some people put their cards in a safe place, and are now having trouble remembering where that safe place is when they go off to get a booster or start to travel again.
I placed mine in my passport …

Great Moments in Travel History – April 2022

by Jesse Sokolow

April, the fourth month of the year in the Gregorian calendar,is commonly associated with spring and rain, as in the saying, “April showers bring May flowers.” The month is also associated with two major religious holidays that result in one of the busiest travel seasons of the year, namely Passover and Easter, although either may occasionally show up in March.
April, or Aprilis in Latin, is the first month of the …

World’s Largest Association of Corporate Travel Managers to Members: Travel in Pajamas to Bring Work-at-Home Culture to Business Travel

by Paul Riegler

ASSHOLMEN, SWEDEN, April 1 — On the opening day of its annual meeting, the American Service Society of Corporate Ambulatory Managers, or ASSCAM, announced the findings of a research report that found that a blending of the work-at-home culture associated with the pandemic with pre-pandemic style travel could be achieved by having travelers wear their pajamas in airports, train stations, airplanes, and trains when going to and from business meetings …