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Corporate Uber Usage Increasing Dramatically at Expense of Taxi Cabs

Corporate Uber Usage Increasing Dramatically at Expense of Taxi Cabs

Figures released on Monday show that Uber is making tremendous inroads in corporate transportation in major cities.
Last month, the ride-hailing app accounted for 47% of all rides expensed by employees of companies that use Certify, a provider of travel and expense software.  The percentage is a 33-percentage-point increase year over year. Uber competitor Lyft accounted for 1% of the total rides.
A comparison from the same period shows that the amount …

Great Moments in Travel History – April 2015

A Boeing 737 in American Airlines old livery and a Boeing 787 Dreamliner

The Fairmont Hotel San Francisco was ready to open, when on April 18, 1906, the city suffered a devastating earthquake.  Fires from the quake consumed much of the property, and the hotel had to be reconditioned before reopening exactly one year later.  The property is still in operation today, and is a member of the Historic Hotels of America.
On April 24, 1909, Wilbur Wright brought along a photojournalist on a …

Delta, Virgin Atlantic to Launch Additional Flights this Summer

Delta, Virgin Atlantic to Launch Additional Flights this Summer

Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic Airways announced that the two airlines are expanding their transatlantic partnership this summer with new and additional flights.
Virgin Atlantic will launch a second daily flight between Los Angeles and London Heathrow, as well as a second daily seasonal flight between Atlanta and London Heathrow this weekend.  The airline will also introduce a second service between San Francisco and London Heathrow that will operate five …

San Francisco’s Villa Florence Completes First Phase of Major Renovation

San Francisco’s Villa Florence Completes First Phase of Major Renovation

Villa Florence, an independent hotel in San Francisco, announced the completion of the first phase of a renovation project that will eventually encompass the entire property.
The hotel said on Thursday that it had completed the renovation of its 182 existing guestrooms and added seven additional rooms.  The inspiration, according to the hotel, was a modern-day Florentine villa.
The décor continues to be Italian themed and rooms feature unique pieces of furniture.  …

Marriott Launches Travel Well Fitness Program, Adds Hotel Fitness Concierges in Bay Area

Marriott Launches Travel Well Fitness Program, Adds Hotel Fitness Concierges in Bay Area

Marriott announced the launch of its new Travel Well hotel fitness program at properties in San Francisco.  The new offering consists of new fitness options, an online support community, and on-property fitness concierges.
Participating properties include the San Francisco Marriott Marquis, San Francisco Marriott Airport Waterfront, San Jose Marriott, and Santa Clara Marriott.
Guests will be encouraged to hashtag their workouts with #MarriottTravelWell, and can tweet each of the individual properties at …

Virgin Atlantic to Double its Service Between London Heathrow and San Francisco

Virgin Atlantic to Double its Service Between London Heathrow and San Francisco

Virgin Atlantic announced that it will increase its daily London Heathrow-San Francisco service to two flights a day beginning October 24.  The service will be part of the carrier’s joint venture with Delta Air Lines.
Virgin will operate the second flight using its new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.  The planes are outfitted with 31 seats in Upper Class, 35 seats in premium economy, and 198 seats in economy.
The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner …

Great Moments in Travel History – March 2015

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The St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco opened on March 21, 1904.  Notable individuals including Theodore Roosevelt, Helen Keller, Woodrow Wilson, Charlie Chaplin, Ronald Reagan, and Queen Elizabeth II have all stayed at the California property, which is in operation today as the Westin St. Francis.
On March 10, 1910, William Boeing bought Heath’s Shipyard in Seattle, Washington.  The shipyard, located on the Duwamish River, would become Boeing’s first airplane factory.
Le Canard …