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Great Moments in Travel History – August 2015

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The United Kingdom officially entered the First World War on August 4, 1914, with a declaration of war against Germany in support of its ally, France.  Hostilities had broken out on July 28 when Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia following the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo.
Harriet Quimby became the first woman in the United States to be licensed as a qualified pilot on August 2, 1911.
The International Air …

Marriott Opens New Hotel in Downtown Seattle

Marriott Opens New Hotel in Downtown Seattle

Marriott announced the opening of a new hotel in downtown Seattle.  The Seattle Marriott Bellevue is the first full-service Marriott property in the city’s downtown area.
The hotel has 384 guestrooms, each with plank wood surfaces, glass-enclosed bathrooms, 55” LCD TVs, and complimentary Wi-Fi Internet.  Rooms also feature floating beds and open closets.
Guests can dine at the property’s Amuse Restaurant and Bar, which is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and …

Hainan Links Shanghai with Boston and Seattle

Hainan Links Shanghai with Boston and Seattle

Hainan Airlines announced the launch of new service between Shanghai and Boston, as well as between Shanghai and Seattle.  Boston and Shanghai are the carrier’s sixth and seventh destinations in North America, respectively.
Flights to Boston will depart Shanghai Pudong International Airport at noon on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, and arrive at Boston Logan International Airport at 2:35 p.m.  From Boston, flights will depart at 4:34 p.m., also on Tuesdays, Thursdays, …

New Restaurant Goldfinch Tavern Opens at Four Seasons Seattle

New Restaurant Goldfinch Tavern Opens at Four Seasons Seattle

The Four Seasons Hotel Seattle announced the opening of a new restaurant at the property.
The Goldfinch Tavern replaced the Art Restaurant & Lounge and is being managed by Ethan Stowell, a local restaurateur who has multiple restaurants in the area.
The kitchen, under the direction of Chef Joe Ritchie, currently the chef at another Stowell restaurant, mkt. (pronounced “market”), will offer Pacific Northwest cuisine using local ingredients.
The menu will focus on …

Hainan Airlines Begins Service Between Beijing and San Jose, California

Hainan Airlines Begins Service Between Beijing and San Jose, California

Hainan Airlines announced the launch of new service between San Jose, California and Beijing, China.  The carrier operates the service five days a week, using Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners.
Flights will depart Mineta San Jose International Airport at 1:10 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and arrive at Beijing Capital International Airport at 4:40 p.m. the next day.  From Beijing, flights will depart at 2:30 p.m., also on Mondays, Wednesdays, …

Great Moments in Travel History – June 2015

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On June 23, 1905, the Wright Flyer III, piloted by Orville Wright, made its first flight.  The Flyer was the third powered aircraft built by the Wright Brothers and with the modifications they made, it achieved substantially greater performance than their previous two efforts.
The Hotel Utah opened its doors in downtown Salt Lake City on June 9, 1911.  It remained open for 76 years, hosting such notable figures as U.S. …

Delta to Add Four New Destinations From Seattle

Delta to Add Four New Destinations From Seattle

Delta Air Lines announced that it will add new service from its hub at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to various destinations over the next year.  The carrier will launch flights to Pasco, Washington; Orlando, Florida; Victoria, British Columbia, Canada; and Boston, Massachusetts; as well as increase its service to Bozeman, Montana.
Beginning November 1 of this year, Delta will offer three daily flights between Seattle and Tri-Cities Airport in Pasco, Washington.  The …