Week in Review
This week in business travel news CNN reported on the increasing bleisure travel trend looking at the new breed of traveler who is mixing business with leisure. They turned to GBTA’s ranking of the top 15 business travel markets to see where travelers are “splashing the cash” on these trips.
Bloomberg covered the GBTA Foundation’s latest U.S. business travel spending forecast showing business travelers in the U.S. are taking more trips but spending less leading to slower growth rates for business travel spend. Bill Hethcock of the Dallas Business Journal writes, the softening in international outbound travel could mean DFW airport’s quest to add international connections could face headwinds. Chris Elliott at Fortune looks at the prediction of falling airfares compared to the rising airline revenues from ancillary fees and explains that while airfares are falling, it sure doesn’t feel like it.
Airports are creating hotel complexes in an effort to become destinations themselves, according to The New York Times, while hotels in New York City are renting luxe coworking spaces in their lobbies writes USA Today.
JetBlue says it will be the first U.S. airline to offer free high-speed WiFi on every flight reports the USA Today Road Warrior Blog and Ben Mutzabaugh, also of USA Today, writes that there may be help on the way in the battle to fit your bags in overhead bins thanks to a new option called “Space Bins” from Boeing.
Chris McGinnis covers a GBTA report on booking behaviors for the San Francisco Chronicle showing travel app usage is surprisingly low.
Traveling to China? The New York Times tells you how to protect your devices and data.
Finally, Tnooz shares three wild ideas for the travel industry by 2020.