4 killed in small plane crash in Calif. — A private jet overshot a runway and crashed in flames Tuesday, killing all four people aboard, authorities said. The Cessna 560 came in for a landing at Southern California McClellan-Palomar Airport on a flight from Hailey, Idaho, but went about 150 yards beyond the runway, smashing through scaffolding and into a commercial storage facility. (AP)
Hotels filling up for Super Bowl weekend — Hotels are starting to fill up for Super Bowl weekend. Pittsburgh and Seattle fans are calling hotels within 35 miles of the Super Bowl in downtown Detroit for the Feb. 5 game. (AP)
Trump expands into online travel — Expanding his empire beyond hotels, casinos and his TV hit, The Apprentice, Donald Trump yesterday announced the launch of GoTrump.com, an online site dedicated to “The Art of the Travel Deal.” (BrandWeek)
Pilots’ conduct, fatigue elements of Missouri crash — A pair of wisecracking pilots on duty for 14Ã‚Â½ hours made several grave mistakes just before crashing more than a mile from a runway in Missouri, killing themselves and 11 others on Oct. 19, 2004, federal investigators said Tuesday.
Challenge to hospitality: The ID check in the lobby — Some hotels are now insisting that those who wait in the lobby, but are not staying at the hotel, must produce a government-issued photo ID. (The New York Times)
Divining needs of travelers: don’t ask — As hotels and airlines look for ways to distinguish themselves from competitors, they’re turning increasingly to outside firms for help in designing a travel experience that’s both appealing to a younger, more style-conscious generation but at the same time cost-effective. (The Washington Post)
Yotels make London layovers a dream — Inspired by Japanese capsule hotels, a new type of airport hotel is opening in London in September. The Yotel will offer a cubicle with a double bed, desk, TV, private bathroom and free wireless Internet access. The rooms can be booked for four hours starting at about $44 or overnight for around $70. (AP)
Authors cite critical flaws in Defense online travel system — Critical flaws and incomplete testing have resulted in massive delays for the Pentagon’s end-to-end online travel booking system, according to a new report from congressional auditors. The eight-year effort to implement the $474 million Defense Travel System has come under intense scrutiny from lawmakers and government watchdog groups. (Government Executive)
Northwest gets more time to talk — Management and labor at Northwest Airlines have bought time this week to determine whether the carrier can stay in business. Judge Allan Gropper on Monday recessed until next Tuesday hearings on management’s request to reject its existing labor contracts and to cut pay. In doing so, Gropper, is giving management and union leaders more time to reach agreement on concessions. (USA Today)
Family says man who jumped out of plane is mentally ill — A passenger who jumped out of a moving airplane as it prepared to take off has a history of mental illness, family members said. (AP)
Tourism expected to rise in 2006 — The Madrid-based World Tourism Organization expects world tourism, as measured by international arrivals, to grow by between 4 and 5% in 2006, it said on Tuesday. (Reuters)
As Super Bowl host, the new Detroit shows off — While the Motor City is destination No. 1 for professional football players, it is probably not among the top tourism destinations for most Americans. But city officials and members of the Super Bowl host committee want out-of-towners to know that a new and improving Detroit awaits them.
AirTran pushing to expand at Logan — On the heels of JetBlue Airways Corp.’s rapid expansion of service at Logan International Airport in Boston, another low-fare carrier, AirTran Airways, is pushing for new and improved gate space at Logan, AirTran’s president said yesterday. (The Boston Globe)
Go wild in San Diego — San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park, a sprawling reserve of exotic creatures just east of Escondido, is a tourist theme park overseen by the Zoological Society of San Diego, which also operates the famed San Diego Zoo. But the layout bears little resemblance to the traditional zoo setup of cages and small pens. In most cases, the animals roam wide-open areas that at least approximate their stomping grounds in the wild. (Los Angeles Daily News)
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