BY THE NUMBERS
Westjet and Air Canada report on November
05 DEC 2013: For the month of November, WestJet had a load factor of 79.7 percent. Revenue passenger miles (RPMs), or traffic, increased 5.7 percent year over year, and capacity, measured in available seat miles (ASMs), grew 9.4 percent over the same period. Air Canada reported a system load factor of 76.5 percent, versus 78.1 percent in November 2012, a decrease of 1.6 percentage points on a system-wide capacity increase of 3.3 percent.
Indianapolis gets first Precheck expedited screening
05 DEC 2013: The US government says Indianapolis International Airport will have the first enrolment site for an expedited screening programme that allows airline passengers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belts and keep laptop computers in cases at security checkpoints.
CANADIAN TOURISM AWARDS
And the winners are
05 DEC 2013: The Fogo Island Inn, a luxury hotel that opened just last May on a remote Newfoundland shoreline, and Great Wolf Lodge, a family waterpark resort in Niagara Falls, Ont., are among 2013 Canadian Tourism Award winners.
Not like mum and dad
05 DEC 2013: Baby boomers are suckers for appeals to their narcissism. Generation Xers can't stand their parents. And millennials want to feel like they're doing good in the world.
HILTON GOES PUBLIC
Hotel Group expects to raise big bucks
05 DEC 2013: Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. said this week the company plans to sell stock worth an estimated $2.2 billion in its initial public offering, making its return to the public markets one of the year's biggest IPOs.
GAME OF TOURISM
Films and television have ancillary benefits
05 DEC 2013: First came a series of high fantasy novels by American author George R. R. Martin, then "Game of Thrones" became a hugely popular television series with millions of viewers. The question is, can it bring in tourists too?
BOSTON TO BEIJING
Chinese airline to offer first nonstop
05 DEC 2013: A Chinese airline plans to offer the first direct service from Boston to Beijing, beginning next June. Hainan Airlines made the announcement at the Massachusetts Statehouse on this week.
A DIFFICULT DECISION
No money for child beggars
05 DEC 2013: Anyone who’s taken a Caribbean cruise or visited one of the world’s less affluent countries has been approached – sometimes even mobbed – by children begging for money. Many are dirty and obviously hungry. Some are disabled and/or disfigured.
Will be back