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June 2011
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MacNair Travel in the News: Mike MacNair Interviewed on Fox 5 News about Top Summer Vacation Destinations

Fox 5 News interviewed Mike MacNair, about top summer destinations. MacNair also discussed the value travel consultants bring to booking travel. Watch the whole interview here (Source: MyFoxDC.com)

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MACNAIR TRAVEL SPECIAL HOTEL RATES AND BENEFITS

As a result of MacNair's partnerships with other American Express Representative Network agencies, we are able to offer special discounted hotel rates. These rates, labeled as Altour or American Express in MacNairport, are similar to those we have always offered, but may include additional benefits like lower rates, late checkout, complimentary breakfast, and others. These rates are available to all MacNair customers regardless of how they choose to pay for their hotel room. AAA rates, government rates, and various other promotional rates are still available regardless of how you choose to pay for your hotel through MacNair.

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Reminder: MacNairport Support for Internet Explorer 6 Ends on June 30th

If you are using Internet Explorer to access MacNairport you can verify what version you are running by following these instructions. Please go to the Help Menu in your web browser. From the Help Menu, please click on About Internet Explorer. If your version number says anything below 7.0, please contact your IT department about upgrading your browser now. There has been a lot of industry dialogue regarding system performance and security issues associated with Microsoft's Internet Explorer 6 (IE 6) browser. Our online tool provider, GetThere is currently preparing to end support for the Internet Explorer 6 browser due to the age of the browser and increasing performance issues, cost to repair issues, and to test for an outdated browser that is no longer supported by Microsoft. As a result, GetThere will officially sunset support of the IE6 browser on June 30, 2011. Post-sunset, we will not test IE 6 during development or pre-release, nor take additional issues related to IE6.

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Southwest's Kelly explains plans for AirTran Now that Merger Has Closed

Southwest Airlines recently closed on its merger with AirTran Airways. Now, Gary Kelly, president and CEO at Southwest, said he can start directing AirTran on its next moves. "We'll want to do it an orderly fashion, and do it in a way that accommodates the needs of everyone involved ...," Kelly said. In addition, Southwest announced its staffing interim reorganization as a result of the merger. (Source: The Dallas Morning News/Airline Biz Blog)

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U.S. Government Approves Delta-Virgin Blue Alliance

The Department of Transportation has cleared Delta Air Lines' code-sharing pact with Virgin Blue Group. The approval, which is subject to public review, could help Delta in expanding its flights between the U.S. and Australia.

(Source: The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg)

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U.S. signs open-skies agreement with Colombia

The U.S. has signed an open-skies agreement with Colombia to boost passenger numbers and trade between the two countries. "The Agreement will strengthen and expand our already strong trade and tourism links with Colombia, benefiting U.S. and Colombian businesses and travelers by expanding air service and encouraging vigorous price competition by airlines, while safeguarding aviation safety and security," a U.S. State Department statement said. (Source: Bloomberg)

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International premium traffic was up 2.9% in March

The International Air Transport Association reported a 2.9% increase in international premium traffic in March, compared with the same month the previous year. However, growth cooled from 7.8% in February. Economy travel was up 1.1% in March. The group noted that last year's disruptions due to volcanic ash will skew comparisons in the second quarter. Additionally, U.S. airlines also posted a 3% increase in passenger traffic for April on a year-over-year basis.

(Source: Air Transport World, USA TODAY/Today In The Sky blog)

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Travel is still important for business expansion

Tourism leaders at the Global Travel and Tourism Summit agreed that travel is still essential for business growth. While technological advances such as teleconferencing have reduced the need for business travel, certain transactions especially those warranting long-term attention still require personal visits from company officials, said Kah Peng Aw, chief executive of the Singapore Tourism Board and one of the panelists at the summit. (Source: VegasInc.com )

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United and Continental start integrating operations

Executives at United Airlines and Continental Airlines are working to answer thousands of questions about everything from the color of the baggage tags to the best way to lift a Labrador Retriever into a plane's cargo hold as they strive to integrate the carriers' operations. For example, the combined company recently announced that it is integrating the process for passengers to check in and receive their boarding passes. The airlines are expected to complete this integration process by the middle of next year.
(Source: The Wall Street Journal, Houston Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, Bloomberg)

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Delta and its partners to cut number of trans-Atlantic flights

Delta Air Lines and its partners, Air France-KLM and Alitalia, will cut 7% to 9% of their flights between the U.S. and Europe this fall. Delta President Ed Bastian said the changes would eliminate some markets and decrease flights to others, although the airlines did not identify the cities that would see cuts. Bastian noted that Delta alone would reduce flights across the Atlantic by 10% to 12% after Labor Day.

(Source: Google/The Associated Press, USA TODAY/Today In The Sky blog)

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All 3 D.C.-area airports record increasing passenger traffic

Passenger numbers were up at all three Washington-area airports as Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport recorded almost 1.9 million passengers in March of this year, an increase of 3.3% compared with March 2010. Decreasing numbers hampered Reagan National and Dulles International from 2007 to 2009, but the airports bounced back in 2010. National posted a 3.1% increase in 2010 over the year earlier, and Dulles' numbers were up 2.3% in the same period. (Source: The Washington Post)

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Hotel Demand Expected to Increase Particularly at the Upper End

Bobby Bowers, senior vice president of operations at Smith Travel Research, says that the recovery of the U.S. hotel industry will be shaped by factors such as a moderate growth in demand, rate increases and the return of corporate travel. "When you look at what we think is going to happen for 2011, you're going to see more growth rates at the upper end -- the luxury, upper up and upscale -- and again that's because they have a lot more ground to make up," Bowers said. (Source: HotelNewsNow.com).

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Virgin Atlantic is in talks with potential partners, Branson says

Richard Branson has hired Deutsche Bank to assess the strategic options of Virgin Atlantic Airways as some of its competitors team up on trans-Atlantic routes. Branson is talking with several potential partners, he said. "Discussions with two or three parties are progressing. Within the next two or three months, we should be clear on whether there's an alliance we're happy with or not." (Source: Bloomberg)

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VACATION HOTSPOTS BY DIANA GREER, PERSONAL TRAVEL CONSULTANT

      • Cunard Cruise Line Historic Crossings From $1,299.00 including air. These special all-inclusive rates are for 2011 Transatlantic Crossing Eastbound New York to Southampton and Westbound Southampton to New York. The Queen Mary 2 sails Eastbound June 10, July 6 & 27, August 22, and September 5th. The Westbound cruises sail June 24, July 20, and August 29. Enjoy the ambience of British cuisine and  entertainment while sailing the Atlantic.
      • Destination Weddings. Sandals Resort and many all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean offer free weddings. Stay 6 nights or more in a Concierge Category and receive a FREE Beautiful Beginnings Wedding.  Iberostar Resorts offer a free wedding if you book 5 rooms for you and your guests. Beat the high cost of weddings in the US by escaping to tropical paradise with family and friends.
      • An irresistible rate for the Hotel Ritz Madrid a baroque palace landmark at the heart of Madrid's Golden Triangle and within walking distance of the city's major cultural, shopping and dining venues. MacNair Travel can offer a special rate at $275.00 plus tax for now until December 23rd. Rate includes buffet breakfast, mineral water and chocolate turndown plus luxury brand bathroom amenities.
      • Christmas Market River Cruises. MacNair Travel is proud to offer great Christmas river crusies for December 2011. These tours/cruises sold out very quickly last year so hurry and contact Diana at 703-650-5260. Prices starting at $2,150 per person. What a great way to spend the holiday season!

    Click below to check out our latest specials and deals or contact the Personal Travel Division at MacNair Travel Management at dreamtrippers@macnairtravel.com or 703-836-1101 today!

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Please feel free to send comments or suggestions to our editor, Tony Torres, at ttorres@macnairtravel.com.


As always, thank you for your business,


Michael MacNair

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