December 28, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - For many passengers, air travel is only about finding the cheapest fare. But as airlines offer a proliferating list of add-on services, from early boarding to premium seating and baggage fees, the ability to comparison-shop for the lowest total fare is eroding. Global distribution systems that supply flight and fare data to travel agents and online ticketing services like Orbitz and Expedia, accounting for half of all U.S. airline tickets, complain that airlines won't provide fee information in a way that lets them make it handy for consumers trying to find the best deal.
January 27, 2010 |
Since Day One, says Terese Roseau, a banker from St. Johns, Antigua, she has felt a special connection with the staff at Philadelphia's Holiday Inn Express Midtown hotel. So much so that when Roseau is here every three months for ongoing medical treatment at nearby Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, she won't stay anywhere else. "They're excellent. From the front office to the kitchen, I know them all by their first names," said Roseau, 43, as she sat scrolling through messages on her laptop recently in a hotel room equipped with all-new carpeting, furniture, bedding, drapes, and a flat-screen HDTV.
November 26, 2008 |
With the economy in a tailspin, companies are slashing travel and entertainment budgets in a shift toward frugality. They are requiring employees to book trips earlier to get better deals, fly coach instead of business- and first-class, take day trips rather than stay overnight, choose less expensive hotels, and limit travel to only what is essential to see customers. Cuts in attendance at trade shows and meetings is just one example of the new austerity, said Andrew Ziolkowski, a vice president at Carpenter Technology Corp.
August 9, 2006 |
Philadelphia-based StarCite Inc. and Santa Clara, Calif., company OnVantage Inc. planned to announce today a merger of their two Web-based meetings-management firms. Officials with the two companies did not disclose terms of the transaction, but said no cash or stock would change hands in the "merger of equals. " The combined company, which will keep the StarCite name, will have about 350 employees, and its headquarters will be in Philadelphia. Among other services, the companies use Web-based automation to remove much of the grunt work from making corporate travel and meeting plans.
October 8, 2003 |
What Hal Rosenbluth really wants to do next is play football for the University of Pennsylvania. So what if he's 51 years old, five-foot-six, and has spent the last dozen years as chief executive officer of one of the world's largest travel agencies? "Maybe if I sign up for some classes, they'll let me play," he said, sitting in his Center City office and gazing across the Schuylkill at Franklin Field, where his father, a Penn graduate, took him to a game against Cornell when was 12. "I can block and tackle.
August 7, 2003 |
The pending acquisition of Philadelphia's Rosenbluth International travel agency by American Express Co. has dozens of Rosenbluth clients worried that they will be forgotten once they are being served by a huge corporation, an industry survey has found. The survey by the Business Travel Coalition, a Radnor group that represents corporate travel managers, did not find widespread opposition - or much enthusiasm - for the combination of two of the world's five biggest agencies. But Rosenbluth clients in particular who responded to the survey, which was released this week, said that, once their contracts with American Express expired, they would consider using smaller agencies that can charge less for their services because they have lower overhead, the survey found.
April 5, 2003 |
Fear of contracting severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, has prompted some business travelers and students to curtail travel to Asia, where the disease originated. International flight bookings at the Philadelphia-based Rosenbluth International corporate travel agency are 60 percent below normal levels, Hal F. Rosenbluth, chairman and chief executive officer, said yesterday. "There's virtually nobody going to Hong Kong from the States, from Europe, or from our offices in Asia," he said.
September 22, 2001 |
As the decline in travel after last week's terrorist attacks continued, Rosenbluth International, a Center City corporate travel agency, cut all of its employees' pay and laid off about 20 percent of its worldwide workforce. The changes, effective Monday, were announced in a memo to employees on Sept. 14. The memo said the moves resulted from "astronomical" cuts in air travel after the attacks in New York and near Washington. "It goes without saying that the travel management and agency community is not immune to the effects of this crisis," the memo said.
January 29, 1999 |
Gen Xers, where are all of you? The TV audience of young adults may be shrinking for one very good reason - there are fewer young adults today than a decade ago. A Connecticut-based advertising firm, KGA of Middletown, which specializes in tracking shifts in population, cites research that says the audience of 18-to-34-year-olds is smaller by as much as 10 percent. In other words, there were more baby boomers than there are Gen Xers. For the networks, it's bad news. A smaller audience can mean less advertising dollars.
February 16, 1998 |
Adventure, travel, exotic locations - those are lures for American workers whose companies send them abroad. But what happens when an emergency strikes? What happens, for instance, if you have a heart attack while playing tennis in a remote site in western Africa? For one employee at Chemonics International, it meant being whisked from Mali to a Paris hospital in only 12 hours. The flight alone took six hours, said Chemonics president Thurston Teele. Another company's employee who had a similar emergency in the region died for lack of adequate medical care, Teele said.