Travel News Report
Oct. 1, 2014

Why the Airbus A380 changes the game at DFW Airport
Dallas Business Journal
The days of Qantas stopping to refuel on its way from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport to Sydney are done. Qantas debuted the two-story Airbus A380 with much fanfare, including Hollywood actor, aviation buff and airline ambassador John Travolta. The world’s largest passenger plane replaces the Boeing 747 that Qantas had used.More

Hotels use online reviews as blueprint for renovations
The New York Times
When it was time for Omni Hotels and Resorts to start a new round of renovations, executives made a point of installing more electrical outlets and better bathrooms. The impetus for those upgrades? Complaints from travelers on review websites like TripAdvisor. “They certainly are not shy,” said Jon Hunter, vice president for operations at Omni Hotels and Resorts.More

Six emerging travel industry marketing trends
Marketing Week
From peer-to-peer business to "experimentalism," the 2014 Abta Travel Convention surfaced a number of trends that have wide implications for all marketers. The growth of peer-to-peer businesses such as Airbnb and dining club Eatwithme will have a huge disruptive impact on brands unless they can find a way of partnering or working with these initiatives.More

Hotels expect to spend a record $6B on upgrades this year
Los Angeles Times
In the wake of the economic crisis, struggling hotels across the country put off most upgrades and expansions, such as installing new carpeting, buying bigger television sets and renovating lobbies. But with the economy rebounding, the nation’s hotels are expected to spend a record $6 billion this year, a 7 percent increase from 2013, according to a New York University study.More