Czech airline to buy 5 more Boeing 737 MAX jets
PRAGUE (AP) — Czech airline Travel Service says it has signed a deal to buy five more new Boeing 737 MAX jets.
Spokeswoman Vladimira Dufkova said Wednesday the contract was signed on Dec. 23 and brings to 30 the total number of such Boeing aircraft that Travel Service has recently agreed to buy.
The jets will be delivered between 2018 and 2023. Financial details were not disclosed.
Chinese travel site Ctrip.com to buy Britain’s Skyscanner
BEIJING (AP) — China's biggest online travel service Ctrip.com is buying Skyscanner i n a deal that values the British travel search site at 1.4 billion pounds ($1.7 billion).
The deal announced Thursday adds to a string of global acquisitions by Chinese companies in search of technology, brands and access to foreign markets.
Beyond rooms and homes: Airbnb adding tours and activities
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Not content with just renting out spare rooms and vacant homes, Airbnb is adding local tours and activities like surfing lessons and pub crawls to its travel services in major cities around the world.
With the new features announced Thursday, the fast-growing online rental company is hoping to tap into leisure travelers' desire for distinctive "experiences" that make them feel more connected with the places they visit, travel industry analysts say.
TripAdvisor gets feds’ OK to book travel services to Cuba
NEEDHAM, Mass. (AP) — Travel website TripAdvisor announced Friday that it can now help you book a flight to Cuba, find a place to stay there and see the attractions it has to offer.
TripAdvisor, based in Needham, is among a few companies to receive licenses from the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control to facilitate travel bookings to Cuba for travelers from the U.S. and outside the U.S.
National parks are hot this year – the U.S. Tour Operators Association in fact is calling the jump in interest a symptom of National Park Fever.
Last year a record 305 million people visited national parks. As the National Park Service likes to point out, that’s more people than went to every single Disney park, NFL, NBA and MLB game and NASCAR race combined. While national park itineraries have long been popular with Americans, this year tour operators and specialty...