Akaryn Hotel Group will open Asia's first single-use plastic-free hotel next month in Bangkok as it pursues a goal of shedding plastic throughout the chain by 2020. Guests at the akyra TAS Sukhumvit Bangkok will receive stainless steel water bottles and find bathroom items in pottery containers and biodegradable bags.
United Airlines' board of directors has named Jane Garvey as its new chairman. Garvey is a former administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration.
There has been a rise in travel agencies seeking to hire veterans and members of veteran families such as spouses to solve the industry's agent shortage problem, according to Travel Leaders Group's Ninan Chacko. Desirable qualities such as compassion, leadership and drive make veterans great candidates, Nexion President Jackie Friedman said.
Chattanooga, which is located at the base of the Appalachian Mountains in Tennessee, offers visitors a wide variety of outdoor adventures. Travelers can explore the underground Lookout Mountain Caverns during a lantern-lit Ruby Falls tour, zip line at 35 mph at ZIPStream Aerial Adventure and scale a 60-foot outdoor climbing wall at the Highpoint Climbing and Fitness Gym.
Bad reviews can hurt a business, but an agent can't please everyone, Tammy Levent writes. To combat bad reviews, agents can follow the trend of reviewing the negative reviewer and can keep track of bad reviews while learning how to deal with different client personalities.
Canadian developer Harry Stinson said he hopes to complete a purchase of the Adam's Mark hotel in downtown Buffalo, N.Y., by mid-June. Stinson could pay as much as $15 million, and he said he would rename the property the Buffalo Grand Hotel.
Properties such as Hotel Saranac in Saranac Lake, N.Y., and Tikchik Narrows Lodge in Dillingham, Alaska, make the most of their remote locales. "At Saranac Lake, you're staying in an historic hotel, and the town is very authentic Adirondack. There's no chains; it's all really locally owned and operated," said David Roedel of owner Roedel Cos.
UPS has debuted a cloud-based tool designed to help medical device manufacturers track inventory and ensure on-time deliveries. Technology companies WebOps and Baxter Planning helped build the platform.
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