Alaska Air Finalizes Acquisition of Virgin America

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Alaska Air Group has now completed its acquisition of Virgin America. Regional carrier Horizon Air, also owned by Alaska Air, will continue to operate with its own certificate. The acquisition was a coup for Alaska, which had to overcome a fierce bidding war with JetBlue in April.

Alaska Airlines Unveils Free In-Flight Messaging

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Alaska Airlines has added new amenities to target a younger demographic. It makes perfect sense, as Virgin America (a low-cost airline well-known for hip and youthful branding) recently acquired Alaska Airlines. Alaska Airlines has announced the launch of a new service called Free Chat.

Alaska and Southwest Tops for Airline Customer Service

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For the 10th consecutive year, Alaska Airlines topped the list of traditional airline carriers with an index score of 765 points. The post Alaska and Southwest Tops for Airline Customer Service appeared first on Smart Meetings.

Mountain Festivals Beckon Groups

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Alaska Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. One of the most famous outdoor festivals is Alaska Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race , held every spring come rain, shine or blizzards. An armor-clad soldier thrusts a sword toward the sky in a mountain meadow.

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7 Ways that Travel Changed in 2017

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These included everything from Seabourn’s open-water kayaking off the Alaska coast to Carnival Cruise Lines ’ interactive entertainment experiences.

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Flying with Fido? Here is Your Need to Know

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However, JetBlue Airways, Alaska Airlines, Virgin America, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines require documentation from a mental health professional within a year of the travel date and 48 hours’ notice of all ESAs. More pets than ever are flying from here to there.

5 Customer Service Lessons from Top Rated Airlines

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JetBlue, Southwest and Alaska Airlines all provided a superior customer service experience and outperformed the average industry stock earnings over a six-year period–as measured by Dow Jones and Moody’s in the study. “As

Real Results, Real Impact: EventMobi Celebrates GMID 2018

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Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium provides high quality health services for Alaska Native people at the Alaska Native Medical Center and across Alaska. Today is Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID), which is an annual event that brings together leaders from across the meetings and events industry. It’s a time when event professionals can showcase how their events have helped shape the world we all share.

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Say Farewell to Virgin America

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On March 22, Alaska Airlines announced its plan to eliminate the Virgin America brand, with an official termination to occur in 2019. Last year Alaska purchased Virgin for $2.6 ” Since the merger closed in December, Alaska has been striving to enhance the combinednetworks.

Ticketbud launches a mobile optimized ‘Events Showcase Page.’

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Alaska World Arts Festival runs 100 events across 50 venues in Homer Alaska, over two weeks in September. Organizer of Alaska World Arts Festival. The new Events Showcase Page provides a branded ticketing experience, with greater cross promotion across multiple events.

2018’s Best Frequent-Flyer Programs

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per $100 spent), with Alaska Airlines coming in a close second ($19.87 Five of the 10 largest airlines—Alaska Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Spirit Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines and Frontier Airlines—are offering fewer rewards in 2018.

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World’s 20 Safest Airlines

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based carriers Alaska Airlines , Delta Air Lines , Hawaiian Airlines and United Airlines all received spots on the list as well. Alaska Airlines. Qantas tops the list for the fourth year in a row on AirlineRatings.com’s list of safest airlines for 2017.

Millennials Choose American Airlines as Top Brand

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American Airlines has a higher equity rating in the full-service category among millennials than Delta Airlines and Alaska Airlines /Horizon Air, both of which came out on top in previous years.

How to Host Conferences at Unique Venues

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We had a great first day on the cruise, departing Vancouver, BC, sailing under the Lion’s Gate Bridge, and making our way through the spectacular Inside Passage to Ketchikan, Alaska after a day at sea. This blog contains one main point of advice: be prepared for the unexpected.

Puff, Puff, Plan Your Marijuana Policy for Events

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For example Alaska and Washington are very particular about edibles. In Alaska, the single serving size is defined as 5 mg of THC and a package sold cannot contain more than 10 servings (or 50 mg). Alaska.

United Innovates a Win-Win for Over-Sold Flights

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These include Australia-based Tiger Airways, Alaska Air and Qantas. Problem: Air traveler anger and airline embarrassment over mishandled bumps on overbooked flights. Solution: Technology that manages buyouts on flights nearing sell-out up to five days in advance.

JetBlue’s Cuba Flights to Begin This Month

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Eight carriers—Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines and United Airlines—subsequently were granted tentative permission to fly to Havana.

Into the Wild(erness Risk Management Conference)

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What does a rescue look like if you’re trapped in a snow cave on a remote glacier in Alaska? ILLUSTRATION BY CARMEN SEGOVIA. Or kidnapped by rebels while kayaking the Amazon? How do you get home safe?”.

Aloha! Southwest is Hawaii-Bound

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Six airlines now offer service to the islands—Alaska, American, Delta, Hawaiian, Virgin America (now part of Alaska) and United. “We anticipate fares will drop.”.

Which Airlines and Airports are Most Punctual?

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Despite its large fleet, Delta also beat out smaller airlines, including Alaska Airlines and Sun Country Airlines. Meeting and event planners are well-aware that time is money , and that arriving late can completely throw off an otherwise successful function.

Breathing new life into popular Christmas event themes

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Everything from snow crab, snow peas, Arctic char, Alaska king crab, naked Alaska and rare and expensive Japanese Hokkaido snow beef. Some Christmas event themes are so popular that there is a tendency to repeat them year after year.

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20 Must-Attend Machine Learning Conferences in 2019

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Start Date: August 4th - August 8th, 2019 in Anchorage, Alaska. What's better than gaining the latest industry insights while surrounded by the rugged beauty of Alaska? Looking to attend an AI event or two this year?

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Las Vegas No. 1 Among Most Fun Cities

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Las Vegas has the most clubs per 100,000 residents at 23.60, which is 70 times more than in Anchorage, Alaska, the city with the fewest at 0.34.

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Make Your Venue a Valentine’s Day Destination

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Some other popular games this year include: Central Washington University’s Men’s Basketball Game vs. The University of Alaska-Fairbanks at the Nicholson Pavilion in Ellensburg, WA.

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DMA West: Going Viral, What’s Trending and Crisis Communication

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The September event brought destination marketers from Alaska to Texas to Riverside Hotel in Boise, Idaho, for networking, breakout sessions, a lesson in crisis communication and a taste (and a twirl) of downtown Boise’s booming Basque Cultural District. (If

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9 Most Zen U.S. Destinations

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Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska. Everyone could use a little more Zen. The demanding modern workplace frequently imposes a hefty dose of stress. Rather than focusing on life’s strains, plan a meeting or event where free time provides an opportunity to recharge , relax and decompress.

Will You Be Living Large on an Event Planner Salary? The Numbers Say…

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While the average event planner salary may be $60,400, it’s important you consider that rate may not apply to those living in remote areas like Montana or Alaska.

Delta Adds 7 Destinations to Seattle Hub

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Travel to Austin, Boston, Milwaukee, Nashville, Orlando and Raleigh, along with top destinations in Hawaii, Alaska and Canada will be available through new or expanded non-stop services. Pike Place Market in Seattle.

Is Cannabis Tourism the Next Big Thing

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The business is so successful that it is now synonymous with cannabis tourism, providing digital resources in hundreds of locations including Oregon, California, Alaska , Barcelona and Jamaica. Five or 10 years ago, the term “cannabis tourism” was virtually nonexistent. But today, thanks to the growing trend of legalization across the country, business is booming. Few know that better than Michael Gordon, owner of Seattle-based travel company Kush Tourism.

DMA West Update: U.S. as Amazing as Ever

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The 3-day gathering, attended by delegates from 65 destination marketing organizations (DMOs) from Alaska to Texas, was sponsored, in part, by Smart Meetings.

Humans of Hornblower: Jeanne Fleming, First Officer - Healing Hands on Deck

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Jeanne decided to spend a summer in Alaska for a change of pace- but never returned to her New York apartment. When Jeanne Fleming was working in theater in New York, she never knew she’d one day serve as First Officer at Hornblower Cruises & Events on the California coast.

8 Lessons 2016 Taught Us About Meeting Planning

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Acquisitions are a part of life, as companies such as Starwood, Marriott, Virgin America, Alaska Airlines, Lanyon and Cvent can all attest to. Alaska Air Finalizes Acquisition of Virgin America. Brexit Will Not Stop Innovative Meetings in London.

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New Board Members and Best Ideas Recognized During 2016 DMA West Education Summit

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Julie Saupe, president and CEO of Visit Anchorage, Alaska officially took office as board president of DMA West. – Bonnie Quill, executive director of Mat-Su Convention & Visitors Bureau in Palmer, Alaska.

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2 Programs Refine Recipe to Reduce Homelessness

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The network links 60 member programs around the country, from Fairbanks, Alaska, to Tucson, Arizona, to Burlington, Vermont.

The Dish on 6 Hospitality Trends for 2017

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California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada join the ranks of Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Alaska in legalizing recreational cannabis. Andrew Freeman is an industry expert who uses his personal insights and vast connections to predict the future in his annual hospitality trends report.

The Top 2017 Sea Otter Products We Loved! Part 2

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When it comes to designing a bike made for riding in the snow, this Anchorage, Alaska Bike Company has it down! Sea otter was just a few weeks ago and we can’t stop talking how cool this event was because we just couldn’t get enough of it!

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Airlines & Airports Say Yes Way to Rosé and Other Perks

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Alaska Airlines is tickled pink. Travelers are often a bit antsy to reach their destination. Some airlines and airports have come up with clever ways to win your loyalty by introducing perks so you won’t mind waiting around or flying a bit longer.

6 approaches to viral marketing for planners

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A baked Alaska with sparklers was brought in for dessert. Event planners who want to add the “wow” factor to conference, corporate event, meeting and event marketing can find inspiration from viral marketing campaigns.

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Meeting Destinations Make Best of the World List

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We’d like to send out special congratulations to the following: Hawaiian Island of Kauai; the state of Georgia; Anchorage, Alaska; Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada; Cartagena, Colombia; Hamburg, Germany; and Madrid, Spain. “We

U.S.-Based Carriers Snubbed by World Airline Awards

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53, followed by Alaska Airlines at No. Airlines based in the Arabian Gulf and Asia definitely have developed better reputations than U.S.-based based airlines, according to the 2016 Skytrax World Airline Awards presented during Farnborough International Airshow in England.

5 Easy Tips for Hosting Epic Theater Events

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When it comes to private events, nontraditional venues like theaters and restaurant-theater hybrids are growing in popularity. And with amenities like A/V accessibility, signature food and drink options, and a built-in fun atmosphere, it’s easy to see why.

Travel Industry Reacts to President Trump’s Revised Cuba Policy

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According to the website consumerist.com, American, United, Delta, Southwest, JetBlue and Alaska currently fly to Cuba from the United States.

10 Surprising Reasons to Meet in Greater Palm Springs

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PSP welcomes such carriers as American, Delta, United, JetBlue Frontier, Alaska, and WestJet.