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By Tom Belden and Tom Belden,Knight-Ridder News Service | February 17, 1992
Business travelers get off fairly easily this year in preparing their 1991 income-tax returns.The most important change, and one that will affect a large number of taxpayers, is that the standard mileage rate for all driving on business is now 27 1/2 cents a mile, up from 26 cents in 1990. The rate increase reflects the rising cost of owning and operating a car.Besides the mileage rate, there have been no other substantive changes in the past couple of years in the tax code governing travel expenses.
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August 10, 2011
I was reading the recent article about folks who live without a motor vehicle ("For some, life can be sweeter with no car," July 27) and I was impressed with Hampden resident Kathy Harget's choice to live without a car. Of course, many of us need to have a car in order to travel back and forth to places like work, to pick up kids from day-care, or for business travel. People who need cars, however, have reason to be excited about reducing oil and gas consumption in the near future as well.
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BUSINESS
By American Banker | September 7, 1991
NEW YORK -- After keeping a low profile through most of the credit card wars, Diners Club is about to go on the offensive.Next week, the Citicorp unit will launch an ad campaign designed to position Diners Club as the best choice for business travelers.The campaign will be the first under Robert Rosseau, a Citicorp marketing executive who became chief executive officer of Diners Club late last year.The company is taking aim at people who take 10 or more business trips a year. The campaign will consist of 60-second commercials on airlines' in-flight video programs, two-page ads in airline magazines, and airport billboards.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | June 3, 2011
Now that Southwest Airlines has completed its $1 billion purchase of AirTran Holdings, executives have launched the longer-term process of merging the two brands, retraining employees, rolling out larger aircraft, giving makeovers to AirTran planes and positioning Southwest for international expansion. The merger, completed last month, gave Southwest a 70 percent share of passenger traffic at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, where it already was the largest carrier.
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By Tom Belden and Tom Belden,Knight-Ridder | February 4, 1991
Recession, high costs and worry over the Persian Gulf War are a triple whammy for the travel business.They are having a depressing effect on both leisure and business travel, causing many people to postpone trips, and companies to tell employees to stay close to the office. Some travel agents report declines of up to 25 percent in air travel this year compared with 1990.But one of the fastest-growing types of travel -- offering elaborately planned and executed trips to exotic locations as incentives to meet sales or other performance goals -- may not get hurt as much as the industry overall, according to some in the travel business.
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By Gus G. Sentementes and Gus G. Sentementes,SUN STAFF | October 25, 2002
The Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association will focus on attracting small groups and leisure travelers over the next 18 months as the city's hospitality industry copes with a downturn in business travel, BACVA officials said yesterday. The association will work to lure smaller regional, association and corporate meetings within a five- to six-hour driving distance that haven't committed themselves to sites for next year through 2005, BACVA officials said. The efforts will include television advertisements and marketing efforts in other major cities.
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By BLOOMBERG NEWS | May 2, 2002
BETHESDA - Host Marriott Corp., an owner of Four Seasons, Marriott and Hyatt hotels, reported yesterday a fiscal first-quarter loss, reflecting a decline in business travel that sliced revenue by 10 percent. Host posted a loss of $8 million, or 3 cents a share, for the period that ended March 22, compared with net income of $27 million, or 12 cents, for last year's first quarter. Revenue fell to $790 million, Chief Financial Officer Robert Parsons said in a conference call. Funds from operations (FFO)
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By BLOOMBERG NEWS | October 17, 2002
Host Marriott Corp., the largest hotel real estate investment trust, said yesterday that its third-quarter loss grew as business travel spending fell. The net loss for the owner of Four Seasons, Marriott and Hyatt hotels widened to $38 million, or 18 cents a share, from $7 million, or 6 cents a share, a year ago. Per-share results reflect the payment of preferred dividends. Revenue in the quarter that ended Sept. 6 fell 7 percent to $789 million, Christopher Nassetta, chief executive officer, said during a conference call.
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By Jerry Hirsch and Jerry Hirsch,LOS ANGELES TIMES | October 3, 2003
Kris Sarajian admits it. He was a guerrilla Web booker. The marketing executive regularly bypassed his company's travel agency to book his business travel arrangements online. The logic was obvious. "It would save money," Sarajian said. His employer, Akibia Inc., an information technology provider in Westborough, Mass., now books virtually all its travel online. Guerrilla booking has become typical in offices coast to coast, said Bjorn Hanson, a travel-industry consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers.
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By CHICAGO TRIBUNE | December 22, 1996
Each year, Business Traveler International surveys its readers for their "bests." Among this year's winners:Airline for international business travel: Singapore AirlinesAirline for domestic flights: American AirlinesAirline for economy-class travel in the world: Delta AirlinesTrans-Atlantic airline: British AirwaysAirport in the world: Singapore ChangiAirport in North America: tie between Atlanta Hartsfield and Chicago O'HareHotel for business travel in...
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By Yeganeh June Torbati, Childs Walker and Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2010
Stick together in small groups. Avoid political demonstrations and large crowds of fellow Americans. Call your parents to let them know you're safe. The directors of study-abroad programs at Maryland universities spent Monday morning e-mailing hundreds of students about these basic precautions after Sunday's European terror alert from the U.S. State Department. "In this case, there is nothing specific, so it's really hard to go beyond the general recommendations we usually give," said Andre Colombat, Loyola's director of international programs.
NEWS
July 6, 2010
Jane Frances Edelen Healy, a homemaker and officer in her family's furniture hardware business, died of a stroke Thursday at the Blakehurst retirement community. She was 92 and had lived in Wiltondale. Born Jane Frances Edelen in Baltimore and raised on Penhurst Avenue, she was a 1935 Seton High School graduate. She earned a bachelor's degree at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland and a master's degree in English from the Johns Hopkins University. In her teens, she was crowned Jousting Queen of Maryland.
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman and Michelle Deal-Zimmerman,michelle.deal@baltsun.com | December 13, 2009
Beginning in January, Megabus.com is teaming up with NYC & Company - New York's official tourism arm - to offer 100,000 free seats in an effort to boost travel in the new year. About 40,000 of the seats will be designated for trips to the Big Apple. The remainder will be available for other destinations. But you don't have to wait to plan your city escape. Travelers can book a free ride now using the promo code "GETAWAY" for trips from Jan. 6-March 20. Several New York promotions will coincide with the seat giveaway, including NYC Restaurant Week (Jan.
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By Kathy Bergen and Kathy Bergen,Chicago Tribune | November 10, 2006
The U.S. travel industry's robust recovery is slipping into slow-growth mode as rising consumer prices and weakening corporate profits instill caution in leisure and business travelers, the Travel Industry Association forecast yesterday. Domestic vacation travel is expected to rise 2 percent this year, to 2.03 billion individual trips, and by an additional 1 percent to 2 percent next year, to about 2.05 billion trips. U.S. business travel is likely to be flat this year, with 516.8 million trips, and to rise 1 percent to 2 percent in 2007, to about 524.9 million trips.
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By Meredith Cohn and Meredith Cohn,SUN STAFF | May 27, 2005
Mexicana Airlines plans to offer one direct flight daily to Mexico City from Baltimore-Washington International Airport beginning Dec. 2, giving a boost to the $140 million international terminal that opened in 1997 but has failed to attract major overseas service. The airport already offers flights to Cancun among its approximately dozen daily international departures. But officials who announced the service yesterday said the flights are geared to business travelers headed to the Mexican capital or connecting to other major Latin American cities.
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By Lorraine Mirabella and Lorraine Mirabella,SUN STAFF | April 13, 2005
Two new hotels will be built near Baltimore-Washington International Airport, adding 463 rooms to the area's booming hotel market, the hotels' parent company said yesterday. A 203-room Sheraton will be built on Old Elkridge Landing Road in Linthicum in Anne Arundel County and will open by fall 2006. Next door, a 260-room Westin Hotel will open, also on Old Elkridge Landing Road, in spring 2007. The hotels will be developed by Brentwood Hotels and managed by LTD Management Co. LLC of Chesapeake, Va. Officials of LTD Management could not be reached yesterday, but the company said in a statement that it expects BWI Airport's $1.8 billion expansion to drive growth in the area's hotel market.
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By BLOOMBERG NEWS | August 27, 2002
NEW YORK - U.S. hotels will recover slower than expected after last year's recession and terrorist attacks, PricewaterhouseCoopers said yesterday, cutting its forecast of 2002 hotel room demand a second time in four months. The firm said revenue per available U.S. hotel room, a measure of average occupancy and room rate, will fall 2.3 percent, to $49.68, from $50.83 last year. In May, the firm said revenue per room would fall 0.7 percent. Before that, it estimated room revenue would rise 3 percent from last year.
NEWS
January 23, 1991
War in the Persian Gulf and Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein's threats of terrorism in the United States are not changing travel plans of Evening Sun readers and other callers to Sundial.Despite reports from area travel agencies that plans are being changed, of 184 callers, 143, or 78 percent, said they had not changed personal travel plans, while 41, or 22 percent, said they had. And 147 of 182 callers (81 percent) reported that they had not changed their business travel plans, while 35 callers (19 percent)
BUSINESS
By BLOOMBERG NEWS | October 8, 2004
BETHESDA - Marriott International Inc., the largest U.S. hotel company, said yesterday that its third-quarter earnings climbed 45 percent, the biggest gain in almost two years, as business and leisure travel picked up. Net income increased to $133 million, or 56 cents a share, from $92 million, or 37 cents, a year earlier. Revenue in the quarter that ended Sept. 10 rose 9.2 percent to $2.3 billion, the company said. It was expected to earn 55 cents a share. Marriott, the first major U.S. hotel company to report quarterly results, charged higher rates and added 6,000 rooms as business and leisure bookings, particularly from the United Kingdom and China, rose at its North American hotels.
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By Alec MacGillis and Alec MacGillis,SUN STAFF | July 6, 2004
Despite traffic volumes that were expected to approach July Fourth holiday records, most homebound travelers yesterday found their routes relatively free of the crippling backups that many have come to dread at the close of three-day summer weekends. Police and transportation officials around the state reported heavy traffic yesterday afternoon and evening, but few serious accidents or major logjams. The slowest going was on U.S. 50 heading west from the beach resorts across the Eastern Shore to the Bay Bridge.
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