Australia to relax phone ban, intro airfare Boston to Hong Kong, future of Atlantic City


Australian carriers relax phone ban
Qantas and Virgin Australia became the latest carriers to allow passengers to use their PEDs from gate to gate.

The Australian carriers will hope giving customers almost continuous access to personal devices will increase their appeal as they engage in a price war with each other and other market participants. Currently, passengers are forced to switch off devices until the plane reaches cruising altitude.

Plan far ahead for this awesome airfare deal to Hong Kong
Want to snag an awesome fare to Hong Kong from Boston? Better plan ahead and schedule your departure on May 6, 2015 with a return date of May 14, 2015.

This will be the airline’s 6th US destination (following JFK, EWR, SFO, LAX, and ORD). To celebrate, and to fill up their first month of flights with smiling faces, they’ve launched a deep discount airfare sale on the new route, with roundtrip tickets going for a total of $753.88. That’s a whole $4 cheaper than last year’s similar launch sale to Newark.

Atlantic City discusses plans for the city’s ongoing transformation in response to casino closing announcements
With three casinos slated to close by September 16, Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian told residents that progress is being made in transitioning Atlantic City to a “multi-faceted tourism mecca.”

“We are making progress. Non-gaming spending has grown even as gaming declined,” [Atlantic City Alliance President Liza] Cartmell said. “Gaming now accounts for less than one-third of visitor spending. More than two-thirds of spending — 67.8 percent, to be precise — is non-gaming.”

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