Hyatt to offer Registered Traveler sign-up


Hyatt to offer Registered Traveler sign-up — Sign-up for the government’s long-awaited trusted traveler program moved Thursday to the hotel lobby. In a first of its kind deal, upscale chain Hyatt said it has agreed to team with Verified Identity Pass, the leading private vendor for the government’s Registered Traveler program, to allow enrollment in some hotels. (USA Today)

State launching post-hurricane tourism plan — Louisiana is launching a national advertising campaign to counter impressions that the state is closed to tourists because of hurricanes Rita and Katrina. (AP)

Boeing, Airbus hope for soft order landing — Some analysts are betting that the poor health of U.S. carriers and still fragile finances of airlines elsewhere will catch up with the plane makers soon, puncturing the order boom that sent Boeing shares soaring 35.7 percent last year. (Reuters)

Online travel seen as ‘attractively valued’ — Merrill Lynch analyst Justin Post maintained a “neutral” view on the online travel industry and said Sabre Holdings’ Travelocity has the best U.S. net revenue outlook in the group. (Forbes)

Online taxes: Dallas might be owed $10 million — The City of Dallas may be owed at least $10 million in unpaid hotel occupancy taxes. Some online travel companies are being sued in for allegedly not playing their fair share of hotel taxes. It’s estimated nationwide, $150 million remains uncollected. (CBS 11 TV)

American’s costs to rise less in 2006 — AMR Corp.’s American Airlines, which hasn’t had a profit in five years, expects costs will increase less this year than in 2005 as pension contributions and fuel use decline. (Bloomberg News)

Continental Airlines aims to up capacity — Continental Airlines Inc. expects to expand route capacity in both the domestic and international markets this year, President Jeff Smisek said Thursday. (AP)

New airline set to compete for Nantucket fliers — Since the 1990s, the Cape Cod area of Massachusetts has been dominated by two airlines – Cape Air (which owns Nantucket Airlines) and Island Airlines. But next month, undaunted by the fate of others, a pair of Cape businessmen plan to launch a new commuter airline called Nantucket Shuttle Inc. (Cape Cod Times)

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