Heart N.Y. again
ALBANY, N.Y. - New York is dusting off its 40-year-old "I Love NY" icon in a $5 million tourism push aimed at vacationers. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the TV campaign Wednesday, marking the return of the "I Love NY" logo with a heart in place of the word "love." The summer tourism commercials will run in upstate markets as well as in Cleveland, Philadelphia, Toronto, Montreal and Connecticut.
Microsite, big info
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has launched a new microsite to commemorate the 75th anniversary of state parks. It displays a wide range of content that can be used to plan a visit to one of the 54 parks. Done in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, tnstateparks75.com also includes an interactive historical timeline.
ATLANTA - Rising fuel costs have driven airlines to increase fares, pinching travelers' budgets. Domestic fares are up about 15 percent since 2000, including the addition of fees for checked baggage and reserved seats, according to Airlines for America, a major airline industry group based in Washington. About two-thirds of the respondents to a summer travel survey released by consulting firm Deloitte noticed higher fares, but only 16 percent changed their plans. About 43 percent of travelers use carry-on luggage more often, while 40 percent try to book airlines that don't charge baggage fees.
The federal government says it has plans to use advanced technology to dramatically reduce the number of pat-down searches performed at the nation's airports. The Department of Homeland Security recently put out a request for technology companies to come up with a hand-held scanning device that can be used instead of pat-down searches on passengers who set off alarms on full-body scanners.
Americans have long held the title of the world's biggest spenders when it comes to business travel. But China is expected to overtake the U.S. by 2015. U.S. businesses spent an estimated $250 billion on business travel in 2011, and Chinese businesses spent $182 billion, according to a study by Global Business Travel Association. But the study predicts Chinese business travel spending will surge 11 percent in 2012 to $202 billion and 21 percent in 2013 to $245 billion.
Board this way
Families flying coach on United Airlines who don't have "elite" flier status may need to pack an extra dose of patience. United has dropped the policy of letting families be seated ahead of general boarding passengers. In coach, families without elite flier status used to board just after disabled passengers, active members of the military and elite status fliers.
BARNSTABLE, Mass. - The 1.6 mile Kennedy Legacy Trail now has a walking tour that enables owners of smartphones and iPads to learn about 10 historic stops along the way. Walkers can use their wireless devices to scan QR codes - similar to bar codes - posted at the stops to bring up audio and visual information. For instance, the code at the Hyannis Armory brings up video of President John F. Kennedy's 1960 presidential victory speech there.
SEATTLE - A 3-year-old boy who refused to use his seatbelt never got off the ground when he and his father boarded an Alaska Airlines flight at an airport in Seattle. The pilot returned to the gate at Sea-Tac Airport on Saturday and asked the father and the boy to get off. Alaska Airlines says it was a matter of safety and the pilot would rather deal with it on the ground than in mid-flight. The father, Mark Yanchak of Everett, said the crew overreacted.