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Airport Hotel Reaches for the Skies

The developer of the TWA Hotel opening on Wednesday at New York's Kennedy Airport is shooting for an occupancy rate better than 100%. In fact, he's hoping to do twice that. “My objective is to sell every room every day twice a day,” said Tyler Morse, chief executive of MCR and Morse Development. “Our plan is to run 200% occupancy.”
 Mr. Morse expects the hotel will appeal to travelers with crack-of-dawn flights who want proximity to the airport. They will have checked out in the early morning, enabling hotel staff to

McDonald's Franchisees to Get A Say on All-Day Breakfast

McDonald's Corp. said it would let franchisees decide which breakfast items to serve all day, part of an effort to simplify operations as wait times have grown and traffic has stalled.
 The burger giant saw sales rise in the U.S. after putting breakfast items on sale all day in 2015, one of its biggest operational changes in years.
 But same-store sales in the U.S. have since cooled as competitors improved their breakfast offerings. McDonald's beat same-store sales expectations in the first quarter, in part

Boeing Faces Test Getting Fliers Aboard Its 737 MAX

Boeing Co.'s 737 MAX plane could return to service this summer, yet convincing passengers the plane is safe will be one of the aviation industry's toughest consumer-relations challenges in decades.
 The aircraft has been grounded world-wide since March after two MAX jets crashed within five months of each other. The crashes, and what some carriers and pilots have described as Boeing's lack of transparency in their aftermath, have undermined confidence in the plane maker.

Coast-to-Coast Flights Are Suddenly a Steal

FROM LOS ANGELES, a flight to New York is sometimes cheaper these days than a flight to Chicago, even though it's 2½ hours longer. From Boston, you can fly 2,611 miles to Los Angeles cheaper than 91 miles to Nantucket. Flying coast-to-coast nonstop has rarely been cheaper. Airlines are embroiled in a fare war, with the number of seats on transcontinental routes at an all-time high.

Marriott CEO to Get Cancer Treatment

Marriott International Inc., the world's biggest hotel operator, said its chief executive, Arne Sorenson, has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and will undergo chemotherapy.
 The Bethesda, Md.-based company said Mr. Sorenson, 60 years old, was diagnosed Wednesday with stage 2 pancreatic cancer by a medical team at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. He will remain in his role as president and CEO while undergoing treatment, the company said.

U.S. Moves To Curb Overstays Of Visas

 WASHINGTON — The Trump administration moved ahead Monday to restrict visitor visas to the U.S. for nationals of countries with high rates of overstaying, including potentially barring their entry entirely.
 The presidential memorandum orders top cabinet officials to draw up recommendations for nationals of countries that have an overstay rate of 10% or more based on statistics reported by the Department of Homeland Security.

Royal Caribbean Raises Outlook On Strong Cruise Bookings, Prices

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. expects to earn even more money per passenger this year because of strong demand for cruises, higher booking prices and greater guest spending. The cruise-ship operator said Wednesday it had a record wave season, the peak January-to-March booking period for cruises.
 For the full year, Royal Caribbean expects net yield—a closely watched metric that reflects pricing performance—to rise by 7.5% to 9% from a year earlier excluding currency

Boeing Didn't Advise It Shut Off Warning

 Boeing Co. didn't tell Southwest Airlines Co. and other carriers when they began flying its 737 MAX jets that a safety feature found on earlier models that warns pilots about malfunctioning sensors had been deactivated, according to government and industry officials.
 Federal Aviation Administration safety inspectors and supervisors responsible for monitoring Southwest, the largest 737 MAX customer, also were unaware of the change, the officials said.

Global Hoteliers Take Spending Spree to Africa

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — The world's biggest names in hospitality are battling for a slice of one of the world's fastest-growing markets for hotels: Africa.
 Tourists are pouring into many of the continent's 54 nations in record numbers, fueling development in traditional tourist hubs and new investment in frontier markets. The continent boasts the world's fastest-growing population, some of its most swiftly expanding economies and a ballooning domestic-travel market driven by Africa's expanding middle class.