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Fall Travel Trends from Travel Leaders Group - New York City and Caribbean Cruises are Top Destinations

Fall is the perfect time for apples, whether it’s apple crisp or The Big Apple. Today, travel industry powerhouse Travel Leaders Group released findings from its most recent nationwide survey of travel agents and New York City ranks as the top domestic destination for travel during the remainder of 2015 – a spot typically held by Orlando or Las Vegas. Internationally, Americans are headed on Caribbean cruises, first and foremost, while the rest of the top five is rounded out by: Cancun, Mexico; London, England; European river cruises; and Rome, Italy. Travel Leaders Group travel agents also provided insights into Greece travel, top types of trips and destinations for Millennials – with Honeymoon travel leading the list, and more than 87% of respondents indicated year-to-date comparable bookings are better than or the same as last year.

Extended-stay hotels reinvent themselves to offer better stays

It's also growing. The number of extended-stay rooms in the USA went from a little more than 200,000 in 2001 to nearly 380,000 today, according to STR, which tracks supply and demand data for the hotel industry. PKF Hospitality Research's analysis of the STR data found that over the past decade, about one in every five new rooms in the USA has been an extended-stay product. Extended-stay rooms are generally defined as having a kitchen that includes some form of a stove or cook-top.

Think with Google debuts a travel dashboard to help US marketers

Today Google’s marketing research arm, Think with Google, unveiled its Travel Dashboard — a free online tool that highlights recent and year-over-year trends based on Google data across the car rental, air, and hotel verticals in the United States.

The data has been designed to help marketers in planning their campaigns. It will be updated quarterly.

Air Malta hampered by past fuel hedging agreements – CEO

Air Malta has not benefitted from the recent slump in oil prices and cheaper aviation fuel as it is still bound by past hedging agreements.

Far from hitting out at his predecessors for entering into these hedges, the airline’s current CEO Philip Micallef says that the long-term hedging agreements entered into in 2012 made sense at the time. They run until the winter of next year.

Hotel industry blasts proposed sale of Orbitz to Expedia

Critics urge rejection of online-travel merger, cite fears over costs and control of market.

The hotel industry is urging the U.S. government to reject the proposed merger between online travel agents Expedia Inc. and Orbitz Worldwide Inc., arguing the combined company would control the online booking market and be able to impose higher costs on the industry.