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2013January22

Google CEO tweaks Apple and raves about its own maps and travel assets

Larry Page couldn't resist touting Google Maps and sticking a pin in Apple and its maps woes, although the Google co-founder didn't call out Apple by name.

Can the hotel industry take youth off the streets and put money in their pockets? Hilton thinks so

For Hilton's efforts to have any long-term effect it will need to create paths to success that go beyond low-paying, entry-level work, which means it will need to stand up to hotel owners who want labor for less.

Southwest Airlines Wi-Fi now operational on more than three-quarters of its planes

Southwest is hell-bent on launching some international service in the coming years, and satellite-based Wi-Fi will take it a long way toward that goal.

Is American a little Mad to use Jon Hamm in its new campaign?

Luckily for American, the vast majority of ad watchers won't make the same connections between Hamm and the second season of "Mad Men." They'll just be thinking about the Hamm.

Chic no-frills hotels focus on getting travelers rested and on their way for less

Smart design tactics, plentiful connectivity, and large community spaces are the mark of these hotels that started in Europe and are making their way around the world.

Nevada Tourism teams up with BuzzFeed to take its marketing efforts viral

This is the first we've seen of a tourism board getting truly digital savvy in its marketing efforts in an attempt to take its message mainstream, and could be the first in a new tourism ad trend.

Delta Air Lines-Virgin Atlantic deal already impacting business travel

Delta is wooing new business travel accounts because of the Virgin Atlantic deal, and the most-loyal passengers will getting perks reserved for the few.

Skift global trend for 2013: Destination branding through movies

This is the new battleground for big-ticket destination marketing.

The yoga-at-airports trend touches down in Burlington, Vermont

Trend or not, anything that can be done to help travelers relax at the airport is a good thing.

Empire State Building’s new lamps give it a new hue, amidst strong competition

With new competition coming up all around, including new World Trade Centre, new Bank of America tower displays and new skyscraper on west side rivaling the views, ESB had to move, and it does look much brighter and technicolor now.