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Credit where due: United will now start serving Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat ale on a portion of its flights. The airline teamed up with Chicago’s home-team brewer for a kickoff party at the Goose Island facilities last Friday, which was unsurprisingly well-received. Now if they could just get their in-flight experience up to the same level of quality we’d be in business.

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There’s a new hotel brand on the block, and it’s uncomfortably better looking than the other kids. Intercontinental hotels (home of Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza among others) launches EVEN hotels in Norwalk, CT and Rockville, MD this month, a brand dedicated to keeping travelers fit on the road.

Core to the hotel design are centralized workout facilities and better in-room fitness amenities. EVEN hopes that this design will motivate and attract like-minded, fit-focused travelers.

For my part, I’m looking forward to the snack bar with somewhat-healthy options over the typical soft drink and ice cream selection — I’ve never been much of a hotel gym sort of guy. But for those who are, you may now have a new home on the road.

EVEN has several more hotels planned for the east coast through next year. Keep an eye out for them at


@united to offer @GooseIsland’s 312 “craft beer” on flights worldwide & in UA Clubs starting July 1. $3 in clubs, $8(!) in economy. #PaxEx

 –  ‏@AirlineFlyer | Jason Rabinowitz Aviation and Travel Writer

Two ground crew members walk past a United Airlines airplane as it sits at a gate at Newark Liberty International Airport


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United Airlines to serve Goose Island’s 312 Urban Wheat: United Airlines will soon debut a hometown brew: Goose Island’s 312 Urban Wheat Ale is coming to the Chicago-based airline’s worldwide flights and its U.S. airport clubs on July 1. Read more at the Chicago Tribune



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Inside InterContinental Hotels’ New Health and Wellness Themed Brand: While some people are able to maintain a healthy lifestyle while traveling, many others are often distracted from eating the right food, getting enough sleep and finding the energy to exercise.  InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) launched its new EVEN Hotels brand this month in Norwalk, CT and Rockwell, MD for people in both the first and second groups, but mostly the second. Read more at Skift

French Minister Criticizes Plan to Hike Hotel Taxes: French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has blasted plans to raise by more than five times hotel taxes paid by tourists, saying the move would be dangerous for tourism and France’s stumbling economy. Read more at Skift


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A very happy birthday to travel writing legend Don George, who celebrated his 38th birthday, give or take a rounding error, in San Francisco last week. See you on the road Mr. George.

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Photo Credit: A rendering of an EVEN hotels king room. EVEN Hotels