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Total Eclipse could cause some travel disruptions

US authorities are advising travelers to be prepared for possible disruptions during the historic total solar eclipse that will occur on Aug. 21.

The eclipse will begin at Lincoln Beach, Oregon at 9:05 a.m. PDT with totality hitting at 10:18 PDT. It will swoop across the country with totality ending at 2:49 EDT near Charleston S.C. The lunar shadow leaves the United States at 4:09 EDT. Other larger cities along the path of totality include Salem, Oregon; Idaho Falls, Idaho; Casper, Wyoming; Grand Island, Nebraska; Kansas City, Columbia and St. Louis Missouri; Carbondale, Illinois which will experience the longest duration of totality with the sun being completely covered for two minutes and 40 seconds; Paducah, Kentucky; Nashville, Tennessee and Greenville South Carolina.

Because this solar event is attracting visitors from around the world, the total eclipse has the potential to cause localized transport and business disruptions in the path of totality before, during and after the passage. Authorities recommend allowing extra driving time near the path of totality. Travelers should arrive to airports serving affected areas earlier than usual and should reconfirm hotel reservations due to limited availability. Citizens should also be prepared for possible slow or disrupted cell phone service during the eclipse. For more information please visit http://www.eclipse2017.org.

IHG to offer free Internet to all guests across the globe

Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG) said it will soon become the first global hotelier to provide free internet access to all its guests. In addition IHG said that members of its Rewards Club will also be eligible to receive free internet, "even when they're not staying with us*." This benefit will be effective starting January 1, 2018 and will apply to all brands except Kimpton.

The initial unveiling of this new perk comes as IHG continues to roll out its IHGConnect program which delivers significantly increased bandwidth along with state-of-the-art, cloud-based Wi-Fi technology. Another great benefit of IHG Connect is that it lets customers connect with multiple devices at the same time so users can be accessing Wi-Fi with their mobile device and laptop at the same time. IHG Connect is completely live in approximately 1000 properties in the Americas and is partially live in an additional 1,500 hotels. Company officials note, "In other regions we are planning to publish Wi-Fi hardware as a brand standard in November, and are already progressing well with the rollout of high speed bandwidth."

* Please note that for guests in Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia and Greater China, free internet will be available to all guests and non-guest. In the Americas, free internet access will only available to guests and non-guest who are IHG Rewards Club members.

More strikes planned for Spanish airports

Workers at 25 airports across Spain have voted to strike in order to protest low pay and undesirable working conditions. The new 24-hour work stoppages are on top of strikes already announced by security personnel at Barcelona's El Prat airport. Police have been brought in to help maintain security standards while reducing delays at El Prat.

A total of 25 new strike days are planned from September through December. September dates are 15, 17, 22, 24 and 29. There are seven stoppages planned in October, two in November and 11 in December including five consecutive days from Dec 26-30, which are intended to cause maximum disruption over the holidays. The new group of striking airport workers joining the security personnel include: baggage handlers, car park staff, IT, retail and catering staff.

GSA boosts 2018 per diem

The General Services Administration has raised the per diem rate for fiscal year 2018 to $144 from $142. The new rate goes into effect on Oct. 1. The rate includes $51 for meals and incidentals and $93 for lodging. Higher-than-standard per diems apply to 332 markets though 14 markets were moved from the elevated group to the standard rate category for fiscal year 2018. For more information please visit information please visit https://www.gsa.gov/perdiem.

Travelers are being urged to arrive at the airport at least three hours prior to departure. Officials also say the job action could be expanded to other airports including Madrid, Palma, Lisbon, Milan, Lyon and Paris Orly.

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AIRLINE BRIEFS

Air Berlin

Air Berlin has filed for insolvency proceedings in German courts after several years of significant losses and the announcement that Etihad is pulling its financial support. The move will help the airline to continue with the restructuring process that is already underway. In a statement, company officials said that all flights operated by airberlin and NIKI will continue as planned. The flight schedule and existing bookings remain valid. All flights are still bookable.

It is being reported that Lufthansa is negotiating to take over parts of the Airberlin Group. Ryanair has responded to this by filing competition complaints with German regulators and the European Commission claiming that a Lufthansa takeover of Airberlin Group would breach competition rules and drive fares up.

Air France

Passengers will soon be able to fly non-stop from Atlanta to the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe when Air France launches exclusive service starting Nov. 21. Travelers will be able to connect from more than 60 US and Canadian departure cities to the twice-weekly service using Delta flights. Air France offers other service to the Caribbean from the US with flights from Miami to Guadeloupe and to Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

American Airlines

After a series of delays, American said it will launch a new flight between Los Angeles and Beijing starting on Nov. 5th. This route has been hotly contested over the last two years due in part to the very limited number of slots available out of Beijing per a bilateral agreement with China.

American also announced that it will introduce seasonal service from Philadelphia to Budapest and Prague along with new flights from Chicago O'Hare to Venice, Italy. The new options will commence May 4, 2018.

British Airways

British Airways will introduce non-stop service between Nashville and London Heathrow. The five-times a week service will debut May 4, 2018 and represents the city's only non-stop route to Europe since the 1990s.

In a separate announcement, British Airways said it will start using its Airbus A380 superjumbo aircraft on its daily service between Chicago O'Hare and London Heathrow on May 8, 2018. The well-appointed A380 plane features four cabins across two decks with some seating that converts to full flat beds.

Delta Air Lines

New daily service between Orlando and Amsterdam will be available on Delta Air Lines starting March 30, 2018. Delta will operate the exclusive flight with its Boeing 767-300ER aircraft which offers 36 lie-flat seats in Delta One, 32 seats in Delta Comfort+ and 143 regular economy seats.

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ADELMAN VACATIONS

Discover awe-inspiring Alaska

Adelman's Cam Thieme recently returned from our annual Adelman Discoveries Signature custom adventure to Alaska. According to Cam, "We always do this trip in July because you get the best weather, about 18 hours of daylight and the opportunity to see so much wildlife." She continues, "The salmon are running in July and where there are salmon there are usually bears and eagles close by. It was so amazing to see these beautiful creatures in their own environment while being surrounded by such fantastic scenery!"

This special hosted trip started in Fairbanks where our group got a fascinating look at Alaskan life aboard the Riverboat Discovery sternwheeler boat tour, which was "Voted the Best Boat Tour in North America". Besides being immersed in the all the beauty along the river, our group experienced many unique sights such as sled dogs in action at the home and kennels of the late Susan Butcher a four-time Iditarod winner. The Riverboat Discovery tour also included a personalized tour of the Chena Indian Village. According to Cam, "It was fascinating to learn about the Athabascan Indian culture and to see how they live including their amazing beadwork and their magnificent gardens with flowers and produce that grow to amazingly large sizes due to the long periods of sunlight."

Our group then headed to Denali where they took an extended tour of the famous park. "The guide was great, the scenery was outstanding and we came across so many wild animals including bear, caribou and moose. We even got to see the top of Denali, which is actually a rare sight!" Cam exclaimed. "The park is so vast and the beauty so amazing it is just mind-boggling." Cam adds.

The next leg of this amazing journey was aboard the train where our guests got to experience the famous glass-domed rail cars which allow riders to soak in the amazing vistas as the knowledgeable guides entertain riders with stories of Alaska while pointing out all the incredible sites.

After an overnight in Anchorage our adventurers enjoyed another day of spectacular scenery as they headed to the cruise ship. Once on board, guests could unpack and relax during the seven night voyage through the amazing glaciers and inside passage. Cam noted, "Even from the cruise ship there was plenty of wildlife to see as there were bears and eagles all along the shoreline. Our group was also treated to an exclusive whale watching tour." As Cam explains, "On our exclusive excursion we take a smaller boat that allows us to get to the whales and other wildlife faster, before the larger tour boats get there. We saw orcas, seals, and more eagles and bears!"

There are a variety of options for visiting Alaska, but according to Cam, "What sets our Adelman Discoveries Signature Tour apart from other opportunities is the exclusive nature of our land tour and shore excursions." Cam continues, "Traveling in a smaller group than what the cruise lines offer provides a higher quality experience at a good price plus it also allows for unique opportunities along the way. For example, we have the entire bus, so if we want to make a special stop, we can." Cam also notes, "The smaller group also provides a more intimate experience where our adventurers have the chance to get to know one another along the way."

If this Alaskan adventure sounds like the amazing type of experience you have been dreaming of, give Cam or one of our other vacation advisors a call at 800-749-7116 or visit the Adelman Discoveries page on our vacations website at http://adelmanvacations.com/. Cam notes, "This trip is very popular and fills up quickly every year so please don't delay."



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FEATURED ARTICLES

Greater technology at the airport improves traveler experience

Airports across the country are continuing to introduce new technologies to benefit the traveler while also improving security and airport efficiency.

The TSA, for example, is testing new technology for members of its PreCheck program that only requires fliers to provide a photo ID. Meanwhile the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) rolled out facial recognition technology on select flights at Las Vegas's McCarran and Houston's Hobby airports. The CBP launched similar technology at Washington Dulles in June and at Chicago O'Hare in July.

The CBP is also working directly with US airlines to integrate biometrics into their boarding processes. Special programs include Delta's testing of eGates at New York JFK and Atlanta along with biometric fingerprint boarding at Washington Reagan National Airport.

Under a different initiative, the CBP and the Miami International Airport have teamed up to offer Mobile Passport Control directly through the airport's app. Mobile Passport Control which speeds immigration processing time upon arrival at US airports is currently available to Americans and Canadians at 21 points of entry.

Airport officials at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport said it will introduce automated security screening lines to speed up security screening. The new systems will be located at checkpoints 2, 3 and 5 over the next 18 months.



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ADELMAN HOTEL COLLECTION

Adelman is your source for extended stay corporate apartment accommodations

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Bridgestreet offers a variety of experiences ranging from luxury spaces in the heart of the city to high value apartment living in other great locations. Whether you are staying several days, a few weeks or even several months we can help you secure the perfect rental to suit your needs and your budget.

For more information simply contact your professional Adelman travel consultant.



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TRAVEL TIPS

App Enhancements

Food delivery apps land at BWI and San Diego Airport

Two new apps aim to address a big problem for gate huggers. At the airport many travelers feel the need to get to their gate right away and then stay put in case there are any changes. In doing so they lose out on the opportunity to take advantage of great food and retail offerings at the airport.

Airport Sherpa is a new app launched with the Baltimore-Washington International Airport that offers delivery of food and select retail items from 35 restaurants and shops to travelers waiting at their gate. Delivery fees range from $3.99 to $7.99 based on delivery distance. The app also allows travelers to pre-order food for pick up. Company officials say Airport Sherpa will be added to another 15 airports by the end of 2018.

AtYourGate which will be available in San Diego by the end of the month also promises to bring food and retail to travelers at the gate. AtYourGate has partnered with the app, Grab, which already provides mobile ordering for pickup at 18 U.S. airports so AtYourGate customers will feel like they are doing business with Grab.

Uber adds in-app texting

Uber will launch a new in-app text messaging feature so that passengers and drivers can communicate more easily should they need to get in touch with one another to solve for things like road closures, or to just provide information on their exact location.

The new enhancement will read text messages from passengers to the driver so as to limit any distractions while driving. Drivers can reply in one tap to send a confirmation of receipt to the passenger. The system will roll out globally in coming weeks.

In other news Uber has released an enhanced version of its Uber for Business product that adds more controls for travel buyers to better manager employee use. With the upgraded business product companies can establish parameters such as class of Uber service that can be used, times of day that trips are allowed or locations where trips can begin or end. The upgraded product also allows business customers to set spending limits. If a traveler tries to use Uber outside of company policy, the charge will go to the payment method listed in the user's personal profile. Companies will be notified via reporting.

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