Nexus cardholders now can access Trusted Traveler screening lines at four Canadian airports:
Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal and Terminals 1 and 3 at Toronto Pearson International, Transport Minister Lisa Raitt announced on Wednesday. The lines—in which travelers do not have to remove shoes, belts and light jackets and may keep approved liquids and laptops in their bags—are open to Nexus members and "other low-risk Trusted Travelers who have undergone extensive background checks." Additionally, Trusted Traveler kiosks, which expedite customs clearance, now are available in all Canadian airports at which Nexus also is available.
The Avis Budget Group as of Jan. 1 will consolidate its operations to two regions: the Americas and International,
the company announced on Monday. Operations previously were divided into three regions: North America; Latin America and Asia/Pacific; and Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Additionally, Avis Budget announced that both North America president Thomas Gartland and Patric Siniscalchi, president of the Latin America and Asia/Pacific region, would retire at the end of this year. North America operations senior vice president Joseph Ferraro will lead the Americas region in the new year, and EMEA president Larry De Shon will lead the international division.
Marilyn Carlson Nelson, Max Hopper, Andrew Menkes, Jean-Cyril Spinetta and Andy Taylor this week were inducted into The BTN Group's Business Travel Hall of Fame.
They join 19 members inducted
in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Carlson Nelson was chairman and CEO of Carlson, negotiated the merger of Carlson and Wagonlit, grew the company into arguably one of the largest global travel management companies and led the industry in the fight against the prostitution of children. Former Sabre Group chairman and American Airlines senior vice president of information systems Hopper, who died in 2010, pioneered the use of information technology for airlines. Partnership Travel Consulting founder Menkes while with Republic New York Corp. became the first travel manager to secure Airlines Reporting Corp. accreditation as a Corporate Travel Department. Taylor, executive chairman of Enterprise Holdings, built the company into the largest player in the business travel car rental market. Spinetta, former CEO of Air France, led that carrier's merger with KLM, setting a precedent for the transformation of European national flag carriers to multinational airlines.
Motel 6 parent company G6 Hospitality is expanding into Latin America under two new brands, Hotel 6 and Estudio 6,
the company announced this week. As a part of that expansion, the company signed a development agreement with Mexico-based Latina Promohoteles to build 55 new hotels under the two brands in major cities across Mexico by the end of 2020. The hotels will echo some of the elements of Motel 6 and Studio 6's Phoenix design, including wood-effect floors and platform beds, as well as "unique amenities to respond to the needs of the Latin American markets," according to the company.