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New York (AirGuideBusiness - Travel Business News North America) Nov 21, 2010

Green design, development more than just a fad for hotels. Environmentally friendly design and development was once seen as a fad in the hospitality industry, but it has gone well beyond that now. Hotels have adjusted because it is good for the environment as well as the bottom line. "The widely held notion that building and operating hotels with a commitment to sustainable practices is too expensive is a myth," said Dennis Quaintance, owner of Proximity Hotel in Greensboro, N.C. "We wanted to get to the point where we're not wasting energy and the guest is still very comfortable -- and that's where we ended Nov 18, 2010

Study finds increased satisfaction with rental-car firms. J.D. Power and Associates has released its 2010 North America Rental Car Satisfaction Study, which found that travelers are more content with the rental-car industry. More than 11,500 business and leisure travelers were surveyed over the past year for the study. The travelers rated their experiences with car rentals at airports based on services and costs. Enterprise Rent-A-Car has long dominated the survey's customer-satisfaction segment, and this year was no exception. Nov 17, 2010

Atlantic City Atlantic City aims to improve as a vacation destination. Lawmakers in New Jersey are at work on legislation to deregulate the state's casinos, create a fund to market Atlantic City and establish a dedicated police force for patrolling the Boardwalk. Lawmakers and casino-industry executives want to establish a tourism district in Atlantic City and make it a cleaner, safer hot spot for gamblers and families. Nov 15, 2010

Celebrity Cruises Celebrity Cruises announced plans to add new Solstice-class features to the Celebrity Infinity during a scheduled dry-dock in early December 2011. The Infinity will get AquaClass accommodations; the Mediterranean-themed specialty restaurant, Blu, offered exclusively for AquaClass guests; more verandas with the Celebrity Suites; the Celebrity iLounge, an authorized Apple reseller; new ocean-view and inside staterooms; the Tuscan Grille steakhouse; the Bistro on Five creperie; a new ice-topped Martini Bar; Caf al Bacio and Gelateria; Cellarmasters wine bar, which lets guests choose a glass of wine by pushing buttons; more suites, with new furniture, flat-screen TVs, upholstery, bedding and carpeting; restyled staterooms, with new carpeting, flat-screen TVs, upholstery and bedding; and new color schemes, carpeting and upholstery reflective...

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