Pursuing millennials (and the meaning of “mean-
ingful”), the industry advances slowly. 12
IN OTHER NEWS
Global cruise fleet size to grow with surge of ship orders 6
Aviation infrastructure is still on a back
burner in Trump’s White House. 33
THE ONLY 2 FEDERALLY OWNED FACILITIES WOULD BE SOLD
Aviation interests weigh merits
of Trump’s private airport plan
By Robert Silk
A Trump administration proposal to
divest of the country’s only two federally owned airports, Washington
Dulles and Washington Reagan National, turned a few heads when the
White House unveiled its $200 billion infrastructure plan last month.
But the administration’s broader strategy, aimed at making it easier for airports to
privatize, could potentially reverberate far
beyond the D.C. area.
At present, the only commercial U.S. air-
ports under private control are in Branson,
Mo., and San Juan, Puerto Rico. But private
airports are common in other parts of the
world. In Europe, for example, 79 airports,
among them London Heathrow, were fully
privatized as of 2016, according to an analy-
sis by the trade group Airports Council In-
ternational Europe (ACI-Europe).
More than 40% of Europe’s airports,
which among them handle close to 75% of
the Continent’s passenger traffic, had at least
some private ownership.
The Trump plan aims to, at the very least,
shift the U.S. in that direction.
One way it would do so is via an expansion of the Airport Privatization Pilot Program, which was passed by Congress in 1997
but to date has found just two takers.
The larger of those is San Juan, where in
2013 the government of Puerto Rico gave the
operating group Aerostar a 40-year lease. The
Bipartisan Policy Center cited that privatization as a success thus far because Aerostar
transformed a poorly run airport, renovating terminals and installing a sophisticated
Industry embraces March celebrations
of women with empowerment efforts
By Michelle Baran
In the era of the #Me Too and #TimesUp
movements, the travel industry is hoping
this month’s International Women’s Day
and Women’s History Month will offer opportunities to tout the positive role travel
can and does play in empowering women.
Along those lines, Trafalgar last week
launched the #SheGoes campaign designed
to showcase the various ways travel inspires
women. It consists of a series of five trips
that highlight the reasons women travel,
based on a survey of more than 1,000 U.S.
The survey found, among other things,
that 73% of women believe that traveling has
made them more independent, and 86% said
they are not afraid to travel.
“It’s really about highlighting the fact that
travel is this empowering thing,” said Trafal-
gar president Melissa Da Silva. “We believe
that it does a lot of good, especially in a time
when we’re hearing some of the negatives. …
We want to talk about how travel empowers
people instead. It’s about having a positive
voice on travel.”
The survey revealed some of the key ben-
efits women said they get from travel, and
Trafalgar is promoting five existing itinerar-
ies that embrace those benefits, though they
are not women-only itineraries. So, for ex-
ample, the company is highlighting India as
a destination, based on survey respondents’
view of travel as an opportunity to reflect.
See EMPOWER on Page 34
See PRIVATIZE on Page 32
THE TRAVEL INDUSTRY’S TRUSTED VOICE
IN THE HOT SEAT EXCLUSIVE ON TRAVELWEEKLY.COM MARK PESTRONK
Women in Travel and Tourism International’s
Laura Mandala on travel in the #Me Too era. 4
There are a number of pitfalls to avoid when
starting an IC program at your agency. 10
A LUXE GENDER GAP
At a time when just 5% of CEOs and 9% of presidents
in the hotel sector are women, Marriott and Hilton are among
the hoteliers working aggressively to reverse gender bias.
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