Alaska Air's (ALK) increased CASM view might hurt its bottom line.
The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: JetBlue Airways, American Airlines Group, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines and Spirit Airlines
The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: JetBlue Airways, American Airlines Group, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines and Spirit Airlines
Резидент ИТ-кластера Фонда «Сколково» компания Group-IB объявила о том, что успешно защитила десятки тысяч пользователей социальных сетей от действий злоумышленников, использующих узнаваемую символику авиакомпаний для мошеннических действий. Это удалось сделать благодаря применению службой информационной безопасности ПАО «Аэрофлот» инновационных решений Group-IB в области защиты бренда. В воскресенье 4 июня в социальных сетях появились первые посты с символикой авиакомпаний. Мошенническому использованию подверглись 19 брендов. Среди них – «Аэрофлот», Virgin America, Delta Air Lines, Lufthansa Rolex, Spar, Tesco и другие. Злоумышленники вводили в заблуждение пользователей с целью перенаправления их на сторонние ресурсы и накрутки рекламного трафика. Мошенники использовали партнерскую модель, и часть ресурсов, на которые перенаправлялись пользователи, содержала вредоносное ПО. «Случаи, когда мошенники используют бренд компании, логотипы и фирменные цвета, а то и вовсе полностью копируют ее сайт – к сожалению, не редкость. В результате репутации компании может быть нанесен непоправимый урон», – комментирует произошедшее Дмитрий Русаков, глава направления «Защита бренда» Group-IB. Сразу после появления первых фейковых ресурсов «Аэрофлот» оповестил своих клиентов, выпустив официальный пресс-релиз, а также посты в социальных сетях. Благодаря оперативным действиям и профессионализму сотрудников CERT-GIB (Центра реагирования на инциденты информационной безопасности Group-IB) вечером 6 июня мошеннические ресурсы были заблокированы, несмотря на хостинг сайтов в США. «Сервис по защите бренда нашей компании дает возможность в ряде случаев оперативно пресечь деятельность преступников, так как мы следим за обсуждениями мошеннических схем, объявлений о продаже контрафакта, баз данных, сборе информации и поиске инсайдеров в компании в теневом интернете», – поясняет принцип работы сервиса Дмитрий Русаков. По словам Антона Иванова, руководителя направления «Технологии информационной безопасности» ИТ-кластера Фонда «Сколково», компания Group-IB в очередной раз продемонстрировала высокий уровень работы по предотвращению мошеннических действий в сети. «Высокотехнологичная система слежения за инфраструктурой и взаимодействиями киберпреступников позволяет Group-IB оставаться лидером рынка и обеспечивает предоставление все более качественных услуг для клиентов», – подчеркивает Антон Иванов. Уже проведено предварительное расследование инцидента, и в скором времени будут выявлены все участники мошеннической схемы. Услуга по защите бренда в сети Интернет основана на 14-летнем опыте борьбы с киберпреступлениями и уникальных данных Threat Intelligence Group-IB. Высокотехнологичная система мониторинга за инфраструктурой и взаимодействиями киберпреступников позволяет Group-IB отслеживать и e-mail рассылки, контекстную рекламу, признаки SEO-манипуляций и активности ботов для повышения в поисковой выдаче. Попытки преступника возобновить активность после попадания в базу система выявит уже на этапе регистрации домена и аренды хостинга. Кроме того, Group-IB, одна из ведущих международных компаний по предотвращению и расследованию киберпреступлений и мошенничеств с использованием высоких технологий, имеет крупнейшую криминалистическую лабораторию в Восточной Европе, а также центр оперативного реагирования CERT-GIB. В 2017 году компания стала лидером российского рынка исследования киберугроз по версии IDC.
BREAKING: Julius Ceasar Gets SHUTDOWN pic.twitter.com/ITgfMR0tHE— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) June 17, 2017 Commotion erupted briefly Friday night in New York City’s Central Park as a protester stormed an outdoor stage during the assassination scene of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar,” while another shouted from the audience, calling the crowd watching the provocative play “Nazis.” The New York Public Theater’s presentation of the 400-year-old play features actors in modern-day garb and attempts to explore issues of politics, idealism, plots and dictators in Shakespeare’s examination of Caesar’s life and death. The actor playing Caesar sports a navy blue suit, a red tie and reddish blonde hair, and grabs at his wife’s crotch in a characterization that evokes President Donald Trump. The wild scene at Friday’s performance was captured in videos posted to Twitter, including one by the protester in the audience ― Jack Posobiec, a Trump fan and “Pizzagate” conspiracy theorist. Just as the assassination scene was beginning Friday night, Laura Loomer, a right-wing activist, barged onstage. “Stop the normalization of political violence against the right,” she shouted. “This is not acceptable.” A voice on the loudspeaker then announced: “Ladies and gentlemen, we’re going to pause. We’re going to pause. Security. Security.” As security came to corral Loomer, the audience booed her, then applauded as she was escorted away. That’s when Posobiec jumped up, shouting to the rest of the crowd, “You are all Nazis like Joseph Goebbels” ― a reference to Adolf Hitler’s minister of propaganda. “This is all Goebbels. You are inciting terrorists. Goebbels would be proud. You are Nazis.” Again, the audience loudly booed Posobiec as he was taken away by security. The play resumed after he and Loomer were removed. Loomer ― a reporter with The Rebel Media, a far-right Canadian outlet that started a “Free Laura” campaign Friday evening ― and Posobiec held a Twitter press conference after they were taken to the Central Park Precinct. Loomer said she’d been charged with disorderly conduct and trespassing, which she called “kinda weird because it’s a public park.” She said she has set up a website for contributions to her “legal defense fund.” Laura Loomer being released from Central Park precinct. https://t.co/7WUpbgcHJ6— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) June 17, 2017 The play has drawn controversy for its assassination scene, where Caesar is killed by the Roman Senate. Delta Air Lines and Bank of America yanked their sponsorship of the production this week. We are withdrawing our funding pic.twitter.com/MlaONF82FN— Bank of America News (@BofA_News) June 12, 2017 Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son, retweeted a complaint about the play after a gunman opened fire Wednesday on a GOP congressional baseball practice, critically wounding House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and injuring three others. The theater has defended the work, which can be interpreted as a cautionary tale that warns against violence. In the play, the republic falls apart shortly after Caesar’s assassination. “Our production of ‘Julius Caesar’ in no way advocates violence towards anyone,” the theater said in a statement. “Shakespeare’s play, and our production, make the opposite point: those who attempt to defend democracy by undemocratic means pay a terrible price and destroy the very thing they are fighting to save.” type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related Coverage + articlesList=59413b0ee4b0d31854864391,593fdc56e4b0e84514ee2e79,593d81c3e4b0b13f2c6b71f3 -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
Alaska Air's (ALK) bottom line is expected to be hurt in the second quarter as well due to high labor costs.
The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: United Technologies, Abbott, Delta Air, Equity Residential and Ross Stores
The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: United Technologies, Abbott, Delta Air, Equity Residential and Ross Stores
Delta Air Lines, (DAL) posted impressive traffic results for the month of May.
Top Stock Reports for United Technologies, Abbott, Delta Air & Others
Delta Air Lines (DAL) is seeing solid earnings estimate revision activity, and is in great company from a Zacks Industry Rank perspective.
Мужчина подал в суд на американскую авиакомпанию Delta Air Lines из-за того, что укололся иглой, оставленной в кармане впереди стоящего кресла. Инцидент произошел в 2015 году. Пострадавший вынужден был пить мощные лекарства и сдавать тесты на ВИЧ. Прием препаратов привел к тому, что мужчина стал страдать диареей.
В своём иске Габриэль Ибарра указал, что перед взлётом поместил портмоне в карман, расположенный на спинке кресла сидящего впереди пассажира, передаёт таблоид TMZ. Когда самолёт приземлился в Атланте, мужчина захотел достать свою вещь, но вдруг ощутил резкий укол: в кармане находилась швейная игла, которая впилась в палец пассажира. Это происшествие навсегда изменило жизнь Габриэля Ибарры. В течение следующих нескольких месяцев он практически не покидал стены больницы, сдавая анализы на всевозможные инфекции, которые он бы мог "подцепить" из-за подозрительного укола. Кроме того, у мужчины развилась настоящая паранойя и приступы паники. Подозревая, что врачи могли что-то упустить, он просил их перепроверить свои анализы вновь и вновь и ложился на очередные обследования. Чтобы избавить пациента от навязчивого состояния, ему прописали "сильнодействующие препараты", вероятно антидепрессанты. На фоне их приёма у мужчины развились побочные эффекты в виде диареи, головных болей и невозможности исполняться супружеский долг. Во всём произошедшем Габриэль Ибарра винит авиакомпанию и требует возместить убытки, понесённые за время его лечения, а также моральный ущерб из-за потерянной мужской силы. Сумма иска уточняется.
Like what you read below? Sign up for HUFFPOST HILL and get a cheeky dose of political news every evening! The alt-right took a break from being crusaders for Western civilization to attack Shakespeare. Melania and Barron Trump moved into the White House, meaning less room for Steve Bannon’s collection of display jars containing fingers preserved in embalming fluid. And President Trump made his Cabinet members take turns to praise him, so maybe we should’ve let him get all his Kim Jong-un impulses out of his system by letting him have those tanks for his inaugural parade. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Monday, June 12th, 2017: COURT UPHOLDS TRAVEL BAN BLOCK - Elise Foley: “The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit on Monday upheld a block on Trump’s executive order that sought a 90-day travel ban to the U.S. for most nationals of six Muslim-majority nations and to suspend all refugee resettlement for 120 days. In doing so, the court cited one of Trump’s tweets ― and the fact that the White House acknowledged last week that they can be considered ‘official statements’ of the administration. ‘[T]he President recently confirmed his assessment that it is the ‘countries’ that are inherently dangerous, rather than the 180 million individual nationals of those countries who are barred from entry under the President’s ‘travel ban,’’ the ruling says. The judges then quoted a tweet from Trump on June 5, which said the U.S. needs ‘a TRAVEL BAN for certain DANGEROUS countries, not some politically correct term that won’t help us protect our people!’” [HuffPost] GOP SENATE WON’T RELEASE HEALTH CARE BILL - Caitlin Owens: “Senate Republicans are working to finish their draft health care bill, but have no plans to publicly release it, according to two senior Senate GOP aides. ‘We aren’t stupid,’ said one of the aides. One issue is that Senate Republicans plan to keep talking about it after the draft is done: ‘We are still in discussions about what will be in the final product so it is premature to release any draft absent further member conversations and consensus.’ … It’ll take CBO about two weeks to evaluate and score a draft bill. Senate Republicans then want to vote on the bill before the July 4th recess. The draft bill had been expected to be finished tonight, but aides say the timing has slipped.” [Axios] SESSIONS WILL TESTIFY IN OPEN HEARING - A shot for every invocation of executive privilege. Julia Edwards Ainsley: “U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will testify publicly to a Senate panel on Tuesday, its chairman said, setting up another potentially dramatic hearing on possible ties between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential race. Sessions is likely to face tough questioning from Senate Intelligence Committee members over his dealings with Russian officials during the campaign and whether he had a role in the firing of former FBI Director James Comey, who testified last week before the same panel. Until a statement on Monday from committee Chairman Richard Burr, a Republican, it had been unclear whether Sessions would testify in an open or closed setting.” [Reuters] Haircuts: Marina Fang (h/t Marina Fang), Dave Jamieson (h/t Marina Fang), Ryan Grim (h/t Ryan Grim), Eliot Nelson (h/t Eliot Nelson), Sahil Kapur (h/t Todd Zwillich) Like HuffPost Hill? Then order Eliot’s book, The Beltway Bible: A Totally Serious A-Z Guide To Our No-Good, Corrupt, Incompetent, Terrible, Depressing, and Sometimes Hilarious Government Does somebody keep forwarding you this newsletter? Get your own copy. It’s free! Sign up here. Send tips/stories/photos/events/fundraisers/job movement/juicy miscellanea to [email protected] Follow us on Twitter - @HuffPostHill MARYLAND, D.C. AGs SUE TRUMP - Or, “Yes, D.C. Has An Attorney General.” Christina Wilkie: “Attorneys general from the District of Columbia and Maryland filed suit Monday against President Donald Trump, alleging that Trump’s ongoing ownership of his real estate empire violates constitutional provisions that prohibit the president of the United States from receiving money from both American states and foreign governments. ‘President Trump’s continued ownership interest in a global business empire, which renders him deeply enmeshed with a legion of foreign and domestic government actors, violates the Constitution,’ the complaint reads. Examples of alleged violations of the Emoluments Clause include, according to the plaintiffs, ‘leases of Trump properties held by foreign-government-owned entities; purchase and ownership of condominiums in Trump properties by foreign governments or foreign government controlled entities; [and] other property interests or business dealings tied to foreign governments.’” [HuffPost] Another Democrat hankering for impeachment: “A Democratic congressman has drafted an article of impeachment against President Donald Trump and plans to file his legislation in the coming days. In a Monday letter to all House members, Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) lays out why he thinks there’s enough evidence to begin impeachment proceedings against Trump and provides a copy of his proposed article of impeachment.” [HuffPost’s Jennifer Bendery] GIANFORTE PLEADS GUILTY - Dude should still call Michael Grimm for advice. Chris D’Angelo: “Greg Gianforte, the millionaire Republican who on the eve of Montana’s special election for its U.S. House seat was accused of ‘body-slamming’ a reporter, pleaded guilty Monday to misdemeanor assault, according to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. After initially sentencing Gianforte to four days in jail, Gallatin County Justice Court Judge Rick West reduced the penalty. Instead of jail time, Gianforte must perform 40 hours of community service, complete 20 hours of anger management training and pay $385 in fines and fees.” [HuffPost] Daniel Marans reports from Bernie Sanders’ People’s Summit in Chicago. THIS WAS SO WEIRD - Next time, Trump should make the Cabinet play a sing-song name game (” My name is Betsy *clap* *clap* Busy Betsy! ”). Igor Bobic: “President Donald Trump invited his top employees to shower him with compliments on Monday. They happily obliged, one-by-one, on live television. During a Cabinet meeting at the White House, the president touted the ‘record-setting pace’ of his legislative agenda and claimed ‘never has there been a president, with few exceptions’ who has accomplished more while in office…. White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, who appears to be under constant threat of losing his job, thanked the president for ‘the opportunity and blessing to serve your agenda.’” [HuffPost] Chuck Schumer’s office filmed a spoof of this. GRAB HIM BY THE P*SSY - The most ridiculous development involving this meaning of the word “pussy” since Gary Johnson called Donald Trump one. Asawin Suebsaeng: “On Sunday morning, President Donald Trump woke up early to again vent his frustrations on Twitter, his preferred medium. Among @realDonaldTrump’s grievances was that the fired FBI director was ‘very’ much so a coward…. It’s the president personally getting in on what one senior Trump administration official described to The Daily Beast as the ‘Comey is a pussy’ offensive’ ‘It minimizes [Comey and] undermines the seriousness of his testimony and claims,’ the official noted, chuckling. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity so as to speak freely.” [Daily Beast] CHRISTIAN CONSERVATIVES STILL BACKING TRUMP - WWJD? Vote for Trump, apparently. Eliot: “These political crusaders cited the president’s accomplishments ― like appointing conservative Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court and loosening restrictions on religious institutions engaging in political activity ― as evidence that Trump himself is a near-miracle…. ‘I am genuinely excited about what God is doing in America right now,’ proclaimed Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.).... Indeed, to hear the language employed by speakers and attendees at last week’s gathering, Trump the ally ― the crude but reliable vector for the Christian conservative agenda ― is a welcome development, though Trump’s personal morality doesn’t meet their standards. Even if they think eternal hellfire may await the commander-in-chief in the hereafter, for the time being all they can hear is harps.” [HuffPost] Here is a stupid thing, in case you missed it: “New York’s Public Theater lost financial support from two high-profile corporate donors, Delta Air Lines and Bank of America, on Sunday amid intense criticism of its production of Shakespeare’s ‘Julius Caesar,’ which depicts the assassination of a Trump-like Roman ruler. The companies’ decisions came after days of criticism online and in right-leaning media outlets that was amplified by Donald Trump Jr., a son of the president, who appeared to call into question the theater’s funding sources on Twitter on Sunday morning.” [NYT’s Liam Stack] If this weren’t stupid enough, Delta once sponsored a production that featured an Obama-like Caesar. Dang, SCOTUS is loaded! “Newly appointed U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch is selling his family home in Boulder, Colorado, for $1,675,000…. At least six justices are worth at least $1 million, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of 2016 financial disclosures released last week by the Administrative Office of the U.S. courts.” [Newsweek’s Michele Gordon] WHEW, AMERICA FINALLY HAS COVERAGE FOR THE SABBATH - Journalists everywhere thank Melania Trump for giving them their weekends back. Nina Golgowski: “First lady Melania Trump and her son, Barron, have officially moved into the White House, almost five months after President Trump was sworn into office. She celebrated the moment on Twitter Sunday night while sharing a photo overlooking the Washington Monument. It included the hashtag #Movingday. ‘Looking forward to the memories we’ll make in our new home!’ she tweeted…. Melania had stayed behind in New York City until 11-year-old Barron completed his academic school year. The president’s youngest child will attend St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac, Maryland, starting this fall, the school had previously announced.” [HuffPost] ATTRACTIVE RICH PERSON UNACCUSTOMED TO CRITICISM - If Ivanka really wants to see “viciousness,” she should check out her old man’s Twitter feed. Jenna Amatulli: “During a Monday morning appearance on ‘Fox & Friends,’ Ivanka Trump said she was caught off guard by the ‘viciousness’ and ‘ferocity’ directed at her father, President Donald Trump…. ‘It is hard. And there is a level of viciousness that I was not expecting. I was not expecting the intensity of this experience,’ she said.” [HuffPost] BECAUSE YOU’VE READ THIS FAR - Here’s a baby who hates grass. COVFEFE FINDS ITS WAY INTO THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD - Now it’s your turn, Bqhatevwr. Paige Lavender: Paige Lavender: “Spurred by what has become one of President Donald Trump’s more famous tweets, Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) introduced the COVFEFE Act on Monday. The bill actually has a serious intent, calling for the official record-keeping of a president’s words to include social media feeds…. Trump’s social media feeds prompted Quigley, co-founder of the Congressional Transparency Caucus, to introduce the Communications Over Various Feeds Electronically for Engagement ― COVFEFE ― bill, which would amend the Presidential Records Act to include the term ‘social media’ as documentary material.” [HuffPost] Honorable mention: “Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) today will introduce legislation to ensure Donald Trump has a stake in the catastrophic consequences of ignoring climate science. The Prohibiting Aid for Recipients Ignoring Science (PARIS) Act will prevent properties owned by a president or his or her family from receiving federally subsidized flood insurance from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).” [Rep. Blumenauer’s office] COMFORT FOOD - How Rotten Tomatoes has impacted Hollywood. - Watch this incredibly relaxing video of a watch strap being made. - What the numbers on airport runways mean. TWITTERAMA Boycotting Megyn Kelly's interview w/ Alex Jones. I refuse to listen to anything that racist, evil, hypocrite says.Same goes for Alex Jones— Amir (@AmirAminiMD) June 12, 2017 Remember when people used to criticize Obama for being full of himself?— Elise Foley (@elisefoley) June 12, 2017 this Julius Caesar thing is... it's [checks Shakespeare quotes page] it's a real... [panics] beast with two backs?— Simon Maloy (@SimonMaloy) June 12, 2017 Got something to add? Send tips/quotes/stories/photos/events/fundraisers/job movement/juicy miscellanea to Eliot Nelson ([email protected]) -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
TWO major US companies have withdrawn their sponsorship of an outdoor New York production of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” that sparked uproar for apparently portraying the assassinated Roman ruler as
The CEO of Qatar’s national airline said Monday that he would have expected President Donald Trump to be “more shrewd” than to back the blockade of the Qatari government announced last week by four Middle Eastern nations.Trump on Friday announced during a Rose Garden news conference that “Qatar, unfortunately, has been a funder of terrorism at a very high level,” offering support for Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, all four of which had simultaneously broken off diplomatic and economic ties with Qatar earlier in the week. Those breaks included expelling Qatari nationals and officials as well as cutting off air travel between Qatar and each of the four respective nations.“I’m extremely disappointed in President Trump, I thought he was more shrewd,” Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker told The Wall Street Journal in an interview. “I was expecting that the U.S. will lead the challenge to this blockade.”At issue for the four nations is frustration over Qatar’s support for Islamist organizations, including Hamas and an Al Qaeda-linked group in Syria, as well as its relatively warm relationship with Iran compared with other Gulf states.Trump did not explicitly back the specific maneuvers taken by the four nations but his public statements on the issue aligned with the position of the blockading nations. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, in his own statement last week, called for an end to the blockade while reiterating demands that Qatar do more to curb support for extremist organizations.Seemingly complicating the dispute for the U.S. is the fact that Qatar is host to Al Udeid air base, home to some 11,000 American military personnel and the site from which airstrikes against Islamic State targets are launched. But that military relationship did not stop Trump's strong criticism of the Qatari government that he said was inspired by his conversations about terrorism with other Middle Eastern leaders during his visit to the region last month.“For Qatar, we want you back among the unity of responsible nations,” Trump said. “We ask Qatar and other nations in the region to do more and do it faster.”The growth of state-owned airlines in the Persian Gulf region, including Qatar Airways but also Emirates and Etihad Airways, has become a point of contention in the U.S., where some American carriers, including American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines, have lobbied the government to take measures to slow the growth of the Gulf competitors.Al Baker conceded that the blockade likely means his company will face “a difficult year,” but said that the airline has plans in place to mitigate the damage. His airline is stronger, he said, than Emirati-owned competitors like Etihad Airways and Emirates.“If they think they are going to go laughing to the bank at Qatar’s cost, I think they are mistaken,” Al Baker said.
NEW YORK (AP) — Delta Air Lines and Bank of America have announced that they are pulling their sponsorship of a Manhattan-based theater company's portrayal of Julius Caesar as a Donald Trump look-alike in a business suit who gets knifed to death on stage.
Delta Air Lines Inc and Bank of America Corp pulled financial support on Sunday for the Shakespeare in the Park production of "Julius Caesar" in New York over its portrayal of the assassinated ancient Roman leader that resembles U.S. President Donald Trump.
Delta Air Lines pulled its sponsorship from New York City's Public Theater on Sunday because...
Think a little vacation would get your mind off politics for awhile? (AP Photo/Alex Menendez) By: Sara Swann The Trump International Hotel in Washington may have raked in the profits during the inauguration festivities -- and ever since, come to think of it. But for most in the lodging and tourism industry, high season is just gearing up. It's a set of interests that was exceptionally involved in politics during the past two years, investing more in political candidates, parties and outside spending groups during the 2016 election cycle than ever before. The industry broke spending records with its contributions of nearly $24 million. Its lobbying outlays, too, topped previous levels in 2016 at about $12.4 million. Not only that, but these hotels, resorts and travel companies shifted to the left in the last cycle: 62 percent of the funds it gave to politicians and parties went to Democrats. The last time the industry was this partisan was in 2002 when it gave 64 percent of its candidate and party donations to Republicans. Most of the contributions were from individuals, rather than company or trade group PACs. A couple of new donors emerged to become top contributors. The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau gave the most with about $4.8 million -- all of which went to the Democratic Party, which held its presidential nominating convention in that city last year. And American Pacific International Capital, an international holding company that owns boutique hotels in the U.S. and large luxury hotels in China, came in third with $1.3 million; it had never before made the industry's top 20. Others in the 2016 top five -- Diamond Resorts, which specializes in timeshares ($2.1 million), the American Hotel & Lodging Association ($965,000) and TRT Holdings, which owns Omni Hotels ($890,000) -- were more familiar contributors from the industry. While Diamond Resorts kept with the group’s overall liberal leanings, AHLA and TRT Holdings both favored Republicans. Vanessa Sinders, senior vice president for government affairs at the AHLA, said the organization has become more proactive in telling the tourism industry's narrative by communicating with politicians and advocating on the issues it cares about. "We have been and continue to be a very bipartisan organization," Sinders said. "We work with both sides of the aisle to get things done." Marriott International, one of the lodging and tourism industry’s top five contributors for the past two decades, was pushed down to No. 6 on the list with $811,000. Historically, Marriott has been among the industry’s biggest GOP supporters, but in 2016 both its PAC and its employees favored Democrats, following the industry-wide trend. Marriott also sat in the industry's No. 6 spot in spending to lobby the government last year, with outlays of $670,000. Ahead of it in the rankings was the Dorchester Group, an offshoot of a company owned by the government of Brunei, which spent $1.1 million. Dorchester Group is relatively new to the lobbying scene and reported record expenditures for this activity in 2016. The other top lobbying clients for the lodging and tourism industry in 2016 were the AHLA ($2.4million), the U.S. Travel Association ($2.3 million), the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions ($1.2 million) and Blackstone Group , which has big investments in Hilton Hotels, La Quinta Inns & Suites, Motel 6 and Wyndham. What do hotels and similar companies care about in D.C.? Many issues, it turns out. A few from last year included: Opposing any cut in the per diem for government employees (or how much they're allowed to spend on lodging, meals and the like when they travel for government business) Stopping online booking scams, where customers book hotels through third-party websites that often are not legitimate Supporting free travel to Cuba (the Trump administration is reportedly considering reinstating travel restrictions that were liberalized by former President Barack Obama) Encouraging more rules and regulations to be applied to Airbnb rentals, a chief source of competition for hotels in recent years For issues like online booking scams, Sinders said the tourism industry has seen an drastic increase in the number of people concerned about them. In 2015, about 6 percent of hotel-goers were were worried about online booking scams. But, Sinders said, this number jumped up to 22 percent in 2016, which is partly why AHLA has more actively lobbied on the subject. "We are working with Congress and the Federal Trade Commission on ways to fix this issue," Sinders said. She added that legislation with bipartisan support has been introduced to Congress that would require third-party websites to explicitly state they are not affiliated with a hotel. Other ways to get out of town Much like the lodging and tourism industry, the cruise industry also topped its personal best in contributions to candidates, parties and outside spending groups in the 2016 election. Its nearly $2 million in contributions almost doubled its previous record of about $1 million. Cruise lines tend to have a more conservative bend than hotel companies, though: The industry gave 57 percent of its donations to candidates and party committees to Republicans. Its top contributors were Carnival Corp. and Norwegian Cruise Line with $940,000 and $320,000, respectively. The 2016 lobbying total for cruise ships and lines was consistent with the past few years, although not the highest in its history. Last year the industry spent about $3.2 million on lobbying, with fully half of that coming from the Cruise Lines International Association with $1.6 million. Its top issues were taxes and a measure having to do with payments to stewards on the industry's ships. Airlines -- that increasingly unpopular element of tourism -- pumped big money into the 2016 election: $7.5 million in contributions, its largest sum since 1990. About 52 percent of the funds these companies gave to candidates and party committees went to Democrats this time around, up from their average of 45 percent. The airlines industry’s turn to the left parallels that of the lodging and tourism industry, although the switch is not as sharp. The top contributors in the industry were American Airlines Group with $2.4 million; Delta Air Lines with $1.8 million; and United Continental Holdings (which owns United Airlines) with about $1 million. American Airlines Group and Delta Air Lines both favored Democrats with their contributions, while United gave slightly more to Republicans. All three top contributors were big in the lobbying arena as well. American Airlines Group topped the list with $7.9 million spent, edging out No. 2 Airlines for America's $6.4 million and more than double the $3.5 million spent by United Continental Holdings, which came in at No. 3. Delta Air Lines followed, spending $2.5 million. Issues? You name it, but the long laundry list includes such things as transportation security, passengers' rights and aircraft noise and emissions. And to circle back to Donald Trump's hotels: Astonishingly, the Trump Organization contributed only $51,463 in the 2016 cycle -- less than it has given in any election cycle since 1992. Not as surprisingly, more than 95 percent of that went to Republicans. The sum doesn't include donations Trump made to his own presidential campaign, though, totaling almost $66 million, or close to 20 percent of the funds he raised. And you thought a nice vacation would be a break from nasty partisan politics... -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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