Airline group says holiday travel will be higher than in ’16


Airline group says holiday travel will be higher than in ’16

WASHINGTON

About 51 million Americans are expected to fly on U.S. airlines in the three weeks around Christmas and New Year’s Day, a 3.5 percent increase over last year.

That’s the forecast Wednesday from Airlines for America, a trade group for most of the leading U.S. airlines.

The group credits an improving economy and airfares that have lagged below the rate of inflation.

The forecast counts domestic and international flights between Dec. 15 and Jan. 4.

That would mean about 80,000 more passengers per day. The trade group says airlines are adding about 91,000 seats per day to handle the crowds.

Planned railroad museum will launch new website

GALESBURG, ILL.

Organizers of a planned national railroad museum in Galesburg say they’ll launch a new website next year with stories of railroaders.

Construction on the National Railroad Hall of Fame isn’t expected to begin until 2019 as backers continue to raise funds. But the new website is expected in the first half of next year. The (Galesburg) Register Mail reports that it’ll feature an enhanced digital tribute library, including first-person accounts and audio transcripts, and a searchable database.

Federal officials designated Galesburg as the site for the national museum in 2003.

Backers are hoping to raise $30 million to build the facility, which includes exhibits and an exterior plaza. Construction is expected to take up to two years after the groundbreaking.

Maine wants more people to visit state during the winter

AUGUSTA, MAINe

Maine might be cold and snowy in the winter, but that’s part of what makes it the perfect place for skiing and snowmobiling.

That’s the new pitch from the Maine Office of Tourism, which says it is launching a market campaign for the coming winter to get people more excited about coming to Maine in cold months. The office says the campaign will run through March.

The office says Maine has seen increases in winter visitation over the past five years, including an increase of more than 10 percent during the winter of 2016-17 compared to the previous year. The office says it wants to capitalize on that momentum by convincing more people from elsewhere in New England and the mid-Atlantic states to see Maine as a winter tourism destination.

Detroit art museum exhibition explores concept of ‘home’

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A new exhibit at the Detroit Institute of Arts is showcasing pieces that relate to the concept of “home.”

The museum’s exhibition titled “Making Home: Contemporary Art from the DIA” will be on display until June 6. The museum says the works “affirm and question common assumptions about domestic space, such as home as a symbol of comfort, belonging and permanency.”

Among the artists are Carrie Mae Weems, whose photographs from “The Kitchen Table Series” show the influence of domestic space on shaping identity; and Hiroshi Sugimoto’s “Sea of Japan, Hokkaido II,” which glorifies the journeys of travel to and from home.

Other artists with work in the exhibition include Robert Rauschenberg and Tyree Guyton. Guyton is known for his “Heidelberg Project” in Detroit.

Associated Press

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