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Groundbreaking Held for Salt Lake International Airport’s New Terminal Project

Salt Lake City International Airport

The groundbreaking ceremony for Salt Lake International Airport’s new terminal was held last month on July 18. According to the press release, the 8-10 year construction plan will result in a new terminal and associated facilities at Salt Lake City International Airport.

“A single terminal will be built southwest of the existing terminal complex, featuring dual level access, new parking, and more spacious, modernized facilities,” the press release stated. “It is anticipated that the terminal will be completed in 2019.”

The $1.8 billion project will transform Salt Lake City International Airport into one of the nation’s most efficient airports. A more efficient Delta hub will also help drive Salt Lake City’s economic development.

A rendering of what the new airport will look like can be seen here.

Highlights of the new airport facility can be seen here.

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Salt Lake City Restaurants: A Quick Guide for the Business Traveler

salt lake city restaurants for business travelersSo you’re on a business trip to Salt Lake City, Utah and need something to satisfy your hunger pangs. The question is: Which restaurant should you choose? Of course it depends on what time of day it is and what type of food you are looking for, but I can guarantee there is a restaurant nearby that will please your cravings.
Here are just a few options:
The new City Creek Center, located in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, has a wide range of eateries, offering everything from a food court to The Cheesecake Factory. Other favorites at City Creek include The Blue Lemon and Texas de Brazil.
Another great downtown option is Bambara, a Salt Lake City restaurant celebrating the past and present, located at the Hotel Monaco. Bambara’s desserts are to die for and their famous Blue Cheese House Cut Potato Chips are an appetizer must.
Just a few blocks south is the Grand America Hotel, where you will find Ali Raafati, recent winner of Salt Lake Magazine’s “Golden Spoon for Hospitality.” Raafati is the hotel’s Ambassador of Special Events at the Garden Cafe and is known to provide the finest hospitality and service in Salt Lake City. You definitely won’t want to miss the Sunday Brunch; it is truly a “Grand” experience with unprecedented culinary delights from seafood, to ebleskivers, to intricate ice carvings, to a child-size buffet.
If you’re looking for a home-cooked meal, the Lion House Pantry should be your first stop. The Pantry offers authentic recipes that have been passed down through generations and are sure to please your palate. The menu changes daily, but the prime rib dinner is what they’re famous for, along with their homemade rolls.
Other fantastic favorites include Caffe Molise, Christopher’s Prime Steak House and Grill, and Cucina Toscana, and there are literally hundreds of other delicious options worth enjoying. More ideas can be found here and here.
Bon Appetit!

 

 

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TSA Pre?™ Program Comes to Salt Lake City, Minneapolis, LA, & JFK

Having participated in past lobbying efforts for a TSA trusted traveler program, I am thrilled to see one such program coming to my local airport.

The TSA Pre?™ pilot is aimed at enhancing the security experience by pre-screening individuals who volunteer information about themselves prior to flying in order to potentially expedite the travel experience.
In early 2012, participants in Delta Air Line’s frequent flyer program will be eligible for this expedited screening at the Salt Lake International airport. Once TSA determines a passenger’s eligibility, information will then be embedded in the bar-code of the boarding pass and security personnel will direct the traveler to the correct security line. Other airlines, including United, Continental, and US Airways, are expected to join within months.
So far, the pilot program has been successful in Dallas, Miami, Detroit, Atlanta, and Las Vegas. With the program now coming to Salt Lake City, I can already imagine a flash back to the 90s when could I keep my shoes and belt on and didn’t have to wrestle my luggage to remove my lap-top and zip-lock bag of liquids.
Janet Napolitano, secretary of Homeland Secretary, said the TSA’s Pre?™ program will expand by the end of 2012 to encompass 35 airports. “It’s part of a fundamental shift in how we approach aviation security,” Napolitano said. “Not all travelers are alike and they don’t all present the same risk.”
In addition to Salt Lake City, travelers in Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Chicago, and New York City will also be included in this phase of the Pre?™ program.
Visit TSA.gov for full details.

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TSA Pre?™ Program Comes to Salt Lake City, Minneapolis, LA, & JFK

Having participated in past lobbying efforts for a TSA trusted traveler program, I am thrilled to see one such program coming to my local airport.

The TSA Pre?™ pilot is aimed at enhancing the security experience by pre-screening individuals who volunteer information about themselves prior to flying in order to potentially expedite the travel experience.
In early 2012, participants in Delta Air Line’s frequent flyer program will be eligible for this expedited screening at the Salt Lake International airport. Once TSA determines a passenger’s eligibility, information will then be embedded in the bar-code of the boarding pass and security personnel will direct the traveler to the correct security line. Other airlines, including United, Continental, and US Airways, are expected to join within months.
So far, the pilot program has been successful in Dallas, Miami, Detroit, Atlanta, and Las Vegas. With the program now coming to Salt Lake City, I can already imagine a flash back to the 90s when could I keep my shoes and belt on and didn’t have to wrestle my luggage to remove my lap-top and zip-lock bag of liquids.
Janet Napolitano, secretary of Homeland Secretary, said the TSA’s Pre?™ program will expand by the end of 2012 to encompass 35 airports. “It’s part of a fundamental shift in how we approach aviation security,” Napolitano said. “Not all travelers are alike and they don’t all present the same risk.”
In addition to Salt Lake City, travelers in Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Chicago, and New York City will also be included in this phase of the Pre?™ program.
Visit TSA.gov for full details.

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Combining Business Travel with Leisure Travel

Have you ever been on a business trip and wished you could see more than just the inside of a plane, rental car, hotel room, conference room, etc.?  Well, here is your solution, at least if your business travel takes you to the beautiful state of Utah.
Did you know that Utah has 7 national parks (Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Zion, Great Basin and Natural Bridges), with many more national parks nearby including Yellowstone National Park, the Grand Canyon and Mesa Verde?  We also have 7+ national monuments and plenty of national forests.
Utah has enough to keep everyone happy and busy including everything from snow skiing to water skiing, caving to climbing, cycling to hiking, sailing to flying and ballooning to rafting.  You already know that we have the greatest snow on earth and you can be snow skiing in the morning and hiking Zion National Park in the evening all during the same season.
When you come to Utah, don’t miss out on the natural beauty that is easily within a day’s drive of where ever you may be doing business.  You also won’t want to miss out on some of our great restaurants, Café Diablo near Capitol Reef, the Bit and Spur near Zion National Park, and the scrumptuous local restaurants in the Salt Lake area such as Faustina, The Oasis, The Tin Angel, The Rio Grande and many more.
For more information, please visit the websites of the Utah Travel & Tourism or the Salt Lake Convention and Visitors Center
For travel arrangements for business or pleasure the travel agents with Christopherson Business Travel and Andavo Travel will be happy to assist you with the highest level of service.  Please contact us at 801.327.7700, 866.327.7650.   Prepare yourself for an adventure that you’ll never forget and start enjoying your business trips!

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Wish your Flight could Leave on Time? Check out the Best and Worst Cities for On-Time Flight Performance!

A LOOK AT THE BEST AND WORST
(Annualized, June 2009)
Top 10

  1. Salt Lake City 86.0%
  2. Honolulu 84.7%
  3. San Jose/Sunnyvale/Santa Clara, Calif. 84.1%
  4. Detroit/Warren/Livonia 83.5%
  5. Riverside/San Bernardino/Ontario, Calif. 83.4%
  6. Bakersfield, Calif. 83.3%
  7. Phoenix/Mesa/Scottsdale 83.1%
  8. Memphis 83.0%
  9. Albuquerquee 83.0%
  10. Sacramento 82.6%

Bottom 10

  1. New York City 66.3%
  2. Palm Bay/Melbourne/Titusville, Fla. 69.2%
  3. Portland/South Portland/Biddeford, Maine 73.3%
  4. Philadelphia 73.4%
  5. Columbia, S.C. 73.6%
  6. Atlanta 73.6%
  7. Rochester, N.Y. 73.9%
  8. Augusta/Richmond County, Ga. 74.0%
  9. Greensboro/High Point, N.C. 74.3%
  10. Syracuse, N.Y. 74.6%

Source: Brookings Institution