Train service and travel

A recent report on Amtrak’s performance provides a promising outlook on train travel. For long, the roads have ruled American travel. Rising fuel costs, stressful, overcrowded highways and pollution have taken the romance out for road-warriors and die-hard drivers! Amtrak recently reported a 5th straight year of gains with revenue growth being the highest in the North East (14% over last years’ ticket revenues)

Hotels and other travel companies could do well to explore the potential of the rail for joint promotions and stress-free getaways! Most travelers have had enough of worrying about how to get there and would like to just sit back and enjoy the ride!

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Vijay Dandapani

Co-founder and president of a New York based hotel company for 24 years. Grew the firm to five hotels in Manhattan and also developed a greenfield project at MacArthur airport, New York. Speaker at numerous prestigious forums including Economy Hotels World Asia, Lodging Conference, NYU, Columbia University Real Estate Roundtable, Baruch College's Zicklin School and ALIS. President and ceo of New York City Hotel Association since January 2017.

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