Los Angeles Times

Hugo Martin

Writer

Hugo Martin covers the travel industries, including airlines and theme parks, and writes the weekly Travel Briefcase column for the Business section. A native Californian, Martin was part of the Metro staff that won three Pulitzer Prizes in 1993, 1995 and 1998. He was also on the Travel section staff that won the Lowell Thomas Award from the Society of American Travel Writers in 2008. He is an avid outdoorsman, gardener and Lakers fan. 

Recent Articles

  • Anaheim won't fine short-term rental companies for hosts' violations

    Anaheim won't fine short-term rental companies for hosts' violations

    Anaheim officials say they won’t enforce a new law that imposes fines on short-term rental sites for listing homes and apartments that violate the city’s rental regulations. The policy change is the latest chapter in a heated battle between the city and hundreds of short-term rental properties...

  • Americans split on whether to tip hotel staff

    Americans split on whether to tip hotel staff

    If you are unsure whether to tip your hotel housekeeper, you are not alone. There is no consensus among Americans travelers about which, if any, hotel staffer should get a tip, according to a survey commissioned by the travel company Expedia. The survey of more than 1,000 American travelers found...

  • Airlines battle for business travelers with ultra-luxurious suites

    Airlines battle for business travelers with ultra-luxurious suites

    The battle among airlines to win over the big-spending business traveler intensified this week, with Delta Air Lines announcing a business class section of private suites on long-haul flights. Delta’s plan to roll out its so-called Delta One section on the carrier’s new A350 jets, starting next...

  • Mariah Carey ad is too racy for Bob Hope Airport but not for John Wayne Airport

    Mariah Carey ad is too racy for Bob Hope Airport but not for John Wayne Airport

    Mariah Carey will appear in a series of concerts at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas this month but you probably won’t see any ads for her shows at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank. The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority, which runs the facility, decided last week that a proposed ad for...

  • Airline travel expected to surge 4% over the Labor Day weekend

    Airline travel expected to surge 4% over the Labor Day weekend

    If you plan to fly over the Labor Day holiday, get ready to labor through huge airport crowds. During the holiday period from Aug. 31 to Sept. 6, 15.6 million people are expected to fly on U.S.-based airlines, a 4% increase over the same period last year, according to a forecast by Airlines for...

  • Complaints against airlines drop amid fewer delays and lower fares

    Complaints against airlines drop amid fewer delays and lower fares

    Complaints against airlines dropped 12% in the first half of the year, as carriers delayed or canceled fewer flights and fares declined. From January to June, the Department of Transportation received 8,376 complaints from fliers about U.S. based airlines, compared with 9,542 in the first six months...

  • Knott's Soak City expands to add two new water slides

    Knott's Soak City expands to add two new water slides

    Knott’s Soak City in Buena Park announced Wednesday the addition of two new water slide attractions, including a thrill ride that drops guests through a trapdoor from a tower more than seven stories tall. The two new water slides — dubbed Shore Break and The Wedge — will replace a raft ride called...

  • Los Angeles Convention Center reports a record $8.1 million in profit

    Los Angeles Convention Center reports a record $8.1 million in profit

    The Los Angeles Convention Center, once a financial drain on the city, reported a record $8.1 million in profit for the latest fiscal year thanks to a surge in conventions and trade shows. Profit for the fiscal year that ended June 30 is nearly triple the $2.8 million in profit reported in the...

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