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

  • Are American Airlines uniforms safe? The manufacturer steps into the fray

    Are American Airlines uniforms safe? The manufacturer steps into the fray

    The uniform tussle at the world’s largest airline is getting its combatants hot under the collar. In the latest wrinkle, the manufacturer of the uniforms, Twin Hill, fired off a letter this week, declaring that the uniforms it shipped to American Airlines workers are safe to wear. The controversy...

  • Wi-Fi available on 83% of U.S. airline seats

    Wi-Fi available on 83% of U.S. airline seats

    Your chance of getting the Internet on a U.S. airline has jumped to 83%, up from about 74% in 2015. But if you fly on foreign carriers , your chances of connecting to the Internet from the cabin drop to only 28%. Those are some of the findings from a report by Routehappy, a New York company that...

  • Disneyland to add a digital Fastpass option for $10 a day

    Disneyland to add a digital Fastpass option for $10 a day

    Disneyland’s Fastpass ticketing system, which lets visitors avoid the long lines for crowded attractions by booking a ride time, has been a free feature since it was created in 1999. But Disney announced Wednesday that it will let parkgoers use the Disneyland smartphone app to electronically book...

  • Los Angeles County brings in a record-high number of tourists in 2016

    Los Angeles County brings in a record-high number of tourists in 2016

    For the sixth year in a row, Los Angeles County has set a fresh record for visitors, with 2016’s surge coming from both domestic and international visitors with a taste for warm weather and new magical tourist attractions. During a news conference Wednesday at Universal Studios Hollywood, Los Angeles...

  • Tenants say Airbnb and landlord violated L.A. rental laws

    Tenants say Airbnb and landlord violated L.A. rental laws

    Airbnb did not evict six renters last year from their Hollywood apartments but the short-term rental site is nonetheless being sued for playing a role in renting the properties after the apartments were vacant. If successful, the lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court late last week...

  • Theme park crime: Counterfeiters prefer Disneyland; shoplifters like Universal Studios Hollywood

    Theme park crime: Counterfeiters prefer Disneyland; shoplifters like Universal Studios Hollywood

    Disneyland’s 1955 opening was plagued by snafus, including the widespread distribution of counterfeit tickets. More than 60 years later, security agents at the Anaheim theme park are on the lookout not only for phony tickets but for bogus money, too. Police reports show that crime rates at Southern...

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