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Travelers should pack a lot of patience for a busy holiday travel season as the industry recovers, says expert

While travelers are feeling more comfortable about resuming holiday travel and celebration, they will continue to face delays, cancellations, and other frustrations, says a Virginia Tech expert.

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While travelers are feeling more comfortable about resuming holiday travel and celebration, they will continue to face delays, cancellations, and other frustrations, says a Virginia Tech expert.

The reality is that the hospitality industry is still recovering from the impact of COVID, says travel and tourism professor Mahmood Khan.

“The backbone of the travel industry is affected due to the blockage of the supply chain; acute labor shortages; and coming out of the lockdown psychology,” says Khan. “The problems facing the travel industry are evident by last minute flight cancellations, lost baggage, delays, and unruly customer stories.”

Khan says that expecting travel to be as normal as during pre-pandemic will bring more disappointment. Airline prices have gone up considerably, which requires advance planning, particularly for Christmas travel. 

“Even when travelers are mentally prepared to pay a little more for getting out of the isolation, the sticker-shock can be stressful. The Thanksgiving break will be a pre-test of things to come, and Christmas travel may prove to be a nightmare,” says Khan. 

Khan says the holiday rush will likely be more for domestic vs. international travel. 

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“Domestic airfares will be much higher than in the last few years. The opportune time has already passed for best deal and travelers should grab whatever deals they can find,” says Khan. “From Thanksgiving onward, the prices will go up almost on a daily basis until the New Year. Redeeming points earned may not be as easy as it seems due to the lack of available options.” 

Travel challenges aside, more people will travel this year than during the past two years. This will cause an increased demand for limited services. The demand for pilots and crew members remain and delays and cancellations should be expected. 

“Avoid peak travel days surrounding Christmas and Thanksgiving to eliminate a lot of stress and mishaps. Limit the amount of luggage, particularly hand carrying bags, to reduce waiting times considerably at airports. Also avoid narrow connecting times,” says Khan. 

Khan warns that getting rental cars could be another problem to consider due to the lack of available cars. Many rental places reduced their inventory by selling cars during the pandemic. Hotels are also still unraveling from serious labor shortage and earlier planning will help.  

“Checking cancellation and refund policies is a must since it is not easy to get refunds if the policies do not permit. Some credit cards have good coverage when flights are cancelled or for the layover situations,” says Khan.

Travel challenges aside, Khan says that safety should be the priority and taking precautions are a must. “Considering all the negative aspects, the best part will be to enjoy the holidays with family and friends in spite of certain inconveniences.” 

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The Media Trust Warns of Increased Digital Attacks Targeting Children and Elderly

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2023 outlook reveals growing assault on consumer expectations of digital trust and safety

MCLEAN, Va. (Newswire.com) – The Media Trust, the preeminent leader in digital trust and safety for websites and mobile apps, released a report detailing the harms experienced by consumers through their everyday use of websites and mobile apps. When accessing common online environments — news, entertainment, shopping, travel — children and the elderly were increasingly affected by malware, a 3.7X and 11X growth, respectively, throughout 2022. 

The report CYA 2023: 7 Digital Safety Trends for Uncertain Times highlights malware and ad-quality challenges facing brands, publishers, and platforms as they navigate consumer-loyalty concerns and the economic uncertainties of 2023. From poor security to inappropriate content, the consumer experience is under attack, which threatens monetization channels including commerce and online advertising. 

The report confirms:

  • 4,500+ active attacks targeting millions of consumers each month 
  • 1.3 billion malicious ads blocked on Fortune 1000 websites and apps
  • 2.2X growth in e-skimming attacks since 2020
  • 3X increase in just three months of an attack leveraging a particular corrupted JavaScript library
  • 16X rise in backdoors being installed on devices — personal, corporate, government

“Threat actors have greatly improved their ability to get their malicious wares in front of the most vulnerable consumers online,” explained Chris Olson, CEO of The Media Trust. “Every business with a digital channel — website, app, gaming console — needs to be aware of how these assets are used to target and harm your customers. You cannot simply look the other way and leave children and the elderly to fend for themselves. Your family, friends, and neighbors are all being hunted every time they use the internet.”

An informative, 30-minute webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023. Register for  CYA 2023: 7 Digital Safety Trends Webinar

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About The Media Trust: 

Today’s digital ecosystem relies on The Media Trust to safeguard the consumer experience. We fix the issues that harm your customers, drive data breaches, violate regulations, impede revenue, and tarnish your brand. Acting as your audience, our unique digital safety platform captures their true user experience and stops harmful activity so you can better monetize and govern your digital assets. Since 2005, hundreds of digital businesses have depended on The Media Trust to protect their strategic digital revenue channels. Why not yours? The Media Trust — your partner in digital trust and safety. Learn more at www.mediatrust.com.

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Indianapolis Community Celebration to Discuss Impact of School Choice in Black and Brown Communities

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INDIANAPOLIS /PRNewswire/ — Hoosier families and national education reform leaders will learn from the past and look to the future as they mark School Choice Week 2023 with an in-depth discussion of school choice’s impact in Black and Brown communities on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at the Indianapolis Artsgarden.

“There are many issues our society needs to address with regards to race, equality, and education, and we should look to school choice programs as one solution to actually make things better for people,” said EdChoice President Robert Enlow. “As part of National School Choice Week, we are honored to join education leaders to celebrate how far we’ve come not only in Indiana, but nationwide, and look ahead to the progress yet to come.”

Hosted by EdChoice in collaboration with the Freedom Coalition for Charter Schools, the event will kick off at 5:30 p.m. with drinks, appetizers, and the opportunity for community members to network and discuss the power of choice in K-12 education. It’s part of the annual National School Choice Week 2023, celebrated with events nationwide. As part of the local festivities, the AES Indiana building in Indianapolis will light up red and yellow. 

At 6:15 p.m., EdChoice President Robert Enlow will introduce a panel of esteemed education leaders, including civil rights activist and education reform icon Dr. Howard Fuller, Capital Preparatory Schools Founder Dr. Steve Perry, and Education Leaders of Color Chief Policy Officer Angelica Solis-Montero. Dr. Charles Cole, founder of Energy Converters, an initiative to help students activate their leadership through agency in education, will moderate.

More than 200 parents, educators, and legislators are expected to attend and hear the panelists’ perspectives on recent successes and challenges in expanding education outcomes for Black and Brown students, and how school choice can position students for a successful future. The panel discussion will wrap up with a Q&A.

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“Studies show us that not only are school choice programs integrating schools in better ways than ever before, but they are giving all students – including minority students – greater hope for the future,” Enlow continued. “As we work to restore the learning lost during the Covid-19 pandemic – which was felt most strongly among Black and Brown students – we must give families more choices and agency in their children’s future.”

This event is organized by EdChoice, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that empowers every family to choose the schooling environment that fits their children’s needs best.

Join the discussion on Wednesday at the Indianapolis Artsgarden, located at 110 W. Washington St. The event is open to the press and the public, but registration is required at bit.ly/3WXLsCm.

National School Choice Week (NSCW) informs, inspires, and empowers parents to discover the K-12 education options available for their children, including traditional public, charter, magnet, online, private, and home schooling. Every January, tens of thousands of schools, organizations, and individuals plan unique events and activities to shine a positive spotlight on effective education options in their communities. The Week is a project of the nonpartisan, nonpolitical National School Choice Awareness Foundation.

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Creative, Talented and Inspiring High School Students Chosen for This Year’s Disney Dreamers Academy at Walt Disney World Resort

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Exclusive Walt Disney World Resort mentoring event fosters dreams of Black students and teens from underrepresented communities; 100 outstanding students from New York to California to be part of the multi-day event in March

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. /PRNewswire/ — A budding artist, an aspiring neurosurgeon and a creative storyteller are among the 100 talented high school students selected for this year’s Disney Dreamers Academy, an educational mentoring program hosted at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

The 100 students from across the country will descend on Walt Disney World Resort March 23-26 for the 16th annual event, aimed at broadening career awareness and creating exclusive opportunities for Black students and teens from underrepresented communities across America.

Mickey Mouse and Disney Dreamers Academy executive champion Tracey Powell pose with Newark Tech (N.J.) high school student Mosope Aina moments after she was surprised on national TV on January 13, 2023 with the news that she is one of 100 students selected for this year’s Disney Dreamers Academy at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida in March. Also, the names of all 100 Dreamers were displayed on a Times Square billboard. Disney Dreamers Academy is a mentoring program hosted annually at Walt Dis
Mickey Mouse and Disney Dreamers Academy executive champion Tracey Powell pose with Newark Tech (N.J.) high school student Mosope Aina moments after she was surprised on national TV on January 13, 2023 with the news that she is one of 100 students selected for this year’s Disney Dreamers Academy at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida in March. Also, the names of all 100 Dreamers were displayed on a Times Square billboard. Disney Dreamers Academy is a mentoring program hosted annually at Walt Dis
Flanked by her mother amid a sea of confetti, Mosope Aina, an aspiring neurosurgeon, was surprised by Mickey Mouse and Disney Dreamers Academy executive champion Tracey Powell on national TV on January 13, 2023 at her school in Newark, N.J. with the news of her selection to Disney Dreamers Academy at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Disney Dreamers Academy in late March is a mentoring program hosted annually by Walt Disney World Resort that fosters the dreams of Black students and teens from
Flanked by her mother amid a sea of confetti, Mosope Aina, an aspiring neurosurgeon, was surprised by Mickey Mouse and Disney Dreamers Academy executive champion Tracey Powell on national TV on January 13, 2023 at her school in Newark, N.J. with the news of her selection to Disney Dreamers Academy at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Disney Dreamers Academy in late March is a mentoring program hosted annually by Walt Disney World Resort that fosters the dreams of Black students and teens from

The full list of students is available at www.DisneyDreamersAcademy.com.

To kick off the announcement of the 2023 class, Mickey Mouse, Disney executives, and international recording star Kelly Rowland surprised one of the students with the news of her selection live on national TV from her school in Newark, N. J. Afterwards, the names of the entire Class of 2023 were displayed on a Times Square billboard.

Rowland, the four-time Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, actress and television executive producer, served last year as the program’s ambassador and as an advocate for the students. She shared personal insights, drawing from her own unique experience as a pre-teen performer, then as a teenager in one of the best-selling female groups of all time, Destiny’s Child.

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The Disney Dreamers program is an important part of Disney’s commitment to support diverse communities. By encouraging the next generation to think big, Disney hopes the students will carry what they learn back home and continue pursuing their dreams.

“We’re ready to welcome another outstanding group of teens from across the country for our 16th year!” said Tracey Powell, Disney Signature Experiences vice president and Disney Dreamers Academy executive champion. “They are going to have the experience of a lifetime, setting them on a journey to go out and achieve their dreams, just like the classes who came before them.”

Since 2008, Disney Dreamers Academy has inspired more than 1,500 students from across the country by fueling their dreams and showing them a world of possibilities as they prepare for their futures. In the years following, graduates have become storytellers, artists, engineers, innovators, journalists and more, and have transitioned into mentors to the Disney Dreamers who follow them.

Each year, the Disney Dreamers are selected from thousands of applicants who answer essay questions about their personal stories and dreams for the future. The students and a parent or guardian enjoy an all-expenses paid trip to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida for the four-day event.

The Disney Dreamers embark on a journey throughout the Walt Disney World theme parks and behind the scenes of the 40-square-mile vacation destination. It is a vibrant classroom where students discover new career opportunities, pursue their dreams and interact with Disney executives, educators, business leaders, celebrities and motivational speakers.

Students participate in immersive, career-oriented workshops that explore a wide range of career disciplines while also learning essential skills, such as effective communication techniques, leadership and networking strategies.

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Past celebrity participants have included stars from the big screen and television, noted sports figures and popular musicians, as well as personalities and cast members from across the Disney family, including “Good Morning America,” ESPN, Disney Channel and the ABC TV series “Black-ish” and “Grown-ish.”

For more information, visit DisneyDreamersAcademy.com. Regular updates about Disney Dreamers Academy are also available on social media at Facebook.com/DisneyDreamersAcademyTwitter.com/DreamersAcademy and Instagram.com/disneydreamersacademy. 

The 100 students selected for the 2023 Disney Dreamers Academy are (listed by state):

First NameLast NameCityState
ChelseaWilliamsHooverAL
RadhikaPantHooverAL
TylerChiuNorthridgeCA
EllaMilsteinLa JollaCA
RashadTylerHighlandCA
RyanNelsonConcordCA
TinaMaiNewport CoastCA
OctaviaCareyInglewoodCA
IsabellaCabelloTulareCA
MadisonHendersonLos AngelesCA
BrookeSibalaChula VistaCA
SanviPrakashSan RamonCA
CiscoHernandezNational CityCA
MelanieChoAlhambraCA
AprilOrtizAnaheimCA
CaseyFolauMaywoodCA
XavierForbesSan DiegoCA
AllisonJensenThorntonCO
JonathanDe CaroMoodusCT
YasmeenGalalProspectCT
Mary AmmaBlanksonMadisonCT
MiguelCoppedgeWashingtonDC
SophiaJurovieskyBoca RatonFL
DorseyMillerParklandFL
ZaraLwinOrlandoFL
SophiaDupeyronCape CoralFL
KaitlynJadevaiaSarasotaFL
MeganFajardoDestinFL
KimoraReedSaint PetersburgFL
CynthiaMedinaBradentonFL
CameronWestJacksonvilleFL
SaraKaufmanHollywoodFL
NoahSpinelliOrlandoFL
PamelaMusunguAcworthGA
ZachariahHickeyBonaireGA
AvaFlaniganMorrowGA
AvaAdamsAtlantaGA
JordanAdeyemiDuluthGA
PippaKeySummervilleGA
JadenJenkinsAugustaGA
KirastenPerkinsSavannahGA
ErinShenStatesboroGA
DylanJonesSmyrnaGA
Bradley RossJacksonNormalIL
TamayaMcnealJolietIL
NoraSunChicagoIL
NylaBishopFlossmoorIL
AramiaGutierrezWhitingIN
JaylynnPoweBaton RougeLA
CharlesSteeleSlidellLA
AudreyBrustZacharyLA
TasneemGhadialiLexingtonMA
Xin YueLuLutherville TimoniumMD
AriaSmithUpper MarlboroMD
LindseySandsColumbiaMD
MakaylaJoaquinFort WashingtonMD
SaniyahIkardBowieMD
NatalynTaylorEllicott CityMD
JulianMorrisSaginawMI
KeenanBurnsRedfordMI
PrestonZabinkoAnn ArborMI
AddisonRichmondJacksonMI
KennedyJonesBerkeleyMO
ZaniaStinsonCharlotteNC
JadaStewartWilsonNC
RyanRazonMorrisvilleNC
MosopeAinaNewarkNJ
EliseTaoUpper Saddle RiverNJ
MariaMaioneEgg Harbor CityNJ
ClaudiaMerchanHackensackNJ
AmechiChukwujiorah-StrangeFlushingNY
AutumnTylerChesterNY
MorganLinBrooklynNY
EmilyMelendezRego ParkNY
LoganWilliamsClevelandOH
SophiaBarbeeMainevilleOH
MckinleyMeekerHudsonOH
KyleZhouSolonOH
AzizaMccarterJenksOK
NeighujahHarmonOklahoma CityOK
AmeliaGodardSherwoodOR
ElizaWatkinsPortlandOR
AnjanaPramodWest ChesterPA
PrernaChakkingalMc DonaldPA
JoslynDiffenbaughKutztownPA
TavisSandersPhiladelphiaPA
SydneySimmonsTivertonRI
BenjaminBrownColumbiaSC
HannahHollingsBrentwoodTN
ToluwakitanAkinsolaAntiochTN
SydneyRobertsPlanoTX
YaddeniHailuLewisvilleTX
ShaneMushambiMissouri CityTX
MedhaPulluruCedar ParkTX
AlvaroAlvarezElginTX
ElleChavisDallasTX
NiaCurryTrophy ClubTX
TierraBrownPearlandTX
Eliora MargaretKwakyeOlympiaWA
JuliusZakariaOak CreekWI

About Disney Dreamers Academy:

Established by Walt Disney World in 2008, Disney Dreamers Academy’s mission is to inspire young leaders to dream beyond imagination by providing life-long access to personalized support for the Disney Dreamer, their caregivers and community through insightful content and uplifting experts, mentors, and sponsors. Each year, 100 high school students are awarded a trip to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida to experience the immersive and transformational program.

SOURCE Walt Disney World

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