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Wyndham Worldwide Earns Accolades, Praise

RCI/Wyndham Worldwide has won the Socially Responsible Company award for a second time. The award, bestowed by the Mexican Philanthropy Center (CEMEFI), judges companies that operate in Mexico on several tenets. They include community outreach, environmentalism, corporate ethics and quality of life provided to their workers.

RCI encourages their workers to do community service by giving them incentives for time completed. They give annually to Christel House Mexico, a charity that provides inner-city Mexican children with quality schools and education.

Newsweek ranked them the world’s 73rd most “Green” company for their environmental practices in 2009. Their “Green Initiative Team” markets ways that RCI has gone on environmentally sound policies, and the importance of preserving our planet.

Corporate ethics includes being transparent about their finances. RCI has a healthy track record of developing employees from the ground-level up by focusing on their development, education, welfare and safety. This is the second consecutive year RCI/Wyndham Worldwide Mexico has won the award.

Wyndham has had a run of good press recently. They won Fortune Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies 2012 in the Hotels, Casino’s and Resorts category.

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New Federal Law Angers Budget Airlines

A Spirit A319 in flight.

A newly proposed federal law is being railed against by budget airlines like Spirit, Southwest, and Allegiant. The Department of Transportation (DOT) recently stated all airlines must itemize government taxes and present that as part of their fare. Airlines like Spirit, who advertises one-way tickets for $9 and then tacks on additional charges later, has been angered by the ruling, and sent out an email to their customers stating the U.S. government is “hiding taxes in your airfares (so then) they can carry out their hidden agenda and quietly increase their taxes.”

The ruling will give consumers a more realistic picture of the price they will actually pay for their ticket, not just the low-cut promotional price. Consumers are thrilled. “They should tell us everything we need to know,” says Mary-Jane Reeser of San Diego, California. “I’m tired of booking a flight for $300, only to find out it’s actually $386!” Airlines for America, an industry group, said taxes now total 20% of a $300 round-trip domestic flight.

One of the arguments the airlines are making is that it’s uncommon to have taxes included in the advertised price of most consumer goods, such as fast food or electronics.