Hugo Martin, Los Angeles Times

Hugo Martin

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Recent:
  • Los Angeles Times
  • The Union-Tribune
Past:
  • The Miami Herald
  • chicagotribune.com
  • Orlando Sentinel
  • Sun Sentinel
  • New York Daily News
  • The Morning Call
  • Hartford Courant
  • The Baltimore Sun

Recent articles by Hugo:

Did Universal's Jurassic World ride scare you? Thank this guy

At Universal Studios Hollywood, Jon Corfino gets to spend his days creating new attractions, including Jurassic World — The Ride. At lunch, he likes to blend in with parkgoers to see what's working and what isn't. → Read More

Spirit Airlines tries to fix its image with comfier seats

Spirit Airlines, once the carrier with the most passenger complaints, is working to upgrade its image. One effort involves new seats with fatter cushions and more legroom. → Read More

Delta Air Lines will use facial recognition cameras at LAX boarding gates

Delta is starting with one boarding gate but plans to expand. Some privacy rights groups are unhappy about the technology. → Read More

Little travel shampoo bottles are going away at Marriott and InterContinental

Tiny shampoo, soap, conditioner bottles will be completely eliminated by Marriott by 2020 → Read More

United Airlines technology missed connections

United Airlines is turning to data and algorithms to make sure passengers don't arrive too late for connecting flights. → Read More

Those hidden resort fees you hate paying? Travel websites fight back

Booking.com and other travel sites push hotels to disclose resort fees → Read More

New Spider-Man ride tops list of Disney theme park attractions unveiled at D23

The new Marvel land at Disney California Adventure Park will be called Avengers Campus and will include a Spider-Man attraction. → Read More

Can extra shade and fried chimichangas draw more visitors to the L.A. County Fair?

L.A. County Fair is adding add more shade and misting stations to keep visitors cool. → Read More

Calling in the 'bird mafia' to intimidate pesky pigeons and seagulls

Resorts and other property owners turn to professional falconers to get rid of nuisance birds in an eco-friendly way. → Read More

More people are flying but TSA lines at LAX are shorter. How did this happen?

As airline passenger numbers break records, LAX and several other major U.S. airports have reduced security checkpoint wait times. → Read More

Airlines can't bar pit bulls or other breeds from cabins, feds say

The U.S. Department of Transportation issued new regulations on emotional support animals. → Read More

Disneyland’s second Star Wars land ride is delayed until January

Rise of the Resistance at Disneyland's Star Wars Galaxy's Edge will open Jan. 17, the park said. It had previously said the opening would be this year. → Read More

Now’s the best time to visit Disneyland, as Star Wars land draws away crowds

The opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge has led to shorter lines at Disneyland's classic attractions, like 20-minute waits for Splash Mountain. → Read More

Why this is the best time to visit Disneyland

Now may be the perfect time to visit Disneyland – as long as you have no interest in checking out the park's Star Wars expansion. → Read More

Spirit’s new strategy: Be a less terrible airline

Spirit Airlines is easing back on its profit-driven efforts and focusing on customer service. → Read More

At Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, visitors can fly — and buy

Disney paid $4 billion for Star Wars. Selling pricey lightsabers, Jedi robes, and a salad bowl shaped like R2-D2 will help them recover that investment. → Read More

Airlines are canceling mistake fares faster but some errors still get through

When airlines erroneously publish super cheap fares, it used to take hours to cancel them. New software allows the airlines to cancel the fares in minutes. → Read More

Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle reappears with vibrant colors and pixie dust

Sleeping Beauty Castle, the centerpiece of the Disneyland park in Anaheim, has been undergoing a makeover for the past four months, a job that blocked off the building from parkgoers. → Read More

Disney's new annual Flex Pass aims to ease crowding

The new annual Flex Pass, going on sale May 21, costs $599 and gets you in on the slowest days but requires reservations for weekends and high-demand days. → Read More

Disneyland begins taking Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge reservations

Disneyland begins Thursday morning to accept online reservations from people who want to be the first park visitors to experience Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the theme park’s newest expansion. → Read More