Who doesn't love a good Top 5 list? Here's a few lists and facts that might help you around the water cooler, win a round of Jeopardy or just serve as an interesting read.
Got the summer blues and interested in what airline to fly?
TOP 5 BIGGEST AIRLINES IN THE U.S. Nearly 1 billion people flew in 2015. Who took them there? Southwest flew 151.7 million passengers. Southwest has expanded its destinations through acquisition and has made inroads to the Caribbean. It is the only airline that does not charge for bags and markets this heavily. American is the world's largest airline and flew 144.2 million passengers internationally in 2015. They flew 199 billion passenger miles worldwide. Delta is the third largest carrier flying 143.1 million passengers. It is also ranked second for quality, just behind Alaska Airlines. Delta has suffered several severe system meltdowns in the last year. While United ranks fourth for U.S. airlines, it ranks second internationally. It ranks eighth in terms of quality and fifth in denied boardings. And the incident where they dragged a passenger off so a crewmember could have a seat didn't help their reputation. Jet Blue is a distant fifth in carriers with 38.2 million passengers. It is carefully expanding internationally. It is also marketing its new "Mint" service, which features lie-flat seats on some flights.
Dreaming of a city vacation?
WORLD'S TOP 5 MOST POPULAR CITIES. Here are the five cities that globetrotting leisure and business travelers visit most. With 21.5 million overnight visitors annually, Bangkok is the world's most popular destination. London, the home of Big Ben and the Royal family, is the second most popular with 19.9 million visitors. Of those, seventy-nine percent are vacationers. Paris is third with 18 million visitors. At almost 30%, the City of Lights has a higher percentage of business travelers than any other major city besides Shanghai. Fourth is Dubai with 15.3 visitors. They are hoping to hit 20 million in 2020 when they host the World Expo Exhibition. And the Big Apple, NYC, is fifth with 12.8 million visitors.
Perhaps embracing nature is more your speed.
AMERICA'S TOP 5 OLDEST NATIONAL PARKS. The granddad of national parks is Yellowstone. Not only is it the oldest national park in the U.S., it's the oldest in the world. It was designated a national park on March 1, 1872 by President Ulysses S. Grant. Sequoia was designated a national park by President Benjamin Harrison to protect the giant sequoia trees from the logging industry. It is the second oldest park. Yosemite became a national park on October 1, 1890, making it the third oldest park and home to El Capitan, Half Dome, Bridalveil Falls. The fourth oldest is Mount Rainier, an active volcano rising 14,410 feet above sea level. Its original name was Tahoma, from the Yakima Indians, which means "great snowy peak" but English explorer George Vancouver decided to name it after Adm. Peter Rainer. On May 22, 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt designed Crater Lake a national park. At 1,943 feet, it is the deepest lake in the U.S. and ninth in the world. It was formed by a collapsed volcano nearly 8,000 years ago.
Hot weather calling your name?
THE TOP 5 HOTTEST PLACES ON EARTH. Furnace Creek Ranch in Death Valley, California has the record for the hottest temperature ever recorded at 134 degrees. The park hits at least 100 degrees an average of 140 days each year and over 120 degrees an average of 18 days. Despite the intense heat, August is the park's busiest month. The town of Kebili in Tunisia is the second hottest place. The temperature hit 131 degrees on July 7, 1931, the hottest ever recorded in Africa. Despite the heat, the 18,000-resident town is a desert oasis with palm trees and water. It is one of the oldest towns in Africa, inhabited as long ago as 200,000 years ago. Tied with that record is Ghadames, Libya. Known as "the pearl of the desert," The 7,000 residents live in white huts with thick walls made of mud, lime and tree trunks to escape the heat. Roofs are connected and many streets are covered to provide more shade. On the southern edge of the Sahara Desert is the famous city of Timbuktu in Mali where the temperature hit 130 degrees. Because it is so close to the desert, streets are often covered with sand blowing in from the dunes. But winters cool off to 90 degrees. The fifth hottest place on earth is Tirat Ziv, Israel. The kibbutz in the Beit She'an recorded the hottest temperature in Asia on June 21, 1942. The average temperature during the summer is 104 degrees, cooling off to a brisk 100 degrees at night. It is the largest producer of dates in Israel. It also produces the palm fronds waved during the Jewish holiday of Sukkot.
No matter what kind of vacation you may be dreaming about, don't find yourself in this position...
TOP 5 CAUSES OF DEATH WHILE ON THE JOB. More than 4,800 people died at work in 2015. Here are the five leading causes. People who drive for a living represent one fourth of all on-the-job fatalities. More than half of these happened on the road, while the rest involved rail, ships or farm tractors. Truck drivers have the most fatalities of any occupation, and half of all road incidents involved a semi, trailer-tractor or tanker truck. Of the 800 deaths from falls, slips and trips in 2015, almost all of them, 773, were from falls. Contact with equipment and objects are the third largest killer. More than 72% of workers who die from contact with equipment are fatally struck by an object or equipment. Most often they are hit by trees and plants, highway vehicles, and construction, logging, or mining machinery. Ninety-nine workers were caught in equipment, and 90 were crushed or hit by a collapsing structure or equipment. 703 people were killed at work by violence in 2015. While on-the-job shootings were up, stabbings and suicides were down. Exposure to harmful substances was up in 2015. While electrocution was down, death from exposure to extreme temperatures rose. Death from overdosing on alcohol or drugs rose even more, reflecting the nationwide problem with opioids.
Clare Flannery Joins MDB as Director of Public Relations and Media Strategy
MDB Communications, Inc. announced the appointment of Clare Flannery, as Director of Public Relations and Media Strategy. Flannery, who has significant experience as a public relations and media professional, will lead MDB’s PR practice.
“Over the last five years, clients and prospects have increasingly come to us for fully integrated communications programs that include solid PR components,” said Cary Hatch, CEO, MDB. “Clare’s appointment demonstrates MDB’s commitment to providing our clients with the best talent available.”
Prior to joining MDB, Flannery was a Principal with the Dewey Square Group. There she worked with the team to create and execute comprehensive and creative communication strategies that helped clients across various sectors and issue areas achieve their immediate and long term goals.
Before joining DSG, Clare gained extensive communication experience working in the U.S. Senate. She worked for U.S. Senator Bill Nelson in various roles, including as press secretary for the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging. She also served in U.S. Senator Bill Nelson’s personal press office, assisted with his 2012 re-election campaign, and worked in the press office of U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar.
Clare is a graduate of the University of Michigan where she earned a B.A. in English and was a member of the nationally-ranked University of Michigan Women’s Gymnastics team. While at Michigan, she was an Academic All-American and won three Big Ten Championships with her team.
MDB is a Google Certified Partner
We are proud to announce that MDB Communications is a certified Google Partner. After working with our clients for years creating unique and effective Google Campaigns, we have decided to make it official! We look forward to continuing to elevate our client’s brands through custom made, well thought out Google campaigns yielding significant results in their respective industries.