Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Restorative travel to feed your soul; Trump buys Miami's Doral golf resort for $150 million; Top 5 destinations for spring travel

Restorative travel to feed your soul
CNN
By Katia Hetter, Special to CNN Relax and enjoy the view from the Sagestone Spa lounge at the Red Mountain Resort. (CNN) -- You aren't heading to the gym anymore. That balanced dinner with veggies and grains seems not so appealing.

Trump buys Miami's Doral golf resort for $150 million
Reuters
Trump announced the deal on Monday, saying he was paying $150 million for the 50-year-old Doral Hotel and Country Club, a 700-room resort on the northwest outskirts of Miami with four championship golf courses, including the Blue Monster. 

Top 5 destinations for spring travel
Boston.com (blog)
The deal experts at Travel-Ticker(TM), a leading inspirational travel website, announced their Spring 2012 Where To Go Now & How Guide. Their choices range from typical to extreme, fluctuate between budget and luxury, and offer a variety of options. 

Best New Travel Gear | Travel News from Fodor's Travel Guides
By news@fodors.com
Thanks to our insider's info, we've rounded up a sneak preview of some of the coolest travelproducts set to take center stage, just for Fodors.com readers (most folks will have to wait until next week to sneak a peek). Read on for our eight ...
Fodor's Travel News 

Spring Break Travel Warning | WPRI.com
Providence, R.I. (WPRI) - Spring break is just around the corner, but you book your trip to Mexico or another foreign destination, there are some travel alerts you need to know about. Just this week, the Department of State issued a new travel warning to U.S. ... "Increased violence in the country has been reported. It's mostly occurring towards the border territories, however it is cropping into our resort territories," said Carl Richardson of AAA Southern New England. College students we ...
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Via head: Rail travel still safe
TheChronicleHerald.ca
(PAWEL DWULIT / CP) BURLINGTON, Ont. — The head of Via Rail is telling Canadians train travel is safe following a derailment that killed three engineers. Via president and CEO Marc Laliberte visited the site of Sunday's derailment in Burlington, Ont., ...

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Phoenix Resort Elevates Stay Experience with New JW Griffin Club
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)
JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa offers unique private club featuring unparalleled services and amenities. Guests of JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa can now experience an even greater elevated level of service, amenities, and personal ...

Phoenix Resort Hosts LPGA Tournament for Second Consecutive Year
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)
The 2012 RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup returns to Wildfire Golf Club at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa March 14-18. Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) February 28, 2012 The RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup marks its return of the LPGA to a premier Phoenix golf ...

Gardeners on vacation don't have to leave their plants untended; hire a garden ...
Washington Post
Gardeners don't have to remain housebound during the vacation season just because their edibles and flowers need tending. Find a sitter to handle the work. Keep your must-do list simple, though. Few plant minders are willing to do windows or the ...

I Need a Vacation!
MarketWatch (press release)
Is it any wonder we could all use a vacation? Take heart, gentle readers, because there's never been a better time to start planning your next, much needed, vacation. This powerful and broad-reaching initiative will showcase a world of vacation options ...

Free train travel to cost $1 million
ABC Online
MARK COLVIN: The Queensland Premier has responded to this morning's peak hour chaos on the rail network by offering free travel for everyone tomorrow. It's part of an apology for the delays caused by a downed power line. Anna Bligh says it will cost ...

Puerto Vallarta tourism board calls robbery of cruise passengers 'extremely rare'
Los Angeles Times
By Hugo Martin The Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board, hoping to repair the reputation of the popular tourist destination, called the robbery last week of 22 cruise passengers who departed their boat for a nature hike an "extremely rare incident.

Los Angeles Times

Founding Sponsor ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals Returns to Support ...
MarketWatch (press release)
As the Founding Sponsor of the tournament, ResortQuest(R) by Wyndham Vacation Rentals is offering an Emerald Coast Volleyball Week lodging special. Players and spectators can save 20 percent off a stay of three nights or more in eligible units at ...

Moon Travel Guide Author Offers Tourism Tips for Seoul Business Travelers
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)
Moon Seoul author Jonathan Hopfner helps businessmen save time with ten tips to combine a quick business trip with tourist highlights. Berkeley, CA (PRWEB) February 28, 2012 Seoul's rapid-fire economic growth has been accompanied by a boom in the ...

International travel deficit down slightly: StatsCan
CTV.ca
OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says the country's international travel deficit declined by $168 million to $4 billion in the fourth quarter of 2011, due mainly to lower spending by Canadians visiting the United States. Canadians spent $8.3 billion outside ...

CTV.ca

Mauritius Cuts Tourism Estimate; Hotel, Airline Shares Drop
BusinessWeek
28 (Bloomberg) -- Mauritius cut its forecast for tourism arrivals this year, sending hotel and airline shares down, as the debt crisis in Europe curbs demand. The estimate was reduced to 980000 from 1.01 million, the Port Louis-based official ...

tourism target 'may not be met'
BBC News
A target for a 50% boost in Scotland's tourism industry by 2016 cannot be met, the Scottish Parliament's economy committee has warned. The 10-year Scottish government growth plan was set in 2006, before the global economic crisis hit. In a new report, ...

BBC News

International travel deficit down slightly in Q4: Statistics Canada
CanadianBusiness.com
By The Canadian Press | February 28, 2012 OTTAWA - Statistics Canada says the country'sinternational travel deficit declined by $168 million to $4 billion in the fourth quarter of 2011, due mainly to lower spending by Canadians visiting the United ...

Five Tips From a Travel Expert on How to Take the Best Spring Break Vacation
MarketWatch (press release)
ORLANDO, FL, Feb 28, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Spring Break is just around the corner, and you know what that means... time to start planning your vacation. So here are five tips on what you need to know to have the most amazing experience. 1.

Tourists Can't Vacation Without Social Media
HispanicBusiness.com
With February and March being peak months for tourism in South Florida, we're seeing them more and more. Many visitors find it hard to disconnect during vacation because they feel social (media) pressure to let their friends and followers know what ...

HispanicBusiness.com

Going on vacation? Hire a sitter for your garden.
FederalNewsRadio.com
By DEAN FOSDICK For AP (AP) - Gardeners don't have to remain housebound during the vacation season just because their edibles and flowers need tending. Find a sitter to handle the work. Keep your must-do list simple, though.

FederalNewsRadio.com

WTF? Controversial tourism slogan bites the dust
USA TODAY
Of course, Fruita isn't the only tourism destination to wrestle with its image, official and otherwise. Last fall, New Mexico's tourism secretary announced a $2.5 million rebranding effort after revealing that focus group participants had described the ...

USA TODAY

Travel With a Smartphone? 3 Things to Check Before You Buy
PCWorld
The network you choose will determine which countries in the world you can travel to and still have voice and data coverage. CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) is used in the United States by Verizon and Sprint, and is also common in Asian countries.

Why travel price protection doesn't fly
MSN Money
Best-price guarantees are taking off in the travel industry -- just as rising airfares and hotel rates make them less useful for consumers. At face value, the pitch is an attractive one. Book airfare, a hotel stay or a vacation package, ...

TripAdvisor Launches New Review Collection Solution Enabling Travel Companies ...
MarketWatch (press release)
28, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ:TRIP) the world's largesttravel site* today announced that it is launching a brand new review collection solution with Easytobook.com on board as the first partner to use the customisable ...
La Costa Resort and Spa Introduces Next Generation of Resort Technology ...
Sacramento Bee
By La Costa Resort and Spa CARLSBAD, Calif., Feb. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- On the heels of unveiling a $50 million top-to-bottom renovation, La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, Calif. launches new technology to enhance the guest experience at all ...

Tourism bureau preps for season
Lincoln Courier
But flapping in the breeze behind Abe is a brand new, high-tech cover for the wagon that tourism officials say will resist damage from high winds that occasionally rake the area. The wagon continues to be one of the Lincoln area's most popular tourism ...

Global Rescue founder learned travel lessons the hard way
USA TODAY
Richards, who had worked in finance, started the company in 2004 to fill a void he observed among businesses providing travel assistance. They had call centers that clients could contact in an emergency, but they "didn't have the ability to put boots ...

Trump buys Doral Resort for $150 million, plans 18-month renovation
PGA.com
MIAMI -- Donald Trump's bid to buy the Doral Resort & Spa out of bankruptcy for $150 million was approved on Monday, the Trump Organization announced. The 800-acre resort complex -- which is set to host the 2012 edition of the WGC-Cadillac Championship ...

Carroll County tourism industry on the rise
Carroll County Times
After a decrease in county tourism revenue for Fiscal Year 2010 from 2009, the tourism industry of Carroll County is beginning to recover, said JoAnna Crone, manager of the Carroll County Office of Tourism. According to the Tourism Development Annual ...

Two New Takes on "Birth Tourism" | Center for Immigration Studies
By David North
The birth tourism issue is a subset of the broader birthright citizenship matter; birth tourisminvolves pregnant alien women visiting a nation briefly to have a child that acquires that nation's citizenship instantly. The mother and the baby then leave, at least ... He was quoted in the Toronto Sun as saying "We don't want people to get the idea that citizenship is a way to get apassport of convenience, that Canada is a country to be exploited." The Sun article continued, "The Chinese fraud is ...
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Donald Trump Buying Doral Golf Resort And Spa For $150 million
By The Huffington Post News Editors
Hunter Mahan walks with his caddie John Wood walks off the 15th tee during the third round of the 2011 WGC- Cadillac Championship at the TPC Blue Monster at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa on March 12, 2011 in Doral, Florida ...
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Zanadu Brings a Curated Luxury Travel Service to Monied Chinese ...
By Steven Millward
The Chinese startup Zanadu is launching its site this week, curating luxury and boutique hotels around the world into an exclusive online travel service. ... A Balinese boutique resort's page on Zanadu. Click to enlarge. Speaking to PO ...
Tech in Asia

Travel Tuesday: The Int'l Civil Rights Museum! | Black and Married ...
By Kirstin Fuller
Take a weekend out of the kids' spring break vacation or summer break and visit the International Civil Rights Museum in Greensboro, NC and share one of the most important moments in black history with your family. For the complete list of ...
Black and Married With Kids.com...

New Laws Pertaining to Airline Travel « The Legal Satyricon
By marcorandazza
New Laws Pertaining to Airline Travel. 1. Surprise Reclining Banned: Before you recline your seat, turn around and ASK the person behind you. At the very least, even if they're a jerk about it, they'll have time to move their laptop. Punishment ...
The Legal Satyricon

Beyond Resort created for 2 Kata projects - The Nation
Kata Group Resorts Thailand has created a brand called Beyond Resort for two projects in Krabi and Khao Lak costing Bt2.4 billion. The Bt1.1-billion Beyond Resort Khaolak in Phang Nga opened in December, while the Bt1.3-billion Beyond ...
NationMultimedia.com - Business

The Last Resort, Martin Parr « Iconic Photos
By thequintessential
The Last Resort, Martin Parr. leave a comment ». No single photoproject in the last 30 years appalled more people nor revealed more about the sensibilities of that bygone era than Martin Parr's The Last Resort. A casual visitor admiring Martin ...
Iconic Photos

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Cruise line: 22 passengers robbed in Mexican seaside resort

Cruise line: 22 passengers robbed in Mexican seaside resort
CNN
Twenty-two Carnival Cruise Lines passengers were robbed of valuables and their passports during a shore excursion in the Mexico seaside resort of Puerto Vallarta, cruise officials said late Saturday. The passengers were robbed Thursday during a guided ...

Group of 22 cruise passengers robbed in Mexican resort
Daily Mail
When the film was released, the tiny town experienced a tourism boom, which it has developed over more than 40 years. Carnival Splendor set sail on February 19 from Long Beach, California, for a seven-day Mexican Riviera cruise which included a trip to ...

Daily Mail

Leap Year Travel Deals
Huffington Post
If Wednesday is too soon for a last-minute vacation, why not take this extra time to plan one instead? With this sale from Frontier Airlines, departures from 65 cities nationwide have been discounted for travel through May 9.

Travel Q&A: Taking a Danube cruise; choosing an Alaska itinerary
Orlando Sentinel
By Jane Wooldridge, Miami Herald (MCT) Travel expert Jane Wooldridge answers a potpourri of reader travel questions from river cruises, Amtrak, Alaska cruises and more. Q: My wife and I want to take a cruise on the Danube.

Anguillian Resort, Cap Juluca, to be Sold at Public Auction
MarketWatch (press release)
27, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- The greater part of the real estate comprising the Cap Juluca resort, a five star Anguilla island escape for the world's notable rich and famous, will be sold at a public auction to be held on Wednesday, ...

South Korean conductor to travel to North Korea
Los Angeles Times
This week, a prominent South Korean conductor is scheduled travel to Pyongyang, North Korea, to rehearse a planned joint performance in Paris by North Korean and French orchestras. Born in South Korea, Myung-Whun Chung is a renowned conductor who has ...

Los Angeles Times

Tourism campaign spells Brecon as 'Breacon' on US poster
BBC News
A £25m tourism promotion aimed at enticing visitors to the UK has apologised for a spelling mistake on one of its posters. A poster on a New York subway train for the latest campaign of GREAT, Britain's biggest ever tourism drive, misspelt Welsh beauty ...

BBC News

Train travel remains among safest
Hamilton Spectator
“It's certainly one of the safest modes of travel,” said David Jeanes, national president of Transport 2000 Canada, a public advocacy group. “You're still safer boarding a passenger train then getting into your own car to drive somewhere.

Travel dilemmas: What's the culprit in jet lag?
Sacramento Bee
Why some people suffer horribly from jet lag and others do not (I, thankfully, fall in that latter category) is not really known, said Dr. Charles D. Ericsson, head of travel medicine and a professor of medicine at the University of Texas Medical ...

Hotwire Reveals February 2012 Travel Savings Indicator
MarketWatch (press release)
Using extensive pricing research to cover the three most popular travel products, the report helps guide travelers to the best destinations to maximize their travel dollars each month. "Travelers shouldn't rule out the idea of a winter vacation.

Mississippi Gulf Coast tourism leaders move toward compromise as they seek a ...
Washington Post
Leaders of various tourism-related interests on the Mississippi Gulf Coast say they are making progress toward an agreement on a single regional tourism marketing organization. No formal agreement was reached during a meeting Friday in Biloxi as ...

Tragedy strikes Israel's London-based tourist office
Haaretz
An employee at Israel's London-based tourist office accused a superior of sexual harassment. But the Tourism Ministry apparently didn't handle the complaint properly. A few weeks ago, the complainant took her own life. By Gidi Weitz A few weeks ago, ...

Haaretz

'Birth tourism' pains Canada
Winnipeg Free Press
Citizenship and Immigration Canada is poised to crack down on so-called "passport babies" or "birth tourism" -- the practice of travelling to Canada to give birth so that child can have Canadian citizenship -- as a media report out of China reveals a ...

Where To Go Now & How Guide: Travel-Ticker Announces Top 5 Destinations for Spring
MarketWatch (press release)
To form the list, Travel-Ticker.com experts look at local trends like weather and tourist traffic, as well as entertainment options, cultural experiences, and the available deals in each locale. "Spring is the time that many folks begin to emerge from ...

PhoCusWright Reports US Mobile Travel Bookings to Top $8 Billion by 2013
MarketWatch (press release)
SHERMAN, CT, Feb 27, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Distribution is just one of numerous opportunities that mobile creates for travel organizations. But for many executives, the true test of mobile's influence is simple: show me the money.

Travel guru Steves to give talk on European adventures
Mid Columbia Tri City Herald
"In truth, Europeans find it amusing how afraid Americans are of traveling in their countries, when in truth it's safer to travel in Europe than it is in the US" But Steves doesn't sweat the insecurities of Americans about the possible perils of travel ...

Walt Disney World Resort Update
USA TODAY (blog)
"I just can't believe somebody out there thought it was a good idea to pick up where the school bullies left off and shame kids on their vacation.… There's no doubt in my mind that overweight and obese kids going through this exhibit are leaving ...

Sennheiser Improves Mobile Travel Line®: Successful High-End Wireless Headsets ...
Sacramento Bee
The new MM 450-X and M 550-X combines the latest Apt-X® technology for superb sound with a long list of premium features that make the headsets a blast to listen, talk and travel with. Why settle for less than the best, when you're on the move?

Long dormant Queens tourism group is revived
New York Daily News
By Irving Dejohn / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Queens business leaders, who are reviving the Queens Tourism Council gather on the roof of the Z Hotel in Long Island City. They are: Front row (l. to r.), Seth Bornstein, executive director of the Queens Economic ...

New York Daily News

Travel claims on a voyage to easier access for customers and partners
The Australian
COVER-MORE Travel Insurance chief information officer Tom Roche is on a journey to create hassle-free interactions for customers and partners. Building additional services and boosting accessibility are behind the leading travel insurers' key IT ...

Ottawa Tourism Launches JUNO Awards Getaway Deal
Music Indistry News Network
Ottawa Tourism has launched a JUNO Awards Getaway package that includes overnight accommodation options as well as the option to purchase tickets to the 2012 JUNO Awards, to be held Sunday, April 1 at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa.

SM Entertainment to start a travel agency business
By mintpepsi
Korea's leading entertainment agency SM Entertainment will start a travel and tourism business. On February 27th, SM Entertainment released a statement saying, “SM Entertainment has acquired a travel agency specializing in Hawaii called, ...
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Staying in a yurt in Kyrgyzstan | Travel Wire Asia
By Natasha von Geldern
It's easy to arrange a yurt stay in Kyrgyzstan through the excellent Community Based Tourismscheme, which has offices in many towns and villages. Tags: Asia travel, Central Asia travel, Kyrgyzstan travel, Kyrgyzstan yurt stay, staying in a yurt ...
Travel Wire Asia

iPad Travel Book A Unique, Epic Adventure | WebProNews
By Mike Tuttle
LOS ANGELES to BUENOS AIRES, a 1200 page iPad travel book, perhaps the most ambitious project of its kind. It is available in the form of a Universal App for Apple's iOS devices. The “Short Cut” edition of the book covering the Mexico and ...
Expert Articles - WebProNews

Business Casual: Travel, Travel, Travel! – Fashionista: Fashion ...
By Hayley Phelan
A colossal part of business school I've yet to cover is the travel. At least in my program, there weren't a ton of opportunities in my first semester. We were all busy meeting hundreds of new friends, exploring our new city of Boston and trying to ...
Fashionista
JustLuxe: Is Jet Set Surgery The New Luxury Travel Trend?
By JustLuxe
Variations on medical tourism are also becoming popular. Some extremely wealthy patients are said to be bringing their surgeon and a friend with them, to a costly six-figure procedure when you total the costs of the procedure, plane tickets, resort stays and other travel expenses for the medical travel. Another variation is being ... Despite the risks, many people are happy to have their plastic surgery performed while on vacation and the industry continues to grow. After all, if you can ...
Health on Huffington Post

Shutter Sisters - home - Accidental Tourist
By Shutter Sisters
Accidental Tourist. As photographers we often find ourselves looking through our lenses like tourists, seeing the world around us with fresh eyes, documenting everything that's new. Even what we're familiar with can be captured through a new ...
Shutter Sisters

Monday, February 27, 2012

Hawaii sets new tourism spending record in January

Hawaii sets new tourism spending record in January
Los Angeles Times
By Hugo Martin The rebound of Hawaii's tourism industry continued in January as the Aloha State enjoyed a record $1.345 billion in visitor spending. The spending total was a 14% increase from the same month in January 2011 and the best one-month total ...

Los Angeles Times

Liverpool fans face travel chaos ahead of Carling Cup final
The Guardian
But those planning to travel on the rail network have been advised to alter their plans. Virgin Trains said an engineering train derailed at Winsford, in Cheshire, overnight, leaving the line between Liverpool and Crewe and Warrington and Crewe blocked ...

The Guardian

Niger warns against travel to Libya as tensions rise
Chicago Tribune
NIAMEY (Reuters) - Niger's government warned its people on Sunday they could be targeted by roving militias if they travel to Libya, as tensions rise between the neighboring countries over Niger's refusal to extradite Muammar Gaddafi's son Saadi.

Historic Desert Hot Springs resort slated for major renovation
Los Angeles TimesBy Roger Vincent Two Bunch Palms Resort & Spa, one of the region's oldest mineral water spas, was bought by a show biz consortium for nearly $10 million. Hollywood producers Steve Markoff, Donald Kushner and Elie Samaha bought the rambling 52-room ...

Los Angeles Times

Carling Cup final: Fans face travel chaos over derailed train
Daily Mail
Thousands of Liverpool fans have had to make last minute changes to theirtravel plans after the main line between Liverpool and London was blocked. They were advised to alter their plans to watch their team take on Cardiff City in the cup clash this ...

Daily Mail

Niger issues travel warning for Libya
Independent Online
By Abdoulaye Massalatchi Niamey - Niger's government warned its people on Sunday that they could be targeted by roving militias if they travel to Libya, as tensions rise between the neighbouring countries over Niger's refusal to extradite Muammar ...

Sustainable Tourism: A Key to Global Solutions
Huffington Post (blog)
Unless these climate change issues are mitigated, the quality of the tourist experience is likely to decrease and the visitors will be less likely to come to the region. Tourism also has an strong interest in alleviating poverty.

Canada cracking down on 'passport babies'
Montreal Gazette
Citizenship and Immigration Canada is poised to crack down on so-called “passportbabies” or “birth tourism” — the practice of travelling to Canada to give birth so that child can have Canadian citizenship — as a media report out of China reveals a ...

Dr. Reese Halter: Sustainable Tourism: A Key to Global Solutions
By Dr. Reese Halter
In the tourist industry, Walt Disney Company that includes Walt Disney World Resort® the most visited tourist destination in the world, has taken strong leadership for sustainable tourism. Disney corporate goals include: 1. Reduce zero net ...
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Derailed train causes travel chaos for Liverpool fans ahead of ...
By By Chris Butterworth JR
Derailed train causes travel chaos for Liverpool fans ahead of League Cup final. An engineering locomotive overturned on Saturday night, temporarily closing the railway line between Liverpool and London and creating havoc for travelling ...
Goal.com News - International

22 Cruise Passengers Robbed In Mexican Resort - Travel News ...
(CNN) -- Twenty-two Carnival Cruise Lines passengers were robbed of valuables and their passports during a shore excursion in the Mexico seaside resort of Puerto Vallarta, cruise officials said late Saturday. ... Sunday, February 26, 2012.
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Business Casual: Travel, Travel, Travel! – Fashionista: Fashion ...
By Hayley Phelan
A colossal part of business school I've yet to cover is the travel. At least in my program, there weren't a ton of opportunities in my first semester. We were all busy meeting hundreds of new friends, exploring our new city of Boston and trying to ...
Fashionista

The future of travel search
The use of advanced destination selection and content customization tools to attract and inspire consumers earlier in the travel planning process is key to ...
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Overhead Bin - United bows to public growling, alters pet-travel rule
Getting there is half the fun, so the saying goes. Msnbc.com's travel team examines the issues of the day and, of course, the joy and hassle of traveling. ↓ About ...
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BBC - Travel - Should I eat that? : Food & Drink
The Passport blog ... Travel Channel star Anthony Bourdain got to try it, but clearly, he has ... Lori Robertson writes the Ethical Traveller column for BBC Travel.
www.bbc.com/.../20120222-ethical-traveller-should-i-eat-that

Cruise line: 22 passengers robbed in Mexican seaside resort - CNN ...
The travel warnings and reports of increasing violence in Mexico have ... Puerto Vallarta has remained a tourism hotspot, drawing college students during Spring ...
www.cnn.com/2012/02/26/world/mexico-cruise.../index.html

3 killed after avalanche near Washington ski resort
At mid-afternoon, the temperature at the base of the Stevens Pass ski resort was ...John Gifford, the ski area's general manager, said Sunday that the resort had ...
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Saturday, February 25, 2012

What's the deal? This week's best travel bargains around the globe

What's the deal? This week's best travel bargains around the globe.
Washington Post
This week's best travel bargains around the globe. Land l On Feb. 29, book an Ireland land trip with Isle Inn Tours and four travelers go for the price of three. The Leap Year Special applies to its six-night Pub Tour of Ireland, which starts in ...

Hop to it for leap year travel deals
CNN International
(CNN) -- An extra day once every four years doesn't really give travelers much more time to play, but it's an excuse for the hospitality industry to create special Leap Year travel offers. (Each year is actually 365 days plus about 6 hours.

Vail Buys Yet Another Ski Resort This Week
Forbes
On Wednesday, Vail Resorts, Inc. announced that it has acquired the Kirkwood Mountain Resort on the California side of Lake Tahoe. This is the seventh major ski resort in the company's portfolio, and the third in Lake Tahoe, with the remainder in ...

Forbes

New Prague tourist trail spotlights graft and sleaze
Reuters
By Jan Lopatka | PRAGUE (Reuters) - Prague has long been a favored destination for its medieval looks and cheap beer, but one travel agency has freshened up the offering with a new type of tourism experience which spotlights graft and sleaze.

New travel toys for kids on the go
Fox News
Keeping the kids entertained is the number one priority when hitting the road for a familyvacation. Here is a list of new and upcoming travel games designed to make family expeditions fun. As most know, traveling with children is no easy task.

Perryville considering tourism advertising upgrades at casino, travel plaza kiosks
Baltimore Sun
BY MARISSA GALLO, mgallo@theaegis.com More tourism advertising for the town of Perryville could be popping up at the Hollywood Casino and Maryland House on I-95. During the town's work session Tuesday evening, the mayor and town commissioners discussed ...

Baltimore Sun

Jennifer Aniston's 'nude vacation'
OCRegister
By GARY A. WARNER / Register Travel Editor Jennifer Aniston stopped short of baring it all in her new movie, "Wanderlust," but nudist groups are hoping the star's turn will bring new guests to their doors. In the movie, Aniston and Paul Rudd play a New ...

Voyeuristic tribal tourism continues in Odisha
The Hindu
The Odisha government had acted after advertisements on the Internet by certaintravel operators offering to display Bonda tribal people had come to the attention of the authorities. The offer involved entertainment for the tourists provided by tribals ...

The Hindu

Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Lima, Peru
Reuters
Skip the ubiquitous tourist kitsch and head to INDIGO Gallery (El Bosque 260 San Isidrowww.galeriaindigo.com.pe). This spacious store spans both sides of the street and features home accents and textiles, including alpaca.

Tourism Launches “100 Alabama Road Trips”
DigitalJournal.com (press release)
The initial itineraries are now live on the tourism website and each is numbered,http://www.Alabama.travel. Other trips will continue to be added throughout the first year of the campaign. The first 10 trips include the BCS Championship tour, ...

Conn. asks residents to help with tourism campaign
CBS News
Connecticut is turning to residents for help with a new tourism campaign, asking them to define what sets the state apart in an effort that takes inspiration from the "I Love NY" brand of the 1970s. The first step is a contest beginning Monday that ...

Haiti - Tourism: «Michel and St├ęphanie» talk about the development of tourist ...
Haitilibre.com
During a press conference in Les Cayes, last Tuesday during the National Carnival 2012, St├ęphanie Balmir Villedrouin, the Minister of Tourism and the President Michel Martelly explained what they were planning to carry out for the development of our ...

Haitilibre.com

Pain at pumps hurts tourism
The Beacon Herald
"I think that certainly if it's hitting $1.35 and up people are going to be judicious about how they use their automobiles," said Eugene Zakreski, executive director of the Stratford TourismAlliance. "The average consumer, if it hits that level, ...

Hospitality, Recreation, Travel and Tourism Design Award Announced
Albany Times Union
A' Design Award & Competitions announces a new design competition category to award entries in hospitality, recreation, tourism and travel sectors. Today, A' Design Award & Competitions announced a new design award category: Hospitality, Recreation, ...

Ras Al Khaimah targets medical tourism
gulfnews.com
By promoting itself as a medical tourism destination the emirate hopes to break into other feeder markets. Dubai: With its health care, hospitality and airline pulling their weight in a combined effort, Ras Al Khaimah is all set to raise its profile as ...

gulfnews.com

Wine Lovers Traveling to Seneca Lakes for Polar Passport Wine Tours are ...
Albany Times Union
Wine lovers are taking weekend getaway trips to Seneca Lake for the final weeks of the PolarPassport tours of New York State's acclaimed Finger Lakes wineries, ending March 31. Visitors have been booking accommodations for private Seneca Lake vacation ...

Tourist sealed conviction of 11 men in shabu lab case
Sun.Star
Alex Tolentino, counsel for Lao, said his client will stay for the meantime inside the provincial jail while his passport and other travel documents are being processed. Yap, in her ruling, pointed out that Lao was discharged as an accused and ...

Tennessee, Pennsylvania and Kentucky Courts Affirm Decisions for Online Travel ...
MarketWatch (press release)
These decisions follow a clear national trend, where state and federal courts have rebuffed efforts by state and local governments to attempt to impose hotel occupancy taxes on onlinetravel companies for their services.[1] "We are pleased that these ...

Utah State Senate Backs Ski Resort Interconnect
Utah Ski And Snowboard
"The seven ski resorts in Summit County and Salt Lake County are all located in close proximity to one another, offering the opportunity to easily connect these resorts, an opportunity that leading competing winter tourism states do not have.

Vacation: The Aftermath
Wall Street Journal (blog)
I'm not complaining; nobody forced me to travel. And we had a great weekend of hiking, visits to a train museum and Disneyland, plus family meals. But at the end of it, we were all tired. Our jam-packed flight to LA left at 7:30 pm on Friday night, ...

New 'hastily-made tourism video' targets Brunswick, trending online
NewsNet5.com
BRUNSWICK, Ohio - A new “hastily-made tourism video” targets a second northeast Ohio city – Brunswick -- and it was trending Friday on YouTube. The video follows the same theme as the highly-popular “Hastily-made Cleveland tourismvideo,” which was ...

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Hong Kong tourism operators charmed with Seychelles workshop
eTurboNews
A number of private sector tourism trade representatives from Seychelles in Hong Kong for a promotional workshop have left happy, with reports hitting the Hong Kong media, saying that they had charmed the local tour operators.

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Tourism - Back From the Future
AllAfrica.com
I have a passion, well beyond the call of duty, to see a renewed life and vitality in our nationaltourism. In this regard I am very motivated by what I see as great potential and opportunities to take Zimbabwe's tourism to levels hitherto unimagined ...

Hacienda Tres Rios Resort, Spa & Nature Park Receives Best Green Initiative ...
Albany Times Union
160 of the top executives from 91 different vacation club and fractional ownership companies attended. Hacienda Tres Rios Resort, Spa & Nature Park received the most votes for their contribution to environmental preservation and being a sustainable ...

Border Beat: Violence Crosses to US as Mexico Promotes Tourism
Fox News
Best Pix of the Week Warning to American tourists traveling to Mexico for spring break The US State Department is telling Americans to avoid travel in 14 out of 31 of Mexico's states due to the war on drugs, including all areas of Chihuahua and Durango ...

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Alabama tourism officials compile list of 100 suggested road trips inside state
The Republic
The Alabama Department of Tourism wants to encourage people to take "road trips" inside the state and has compiled a list of 100 such journeys. The department has started the promotion by releasing driving itineraries for the first 10 suggested trips ...

Beautiful Bookstore Tourism - GalleyCat
By Maryann Yin
Beautiful Bookstore Tourism. ... Would you plan a vacation just to visit a beautiful bookstore? Flavorpill has compiled a list of the “The 20 Most Beautiful Bookstores in the World.” The list includes stores located all over the world, including ...
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Passport mania « gigi-hawaii
By gigihawaii
Well, I completed my passport application online and printed it. I stapled my photo to the application. The more I look at my picture the more I hate it. Ew. Horrible! My face has changed drastically since my old passport photo was taken ten ...
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Itineraries - 6 most inspiring travel films of the year
By Budget Travel
... to Hawaii. Here, we nominate six 2011 films in Budget Travel's newly minted category of MostTravel-Inspiring Film. ... Plus: We've arranged a BT-exclusive Real Deal for each movie to get you going on your very own on-location vacation.
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Upcoming China travel trend: Touring U.S. through TV shows ...
By CNNGo staff
Now that the U.S. government has started streamlining the visa process for Chinese travelers, China's fast-growing tourism market has spotted a new way to zip about the United States: travel with fewer people but more focus.
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Travel Tip: Watch Your iPad Movies on the Big Screen in Your Room
By Terry White
Terry White talks about How to Watch iPad Movies on the Big Screen HDTV in your Hotel Room.
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Travel search to become personal, focused, nosy | Gadling.com
By Chris Owen
Travel search engines come in a variety of sizes, shapes and brands all aiming to become our first choice when planning a trip. ... that we refer to as Online Travel 3.0 which recognizes the power shift from suppliers to retailers and to end consumers," says Stephane Durand, Director, Online & Leisure at Amadeus, a major provider of advanced technology solutions for the globaltravel and tourism industry. ... All Deals, Flight Deals, Hotel Deals, Vacation Deals, Cruise Deals, Car Deals ...
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Nic Sauve Full Part From Vacation | TransWorld SNOWboarding
By hondo
WOW Nic's FULL PART from Vacation. This is no B Footy or Remix, it's the real deal. Enjoy viewing right here ... Stay tuned as we drop all the Vacation parts every friday. Get the Full movie on DVD out at your local snowboard shop and ...
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decor8 » Blog Archive » Travel Notes from Paris, Trusting + Slow ...
By decor8
Today I thought that since I've been working in Paris this week that you may enjoy some of my inspirations from the road consisting of mini travel notes and little snaps that I took on my iPhone along the way. I am back home now, but leave ...
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Florida tourism recovery could help incumbents | Florida Politics ...
 “Notwithstanding the adversity that small businesses have faced over the past few years, I am confident that these gains are a strong indication that Florida's tourismeconomy is on the road to recovery,” Atwater concluded.
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Space travel can affect astronauts' sense of taste and smell - Physics ...
By Physics Today
NPR: After a few days in space, astronauts start craving spicier food, and researchers are looking into the reason why. Jean Hunter, a food engineer at Cornell University, says that spacetravel can cause humans to lose their sense of smell.
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Dubai's Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa to host WTA Middle East ...
By Nadezda Basyrova
World Travel Awards (WTA), the “Oscars of the travel industry”, has announced plans to host its Middle East Ceremony at Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa in. ... Main sponsors include Qatar TourismAuthority, BBC World News, Oberoi Hotels & Resorts, Jebel Ali International Hotels, the JamaicaTourist Board, Tourism Authority of Thailand, Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority, Conrad Hotels, World.mobi, Sandals Resorts and WeClickMedia. WTA's global media partner network includes ...
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Friday, February 24, 2012

Travel tips for the passionate penny pincher; Should I eat that?

Travel tips for the passionate penny pincher, or travel hungry
Minneapolis Star Tribune (blog)
But in general that is precisely what travel is; a bunch of unpredicted experiences that can stir you in ways you never knew possible, good and bad. Travel can make you rich and is something I would suggest to everyone for I have grown more in the past ... 

BBC - Travel - Should I eat that? : Food & Drink
The Passport blog ... Travel Channel star Anthony Bourdain got to try it, but clearly, he has ... Lori Robertson writes the Ethical Traveller column for BBC Travel.
www.bbc.com/.../20120222-ethical-traveller-should-i-eat-that 

Travel Guide and TV Host Rick Steves to Address NAFSA Annual Conference in Houston
MarketWatch (press release)
23, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- NAFSA: Association of International Educators is pleased to announce that well-known travel guide and television host Rick Steves will be a plenary speaker at NAFSA's 2012 Annual Conference and Expo in Houston, ...

Destructive Side Effects Of Vacation Deprivation « CBS Boston
By deanreddington
A recent survey found the average full time worker didn't use 6.2 vacation days last year. ... “Every time I come back from vacation, I always feel rejuvenated and feel that its mentally beneficial to me,” he explained. When we finally take a ...
CBS Boston

Tourism operators tell their stories to state marketing team
Norwich Bulletin
By JAMES MOSHER A team of companies working on a state marketing campaign on Thursday listened to dozens of tourism operators looking to shape the rebranding effort. Connecticut Office of Tourism Director Randy Fiveash introduced members of the team ...

5 Ways To Invest In Travel And Tourism
San Francisco Chronicle
Most consumers are familiar with the travel and tourism industry from using its services for some needed rest and relaxation during family and related vacations. However, these same activities can be invested in, with many publicly-traded firms ...

The New York Times Travel Show to Ring The NASDAQ Stock Market Opening Bell
MarketWatch (press release)
Guests will include Lisa Durocher, senior vice president and general manager, American Express Travel; Ebru Ejder, director of Turkish Culture and Tourist Office in New York; Doug Duda, A&E International Network's "The Well-Seasoned Traveler"; ...

More Leap Year Travel Deals: An Airline and Lots of Hotels
ABC News (blog)
So I may have jumped the gun a bit when I reported on three Leap Year traveldeals earlier this month. Since then, many more travel suppliers have jumped in on the act. Which proves my previous point: If there's a holiday to exploit, the travel...

ABC News (blog)

PRT head predicts 5 percent SC tourism increase
CBS News
"We expect it to be about 5 percent although the unknown is gas prices," Duane Parrish told the AP after the Governor's Conference on Travel and Tourism wrapped up in Greenville. With predictions of $4-a-gallon gas in the state this spring, ...

Travel & Leisure Feature Package
Sacramento Bee
21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Vayama.com, the online travel agency that specializes in international travel, announces today its list of unique off the beaten path countries for traveling with children internationally - including airlines and activities for ...

Vail Resorts to buy Kirkwood Mountain Ski Resort
Los Angeles Times
It agrees to pay $18 million for the remote resort known for steep runs and lots of snow, along with undeveloped acreage at the base of the mountain southwest of South Lake Tahoe. Kirkwood Mountain Ski Resort southwest of South Lake Tahoe,...

Los Angeles Times

Maldives safe for travel - Maldivian High Commissioner
Ceylon Daily News
'The country remains peaceful while all its sectors run smoothly. I assure thattourism was not affected with the current scenario. There is no drop in tourists and no country has imposed travel advisories on the Maldives, he said.

Ceylon Daily News

Going abroad? New Seva Kendra promises passport in three days
Indian Express
To cater to the manifold increase in the demand for passports, software exporter Tata Consultancy Services in partnership with the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) inaugurated the 50th Passport Service Kendra in the country at Herald House, ITO, ...

PGA National Resort and Spa
Palm Beach Post
By KEITH MERRITT There are few places in the world that offer the type of golf experience you'll find at PGA National Resort and Spa. With 90 holes of golf on five championship courses, designed by some of the sport's most iconic figures — including ...

Palm Beach Post

Vail Resorts buys Kirkwood Mountain Resort
Sacramento Bee
By Dale Kasler Kirkwood Mountain Resort is being sold to a big Colorado ski conglomerate in the latest example of big out-of-state money cascading into the Lake Tahoe area. Located 30 miles south of Tahoe, in a remote part of Alpine County, ...

Vacation Station, LLC Settles with the Governor's Office of Consumer Protection
Duluth Weekly
Vacation Station sells travel club memberships at an average cost of between $3000-$8000 each. The company has been selling these memberships in Georgia since December 2010, from locations in Atlanta, Brunswick and Savannah.

Vacation Station pays settlement to Georgia, restitution to buyers
Bizjournals.com
The Governor's Office of Consumer Protection reported a settlement with Vacation Station LLC and its principals Randy Gardner and Joseph Shirley to resolve allegations the company misled consumers and operated as an unlicensed buying club.

Buy the right spring break travel insurance this year
Vancouver Sun
With spring break quickly approaching many people are looking to escape the winter blues andtravel to a warmer destination with their families. However, while many Canadians put careful thought into planning their trips, the same cannot always be said ...

Travel insurance won't cover Vegas cab crash
CTV.ca
A young couple whose cab was rear-ended in Las Vegas is on the hook for more than $8000 in medical bills after learning their travel insurance doesn't cover car accidents. Andrew Fong and his girlfriend Justine Burlo had just rung in New Years Eve on ...

Town of Perinton to hold Passport Day on Saturday, March 10
Fairport-E.Rochester Post
US citizens must present a valid passport book when entering the country by air from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Bermuda, at land borders, and sea ports of entry. Many cases require apassport book, passport card, or other travel documents approved ...

Resort to provide luxury tourist site
News Chief
The Streamsong resort being built here by The Mosaic Co. is taking shape, but the project still has a ways to go. The resort's two 18-hole golf courses (and a clubhouse with 12 guest rooms) are scheduled to open in December, and the full resort is ...

Tourism Advisory Board considers sign options
La Junta Tribune Democrat
By Bette McFarren Lynn Horner, chair of the signage subcommittee reported the work of the subcommittee thus far to the full Tourism Advisory Board. The subcommittee has developed a list of places to be considered for way-finding signs to direct ...

Krishna opens new ITO passport office in Delhi
IANS
New Delhi, Feb 23: External Affairs Minister SM Krishna Thursday inaugurated the new passport office here, equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for processing nearly a thousand applications per day. The sprawling passport office at Herald House ...

IANS

Lowepro Passport Sling Camera Bag – Review
By Valerie Jardin
I received the Passport Sling just in time for a busy two-week trip to Europe and decided to use it exclusively to carry my 5D MarkII with the 24-70 mm lens attached, extra batteries, CF cards and the few personal items. The Passport Sling ...
Digital Photography School

Medieval News: Scholars Analyze Jewish Travel
By Medievalists.net
Jacobs is one of three academics who put together "On the Road: Travel in Jewish History," this year's topic of study for the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Each year, the program invites ...
Medieval News

CMT Renews 'Bayou Billionaires,' 'My Big Redneck Vacation ...
By Lesley Goldberg
CMT has renewed Saturday staples Bayou Billionaires and My Big Redneck Vacation. The unscripted series have become the two highest-rated original series in history for the cable network, averaging nearly 1 million total viewers, ...
Television

3 Ways to Use Facebook to Travel Smarter - This Just In - Travel Blog
By Sean O'Neill
THE PROBLEM: Your loved ones want to follow along "virtually" while you travel, but you don't want to spend your vacation tied to your e-mail and cell phone. THE FIX: Tap into Facebook's power to update your family and friends automatically ...
This Just In

Record Snow For Steamboat Ski Resort, More On The Way « CBS ...
By matthewbuettner
Record Snow For Steamboat Ski Resort, More On The Way. February 22, 2012 7:34 PM. Share this. No comments. An image from Steamboat Ski Resort on Wednesday (credit: Steamboat SkiResort) ...
CBS Denver

Travel agents on the rebound with insider information | Gadling.com
By Chris Owen
Experts agree that using one as part of an overall travel buying strategy is a good idea, if for no other reason than to verify that what we did on our own makes sense. But the ongoing big problem with travel agents is finding a good one that ...
Gadling

PhotoBlog - Have elephant, will travel
Callista Gingrich, the wife of presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich, has been trying to visit schools in cities her husband visits to read from her children's book "Sweet Land of Liberty," which features Ellis the Elephant revisiting key moments in ...
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NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly supports Irish tourism drive | Irish ...
NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly supports Irish tourism drive: New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly gave his ancestral home a rave review at the launch of Tourism Ireland's Jump into Ireland campaign in New York last week. ... According to a Tourism Ireland press release, the aim of Jump Into Ireland is “to raise awareness of the moments of wonder that form part of an Ireland vacation. To awaken the imagination and show ... See more: Ray Kelly , Irish travel , Irish Voice ,. print this ...
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