Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Avalanche deaths highlight boom in backcountry skiing

Deaths highlight boom in backcountry skiing
The Seattle Times
By Craig Welch Twilight falls at Stevens Pass ski resort Sunday. Earlier, three people were killed in an avalanche just outside the resort. TR Revere, owner of Uncle Uli's Pub in Leavenworth, and others look over photos of Jim Jack, ...

The Seattle Times 

Survivor: Deadly avalanche a 'horror story'
This combo made from undated photos provided by Stevens Pass Ski Resortshows, from left, Johnny Brenan, Chris Rudolph and Jim Jack. The men died in an avalanche in an out-of-bounds area at the resort on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012. 

Irish tourist dies in Yarra-swim prank
The Age
Police have pulled the body of an Irish tourist from the Yarra River after what appeared to be a late-night prank took a tragic turn. Police divers had been looking for the 27-year-old man after he and a friend jumped into the river near Federation ...

Irish tourist drowns in Yarra River
An Irish tourist has drowned while apparently trying to swim across Melbourne's Yarra River with a friend. The 27-year-old man and another tourist jumped into the water near Federation Square in the CBD around 9pm (AEDT) on Tuesday but quickly got into ...

Resort 'would boost bid for Open'
The Press Association
The luxury golf resort planned for the Causeway Coast will boost nearby Royal Portrush's chances of hosting the Open Championship, the club's captain has said. Philip Tweedie said he does not see the proposed Bushmills Dunes development as competition ...

'Sidecountry' skiing holds more risk
The Seattle Times
As more skiers crave pristine, powdery snow and uncrowded slopes, the risk grows that those who venture beyond the managed slopes of a resort will be caught in an avalanche. By Katherine Long Daily forecast: Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center, ...

Avalanche kills man with Bay Area ties; Santa Cruz skier escapes
San Jose Mercury News
A part-time Santa Cruz resident survived an avalanche that killed three skiers Sunday as about a dozen expert skiers were making their way through a foot-and-a-half of fresh snow in an out-of-bounds area near a popular Washington ski resort.

Avalanche victims remembered
The Seattle Times
Milanoski was swept off a cliff by an avalanche near the resort Sunday. Family said their beloved brother and son grew up in Oak Harbor and attended Oak Harbor High School. He was an expert snowboarder and an avid outdoorsman. "Karl was a veteran rider ...

The Seattle Times

Tourism conference attendees concerned about missing hospitality leader
By Dawn Bryant - GREENVILLE -- Concern about missing SC hospitality leader Tom Sponseller continues to grow among his colleagues attending the Governor's Conference on Tourism & Travel this week in Greenville.

Deadly Washington avalanche highlights airbag
By Erika Schultz, The Seattle Times via AP Emergency officials work along Highway 2 near Stevens Pass ski resort on Sunday in Skykomish, Wash., near where three skiers were killed in an avalanche. By Erika Schultz, The Seattle Times via AP Emergency ...


Runkerry golf resort plan gets green light
BBC News
Plans for a £100m golf resort on Northern Ireland's north coast have been given the go-ahead. The application to build an 18-hole golf course and hotel complex at Runkerry had been one of NI's longest running planning disputes.

BBC News

Irish tourist drowns in Yarra River after heroic waiter saves friend
Herald Sun
UPDATE: POLICE divers searching for an Irish tourist who jumped into the Yarra last night have pulled a body from the river. The man jumped into the river near Federation Square with a friend about 9pm last night and was attempting to swim from one ...

Dollar Thrifty sees strong 1st-quarter on upbeat travel
N) posted a strong quarterly profit on improving US travel market and forecast first-quarter earnings above analysts' expectations. Dollar Thrifty, which was the object of a prolonged takeover battle between larger rivals Hertz Global Holdings Inc (HTZ ...

Lets Go Software Launches New Travel Blog
MarketWatch (press release)
The blog will serve as a comprehensive resource for travelers, providing useful information pertaining to finding and comparing cheap travel accommodations, choosing ideal vacationdestinations, safety tips, and other travel-related advice.

Expedia and the Passport Party Project Help Teen Girls Obtain First Passport
Daily Disruption®, has announced today that the company will serve as the official travel sponsor of The Passport Party Project. The Passport Party Project is a philanthropic initiative started by award-winning travel blogger and entrepreneur Tracey Friley, ...

Tourism contract axed on legal threat
The Australian
THREATENED legal action by the private operator of Adelaide's main tourism centre has forced the South Australian government to cancel a three-year contract it signed last year. The move was announced yesterday by an embarrassed Tourism Minister Gail ...

Wyndham Vacation Rentals Announces Winner of $28000 Grand Prize Travel Package
MarketWatch (press release)
PARSIPPANY, NJ, Feb 21, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Wyndham Vacation Rentals, the world's largest professionally managed vacation rental business and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE:WYN) , is pleased to announce that, ...

Is America's Vision of Space Travel Over? [Poll]
The obama administration has outlined a program including a multibillion-dollar modernization of Kennedy Space Center, expansion of private-sector and commercial space industries and eventually human travel to Mars. "By the mid-2030s I believe we can ...

3 skiers killed in Wash. avalanche; 4th survived
The Seattle Times
Expert skiers caught in a weekend avalanche were equipped with safety devices and kept track of each other as they strayed beyond the boundaries of a popular Washington ski resort. By PHUONG LE Associated Press No comments have been posted to this ...

Haley says gas prices may boost SC tourism
WHNS Greenville
Nikki Haley said the rising gas prices actually might be a good thing for one of the largest industries in the state - tourism. Haley spoke to a crowd of the industry's leaders at the Governor's Conference on Tourism and Travel at the Embassy Suites in ...

Neverblue Launches Travel Affiliate Network
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)
Neverblue, a premier global lead generation network, is pleased to announce the launch of the Neverblue Travel Affiliate Network, an affiliate network that caters to the performance marketing needs of travel product and service vendors worldwide.

An independent Scotland 'may need passport controls' at English border to ...
Daily Mail
By Kerry Mcqueeney Passport controls could be required at Scotland's border with England if it becomes independent in order to comply with EU law, Britain's Minister for Europe has warned. A separate Scotland would need to negotiate its own opt-out ...

Daily Mail

Dome-Shaped Eco-Tourism Center in France is a Living Room in ...
By Tafline Laylin
Inca Architectes, dome, eco-tourism, eco-travel, eco-tourism. Gorges of Franchard is so beautiful that the tourism traffic has become overwhelming, so the new eco-tourism center controls traffic at the same time as it provides a warm refuge ...

Washington County Tourism Marks 50th Anniversary « CBS Pittsburgh
By angelakdka
Tourism Director J. R. Shaw says 50 is an important number in Washington County this year. “This is the big one for the tourism. This is the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Washington County Tourism Promotion Agency,” he said.
CBS Pittsburgh

On Vacation, and Playing Chef for a Day -
On Vacation, and Playing Chef for a Day. By SHIVANI VORA. Beall and Thomas. Many people go to a restaurant or hotel as a respite from household obligations like grocery shopping and preparing meals. But for the person who views ...
In Transit

Travel Tuesday: The St. Lucia Jazz Festival! | Black and Married ...
By Kirstin Fuller
We love getaways here at BMWK and we think attending music festivals is a fabulous way to enjoy a beautiful destination and wonderful music with that someone special. We have a great one coming up Mother's Day weekend. So grab your ...
Black and Married With

Shoulder season travel deals from Portland to Reno |
By Special to The Oregonian
Visit Sunday-Friday and get a $77 per person/per night rate on a standard room at the Village at Squaw Valley (three-night minimum, includes resort fee but not taxes). This deal is good through April 8. Call 1-866-818-6963 to book. Kirkwood ...
Oregon Travel News

Lauren Elyse Matison: Top 12 Social Media Apps For Travel
By Lauren Elyse Matison
You may like to vacation without guidebooks and Google maps, but don't let the thrill of discovering a destination on your own keep you from checking out these 12 social travel apps.
The Huffington Post Full Blog Feed

Oman aiming for 10% tourism growth in 2012 | Oman Ministry of ...
The Sultanate of Oman has been ranked among the '20 Top Tourist Destinations in the World' in the latest edition of the 'National Geographic' magazine - the only Arab country to figure in the elite... ... Meanwhile, Oman's capital Muscat has been ranked the second best city in the world to visit in 2012 by 'Lonely Planet,' the popular travel guide publisher affiliated with the British Broadcasting Corporation. Second only to London in Lonely Planet's list, Muscat bested some of the world's ...
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Space travel Code of Conduct aims to limit junk in orbit |
By Chris Owen
space travel Decades of space travel activities have the Earth's orbit littered with space junk. As the world's nations continue activity in space, the space junk pile increases and along with it the chances of a deadly collision. Now, the United ...

Aspen winter resort bookings are bucking industry trends, so far ...
By Meg Simon
Though mountain resort bookings this winter are lagging behind last year's across the industry, Aspen area hotels and lodges have booked slightly ahead of 2011's pace. Last month, for example, ski resorts sampled by the Denver-based ...
Aspen Daily News | Aspen's Newspaper

Pentax Q travel competition winner - Photography Competitions
By Simon
At the Weekly, they have been blown away with the 900 entries in to the Pentax Q travelcompetition from their from readers. The theme for the contest.
Photography Competitions

Review: The Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa - Mommy Points
By mommypoints
Best Family Travel Blog ... Deciding to Stay an Extra Day While on Vacation. What Happens When Your Whole Family Misses Their Flight. We were able to book one night at the Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa in Avon, Colorado, using ... Since this is resort that is located in a ski area, it is pretty much a given that you will be coming in with some gear that you want to take off as soon as you get to the room. It was so nice to have all of that winter gear in a central location instead of piled ...
Mommy Points

Was the Big Tupper resort decision really a major defeat for green ...
By Brian Mann
In the latest edition of the Adirondack Explorer, I probed the question of what the Adirondack Club and Resort decision means for environmental groups in the Park. Some green leaders are indignant at the notion that the 10-to-1 Adirondack ...
The In Box

The Clicker - Judge: $1B suit against Travel Channel show doesn't ...
A federal judge in Illinois has rejected a $1 billion (yes, $1 billion) class action lawsuit alleging the Travel Channel violated the publicity rights of individuals ...

Resort 'would boost bid for Open' - Yahoo!
Read 'Resort 'would boost bid for Open'' on Yahoo!. The luxury golf resort planned for the Causeway Coast will boost nearby Royal Portrush's chances of hosting the Open Championship, the club's captain has said.

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