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
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
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 (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
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 readers (most folks will have to wait until next week to sneak a peek). Read on for our eight ...
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Spring Break Travel Warning |
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
(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., ...

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.

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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
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 ...

Mauritius Cuts Tourism Estimate; Hotel, Airline Shares Drop
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, ...

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International travel deficit down slightly in Q4: Statistics Canada
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
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 ...

Going on vacation? Hire a sitter for your garden.
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.

WTF? Controversial tourism slogan bites the dust
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 ...


Travel With a Smartphone? 3 Things to Check Before You Buy
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 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
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
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 ...
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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

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 ... - 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 ...
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