Friday, March 23, 2012

Mobile Apps Are Handy in a Vacation Crisis

Mobile Apps Are Handy in a Vacation Crisis
PCWorld
By Robert L. Mitchell, Computerworld My family vacation in Florida last week was heaven, but thetravel was hell. From dealing with air carrier woes to an extreme traffic jam in Orlando, we had more than our share of issues. When problems cropped up, ...

Travel Talk With Jill Zarin As She Launches New Businesses
Forbes
She lives by the line “Work Hard, Play Hard” and loves to travel around the world to “luxurious hotels and on cruises” with her husband and extended family, while also interacting with 200000 fans on Facebook and 335000 Twitter followers.

Forbes

Travel Advantage Network Commemorates 20th Anniversary
MarketWatch (press release)
Travel Advantage Network (TAN), a wholesale vacation accommodations program, is celebrating 20 years in business. Established March 22, 1992, TAN was born of president and founder Brad Callahan's desire to create a client-centric travel accommodations ...

Freed British tourist assumed husband was alive
Philadelphia Inquirer
By Abdi Guled AP British tourist Judith Tebbutt, 56, who was snatched by Somali gunmen from aresort island in Kenya and whose husband David Tebbutt was killed in the attack, is seen after being freed after more than six months in captivity.

Scripps Networks Buys Foreign Distributor of Travel Channel
Wall Street Journal
By MIA LAMAR Scripps Networks Interactive Inc. agreed to pay £65 million ($103 million) to acquire Travel Channel International Ltd., a UK-based company that distributes its TravelChannel brand programming in international markets.

Somali pirates free tourist captured in September
San Francisco Chronicle
Mogadishu, Somalia -- A British tourist freed Wednesday by Somali pirates after six months in captivity said she did not know for weeks that her husband was killed in the raid on a luxury beach resort on the Kenyan coast. "I just assumed he was alive," ...

Next 1 Pairs with 3RDHome.com to Expand Travel Options and Incentives for ...
MarketWatch (press release)
With hundreds of desirable destinations to choose from and average home values being over $2.5 million, the program offers an exceptional vacation experience. Next 1 will begin marketing the program under its "Extraordinary Vacation Homes" brand www.

Tourism spending in US surged 8.1% last year to $1.2 trillion
Los Angeles Times
Although American travelers account for the vast majority of tourism spending, more foreign visitors are coming to the US and spending more. By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times A record number of foreign visitors helped boost overall tourism spending ...

Scripps Networks Interactive to acquire Travel Channel International
MarketWatch (press release)
KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Mar 22, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Scripps Networks Interactive Inc. (NYSE:SNI) today reached an agreement to acquire Travel Channel International Limited (TCI), an independent company headquartered in the United Kingdom that distributes ...

Scripps to Buy Travel Channel Int'l for $103M
ABC News
Travel Channel owner Scripps Networks Interactive Inc. said Thursday that it will buy UK company Travel Channel International Ltd. for 65 million pounds ($103 million) to expand overseas. Travel Channel International produces content about traveling, ...

Scripps buys Travel Channel Intl.
Variety
By Steve Clarke LONDON -- Scripps Networks Interactive has bought the UK-based TravelChannel International for £65 million ($103 million). Deal is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2012 once regulatory approval is given.

Space Tourism Expected To Be $1 Billion Industry Over Next 10 Years, Says FAA
Huffington Post
Within a decade, the FAA is predicting that space tourism will become a billion-dollar industry, according to a Reuters report. "Based on market studies, we expect to see this type of activity result in a billion-dollar industry within the next 10 ...

African Travel Announces TravelStore Their Top Travel Agency
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)
African Travel has announced its top producing travel agency of African Safaris for the year, California-based TravelStore. Creating personalized African safaris and adventures, AfricanTravel has sent over 100000 travelers to Africa.

Travel chaos: Bangkok airport ordered to get its act together
CNN International
Depending on the time of day, international fliers either breeze through or get stuck in travel gridlock. "Allow plenty of time to go through passport control," advised traveler J Cullen of the United Kingdom on Skytrax's Airlinequality.com on ...

CNN International

Ohio Adds New Travel Experiences for 2012
MarketWatch (press release)
"Ohio's tourism industry has been working hard to bring travelers new experiences, and we are now beginning to see the finished products along with a truly impressive slate of exhibits and international events," said State Tourism Director Amir Eylon.

Mayor of ND Tourist Town Has to Wait to Hang
ABC News
The mayor of the southwest North Dakota tourist town of Medora is seeking permission for a hanging, and he is sticking his neck out and volunteering to be the first to go to the gallows. Mayor Doug Ellison wants to erect a gallows on his property to ...

FAA Head Predicts Space Tourism Will be Worth $1 Billion in 10 Years
Forbes
(Photo credit: Wikipedia) Space tourism is one of those perennial headlines that always seems to recede further into the future. Someday soon, you too will soar with the angels! They say, but it always looks just a few years away.

Forbes

Travels to Myanmar: New global hotspot struggles to accommodate influx of ...
Washington Post
As the country sheds its past as an isolated military dictatorship and taboo travel destination it is becoming a new global hotspot — topping tourism lists as the must-see place to visit in 2012. Myanmar is eager for the hard currency that foreigners ...

Passport is a sensible way to support state system
Battle Creek Enquirer
THE ISSUE: The extension of Michigan's “recreation passport” system to cover state forest campgrounds and non-motorized trails and pathways. R VIEW: The recreation passport system has proven to be an innovative and effective way to raise funds ...

2 US men arrested on gay cruise in Caribbean
msnbc.com
Don't miss these Travel stories YouTube Video of toddler's airport pat-down goes viral A recently-posted video of a 3-year-old boy — wearing a cast and sitting in a wheelchair — shows a TSA officer performing a pat-down at a Chicago-area airport and ...

North Dakota Tourist Town Mayor Has To Wait To Hang
Huffington Post
03/22/12 10:05 AM ET AP MEDORA, ND -- The mayor of the southwest North Dakota tourist town of Medora is seeking permission for a hanging, and he is sticking his neck out and volunteering to be the first to go to the gallows. Mayor Doug Ellison wants to ...

EU to impose travel, shopping ban on Assad's wife
Reuters
By Justyna Pawlak | BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union states are set to ban Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's wife Asma from travel to and shopping in the EU, diplomats said, cranking up pressure on his government to end a bloody crackdown on ...

Foreign visitors to US hit record in 2011
Reuters
Foreign visitors spent a record $153 billion in 2011 on US travel and tourism-related goods and services, up from more than $130 billion the year before, the statement said. Canada was by far the No. 1 source for foreign visitors at 21 million, ...

Allegiant Announces Nonstop, Low-Cost Flights Between Hagerstown, MD and Orlando
MarketWatch (press release)
The company, known for its exceptional travel deals, will introduce the new service with fares as low as $59.99* one way. "We're pleased to bring affordable and convenient travel options to Hagerstown," Andrew C. Levy, Allegiant Travel Company ...

EU to slap travel, assets freeze on Assad's wife: Diplomats
Times of India
BRUSSELS: The European Union is set to slap a travel ban and assets freeze on President Bashar al-Assad's wife Asma and other members of his family, EU diplomats told AFP on Thursday. Asma al-Assad is on a list of 12 people, including a handful of the ...

French tourist missing after reef snorkelling trip
ABC Online
Authorities in far north Queensland are searching for a French tourist who went missing during a snorkelling trip on the Great Barrier Reef. Police say the 71-year-old man was last seen just before 11.30am (AEST) at Hastings Reef, 25 nautical miles ...

Making America a Top Tourist Destination: Commerce and Interior ...
By John Bryson and Ken Salazar
As we search for ways to grow our nation's economy, we must not overlook the travel andtourism industry as a source for economic opportunity. According to data released by the Commerce Department earlier today, tourism spending ...

Scripps Networks Interactive To Buy Travel Channel International In ...
By NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Scripps Networks Interactive Inc. (NYSE: SNI) today reached an agreement to acquire Travel Channel International Limited (TCI), an independent company headquartered in the United Kingdom that distributes the Travel ...
Deadline.com

Exclusive: Passport Issues Prevent DMX's German Tour | AllHipHop ...
By Tim Sanchez
The Yonkers-bred DMX isn't cleared to go overseas due to passport complications, AllHipHop has learned exclusively. DMX's publicist Domenick Nati told AllHipHop.com, “The team is doing everything we can to make an international tour ...
AllHipHop.com
5 Travel Costs To Avoid On A Road Trip | Bankrate.com
A road trip can be costly, but steer clear of these travel costs when you hit the interstate. ...Thousands of Americans will hit the road over the next few weeks to travel as their children are out of school for spring break. Even more will find ...
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Environmental Economics: Post-vacation NCAA Bracket update
By Tim Haab
We took the family on a vacation to Puerto Morelos, Mexico and I had far less internet access (and desire) than I had planned. Did some swimming, some snorkeling (on the second largest reef system in the world), some eating and 'some' ...
Environmental Economics

Space Travel is Risky—Just Ask Your Eyeballs | 80beats | Discover ...
By Sarah Zhang
Flattened eye of the astronaut. Without gravity pulling down on fluids in their bodies, astronauts' faces get puffy and congested. This Charlie Brown effect—so named for the cartoonishly round faces—may be responsible for amusing anecdotes ...
80beats

Longreads introduces curated travel reading with Travelreads ...
By Meg Nesterov
travel reading homepage travelteads Thanks to the Internet, social media and our various smartphones and e-readers, you no longer have to rely on the airport newsstand's collection of John Grisham novels for travel reading. You can browse ...
Gadling

The Morning Briefing: Struggling tourism, mass cancellations, global ...
By Charlie Osborne
As the country sheds its past image as an isolated military dictatorship and taboo traveldestination, it is becoming a new global hotspot — topping tourism lists as the must-see place to visit in 2012. However, is it coping? 4.) State Tourism Office expects economic boost from 'Hunger Games' fans. North Carolina is ... Italian hostage crisis sparks mass touristcancellations in Odisha. Odisha's infant tourism industry is in turmoil following a rush of mass cancellations in the aftermath of the ...
Smart Takes | SmartPlanet

Record-high tourism to Finland in summer 2011 - Good News from ...
Record-high tourism to Finland in summer 2011. visitfinland/krista keltanen The number of foreign visitors to Finland increased by almost a fifth in the summer of 2011 compared to the previous year. Between May and October 2011, a total of ...
Good News From Finland - Home

Wisconsin Tourism Industry loses thousands of jobs in 2011, now at ...
By Badger Democracy
The US Department of Commerce released data on Wednesday showing the nation's Traveland Tourism Industry benefited from a 3.5% increase in spending in 2011, creating over 103000 new jobs – an increase in 1.5%. Data from the ...
Badger Democracy

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