Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Soneva Kiri Resort is an eco haven nestled in the Thai jungle

Retreat to Paradise at the Soneva Kiri Resort Deep in the Thai ...
By Helen Morgan
Six Senses Soneva Kiri Resort is an eco haven nestled in the Thai jungle which SCGH Chief Sustainability Officer Jennifer Schwab explored for her piece No Shoes, No News.

Vacation Trips May Shrink as Gasoline Price Climbs, AAA Reports
By Katarzyna Klimasinska on March 27, 2012 Rising US gasoline prices will probably prompt Americans to visit tourist sites closer to home and limit their itineraries, travel adviser AAA said. Mark Brown, executive vice president for the non-profit ...

Somali Officials Detain British Passport Holder
Voice of America
March 27, 2012 Somali Officials Detain British Passport Holder VOA News Somali officials said they have detained a British passport holder who said he was traveling to an al-Shabab-held town to take part in "Islamic operations.

Boy, 9, Can Pursue Israel Passport Case, US Supreme Court Rules
By Stephanie Rabiner, Esq. at Nine-year-old Menachem Zivotofsky can pursue his Israel passport case, according to the US Supreme Court. The boy was born in Jerusalem, but as has been the case for decades, the State Department refuses to ...

Analyst: Michigan Tourism Spending Up 8 Percent
(AP) — Tourism spending in Michigan rose in 2011 for the second consecutive year, a trend likely to continue as an improving economy trumps concerns about higher gasoline prices, analysts said Tuesday. A steady increase in visits from out-of-state ...

Tourism campaign taps into Ohio's first casino
CBS News
"This is a pivotal time in our community," said Len Komoroski, president of the NBA Cleveland Cavaliers and chairman of the Positively Cleveland travel-tourism agency. Agency leaders outlined a series of initiatives, including making it easier for ...

Michigan travel spending jumped 7.8% in 2011
Detroit Free Press
Pure Michigan By Ellen Creager Finally, the mojo is returning to the state's $17 billion tourismindustry. After a near-decade-long swoon, travel spending in the state jumped 7.8% last year – partly due to Michigan's hot “Pure Michigan” branding and ...

Justices push Jerusalem passport case to lower court
Los Angeles Times
The case involves a boy born in Jerusalem whose parents want his passport to list 'Israel' as his birthplace, in conflict with US policy. The Supreme Court ruled that courts have the power to decide whether Congress can order that passports for US ...

Top Travel Insurance Tips for a Stress Free Easter Getaway
MarketWatch (press release)
Bob Atkinson, travel expert at MoneySupermarket, said: "For those fortunate enough to be jetting away this Easter, having the right travel insurance in place is essential to ensure peace of mind whilst away from home.

Higher gasoline prices could stem travel plans
(Reuters) - Rising gasoline prices in the United States could lead business and leisure travelers to cut back on travel plans, which in turn could have implications for airlines, hotels and retailers, a survey found. A survey of some 2500 people by the ...

Syria bans foreign travel for men under age 42
San Francisco Chronicle
Amman, Jordan -- The Syrian government, unable to quell an armed rebellion despite overwhelming firepower, issued new travel restrictions Monday for military-aged males as fighting continued across the country, especially in Homs, Syria's third largest ...

Higher gasoline prices could stem travel plans-survey
Summer travelers could limit spending * New airfare increase set March 27 (Reuters) - Rising gasoline prices in the United States could lead business and leisure travelers to cut back ontravel plans, which in turn could have implications for airlines, ...

Embassy Suites Hotels' Fourth Annual Business Travel Survey Reveals 2012 ...
MarketWatch (press release)
MCLEAN, Va., Mar 27, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Embassy Suites Hotels announced today the results of its fourth annual Business Travel Survey*, a yearly pulse of the business travelcommunity, which reveals the current state of business travel and what ...

The Newest Travel Must-Have: Starwood's SPG App
The new mobile app provides the landscape for users to cover every travelessential in the palm of their hand, taking travel “booking-to-go” to the next level. The app is designed to make booking as easy as possible, with every tidbit of information ...


Michigan projected to see 6% increase in tourism spending
The Detroit News
By The Detroit News Michigan is poised for a 6 percent increase in tourism spending this year, which is good news for tourist destinations such as Mackinac Island. (John L. Russell / Special to the Detroit News) Michigan's $17 billion tourism industry ...

SF tourism bounces back as economy recovers
San Francisco Chronicle
Is San Francisco golden? The city's tourism industry says yes. The number of people who visited San Francisco last year was up 3 percent from 2010, according to the San FranciscoTravel Association. More than 16 million people came to the city in 2011 ...

New Casino Gets License
Wall Street Journal
AP ATLANTIC CITY—Revel, the $2.4 billion Atlantic City casino resort that almost didn't get built, cleared its final major hurdle on Monday. The New Jersey Casino Control Commission approved a casino license for the resort, which will become the city ...

Show me the money: Michigan tourism industry optimistic for 2012
Kalamazoo Gazette -
Detroit saw a 10 percent increase in hotel occupancy, the highest increase among the 25 largest US markets, according to Smith Travel Research. Tourism highway traffic counts were actually down 2 percent in 2011, despite higher hotel occupancy.

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New Orleans tourism breaks record in 2011
By Michelle Krupa, The Times-Picayune Crediting an influx of marketing cash from oil giant BP, tourism officials on Monday said 2011 was a banner year for New Orleans, with 8.75 million visitors spending a record-breaking $5.47 billion.

City to rename tourism agency 'Choose Chicago'
Chicago Tribune
Chicago's main tourism agency will rebrand itself as "Choose Chicago" this year, convention officials were informed Tuesday morning. The new name will apply to the soon-to-be-merged operations of the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau and the city's ...

Egencia Announces Agreement to Acquire Leading Nordic Corporate Travel Company ...
MarketWatch (press release)
BELLEVUE, Wash., March 27, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Egencia, an Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ:EXPE) company, announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire VIA Travel, the largest travel management company in the Nordics.

TSA body scanners' apparent flaw raises airport security concerns
Chicago Tribune
"When people resort to the 'trust me' defense, I have the exact opposite reaction: You must have something to hide," he says. "The only people TSA is fooling are those who don't actually fly or those who don't actually care.

Rising Gas Prices Concern for Travelers, Travel Industry this Summer
MarketWatch (press release)
With the price of crude oil continuing to rise, travelers could alter vacation plans to control summer vacation costs and business travelers will travel less, according to a new survey by the US Travel Association. "If travelers are spending more on ...

Supreme Court half-answers Jerusalem passport question
Politico (blog)
"Resolution of [the] claim demands careful examination of the textual, structural, and historical evidence put forward by the parties regarding the nature of the statute and of the passport and recognition powers. This is what courts do.

After a near-decade-long swoon, travel spending in the state jumped 7.- 8:37 am
Detroit Free Press
Dear Amy: I am a professional woman in my 40s. I am happily married and have a wonderful daughter.- 12:40 am While I'm away, readers give the advice. On growing stronger through grief:- 12:40 am By Helene St. James The Red Wings' Gustav Nyquist scores ...

Tripadvisor Names Jenny Rushmore Director of Responsible Travel
MarketWatch (press release)
LONDON, March 27, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- TripAdvisor®, the world's largest travelsite, today announces the appointment of Jenny Rushmore to the position of director, responsible travel. In the newly-created role, Rushmore is charged with ...

Michigan's tourism industry to grow in 2012
MSU News
Tourism spending in Michigan jumped a surprising 8 percent in 2011 and should increase by a healthy 6 percent clip this year, reflecting the ongoing economic recovery, Michigan State University researchers said in their annual tourism report.

MSU News

Nature-inspired family holidays in Thailand at Faasai Resort and Spa
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)
Faasai Resort and Spa, an eco resort in Thailand is seeing growing demand for affordable, safe and child-friendly holidays in Thailand, especially from parents who want their children to grow up experiencing nature. To meet this demand the resort ...

Coca-Cola buys into Michigan tourism campaign
Detroit Free Press
That's the look for new advertising unveiled Monday at the Pure Michigan Governor's Conference on Tourism 2012 in Grand Rapids. The celebrated Pure Michigan campaign -- its fresh, iconic scenes and simple music, invented in 2006 -- is so hot that ...

Cele|bitchy » Blog Archive » William & Kate's vacation budget is ...
By Kaiser
Yes, Kate and William are on vacation (again!!), but it's different. They went to a ski resort in France, not Switzerland. And they went with Kate's parents, on the Middletons' dime, just like the vacation to Mustique just two months ago. Does that ...

'Guam: The New Maldives' and other Chinese tourism trends ...
By Jessica Marati
guam chinese tourism In 2012, trips originating from China will comprise an estimated 8 percent of total world travel. The China Tourism Academy estimates that 80 million Chinese residents will travel overseas, spending an estimated US$80 ...

Revel Resort in Atlantic City, N.J. Gets Casino License Approved ...
By Ed Fischer
(Revel's "sky garden," part of the oceanfront resort complex. Artist's rendering. (Revel's “sky ...The new Atlantic City resort got its casino license today from the New Jersey Casino Control Commission. The $24-billion complex at the north end ...
CBS Philly

Travel Tuesday: Montreal Jazz Festival Update! | Black and Married ...
By Kirstin Fuller
One of our favorite summer music festivals is coming! We brought you the news earlier this year that one of this year's festival headliners was none other than Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding. We thought we would update you on another ...
Black and Married With

travel gear for every destination | Design*Sponge
By Kate Pruitt
2012 is the year of travel for me, mostly to NYC to visit the ladies (and ride the library ladder!), but I also have trips scheduled to LA, Boston and Maine, among others. Before I began traveling so much, I had romantic notions of what it would be ...

Analyst: Michigan Tourism Spending Up 8 Percent « CBS Detroit
By mfusinski
Tourism spending in Michigan rose in 2011 for the second consecutive year, a trend likely to continue as an improving economy trumps concerns about higher gasoline prices, analysts said Tuesday.
CBS Detroit

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