Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Travel concierge services are on the rise

Travel concierge services are on the rise
By Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY Ed Nawotka can't stand being put on hold when he's making travel arrangements. So he's decided to pay someone to do it for him. Nawotka, a Houston resident, uses MyAssist, a personal concierge company specializing in travel. . .


Wyndham Vacation Rentals Offers Savings on Breckenridge Lodging for Recently ...
MarketWatch (press release)
BRECKENRIDGE, CO, Mar 20, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- ResortQuest(R) by Wyndham Vacation Rentals is offering a special lodging deal for spring skiers in Breckenridge, Colo. Responding to the recent announcement that Breckenridge Ski Resort would ...

Vacation Myrtle Beach Resorts Named Top Kid-Friendly Hotels in Myrtle Beach
Sacramento Bee
By MYRTLE BEACH, SC, March 20, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- VacationMyrtle Beach has three of the best Kid-Friendly Hotels in Myrtle Beach! Three Vacation Myrtle Beach resorts were ranked in the top 4 Best Kid-Friendly Hotels in ...

NJ's Revel casino breaks rules opening to ocean
Revel, the casino-resort opening April 2 in Atlantic City, breaks all the old casino rules. The smoke-free resort embraces the ocean rather than turning its back on it, the way many of its competitors do. It makes more use of sunlight and sweeping ...

Travel writer details saga of young outlaw
San Francisco Chronicle
(03-20) 08:05 PDT , (AP) -- "The Barefoot Bandit: The True Tale of Colton Harris-Moore, New American Outlaw" (Hyperion), by Bob Friel: It's not often that a travel and adventure writer who hopscotches the globe for good stories stumbles upon a riveting ...

Canceling vacation plans
The income paid for a week-long vacation for me and my wife, plus more. In 2011, that rate dropped down to 0.15%. It's ridiculous! I took everything out of CDs at the beginning of this year when my bank closed (another unfortunate sign of the times), ...

Europe Online Travel Report 2012
MarketWatch (press release)
In its latest "Europe Online Travel Report 2012" Hamburg-based secondary market research firm analyzes the European online travel market. In addition to the total European market, the report covers the largest markets Great Britain, ...

Western Digital My Passport Portable Hard Drives Feature SmartWare Backup
Data storage specialist Western Digital (WD) announced the next generation of its My Passportstorage drives with a range of capacities beginning from 500 gigabytes (GB) and topping out at an industry-first 2 terabytes (TB).

Puerto Vallarta Resort Offers New Getaway Choices for Leisure Travelers
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)
Escape to sunny Puerto Vallarta and the CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa with a new vacation package to relax and rejuvenate. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (PRWEB) March 20, 2012 April is Stress Awareness Month. For those that constantly ...

$6.1 million "Clean & Safe" plan launched in Atlantic City
Philadelphia Inquirer
Central to the strategy was creation of an Atlantic City tourism district whose day-to-day operation - everything from policing to trash removal - was outside the jurisdiction of local government in the cash-strapped resort. "A clean and safe Atlantic ...

Three people dead in separate ski accidents at California resorts
Los Angeles Times
On Monday, a 20-year-old Sugar Bowl ski resort employee was killed when he fell into a tree well while snowboarding with friends on a double-black diamond, or expert, run, authorities said. Placer County sheriff's deputies said the accident occurred ...

Travel and Tourism in Brazil, Key Trends and Opportunities to 2016: Hosting of ...
MarketWatch (press release)
Brazil's travel and tourism industry is expected to contribute 3.3% to national GDP in 2011, and account for 2.9% of the country's total employment. During the review period, tourist volume increased from 156 million in 2006 to 197.7 million in 2010, ...

Hotwire Reveals March 2012 Travel Savings Indicator
MarketWatch (press release)
SAN FRANCISCO, March 20, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --®, a leading discount travel site, today released the March 2012 Hotwire® Travel Savings Indicator, which features the top five cities in North America where hotel, air and car rental ...

British tourist killings: Portraits of the victims
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
A passport and his favorite hat were placed on top of his casket. Turquoise water lapping a tranquil shore was painted on the side. Kouzaris' passion was traveling the world and meeting new people, and his infectious personality and adventurous spirit ...

Travel and Tourism in China, Key Trends and Opportunities to 2016: Tourism ...
MarketWatch (press release)
In terms of global inbound tourist volume, China is the world's third most attractive travel andtourism destination, behind the US and France. According to the UN's World TourismOrganization (UNWTO), China's travel and tourism industry contributed ...

Ashton Kutcher set for space travel
CBS News
What's the price tag for a vacation in space? Tickets for a seat aboard Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo rocket plane start at $200000. There's no word on when Kutcher will achieve liftoff. Virgin Galactic is in the final stages of its test flight ...

CBS News

Ashton Kutcher set to travel into space on Virgin Galactic
New York Daily News
By Joyce Chen / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS The "Two and a Half Men" star has officially signed up to take a trip up into space, Virgin Galactic's billionaire founder, Richard Branson, announced in a blog post Monday. "I gave Ashton a quick call to...

New York Daily News

Goodbye maps, hello apps: Planning travel on the go
London (CNN) -- Apps -- those bite-sized portals to mass information and services -- have not only revolutionized the way we communicate, but also how we travel and how we maximize our time on the road. Tom Dunmore, creative director at Mediablaze, ...

NI tourism focus as leaders meet US president
BBC News
It is essentially boiling down to tourism and investment. This is a maturing relationship in a very positive sense” In the evening, the US President is to host a dinner at the White House. ABC's London correspondent Tom Rivers said the visit reflected ...

BBC News

Tennessee tourist who brought gun to NYC pleads guilty to misdemeanor, spared ...
Washington Post
NEW YORK — A Tennessee woman arrested for bringing her gun along on a visit to New York City has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge. Meredith Graves was spared jail time under the plea deal. Graves, a registered nurse from Knoxville, Tenn., ...

Cooking class gains popularity as vacation activity
Atlanta Journal Constitution
From cruise ships to resort hotels, cooking classes are joining spa treatments and zip line adventures as popular vacation activities. Joe Carlin, associate editor of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America, has sought out cooking classes ...

Media scrubs Malia Obama vacation story
Politico (blog)
By DYLAN BYERS | The AFP, the Huffington Post and other websites have scrubbed a report about first daughter Malia Obama's Spring Break vacation. On Monday, the AFP reported that Obama's daughter was vacationing abroad, along with a number of friends ...

Politico (blog) Books Three Millionth Round
MarketWatch (press release)
MYRTLE BEACH, SC, March 20, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Representatives of BrittainResort Management (BRM) have announced that their golf portal site,, booked its three millionth round of golf on March 13, 2012.

Tourism Offers Big Economic Benefit
Brigety spoke March 16 in Washington at the fifth annual meeting of the Africa TravelAssociation, an industry group that promotes travel, tourism and transport to and within Africa. Citing sub-Saharan Africa's yearly growth rates of 5 percent to 6 ...

JetBlue, Southwest roll out spring fare sales
Book today for travel through June 20. Dates vary by route, but -- in most markets -- are available every day except Friday and Sunday. A 7-day advance purchase is required, and sale fares are available only at

More Social Travel: Tripbirds Picks Up $740k From Path's Dave ...
By Ingrid Lunden
On the heels of last week's announcement of “social” hostel booking site picking up a $1.2m seed round, another social travel site is launching today: Tripbirds, which lets users pick up travel recommendations from friends via other ...

Travel magazines target the 1% |
By Dave Seminara
I like to indulge in the fantasy world of glossy travel magazines as much as anyone else. But I've always disliked how many of these publications cater to sybarites who stay in hotels that charge more for one night than most people pay in a ...

Preparing For Family Travel | Hello Beautiful
By Renee Jones
Preparing For Family Travel. Written by Renee Jones on March 19, 2012 6:30 pm ... you're supposed to be relaxing and having fun. So please, raise your glass of wine to a fun, relaxing family vacation. I know I am! Don't Sweat The Small Stuff ...
Hello Beautiful

5 Travel Apps To Ease Stress Of Flying « CBS Boston
By miketoole
BOSTON (CBS) – Going on vacation is supposed to be relaxing, but air travel can be anything but. Crowded flights, delays that make connections nearly impossible and let's not forget the weather, they are all inevitable for frequent fliers and ...
CBS Boston

Meredith Graves, Tourist Who Brought Gun To World Trade Center ...
By The Huffington Post News Editors
Gun World Trade Center Tourist. NEW YORK -- A Tennessee woman arrested for bringing her gun along on a visit to New York City has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge. Meredith Graves was spared jail time under the plea deal.
The Huffington Post | Full News Feed

ASEAN experts meet in Cambodia to boost tourism cooperation ...
Tourism experts from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) gathered here on Tuesday to discuss ways to boost tourism cooperation in order to turn the bloc as a world-classtourist destination by 2015, said a senior Cambodian ... - Breaking News

Travel Kit - Travel tips from a Hollywood location scout
By Rachel Mosely
Movie scout Lori Balton, the woman behind some of the most travel-inspiring settings ever seen on film, shares her tricks of the trade. (Rule No. 1: It's OK to get lost!) Q. What's your starting point when you search for a film location?Lori Balton: I ...
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Moscow aims to ramp up tourism with new website — RT
As fantastically vibrant and interesting as it can be, Moscow is still trying to break into the international tourism ratings. To speed the process, the city's authorities have launched an expensive new ad campaign.
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What is a Travel Visa?
I can attest: Very few sights are as beautiful as a pristine travel visa occupying a page inside of a passport; it means you are going someplace new! A travel visa is worth tiptoeing through the web of international bureaucracy to obtain. Asia Travel

Travel Tuesday: Summer's Biggest Music Festival! | Black and ...
By Kirstin Fuller
The most popular music festival of the summer (in the U.S.) is back with another phenomenal lineup of events and performers. The Big Easy, New Orleans, is host the Essence Music Festival from July 6th-8th.
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