Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Travel and Tourism News: Walt Disney World Resort Update

Walt Disney World Resort Update
USA TODAY (blog)
Construction work is proceeding quickly at Disney's Art of Animation Resort—so quickly, in fact, that the openings of the various phases has been pushed up quite a bit. Back in October, Disney announced the opening dates for the Art of Animation ...

Court: Judges can rule on passport law
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that the federal courts should decide whether a law that would allow Jerusalem-born Americans to list Israel as their birthplace on their US passport passes constitutional muster.

Gas cards return to boost tourism
Chicago Sun-Times
BY LAURA BLY March 26, 2012 11:08AM As climbing fuel prices threaten to put the brakes on spring and summer trips, some hotels and tourist attractions are returning to a familiar tactic to lure visitors: gas cards. The cards give guests credit to help ...

Snowmass Resort Undergoes Multi-Million Dollar Transformation in Preparation ...
MarketWatch (press release)
STAMFORD, Conn., Mar 26, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced the launch of a multi-million dollar renovation to a premier Snowmass resort in preparation for its re-opening under the Westin flag ...

U.S. Supreme Court Orders Trial in Case of 'Israel' on Passport
Bloomberg
The US Supreme Court (1000L) said a lower court should consider a suit filed under a law that lets Americans born in Jerusalem designate Israel as their place of birth on their passport. A trial judge and a federal appeals court barred a hearing in the ...

US Supreme Court Orders Trial in Case of 'Israel' on Passport
BusinessWeek
By Greg Stohr on March 26, 2012 The US Supreme Court (1000L) said a lower court should consider a suit filed under a law that lets Americans born in Jerusalem designate Israel as their place of birth on their passport. A trial judge and a federal ...

C3/CustomerContactChannels Announces New International Travel Client
MarketWatch (press release)
PLANTATION, Fla., March 26, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- C3/CustomerContactChannels ("C3"), a global provider of BPO services, is pleased to announce a new international travelclient. A major international company in the travel and hospitality ...

India Maoists free one Italian tourist
CNN
Claudio Colangelo was set free Sunday, but another Italian tourist, Bosusco Paolo, still remains in rebel custody, according to authorities in India's Orissa state where the two men were kidnapped almost two weeks ago. Orissa's Kandhamal District Chief ...

PayMeOn Announces Partnership with Azumano Travel
MarketWatch (press release)
OB - News) today announced a partnership between HLM PayMeOn (a wholly-owned subsidiary of MMAX, "PayMeOn") and Azumano Travel. As part of the agreement, Azumano will become a "premier" customer of the PayMeOn Merchant Profit Center platform.

Justices: Courts should decide whether Jerusalem-born Americans can list ...
Washington Post
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court said Monday that the federal courts are eminently capable of judging a law that would allow Jerusalem-born Americans to list Israel as their birthplace on their US passport. The justices, on an 8-1 judgment, overturned a ...

Make Cracking Savings on Easter Travel Money
MarketWatch (press release)
With the Easter holidays around the corner and many people preparing to jet off abroad, those who have left planning their travel money until the last minute can still make big savings on holiday cash without wasting money changing it at the airport.

Eyre Bus, Tour & Travel Becomes TSX Approved for Best-in-Class Safety Standards
MarketWatch (press release)
GLENELG, Md., March 26, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Eyre Bus, Tour & Travel is proud to announce that it has become TSX Approved as a safer motor carrier, having successfully completed the Transportation Safety Exchange Comprehensive Review ...

Family travel: LXR Hotels offers summer escapes at steep discounts
Boston.com (blog)
Shuffleboard games and beach front access are big selling points at the Sanibel Sunset BeachResort. Now that we're done with school vacations and Spring Break, it's time to start planning your summer travel. The kids will be out of school, ...

Taxes from A to Z: V Is For Vacation Home
Forbes
Every year that we go down there, I convince myself that I want a vacation home. And I know exactly what I want: a historic home in downtown Wilmington with a wrap around porch and enough outdoor space in the back to plant azaleas and roses and a dwarf ...

Forbes

Multi-generational and group travel an emerging trend
Boston.com (blog)
By Paul E. Kandarian, Globe Correspondent More and more, it's one big happy -- and multigenerational -- family when it comes to travel. Preferred Hotel Group recently conducted a study of the leisure traveler, analyzing more than 400 variables, ...

RHJ International Completes Divestment of Phoenix Resort KK to SEGA SAMMY ...
Reuters
Brussels, March 26, 2012 - RHJ International ("RHJI") has today successfully completed the divestment of its 100% ownership in Phoenix Resort KK ("Phoenix Seagaia Resort") to SEGA SAMMY HOLDINGS Inc. ("SEGA SAMMY") announced on February 23, 2012.

Travel dilemmas: Speak up, be proactive
Sacramento Bee
I was recently notified by email that our flights had been changed to include a stop, a change of planes and several hours of increased travel time on both legs of the trip. I called United and was given the option of a refund or of flying on United ...

Top Spots for Medical Tourism, No Matter What Supreme Court Rules On Obamacare
Forbes
That's because, whatever happens, the companies—which arrange foreign surgeries or other medical procedures at top-rated facilities (along with the travel, accommodations and the occasional tourism itinerary) with savings of up to 70 to 80% of what ...

Increase in Summer Bookings Means Increased Fun in the Sun for Top Rated ...
MarketWatch (press release)
Reservations for summer months at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort located near Destin, Florida are 15 percent over the same time last year. According to the South Walton TouristDevelopment Council annual report, the summer of 2011 was the highest bed ...

Iceland Is Hottest Airline Route as Tourism Attracts Easyjet
San Francisco Chronicle
March 26 (Bloomberg) -- When Kurt Sperling chose Iceland for a vacation off the beaten path, the American didn't expect his hotel to be thronged with visitors from around the world. "I was amazed at the number of people," said the 55-year- old ...

What's inflating your travel bills?
Times of India
Both flights and train rides have become more expensive, with the service tax hiked from 10% to 12% in case of air travel. Besides, for the first time, the service tax is set to be levied on traintravel by AC classes and first class.

RHJ International Completes Divestment of Phoenix Resort K.K. to SEGA SAMMY ...
MarketWatch (press release)
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM, Mar 26, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Brussels, March 26, 2012 - RHJ International ("RHJI") has today successfully completed the divestment of its 100% ownership in Phoenix Resort KK ("Phoenix Seagaia Resort") to SEGA SAMMY ...

Poemas del río Wang: Catastrophe tourism
By Studiolum
Catastrophe tourism. “The Elisabeth Bridge blown up” A found postcard. We willingly give it to him/her who would really appreciate it. The Elisabeth Bridge in Budapest was blown up on 18 January 1945 by the retreating German troops.
Poemas del río Wang

A Japan Photo per Day - Tokyo Tocho travel tip
By Muza-chan
Among them, the most spectacular (and the main tourist attraction) is the Main building Number One, the two towers skyscraper (243 meters tall, 48 floors, 2nd place in the Top 10 Tokyo Skyscrapers), here in the center of this photo. Its design ...
Muza-chan's Gate to Japan

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