Thursday, May 17, 2012

Bookings for summer travel to Greece are falling

Greece tourism shaken by currency questions, political woes
The Seattle Times
Bookings for summer travel to Greece are falling, and European travel companies are nervously preparing for possible Greek exit from eurozone. By frank Jordans The Associated Press Greece is not going to drop the Euro for an unstable and soon to be ...

Leading European travel companies prepare for possible Greek exit from eurozone
Washington Post
“We believe there are positives and negatives for the travel industry in the event that Greece were to leave the Euro,” it said. The economic and political turmoil in Greece has already hit bookings for this summer, with Greek tourism officials earlier ...

More Americans plan to travel this summer, surveys say
Los Angeles Times
An annual survey by the American Automobile Assn. released Tuesday predicted that 34.8 million Americans will travel by all modes at least 50 miles from home during the holiday weekend, a 1.2% increase over last year. Above, Memorial Day weekend ...

Los Angeles Times 

AAA projects a 1.2% rise in Memorial Day travel
While gas prices have fallen over the last month, comparatively high prices during the spring prompted many people to cut their travel budgets, AAA Southern New England said. The organization projects 34.8 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more ...

Dissident Chen Should Have Passport Soon Under China Rules
San Francisco Chronicle
Chen, a self-taught lawyer and prominent opponent of forced abortions under China's one-child policy, applied for a travel document on May 6. Under Chinese regulations, he should be issued a passport within 15 days of his petition, ...

Chen applies for passport in bid to study in US
CBS News
(AP) BEIJING - A blind Chinese activist who sparked a diplomatic crisis by fleeing into the US Embassy last month filled out a Chinese passport application and posed for a photo Wednesday, moving forward in his bid to study in the United States.

CBS News

Chinese Dissident Submits Passport Application
Voice of America (blog)
Blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng says he and his family have filled out passportapplication forms, and says Chinese authorities tell him travel documents should be issued by the end of the month. Chen spoke Wednesday to VOA's Mandarin service ...

More Americans plan on summer travel, surveys say
Kansas City Star
By HUGO MARTIN Americans plan to travel in slightly higher numbers this summer, according to surveys, starting with the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. But many will hold the line on spending for items such as hotel stays and entertainment because of ...

Travel Insured Urges Travelers to Invest in Summer 2012 Travel Coverage due to ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)
With Summer 2012 travel quickly approaching, and disposable incomes rising, Travel Insured International advises travelers not to overlook purchasing a travel insurance policy in order to protect their travel investments. East Hartford, CT (PRWEB) May ...

Memorial Day travel expected to increase from last year
Gainesville Sun
By Jon Silman More Americans will travel during the Memorial Day than the same time last year, according to a AAA survey of intended travelers, but driving distances are expected to be shorter as motorists cut costs in any way they can.

Global Travel Community Triptrotting Adds Local Activities and Events in ...
MarketWatch (press release)
Triptrotting enhances the travel experience beyond the traditional tourist path by connecting travelers with locals and providing locals the opportunity to socialize with travelers in their own city. Featuring a proprietary matching algorithm developed ...

Summer travel slump? Don't tell local tourism officials
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Tourism officials remain buoyed by expectations that summer travel to attractions in Manatee and Sarasota counties such as Siesta Key, below, will mirror the recent past. By Kevin McQuaid The number of Americans planning vacations during the coming ...

Tibet Travel Coop Introduces Local Kham Tour With Homestay
Seattle Post Intelligencer
Tibet Travel Coop (TTC) is a collection of Tibetan-owned agencies, tour guides, cooks, drivers and other travel personnel. The coop focuses on sustainable practice, responsible tourism, and keeping local business in the hands of Tibetans.

Travel Increase Predicted for Memorial Day 2012
ABC News
The number of Memorial Day vacationers to travel more than 50 miles from home is expected to increase by 1.2 percent in 2012, according to an annual survey from the automobile group AAA. As is typical, the number of people expected to travel by car far ...

ABC News

Zoosk's Summer Travel Survey Finds That Couples Say "Vacation Sex" Is Better
MarketWatch (press release)
SAN FRANCISCO, May 16, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- As many Americans start to make their summer vacation plans,, the romantic social network, recently commissioned a survey of 1529 Americans to gather their thoughts about travel and ...

Moon Travel Guides Offers Road Trip USA Giveaway
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)
To help travelers get ready to hit the road, Moon Travel Guides is offering a fun giveaway for several road trip inspired prizes, including a $500 gas card. Berkeley, CA (PRWEB) May 16, 2012 Everybody knows that summer is road trip season, ...

An Expensive Vacation From Hell
The Atlantic
By Ta-Nehisi Coates Alessandra Stanley piece on the vacation she took with her daughter is getting battered in the Times comments, but I loved it. I thought the writing was beautiful, and the voice pitch perfect: On our third day of so-so meals, ...

Will Atlanta's new international terminal measure up?
While we wait for international travelers to test Atlanta's newest terminal, we asked noted architects, airport operations executives and other travel industry experts to share what they look for in a world-class airport's design and features.

Koyuki Higashi/AFP
New York Daily News
Despite their having no legal status, same sex couples are able to hold fairytale wedding ceremonies at hotels inside the popular Tokyo Disney Resort, including at the Cinderella Castle, a company spokeswoman said Tuesday. News of the unions came to ...

New York Daily News

Saudi travel firm Al-Tayyar IPO seen pricing at top end
* To raise up to 1.37 bln riyals from 30 pct IPO sale * Institutional portion oversubscribed nearly 5 times * Share price range set at 45-57 riyals * Listing seen early June * Saudi IPO sector showing signs of revival By Dinesh Nair DUBAI, ...

All Leisure Group PLC Acquisition of Page & Moy Travel Group Limited
Wall Street Journal
All Leisure group PLC ("All Leisure", the "Company" or the "Group") is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement with the shareholders of Page & Moy Travel Group Limited ("Page & Moy Travel Group") to acquire, on a debt free basis, ...

Summer travel rates expected to stay flat
San Antonio Express
AP Tourism experts say cheaper gas won't be enough to spur much of an increase in road trips this summer. Traffic jams like this have more to do with commuting than vacations, experts say. NEW YORK — Cheaper gas won't be enough to get many more ...

"Nearcations": A New Trend in Summer Travel
MarketWatch (press release)
As families begin to make their summer vacation plans, saving money and maximizing value have taken on greater importance given these rising prices. For Great Wolf Lodge - the largest family of indoor water park resorts in the United States - an ...

Expedia Releases 2012 Flip Flop Report: Study Examines Beachgoer Behavior and ...
MarketWatch (press release)
BELLEVUE, WA, May 16, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) --, the world's largest online travel agency, today released the results of the 2012 Flip Flop Report, an analysis of behavior and preferences among beachgoers in North America, ...

Rise in travel signals uptick in economy
Dayton Daily News
Consumers in those higher income brackets are less likely to be impacted by fuel costs and unemployment than those who earn less, said Sandra Trottier, travel agent and office manager of AAA's downtown Dayton location.

Mandala Research to Support US National Travel and Tourism Strategy
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)
Washington, DC (PRWEB) May 16, 2012 Mandala Research will play a key role in advising and implementing the National Travel and Tourism Strategy announced jointly by the US Departments of Commerce and the Interior. The strategy was developed by the Task ...

Facebook Travel App Gogobot Hits 1 Million Registered Users
By Kate Freeman
Facebook social travel app Gogobot announced on Wednesday that it's reached 1 million registered users mark. ... Users can also create a “passport” listing places they've been and include reviews and recommendations of spots to visit. Create trip itineraries or search trips other users have shared to get a better perspective on things to do on your vacation. Gogobot also launched the latest version of its free app in the iTunes store for iPhone and iPod Touch. This latest version allows ...
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Travel Partners From Hell |
By Jessica Festa
For those debating whether to travel in a group or go solo, you'll want to read this. ... She constantly wanted to eat in nice restaurants, take guided tours, opt for fancy tourist buses and take taxis rather than the bus or subway. Not only did I not ...

Travel Photo Tips – PictureCorrect
By PictureCorrect Contributor
According to DSLR Traveler, getting some great photographs while travelling starts by making sure you are packing the right equipment. So find yourself a DSLR, a tripod, and a few extra batteries and sd cards and you're on your way.
PictureCorrect Photography Tips

Birthday Vacation in Mexico! « Kourtney Kardashian Official Website ...
By Kourtney
I had such an amazing birthday vacation in Mexico with family and friends! What could be better!? What I'm wearing: Black one piece: Vix bikini (DASH), Kardashian Kollection sunglasses, vintage hat, Hermes bangle. Mason is wearing: Ralph ...
Kourtney Kardashian Official...
International Air Travel Soaring - CNBC
Richard Anderson, Delta Air Lines CEO, discusses the expansion of international travel, and why his company is looking beyond the U.S. borders for big profits, ...

10 Travel Photography Tips
Use these tips to make the most of your vacation photos. Once you're home, how wonderful would it be to make a DVD of your travel photos and videos with ...

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