Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Cuba mulls scrapping hated travel restrictions

After 50 years, Cuba mulls scrapping hated travel restrictions, inspiring ...
Washington Post
HAVANA — Cuba appears close to a momentous decision to end a half-century of travel restrictions that have made it difficult to leave the Communist-run island, with one senior official saying a “radical and profound” change is weeks away.

Air travel not much fun anymore
Helena Independent Record
Local officials have done everything they can to combat long security lines and get passengers to the gates as quickly and painlessly as possible, and as Americans have become used to the “new normal” of air travel, the system works better than it used ... 

Campaign to encourage US tourism launches
Fox News
The print, web and video ads released today to promote US tourism were created by Brand USA, a partnership of government agencies and private companies.Brand USA How do you sell Times Square and the Grand Canyon? The Carolinas and California?

Virginia tourism giving prizes to visitors in May
Fox News
You might be able to win front-of-the-line passes to Busch Gardens in Virginia's May tourismsweepstakes.AP If you are thinking about taking a trip to Virginia this Spring, this might be your incentive to start booking now. Virginia tourism officials ...

SF tourism industry prepares for eventful summer
San Francisco Chronicle
"No one can remember having this many world-class, globally recognized events in one city," said Matt Stiker, chief marketing officer of the San Francisco Travel Association, a trade group. "It's unheard of." Hotel reservations have been coming in at a ...

Cruise travel agents coming from ranks of the retired
Kansas City Star
"We like to travel and we've been on quite a few cruises." They bought a Cruise Planners/American Express franchise in November and have focused on selling cruise vacations since then, spending 12-14 hours a day on average in front of the computer.

Wildfires threaten remote Texas resort
USA TODAY
Former volunteer fire chief Kelly Bryan says no injuries or structural losses were reported late Monday in the fires at the remote Davis Mountain Resort, 175 miles southeast of El Paso. Texas Forest Service spokeswoman April Saginor says a 10000 acre ...

Are passport control queues the result of government cuts?
The Guardian
The government yesterday acknowledged that passport control waiting times are in some cases too slow, blaming the recent bad weather for disruption at Heathrow. But the unions and Labour say that cuts to the UKBA is also contributing to the problem.

The Guardian

Wyndham Vacation Rentals Announces Savings in Honor of Mother's Day
MarketWatch (press release)
PARSIPPANY, NJ, May 01, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Wyndham Vacation Rentals, the world's largest professionally managed vacation rentals business and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE:WYN) , announced today a Mother's Day deal ...

And the winner of 'best travel site' is...
USA TODAY
(Other nominees included Hipmunk.com, Jetsetter.com, TripAdvisor.com and Trippy.com). Kayak also nabbed the People's Voice Award for "best travel app," while FlightBoard won the Webby Award in the same category. In the "best tourism website" category, ...

Heathrow Passport Delay Times Exaggerated, U.K. Minister Says
Bloomberg
Reports that air travelers have been waiting for many hours to pass through passport control at London's Heathrow Airport are exaggerated, though there are still too many delays, Britain's immigration minister said. “The vast majority of passengers ...

The American Club Resort Hotel Completes Multi-Phase Renovation to Guest Rooms ...
MarketWatch (press release)
Forbes Five-Star Resort enhances guest experience and showcases newest Kohler Co. bath and interiors collections KOHLER, Wis., May 01, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Kohler Co. announces the completion of an extensive, multi-phase hotel renovation project ...

Lakeway Resort and Spa Receives AAA's Prestigious Four Diamond Award
MarketWatch (press release)
AUSTIN, Texas, May 1, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- For the first time, Lakeway Resort and Spa received AAA's coveted Four Diamond Award. The Austin resort was chosen as a premier establishment by AAA's professional inspectors, the hospitality ...

David Cameron summons Theresa May to No. 10 to explain Heathrow chaos
Telegraph.co.uk
By Rowena Mason The Prime Minister had a one-to-one "update" with Theresa May, after it emerged travellers have been forced to wait for up to 90 minutes forpassport checks at the London airport. Asked whether the Prime Minister has confidence in Mrs ...

Telegraph.co.uk

Travel Channel and Gaiam Release "Sand Masters Season 1" on DVD
Sacramento Bee
By Gaiam, Inc. NEW YORK, May 1, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Gaiam, Inc., a leading producer of lifestyle media, announced today the DVD release of Travel Channel's Sand Masters Season 1 under its exclusive home video license agreement with Travel Channel.

Frommer's Interactive Travel Guides Available for iPhone and iPad
Mashable
Frommer's, the market leader in travel guides, and Inkling, the publisher behind interactive digital textbooks, have launched Monday what they call “the first-ever truly interactive travelguides for iPhone and iPad.” They're Frommer's traditional “Day ...

Virginia launches new tourism sweepstakes
Richmond Times Dispatch
Virginia will launch a tourism sweepstakes today with the aim of attracting a million visitors to the state's tourism website by the end of the month. The state's Share the Love: Be One in a Million Vacation Sweepstakes will offer up to 55 prizes, ...

Inkling's travel guide app: a world of advantages
San Francisco Chronicle
To the list of industries being remade by the iPad, we may now add the humble travel guide. Until now, researching a trip abroad has typically involved schlepping to a store, plunking down $30 for a paperback, and dog-earing its pages while scribbling ...

Overseas Adventure Travel Concurs with Older Americans Month 2012 Theme ...
MarketWatch (press release)
BOSTON, May 1, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- As the US celebrates Older Americans Month, beginning today, with the theme, "Never Too Old To Play," Alan E. Lewis, Chairman and CEO of Overseas Adventure Travel, offers the following insights into the ...

Heathrow delays: how was it for you?
Telegraph.co.uk
Immigration Minister Damian Green has admitted there are problems at passportcontrol at Heathrow as BA chief Willy Walsh claims the system is in chaos. Telegraph readers have written in with their own experiences: I arrived at Heathrow @ 07:20 on 10th ...

Telegraph.co.uk
Heathrow to raise landing fees to pay for more border staff
The Guardian
Airport authorities are drawing up a plan to sort out Heathrow's passport chaos by levying higher landing fees to fund more border staff, in a move that is believed to have the backing of David Cameron. Willie Walsh, the chief executive of ...

The Guardian

Tourism season heating up on Route 66
The Rolla Daily News
Route 66 tourism also is big business each spring, summer and fall for communities along the former highway. The Carthage (Mo.) Convention and Visitors Bureau is planning a TravelWorkers Rally on May 8 at the historic Boots Motel.

Tourism much more than motel nights
Omaha World-Herald
By Joe Duggan LINCOLN — Measuring efforts to boost Nebraska's $4 billion tourism industry should involve more than tracking motel occupancy, Gov. Dave Heineman said Monday. During a press conference to declare Saturday the start of “See Nebraska Week ...

UK Border at full alert so immigration checks are taking longer
USA TODAY (blog)
The Immigration Minister – Damian Green – was called before the House of Commons on Monday to explain and make an emergency statement. “Border Force will ensure that all immigration desks at Heathrow and other key ports and airports in the South East ...

Desire Pearl Resort and Spa, Mexico - Clothing Optional / AuNaturel Resort in ...
Albany Times Union
Go Classy Tours attends Desire Pearl Resort & Spa Grand Opening of the Newest Clothing Optional Resort in Mexico. Go Classy is the Original Nudist Travel Agent Leaders in Au NaturelTravel. Sellers of Travel for over Forty-Five years offering the ...

Marijuana tourism in the Netherlands takes a hit, draws protest with new ...
National Post
Some 14 other coffee shops in the popular tourist city kept their doors closed in protest. “We prefer to smoke a joint,” one customer, a 25-year-old woman from Liege in Belgium told AFP as she left Joseman's shop, adding: “If we can't do it legally in ...

National Post
HelloGiggles – Dream A Little Dream Vacation
By Stephanie Spitler
Whether you're a seasoned traveler with pages of stamps in your passport, or someone who's never left the state, it's important to have a place to dream about and plan for. For me, having that ultimate destination floating around in my head ...
HelloGiggles

My 55 best travel tips | The Everywhereist
By Everywhereist
Not just because the year is zipping by, and I'm wondering how I squandered away all that time with so little to show for it (Whither the sample chapter of the great American travel memoir, Everywhereist? Whither the clean ...
The Everywhereist

Awe-Inspiring 5 Star Resort Surrounded By White Sand Beaches ...
By Ada Teicu
Labriz Silhouette Seychelles 2 Awe Inspiring 5 Star Resort Surrounded By White Sand Beaches. In our search for the most beautiful resorts, we came across the Labriz Silhouette Seychelles – a 5 star collection of pavilions surrounded by the ...
Freshome.com

Sacramento Considering Higher Tourist Tax « CBS Sacramento
By snelsonkovr
Right now, tourists staying in Sacramento hotels pay a flat rate of $1.50 in tourism tax, but soon that could all change. Every year ... The tourist tax will be addressed at Tuesday's City Council meeting and could go into effect July 1. Share this ...
CBS Sacramento

World Travel Awards VIP Gala in Dubai Middle East's leading travel ...
By Linda
DUBAI, UAE - The Middle East's leading travel brands have shared top honors at a VIP gala ceremony hosted by World Travel Awards (WTA) at Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa, Dubai on April 30, 2012. A packed delegation of VIPs, senior tourism ...
eTurboNews - Independent and...

Egypt tourism to hit pre-revolution levels this year, says minister ...
Egypt's tourism minister , Mounir Fakhry AbdelNour has aid the number of tourists is expected to rebound this year to pre-revolution levels of 14.5 million, after slumping in 2011 following the...
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Virginia.org Kicks Off Summer Season With Vacation Sweepstakes ...
By blueshorts1067
Virginia tourism officials are hoping to draw 1 million visitors to the state's website in May, and they're giving away bigger prizes as they get closer to that goal.
CBS DC

Top Travel Destinations For Canadians
But where do we travel to the most? Hotels.com® has uncovered exactly where in the world Canadians are going to indulge their international travel desires.
www.huffingtonpost.ca/.../top-travel-destinations-f_n_146733...

Top Movie Vacation Spots - Rotten Tomatoes
Begin the Top Movie Vacation Spots guide! Watch a movie and for just a ... Today , let Rotten Tomatoes serve as your global travel guide. We present to you 10 ...
www.rottentomatoes.com/m/lost.../top_movie_vacation_spots/

Unionists pan 'leprechauns and donkeys' all-Ireland tourism ...
An all-Ireland tourism bid to encourage the Irish Diaspora to return home relies too heavily on leprechauns and donkeys and does not deserve Stormont support, ...
www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/.../unionists-pan-leprechauns-and-...

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