Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Travel + Leisure's World's Best Hotels 2012

Travel + Leisure's World's Best Hotels 2012 (PHOTOS)
Huffington Post (blog)
The results of the annual Travel + Leisure survey are in and it is time to name the world's best hotels for 2012.

Bookies slash odds on Heathrow passport queues
LONDON (Reuters) - Queueing and gambling, two popular pastimes in Britain, will be especially prominent during the looming London Olympics, starting at Heathrow Airport's arrival terminals it appears. The slow pace of immigration checks has come under ...

Report: Tourism Depleting Crucial Water Supplies for Gambia
Voice of America (blog)
A British-based organization says wasteful water consumption at tourist resorts across Gambia is threatening water access and livelihoods of citizens in the small west African nation. TourismConcern, which promotes ethical standards for global tourism ...

Plan your next vacation with the Windows 8 Travel app
Serving up information on hot spots around the world, the Windows 8 Travel app can help you make all the arrangements for your next trip. Read this blog post by Lance Whitney on Microsoft.

Caribbean Maroons hope tourism can save culture
CBS News
Maroons in the Caribbean are increasingly showcasing their unique culture for visitors in hopes that heritage tourism will guarantee jobs for the young generation and preserve what remains of their centuries-old practices in mostly remote settlements ...

Too much travel? Road Warriors recall 'killer' trips
While they won't get into record books, many frequent business travelers have racked up trips many would consider endurance marathons.


Travel diva: Go sleek in style for summer trips
Asbury Park Press (blog)
Stylist Amanda Ross, fashion director for travel-themed Departures magazine, says she thinks about packing when she's doing her initial shopping. “It really comes down to how you shop and what your wardrobe is about.” But even more basic is the bag it ...

Asbury Park Press (blog)

European Fiscal Crisis Dragging Down Business Travel Growth in United States
MarketWatch (press release)
"Despite projected slowdowns in business travel, there is still reason to be optimistic," said Tad Fordyce, head of global commercial solutions at Visa Inc. "U.S. travelers increased internationaltourism spending on their Visa accounts by nine percent ...

Travel Dynamics Offers Free Airfare on All West African Programs
San Francisco Chronicle
“Free air is very compelling, providing agents a wonderful tool to entice clients and close sales in a highly competitive market” says Dale Woods, Manager of Business Development at TravelDynamics. Highlights include the wetlands of The Gambia and ...

Is Less Vacation the Real Solution to Europe's Woes?
Thus, like a family of five living in the suburbs with a big mortgage, two cars, boat,vacation home, two dogs, a cat, and no less than six maxed-out credit cards, the nations of the Eurozone are going to need to figure out how to earn more or spend ...


Heathrow to get fast-track passport lanes for 'low-risk' countries
The Guardian
Photograph: London News Pictures / Rex Features. Separate fast-track passport lanes for people from "old Commonwealth" countries, such as Australia and Canada, are to be introduced at Heathrow after the Olympics, the immigration minister has disclosed.

The Guardian

Travel Disengagement
Huffington Post
Travel disengagement is defined by Juliana as: "The state of mind before travel, when you don't quite realize you're actually going anywhere." ... Have you ever heard of "Travel Disengagement"? I hadn't either. Until I made it up, that is... Travel ...

Travel + Leisure Readers Rate Grand Circle Cruise Line Among World's Best ...
MarketWatch (press release)
Grand Circle Cruise Line is part of Boston-based Grand Circle Corporation, the leader ininternational travel, adventure, and discovery for Americans aged 50 and older. The fleet joins sister brands Overseas Adventure Travel and Grand Circle Travel in ...

Carlyle, Dow Hotel Buy Lakeway Resort in Texas
Wall Street Journal
Lakeway Resort, situated on Lake Travis in the Texas Hill Country, recently completed a $15 million renovation in the past few years. The new owners plan to undertake a complete makeover of all the guest rooms and bathrooms and upgrade its ballroom and ...

Northern Exposure Spain Partners with Celtic Travel Services for Northern ...
San Francisco Chronicle
Northern Exposure Spain, a boutique provider of custom tours in Northern Spain, is pleased to partner with Celtic Travel Services, giving clients access to special rates and offers previously unavailable. Celtic Travel Services will handle hotel ...

San Francisco Chronicle

Travel website Kayak finally files for IPO
Boston Globe
Travel website Kayak Software Corp. embarked on its long-delayed trip to Wall Street Monday, nearly two years after it first filed plans for an initial public offering, and as it faces new competition from such Internet giants as Google Inc. and ...

Boston Globe

London 2012 Olympics: travel disruption at key stations
The Guardian (blog)
Paul Owen: Live coverage as Network Rail tests Olympic queuing system and faulty tube train temporarily closes King's Cross St Pancras.

Amtrak plans 37-minute train from NY to Philly
Amtrak announced a $151 billion improvement plan on Monday that includes 37-minute trips from New York to Philadelphia at speeds approaching 220 miles per hour (354 km per hour).

Barton Creek Resort & Spa receives Bronze Level certification from Green Seal
Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas, has earned Bronze Level certification by Green Seal in recognition of its environmental stewardship, making it t.

Report: Tourism Impacts Gambian Water Supply
Voice of America
Unregulated water consumption at tourist resorts in Gambia threatens water access and livelihoods of the country's residents, according to a report released Monday by the U.K.-based group Tourism Concern. Rachel Noble, the organization's head of policy ...

Voice of America

Damian Green: Heathrow immigration close to 'acceptable'
BBC News
Immigration minister Damian Green hits back at claims by home affairs committee chairman Keith Vaz passengers face "appalling" delays at passport control at Heathrow Airport.

BBC News

Tuesday Travel Ticker: Carp-O-Rama DOA
Los Angeles Times
The Beerfest & Bluegrass Festival returns to Tahoe's Northstar Resort on July 14 , with bluegrass bands and more than 30 local and regional breweries. Tickets are $38 at the door. Info here . . . . On the fashion front, Crystals at CityCenter in Vegas ...

Apple nabs patent for NFC-based travel check-in, doesn't quell NFC ...
By Jon Fingas
Besides the obvious paper-saving measures, iTravel could help skip key parts of the airport security line by providing passport information, a fingerprint or anything else screeners might want to see while we'd otherwise be juggling our ...

Top US travel scams – Lonely Planet blog
By Robert Reid
Travel advice, information and inspiration from Lonely Planet's online community. ... It's amazing how many people, while on vacation, end up doing things like buying a timeshare that they never intended to buy. The Better Business Bureau gets over ... at the time of travel. Similarly, if you book a resorthotel, particularly in a touristy place like a beach, Vegas or Orlando, look out for extra 'resort fees', which can sometimes add a chunk of daily expense you only learn about on arrival.
Lonely Planet blog

BP's happy new Gulf tourism ad claims fishing and beaches are ...
By DJ Pangburn
To that end, BP recruited some woman named Dawn Moliterno, Executive Director of the South Walton Tourism Development Council, to say this year has been “the Gulf's best tourism season in years.” Well, as a ... “These ads are not just a lot of fun, but, as evidenced by the record number of visitors in some areas, extremely effective at letting people know the Gulf Coast is still a premieretourist destination,” said Mike Utsler, head of BP's Gulf Coast Restoration Organization. “We are ...
Death and Taxes

Tourist arrested for stealing iguanas from Galapagos | The Raw Story
By Agence France-Presse
A German tourist has been arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle four endangered iguanas out of the Galapagos Islands, according to the national park. The Galapagos National Park said its security guards had intercepted the man on ...
The Raw Story

The Final Frontier: Adventures in Space Tourism – Intelligent Travel
By Intelligent Travel
Intelligent Travel contributor and veteran space writer Lisa T.E. Sonne last looked deep for IT, writing about James Cameron's record dive to the ocean's deepest depths. Now she looks up, at tourism in space. A wedding in a space hotel that ...
Intelligent Travel

Stay safe and happy when you travel solo | MNN - Mother Nature ...
By Starre Vartan
MNN blogger Robin Shreeves is (lucky her!) headed to Guatemala. She hasn't traveled solo for awhile — she'll be part of a group but will get some time off to explore on her own too — and she asked me for some tips for doing so as a woman.
All MNN Content

Northstar Travel Media Acquired by Wicks Group - M and A and - Folio
By Bill Mickey
Northstar Travel Media, a leading business-information company serving the travel and meetings industries, has been acquired by the Wicks Group, making it one of the very few successful transactions in traditional b-to-b media in the last ...
Folio RSS

Go There Surf Travel: Margaret River In West Oz | Photos ...
By Justin Cote
Today it's part of a bustling tourist region, which caters for wine lovers, foodies, nature freaks, and surfers. Main Break—a voluminous, wide-faced peak—is the best-known spot, but there are better options. Directly opposite lies the Box, ...
Transworld Surf » | Transworld Surf

Universal Orlando Resort to Build New Hotel | The Disney Blog
By John Frost
This entry was posted in Florida Attractions and tagged cabana bay beach reort, family suites, hotel, orlando, Travel Planning, Universal, universal orlando resort, universal resort, uor, vacation. Bookmark the permalink. ← Getting to know ...
The Disney Blog

International Travel Clinics Increase In Popularity, Need |
By Chris Owen
Increasing international travel has bumped up the need for quality health information, preventive medications and vaccinations before safe and healthy. ... Yes absolutely Now Medical tourism is increasing brilliantly world wide. So many good ...

100th episode of Travel Channel's 'Bizarre Foods' - Las Vegas Weekly
Two-time James Beard Award winner Andrew Zimmern kicks off his Season 6 of eight 1-hour episodes of the Travel Channel's “Bizarre Foods America” tonight with the 100th episode set here in Las Vegas. Cameras filmed the adventurous ...
Las Vegas Weekly Stories: Dining

Hemingways Resort
“Welcome to Hemingways Watamu,. This Indian Ocean beach resort is everyone's favourite. Our guests just keep coming back for more. Maybe it's the location ...

Socialite Denise Rich Dumps U.S. Passport - Yahoo! Finance
From Yahoo! Finance: By dumping her U.S. passport, Rich likely will save tens of millions of dollars or more in U.S. taxes over the long haul, tax lawyers say.

Katy safari outfitter makes Top 5 in Travel + Leisure readers' survey ...
The survey was made available to Travel + Leisure readers from Dec. 1 to March 31. Safari outfitters were evaluated on six characteristics: staff/guides, ...

Carlyle Group buys stake in Austin resort - Washington Business ...
The resort recently underwent a $15 million renovation. Carlyle and Dow plan to ... The LakewayResort and Spa is on Lake Travis, about 30 miles from Austin.

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