Thursday, July 12, 2012

Virgin Galactic space tourism blasts off in 2013

Virgin Galactic space tourism blasts off in 2013
CBS News
Billionaire Richard Branson's space tourism venture will see its inaugural flight sometime next year. ... veterans waiting for benefits 8 of 9; Ohio mom missing after N.C. vacation Gallery Ohio mom missing after N.C. vacation 9 of 9. July 11, 2012 12...

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NY updates travel information site for drivers
The website contains what state officials describe as real time information about a few hundred road and bridge construction projects, major bridge and tunnel crossings, traffic incidents, special events, weather alerts, forecasts, traffic speeds and ...

Analysis: Tourism helps South Tyrol defy Italian recession
"She was planning to go to Seiser Alm, another resort in the Dolomites. But then Messner's wife ...Like elsewhere in South Tyrol, Sulden, nicknamed 'Merkel's Valley' after her frequent visits, relies on German tourism to make up for the shrinking ...

vacation destination contest winners
Washington Post (blog)
“They live in one of the world's biggest tourist attractions and they should take advantage of it.” *Greece. “A typical Michelle Obama vacation would bail out the Greek economy.” Suggested by John Lehman, a musician from Independence, Mo. *Israel.

Marriott Vacation Club Forms Life Saving Partnership with Clean the World
MarketWatch (press release)
ORLANDO, Fla., July 11, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Marriott Vacation Club, a global leader in vacation ownership and brand of Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation (NYSE:VAC) , announces a partnership with Clean the World Foundation, Inc., ...

Spain tourism body, carmakers warn over VAT hike
MADRID, July 11 (Reuters) - A sharp rise in Spain's sales tax rates will cost billions of euros in lost earnings and thousands of jobs, representatives of key industries said on Wednesday, complicating the country's efforts to pull itself clear of ...

Travel + Leisure Readers Name Viking River Cruises "No. 1 River Cruise Line"
MarketWatch (press release)
1 River Cruise Line by readers of Travel + Leisure. The results of the 17th annual Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards survey reflect readers' ratings of cruise lines on the following characteristics: cabins, food, service, itineraries/destinations ...

US business travel to slow on Europe's woes, group says
The continuing economic crisis in Europe is most likely to blame for a slowdown in growth, says Michael McCormick, executive director of GBTA, an organization of business travel and meeting managers. "International travel is still the biggest driver of ...


NY updates travel information site for drivers, but not while motoring
Washington Post
ALBANY, N.Y. — New York is updating its online travel information for motorists, with Gov. Andrew Cuomo firmly cautioning never to look at it while driving. ... tim_carman · What I learned on my summer vacation · All We Can Eat | Tim Carman ... Affiliate Atlantis Resort and Casino Extends 4th of July Sale
San Francisco Chronicle, a giant online mall lets people shop at home for the best airline tickets, hottest vacation resorts and other brand name products and services, is pleased to announce that its affiliate partner Atlantis Resort and Casino has extended...

San Francisco Chronicle

Totally Toronto Travel Destination Guide's Totally New Look!
San Francisco Chronicle
With the ever developing world class status of the city of Toronto, it is part of the Totally Toronto vision to position itself in the best possible way to showcase Canadian traveldestinations in an interesting and information manner. With the ever ...

San Francisco Chronicle

Kashmir's Fragile Calm: Tensions Take Backseat to Tourism
The world famous tourist resort of Gulmarg located less than 6 miles from the ceasefire line or Line of Control that divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan is known for long-run skiing, snowboarding, heli-skiing and steep mountains. The Saturday ...


Tourism Push Targets State House Landmark
Wall Street Journal
Despite a multimillion-dollar tourism campaign touting Connecticut's role in the Revolutionary War, an 18th-century landmark in downtown Hartford remains closed on Sundays.

Summer Travel Season Pushes Kayak Into IPO Waters
Wired News (blog)
Travel search engine Kayak was all set to go public almost two years ago, but a dismal economy and an iffy stock market forced the Connecticut-based company to pull its offering. Times have changed, at least for online travel companies, ... The flip ...

Expedia Prompts Travelers to "Find Yours" in New Brand Campaign Celebrating ...
MarketWatch (press release)
It is a move away from the commoditized feel of online travel booking, and a move towards the transcendent bliss of the perfect vacation. More than 150000 hotels are now available through worldwide, and millions of travelers come to Expedia ...

No More Expensive Travel Guides Needed; Launches New ...
MarketWatch (press release)
Each guide combines expert advice provided by's international travel experts, partner sites, input from fellow travelers and friends and users' own preferences, making old-style guidebooks virtually obsolete. is now available as a ...

Travora, HopStop Co-Pilot One Stop Shop for Travel Audiences
MarketWatch (press release)
NEW YORK, July 11, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Brands and their ad agencies keen to reach the coveted travel segment at peak holiday seasons like upcoming summer vacations now have a powerful and efficient new solution for finding qualified ... is your online and offline travel guide
Each guide takes into account expert advice provided by's international travel experts, partner sites, input from fellow travelers and you friends and users' own preferences, making old-style guidebooks and pamphlets obsolete. is now ...

Otalo Corrals Vacation Home Rentals in One Place for Easy Browsing
Otalo positions itself as "the vacation rental search engine," aggregating listings from various vacation rental sites, eliminating duplicates and organizing it all in an easy-to-use layout.


Micato Safaris is Named #1 World's Best Safari Outfitter by Travel + Leisure ...
San Francisco Chronicle
The results of Travel + Leisure's annual World's Best Awards survey— listing readers' favorite hotels, cities, islands, cruise lines, airlines, car-rental agencies, spas, tour operators and safari outfitters—were announced July 6, 2012 with Micato ...

Data Points: Summer Travel | Adweek
By Lucia Moses
It's no surprise that travelers depend on the Internet to research and plan vacations. According to data from Google, online query activity peaks in July, when searches for domestic travel-related terms spike.
Adweek : Advertising & Branding

Play Day: Talamore Golf Resort (NC) « CBS Philly
By Ed Abrams
Our play day today is a road trip: we hop in the car and head south on i95 to Pinehurst, North Carolina and Talamore Golf Resort. There are two courses less than two miles apart: Talamore, a Reese Jones design cut through the pines that ...
CBS Philly

Tips for a Taking a Stress-free Vacation | Psychology Today
By Lynn Taylor
Employees often think in great detail about their vacation plans - but not enough about how to minimize boss-related stresses and office disruptions while away. Planning ahead at work will be well worth the effort when it's time to check out.
Psychology Today Blogs

5 places to travel with China's nomads |
By Joanne Lane
These Kazakhs are semi-nomadic, relying on animals, tourism and horse shows for their income. What to expect: Days with Kazakhs can be spent reading, trekking, horse riding or relaxing around the ... Contacts: Book tours through Tongda Hotel (+86 471 692 6676) and Anda Guesthouse (+86 471 691 8039) in Hohhot or use an online agent such as China International Travel Service. Hohhot's Baita Airport links to many major cities in China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou ...

Central Oregon Tourism Industry Has Record-Breaking May · OPB ...
By David Nogueras
May turned out to be a record-breaking month for central Oregon's tourism industry; room tax collections were the highest on record for the beginning of a summer tourism season.
OPB News

Summer Vacation Social Media Needs: a Campfire, a Good Story ...
By Bryan Kramer
Summer vacation season is in full swing, and it might seem like your social media engagement is on a break as well. (If you're reading this on your iPad at a luxury all-inclusive, consider me jealous.
Social Media Today - The world's...

By An'Angelia Thompson
It's been many years since Keith and I went on a vacation, but this later this year we'll be headed out for just over two weeks. Yes, I'm just a little excited! Not just for the travel, but to hang out with family. First we'll be staying in MO with Keith's ...
Angelia's Art Journals

Romney touts tourism in fire-ravaged Colorado | Tales from the Trail
By Steve Holland
Mitt Romney has a message for what Americans do to help a section of Colorado hit hard by recent wildfires: come to the state on vacation to help out the local economy.
Tales from the Trail

European tourism to Laos in decline : Lao Voices
The number of Europeans visiting Laos is falling as the financial crisis in the region continues, according to the Deputy Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism.
Lao Voices

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Hawaii's only all suite and villa luxury oceanfront Maui hotel and resort. ... These exquisite properties are the perfect vacation oasis for you and your loved ones.

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