Thursday, November 29, 2012

Port upgrades paying off for Miami

Port upgrades paying off for Miami | State | Bradenton Herald: "Now, cruise operators say they are embracing Miami for a host of reasons: proximity to Miami International Airport, which offers direct flights for cruise passengers both domestic and international; the responsiveness of PortMiami officials to their needs and the appeal of Miami as a destination unto itself. "We, like everyone else, positioned ourselves in places that people want to go to," Del Rio said. "People want to come to Miami." Also a bonus is the relative strength of the Caribbean after a bleak summer in Europe due to continued fallout of the Jan. 13 Costa Concordia shipwreck in Italy, the shaky European economy and high cost of airfare from the U.S. "Whether you're talking about the U.S. economy or talking about the European economy, it's been a tough time for consumers," said Gerry Cahill, president and CEO of Miami-based Carnival Cruise Lines. "One of the nice things about the Caribbean is you really can put together a great value proposition." For Miami, the influx means more tourists. . . . "

Airfares for Christmas travel up from last year
USA TODAY (blog)
For instance, It'll cost $406, on average, to travel to New York -- the website's second-most-popular destination after Orlando -- for Christmas, compared with $371 for the New Year. Hotel rates also are up in some cities. The average daily room rate ...

Medical Tourism Increases in Costa Rica
Fox News
He estimates medical tourism alone brought $196 million to Costa Rica's health industry in 2011, with patients spending an additional $84 million in hotel accommodations, food and shopping. Trithardt's doctor, Ignacio Vargas, told Reuters that tourists ...

New Zealand Hopes for Tourism Boost From 'Hobbit'
Wall Street Journal
Tourist spending has dropped around 12% since the onset of the global financial crisis, partly because of a strong local currency. Meanwhile, the deepening economic crisis in Europe has curtailed long-haul travel, and the cost of flights has increased ...

The 10 Best Winter Getaways For Travelers On A Budget
Business Insider
"They have nice suite setups for families and a deal where you get water park passes for the days you are there, not just the nights," says Julie Sturgeon, owner of travelagency Curing Cold Feet in Indianapolis, referring to Great Wolf Lodge properties.

Business Insider

Qantas cuts ties with Tourism Australia over Dixon's consortium role
The Australian
QANTAS has accused the head of Tourism Australia of trying to "unravel"' the airline's future plans, ending its 40-year partnership with the peak tourist body and suspending a $50 million marketing deal. The airline claims the body's boss, ex-Qantas ...

A Chinese opportunity that India Tourism misses
The Hindu
China's booming tourism market has, over the past few years, largely ignored India. Of the around 50 million Chinese who travel overseas every year spending some $40 billion, less than 1,00,000 travel to India on business and tourism, according to ...

The Hindu

After the storm, some travelers struggle for refunds | Travel Troubleshooter
The Seattle Times
The recent superstorm and series of nor'easters that slammed into the East Coast grounded tens of thousands of travelers, including Neil Weiss. Fortunately, most travel companies waived their usual rules, offering those delayed by the storms a refund ...

The Argument Against Pound-Foolish Travel -
One of the hardest parts of traveling on a shoestring is figuring out when not to save money. I call it Pound-Foolish Travel.
Frugal Traveler

Mexico: Safer But Not Safe Says Travel Warning |
By Chris Owen
Casting a more positive light to illuminate efforts being taken to improve the situation, Rodolfo Lopez-Negrete of the Mexico Tourism Board said the protection of tourists "is at the pinnacle of importance to the Mexican government," reports the ...

Further Deregulation Could Vastly Improve US Air Travel - Business ...
By The Economist
THE deregulation of American air travel was a near-unqualified success for cost-conscious travellers, who can now fly across the country far more cheaply than in the era of heavy regulation. There are more flights and they cost less.
Business Insider

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Travel Tips for Students By a Student

Monday Reading: Travel Tips for Students, By a Student - NYTimes ...
Travel tips for students by a student, the afterlife of your frequent flier miles, how to freshen up a computer and other consumer-focused news from The New York Times.

Budget Holiday Travel Possible With New Way Of Thinking
The desire for holiday travel is here. We want to visit friends and family sometime between now and the new year. Still, to recover from economic challenges, travel-related businesses are operating differently than they may have in years past, making ...

Costa Rica's Medical Tourism Boom
Huffington Post
Manzi estimates that medical tourism brought in $196 million to Costa Rica's health industry in 2011, with patients spending an additional $84 million in hotels, meals, travel and shopping. That makes for a total of $280 million spent on medical ...

Holiday Travel Tips and Helplines from the TSA (blog)
Happy holidays from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)! What did the often-maligned security agency get travelers this season? The gift of holiday traveltips. The TSA has posted a new blog entry to alert travelers to recent changes in ... (blog)

As the world prepares for 'The Hobbit,' New Zealand prepares for the world
CNN International
It evokes not only a huge sigh of anticipatory relief from Tolkien fans around the world, but also kicks off a boom in “Hobbit tourism” to Wellington, which has been renamed “The Middle of Middle-earth” for the three weeks around the premiere (November ...

CNN International

Minister: Bali must enforce a limit on the number of tourists
BALI, Indonesia - Bali must put a cap on the number of tourists allowed to visit the island, a former minister of tourism has stated. “The island has limited natural resources, limited water resources, limited energy, which all translate into a limited ...


The Morning Briefing: Travel and tourism | SmartPlanet
By Charlie Osborne
The Morning Briefing” is SmartPanet's daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we're reading about travel and t.
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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Cubans can leave, but to where and with what?

Cubans can leave, but to where and with what?: "November 11. 2012 - HAVANA — Vladimir Maiquil, 50, casts his fishing line off Havana's seafront boulevard, the Malecón, into the waters of the Florida Straits, 90 miles from America. "I'd love to travel and have the opportunity to see the world," Maiquil says, "but how can I afford the flight? I've got no chance. It's almost impossible." For decades, Cuba has been a country whose government would not let its people leave. But in October, it announced a lifting of the despised travel ban to begin in January. The announcement cheered Cubans as well as millions of Cuban Americans whose families have escaped the island since its takeover by communists. But it is unlikely the change will result in a tidal wave of Cuban travelers. The new law means that beginning Jan. 14, Cubans will no longer have to apply for a costly exception to the travel ban, known as an exit visa, or show a letter of invitation from a person in the intended destination. . . "

Cuban Time Travel by Jeffrey Frankel - Project Syndicate
By Jeffrey Frankel
For US citizens, the short trip to Havana requires navigating something of an invisible obstacle course, owing to the trade and travel embargo that their government maintains against Cuba. It also turns out to be a trip to the past – specifically, ...
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Travel: Mario Batali's Guide to Lake Michigan
Vanity Fair
Between his various television appearances, overseeing two dozen restaurants across the globe, and being a dad, it's a small miracle the Iron Chef gets time to sleep, let alone time to vacation. But when he can get away, he packs his signature orange ...

Mexico Travel Warning Updated Ahead Of Thanksgiving Holiday As ...
By The Huffington Post News Editors
With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, the U.S. State Department updated its travel warning for Mexico. ... Despite bad press and travel warnings, Mexico tourism holds its own ... New State Dept. warning exempts most Mexico tourist spots ...
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Save $500 On A Mountain Travel Sobek Galapagos Island - Gadling
By Kraig Becker
Mountain Travel Sobek Galapagos Island adventures are $500 off in January If you're like me you're probably already looking ahead to 2013 and planning your next adventure. If that happens to be the case, and the Galapagos Islands have ...

How far can you travel on a travel budget? |
By graphicdesigner_
You can travel 12 times further by train than by plane for the same carbon footprint. We've shown how some ways of travelling are greener than other.
Travel - Life & Style - The Times of India
|The cobalt blue of the sea in the travel magazine I held matched exactly with that of the one below us as ... Happy days here again for Agra's tourism industry ...

Enjoy Unforgettable Indochina Tours with Vietnam Tourism JSC ...
Vietnam and, to a lesser extent Cambodia & Laos are becoming ever more popular destination for travelers all over the world. Looking for an experienced ...

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

New Years Eve cruise deals for 2012

New Years Eve cruise deals for 2012
Fox News
Saving one of my top picks for the last, I highly recommend the Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas, the biggest cruise ship in the world, sailing December 30 on a seven-day Western Caribbean cruise from Fort Lauderdale to the private beach at Labadee, ...

Cruise Deals: Late Fall and Early Winter Discounts on Caribbean Sailings
Condé Nast Traveler
This week, Royal Caribbean is offering plenty of deals on sailings to their namesake sea. The cruise line, which earned top honors in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards, is offering short (three-night) to medium-length (seven-night) cruises ...

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The Best New Cruise Ship of 2013? : The Lido Deck
Cruises, Reviews & News at Cruise Reviews, Cruise Deals and Cruises. SEARCH. Home · Boards · Cruise Deals · Last Minute Cruises ...

Aspirational Travel Site Peek Goes UGC, Now Lets Anyone Submit A “Perfect Day” | TechCrunch: "It seems like just a month ago that Peek launched as an editorially curated, aspirational travel site with a transactional business model. Actually it was! But don’t let that stop you from reading the rest of this article, because it’s doing something new."

Photos: Travel Imagery from Vanity Fair Photographer John Huba ...
Using picture frames as his muse, Huba curates a new show for his travel-themed work.
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LA Tourism Board Beats Vegas, New Little Tokyo Intersection ...
By Adrian Glick Kudler
THE INTERNET: Let's journey deep into the Local Tourism Board Wars, where LA has just won a major victory, becoming the first city to top one million Facebook friends....
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Life as a cruise ship priest - Telegraph
In the past, cruise lines would always carry chaplains, and some, including Cunard and Costa ...“We're actually classified by the cruise lines as an entertainer,” explains Father John .... Most competitive travel deals and vacation packages ...

Dominican Republic President meets on Royal Caribbean cruise ship
Royal Caribbean Blog (blog)
One of the objectives stated by the president is boost cruise tourism and work on a cruise shipterminal in the Dominican Republic. Michael Ronan, Royal Caribbean Regional Vice President made a presentation to foreign and domestic entrepreneurs, ...

Mexico Reports Tourism GDP Grew 3.2 Percent in Second Quarter: "Share Mexico Reports Tourism GDP Grew 3.2 Percent in Second Quarter By Claudette Covey November 18, 2012 10:36 PM Mexico’s Ministry of Tourism reported that during the second quarter of 2012 the quarterly indicator of tourism GDP increased 3.2 percent in real terms, compared to the same period of last year. According to the National Institute of Statistics and Geography, during the period April to June, the quarterly indicator of domestic tourism consumption grew 4.1 percent, compared to the same period in 2011. Domestic tourism consumption grew 2.1 percent, while inbound tourism increased by 18.3 percent."

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Expect Crowded Roads During Thanksgiving Travel Period

AAA: Expect Crowded Roads During Thanksgiving Travel Period
Wall Street Journal (blog)
Travel volume during the Thanksgiving holiday period continues to increase steadily from a low point in 2008, according to data from AAA. The travel group estimates 43.6 million Americans will take trips of 50 miles or more during the Thanksgiving ...

Wall Street Journal (blog)

Holiday Travel: What 43 Million Americans Can Look Forward To
ABC News
As 43 million Americans prepare to travel for Thanksgiving this week, some will have to brave snow, wind and heavy rain as they trek to their holiday destinations. Bad weather will cause a rough start for some travelers expected to be on the move this ...

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Israel tourism not hard hit yet by missile attacks
He said he thinks people are watching and waiting to see what happens in Israel, Iran and Syria before making new plans to travel to the region. Late Monday, the Israel Ministry of Tourism issued a "Behind the Headlines" update via its New York PR agency.

Obama visit to Myanmar mixes diplomacy and tourism
Los Angeles Times
So went a whirlwind day for a president who showed himself willing to set aside the bloodshed in the Middle East, the "fiscal cliff" back home and other crises to mix tourism with diplomacy for a few hours in a nation struggling to emerge from decades ...

Panel: Promoting tourism in the US
Washington Post
Nick Graham, Expedia; Rhea Suh, Department of Interior; and Richard Perdue, Virginia Tech discusstourism promotion at Washington Post Live's Travel & Tourism Forum. WashingtonPostLive Production/ The Washington Post. Correction: Clarification: ...

9 Things You Should Know Before Boarding A Plane This Week
Business Insider
Over 43 million Americans are anticipated to travel 50 miles or more from home during Thanksgiving, up 0.7 percent since last year and the fourth consecutive year of growth since 2008 when Thanksgiving travel fell by 25 percent. More than 3 million ...

Business Insider

Black Friday, Cyber Monday travel deals run the gamut
But remember, even as these deals proliferate, most Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals require fast action and plenty of terms and conditions, including required travel dates and booking at specific times. You wouldn't want to lose out because you're ...

Winter Travel Survival Tips
Huffington Post
When everything goes according to plan, flying is an incredibly quick and convenient way to travel. Alas, things don't always work so well. The recent storms in and around New York City demonstrated just how much airlines can alter their operations in ...

More Bay Area travelers fleeing for Thanksgiving break
San Jose Mercury News
One of the busiest travel weeks of the year is well under way in the Bay Area, as more people are packing airports and freeways than during any Thanksgiving rush since the Great Recession began. The region's busiest airport, San Francisco International ...

USACE builds road in Helmand province, cuts travel time in half ...
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is constructing a road in Helmand province, from Nawa to Lashkar Gah, in Southern Afghanistan, that already has cut travel time in half.
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Travel Gift Cards: A Thoughtful, Value-Oriented Choice |
By Chris Owen
Travel Gift cards and certificates from companies like airlines, hotels, cruise lines and other related services can make holiday gift giving eas.

5 Hassle-Free Travel Tips For Thanksgiving « CBS New York
By julieparise
The Couch asked associate editor of Travel + Leisure magazine, Kathryn O'Shea-Evans, to stop by to come by and give us hassle-free travel tips.
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Thanksgiving Travel Week Forecast: A Beauty Coming Up « CBS ...
By miketoole
I am happy to report that all is quiet in the weather department this week not only in New England, but for the majority of the country.
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Stressfree Holiday Travel with Kids | KTXL FOX40
By fox40samcohen
Our latest "person of pinterest" has travel tips so your airport experience isn't a nightmare.

The cutting edge of travel technology - Travel Weekly
The scene played out at the Travel Innovation Summit, held in Scottsdale, Ariz., last week ....Marketing to Latinos: Travel, Tourism & Hospitality Conference ...

VIDEO: Travel Rush Is On! video Millions of Americans will be on the roads and in the air during the next few days. So what should we expect? We bring you the scene from ...

NTA Meets with Generation Y to Gauge Travel Preferences
Members of the Millennial Generation shared their outlook on life, travel and the tourism industry with the NTA Board of Directors this week. Millennials, also ...

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Monday, November 19, 2012

China's ecotourism; Great cruise deals

China's green shoots of ecotourism | Travel | The Guardian: "A new eco-resort in Zhejiang province, two hours from Shanghai, is hoping to improve China's reputation for sustainable tourism - China usually makes headlines for its environmental protests, and pollution. It is the world's largest emitter of CO2 gases and 70% of China's rivers and lakes are contaminated. As such "green" hasn't really featured as a selling point for travel to the Middle Kingdom. Until now. A new retreat tucked among the bamboo forests and tea plantations of Zhejiang province – a two-and-a-half-hour journey from Shanghai – has become a highly comprehensive ecoresort. The Naked Stables Private Reserve has been built to provide sustainable tourism in some of China's prettiest countryside. The 60-acre reserve is trying to become the first resort of its size in Asiato achieve platinum certification in the US Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design programme."

Set sail with great cruise deals
Herald Sun
BOOK and pay a deposit by January 31 for a small ship Baltic Sea cruise with Beyond Travel and receive a 25 per cent discount off the cruise price. The 11-day Sweden, Russia and Finland itinerary is a round-trip from Stockholm on the modern tall ship ...

News to use
Chicago Tribune
The Online Vacation Center is offering a 12-night cruise of Australia and New Zealand on CelebrityCruises departing Nov. 16, 2013. Cost is as low as ... Liberty Travel has packages in Cancun, Mexico, as low as $715 per person double occupancy ...

Ultimate Vacation Packages featuring Carnival Cruises
CBS Local
Where You Can Go: Once you book your trip and pay the additional balance ($598 for a 4-nightcruise; $698 for a 7-night cruise), you'll have your choice of trips. For a 4-night cruise, pick Bahamas sailing from Port Canaveral, FL, Western Caribbean ...

Popular Christmas Cruise Destinations [INFOGRAPHIC]
Christmas cruises sail to a variety of destinations. On board ... Think sailing around the Caribbeanduring the popular December holiday would cause you to miss snow? ... This infographic from UKcruise seller tells the ho ho whole story.

Local caregiver wins cruise
Princeton Daily Clarion
Melissa Vaughan, a Newburgh family caregiver with multiple sclerosis providing round-the-clock care to her 89-year-old mother, Barbara, who has Alzheimer's disease, is the winner of the CaregiverCruise Giveaway sponsored by Home Instead, Inc ...

Royal Caribbean Execs Sell Near 52-Week High
Royal Caribbean Cruises is enjoying a recent 52-week high stock price after strong earnings and executives of the cruise line have cast off some holdings, selling 50,388 shares for $1,441,495 in direct sales that may have included stock acquired by ...

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

The Luxury Locations CEOs are Visiting This Winter (video)

The Luxury Locations CEOs are Visiting This Winter - Jenny Graham, business development director at Quintessentially Travel, speaks about some of the locations big-spending clients are visiting this winter.(source: Bloomberg)

Air Travel Then Vs. Air Travel Now
Huffington Post
More than 84 million Americans are expected to travel over the holidays this year, and 42 percent plan to fly to their destination. As this is the busiest travel time of the year, I started thinking about how travel, particularly air travel, has ...

New Zealand's Green Tourism Push Clashes With Realities
New York Times
Ten years ago, the breathtaking vistas featured in Peter Jackson's “Lord of the Rings” trilogy were at the heart of a tourism campaign that helped jump-start a multibillion-dollar international travel industry and a worldwide image of the country's ...

Travel forecast for Thanksgiving is a rerun from last year
Los Angeles Times
About 3.37 million Southland residents are expected to travel over the holiday weekend, an increase of less than 1% above last year's 3.35 million local travelers, according to the Auto Club of Southern California. The average price of self-serve ...

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Florida's tourism increased estimated 3.5 percent in third quarter over same ...
Washington Post
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida's tourism industry is on pace for another record year. VISIT FLORIDA, the state's public-private tourism agency, on Thursday released a preliminary estimate showing the state had 21.9 million visitors in the third quarter ...

Li Li's Travel Journal updates with part 6
By (Anne Stickney)
What happened to Li Li after the Valley of the Four Winds? For that matter, where exactly was she when her Uncle Chen was duking it out with that orc and human during the cinematic trailer for Mists? Li Li's Travel Journal continues with part 6 ...
WoW Insider

Retro Style Travel Poster Series of Mythical Beasts
By Justin Page
Los Angeles graphic artist and web designer Fernando Reza (aka “Fro Reza“) has created a series of retro style travel poster designs that each display a different mythical beast and the destination that they call home. A limited edition (100 ...
Laughing Squid

Travel Intelligence: What to Wear, Where – Intelligent Travel
By Intelligent Travel
The African Safari-goer (by Steve Boyes, National Geographic Expeditions Africa expert). Good chemistry: New insect-repellent fabrics last for 70 washes but can be uncomfortable; opt for whatever makes you most comfortable. How low can ...
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Stunning Interactive Map Lets You Travel the Galaxy (Video ...
By Kimberley Mok
100000 Stars is an interactive environment that allows you to zoom, scroll and click among 100000 known stars.
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Friday, November 16, 2012

World's Eeriest Abandoned Places

Travel + Leisure: World's Eeriest Abandoned Places (PHOTOS): "Staten Island's Tugboat Graveyard has long intrigued--even frightened--local residents, including NYC-based photographer Chris Barreto, who grew up just a few miles away. "It took me years to build up the nerve to go," he admits. "The immense size of the shipyard is unfathomable--row after row of ships, just waiting their turn to sink into the murky waters. The stench of rotting wood and oil is almost unbearable. It's not a welcoming place." Barreto is just one of the many artists, photographers, travelers, and writers inspired by the act of human abandonment. "When any man-made structure is deserted and void of people, it leaves behind an unsettling energy," he says."

Va. tourism pitch seeks to capture 'Lincoln' fans
Fox News
State tourism officials are inviting fans of film and history to walk in the footsteps of Steven Spielberg and his "Lincoln" stars at the Virginia Capitol, the Confederate White House and the Dixie Restaurant in Petersburg, where the menu includes the ...

'Twilight' Tourism: 7 Awesome Places to Visit in the Real-Life Forks, Washington
The Twilight Saga ends its long and storied journey with the premiere of Breaking Dawn 2 this Friday, a bittersweet occasion for millions of Twilight fans across the globe. Though the billion-dollar franchise full of vampires, werewolves, and teen ...


Budget Travel Strategies To Ease Holiday Buying Pain
Travel during the weeks that include Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Day, and New Years Eve and Day is traditionally priced higher than any other time of the year, and for good reason. More people travel during that time than almost any other weeks ...

Can You Travel Too Much?
Huffington Post
The irony of my predicament -- and, I would imagine, the predicament many long-term travelers who pay their own way into the nomadic lifestyle -- is that I don't travel for months at a time because I have endless supplies of money and nothing better to ...

United operations returning to normal after another computer problem
Related topics. Travel · United Airlines · Airlines · flight delays. Advertisement. Chicago-based United Airlines was working to get flights back on schedule Thursday afternoon after a system-wide computer failure caused numerous flight delays in the ...

Avoid Holiday Travel Headaches with These Tips from American Express
Don't forget to firm up your holiday travel plans—or else you'll be stuck getting socks (again!) at your aunt's house. By making plans right away, you'll get the most out of your holidays and avoid stress during a time that 75% of Americans feel ...

Thanksgiving travel tips you'll be thankful for
Boston Herald
Whether you're getting to your Thanksgiving destination by air or driving this year, you're going to have plenty of company. More than 24 million people nationwide plan to go over the hills and through the woods — and on the Mass Pike and through the ...

TSA to hold PreCheck information sessions at John Wayne Airport
Los Angeles Times
Travelers with questions about the Transportation Security Administration's PreCheck program can get answers at three information sessions planned this month at John Wayne Airport (SNA). The agency announced Wednesday that it would roll out the ...

Travel tips for a joyful holiday season
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
(BPT) - You've managed to navigate the holiday crowds at the post office, the mall and the office party, but you still need to get over the river and through the woods to gatherings with family and friends. Before you hit the roads, rails or skies this ...

Thanksgiving Travel in All Modes Set to Rev Up
Design & Trend
AAA predicts that close to 43.6 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles from home over the holiday, a 0.7 percent increase from last year. This includes people who will opt to drive than fly, as budgets remain tight, according to reports. "Many ...

Design & Trend

James Bond, Travel Guide: A Luxurious 'Skyfall' Itinerary
By The Huffington Post News Editors
When it comes to your movie heroes, there aren't many whose shoes--when you really think about it--you'd actually want to fill. Indiana Jones? Ophidiophobic Nazi target. Batman? Schizophrenic loner. James Bond on the other hand?
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5 Tips For Holiday Travel With A Baby |
By Meg Nesterov
With Thanksgiving days away, 'tis the season for screaming infants and squirming toddlers packed onto planes, right? Flying with a baby doesn't have.

Forecast: Even Busier Holiday Travel Season « CBS Detroit
By mfusinski
David Fishman with Cadillac Travel says many airlines have consolidated and merged, meaning there are fewer seats and flights available.
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Travel Gadgets for the New Year - Articles - Departures
As 2013 approaches, new technology gadgets that can make travel easier and more enjoyable debut, from the iPad Mini to a cutting-edge Sony camcorder.
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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Sailing, boutique shopping, and good restaurants

Marblehead: Mecca for sailing, boutique shopping, and good restaurants - Food & dining - The Boston Globe: Marblehead calls itself the Yachting Capital of the World, which sounds impossibly over the top, until you realize how seriously they take sailing here. . . .  This postcard-perfect seaport, just 25 miles north of Boston, offers landlubber pleasures, including boutique shopping, good restaurants, and pretty seaside strolls. And dress is preppy-casual. . . An oceanfront bed-and-breakfast is the way to go here, and there are several good options. The Harborside House, in Old Town (23 Gregory St., 781-631-1032,, rooms $90-$125) is a charming 1850s home, with two guest rooms. The Harbor Room has an ocean view but twin beds; the Garden Room has a full-size bed and a minimum of froufrou. It’s a short walk to the harbor and shopping. Guests rave about host Susan Livingston and her homemade baked goods. Marblehead Neck is home to some pricey real estate — and a lovely (and pet-friendly) B&B, the Seagull Inn (106 Harbor Ave., 781-631-1893,, from $140-$250 per night). Located steps from Castle Rock, the inn offers three guest suites, including one with its own kitchen.. . . "

AAA: Thanksgiving travel to rise in Arizona, nationwide
Nationwide, 43.6 million Americans will make Thanksgiving pilgrimages, a 0.7 percent uptick over 2011. AAA said this is the fourth straight year of increases in holiday travel following the economic meltdown of 2008. That year, Thanksgiving travel ...
Travel disruption across Europe amid austerity strikes, protests (blog) ...

'Hobbit' fever heats up New Zealand tourism
With New Zealand standing in for Middle Earth, no one is more excited than the country's tourismindustry, which is eager to repeat the boost it received from the “Rings” movies. “It is a very big deal,” said Gregg Anderson, who oversees Tourism New ...

Total Solar Eclipse Travel: What Went Down, Down Under
Jaunted (blog)
Forewarning is fair warning. We gave ample notice for yesterday's astronomical event in Australia. Now, we can give you the low-down on the total solar eclipse that passed directly over the tropical town of Cairns. Star gazers from all over the world ...

Jaunted (blog)

Cuba's Looser Travel Requirements Still Very Restrictive
Reason (blog)
Health care professionals noticed that they were still required to obtain permission totravel. The Cuban government defends travel restrictions for doctors and scientists with the argument that the "brain drain" could take many of them to countries ...

Reason (blog)

10 Year-End Travel Deals Worth Considering
Huffington Post (blog)
The weekend after Thanksgiving marks the beginning of one of the best times for travel bargains; enterprising and flexible types can land some surprisingly good deals, and not just on airfare. So quiet are these few short weeks, industry insiders refer ...
How To Fly Through Airport Security: 7 Tips For A Speedy Screening
Huffington Post (blog)
As you're packing your carry-on, organize your items by order of need, with your travel-size toiletries (in zip-lock bags, of course) and your papers in easy-to-reach places. Doing so will help you avoid sifting through magazines, snacks, or clothes to ...

Mescal goes hip in Mexico City | Travel |
Think of mescal and you probably picture a worm floating in cheap, rough liquor. But in Mexico City, the spirit has become fashionable, with specialist mezcalerías serving high-quality versions of the…
Travel: Travel blog |

Anthony Bourdain RIPS Travel Channel, Cadillac For No ...
By Free Britney
Anthony Bourdain doesn't mince words. The Travel Channel and Cadillac found this out first hand this week.
The Hollywood Gossip

Thanksgiving Travel Numbers on the Rise |
By By Shaun Towne
According to AAA, 43.6 million people will travel at least 50 miles from home during the upcoming holiday weekend.
News | WNAC TV

Airbnb Launches New Photo-Rich Travel Guides | WebProNews
By Josh Wolford
Airbnb, the company that connects travelers with locals willing to rent their spaces (homes, rooms, apartments, etc), announced 10 million nights booked back in June. That's double what the company claimed back in January. Every two ...
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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Travel with pets: Payoffs can be worth pain

Travel with pets: Payoffs can be worth pain | The Poughkeepsie Journal | "But Sheron Long, a frequent traveler and author of “Dog Trots Globe — To Paris and Provence,” (OIC Books, 2011) says it’s worth the trouble. “Every trip was better when Chula could be with us,” she said of her Shetland sheepdog. “She was so excited, I could imagine her dog’s eye view of the world. It causes you to explore and go see different things and meet people.” The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates more than 2 million pets and other animals are transported by air each year. Pets aren’t allowed on Amtrak trains, Greyhound buses or cruise lines, but they can go on many regional train, bus and boat lines."

AAA to release Thanksgiving travel forecast Tuesday
KSAT San Antonio
SAN ANTONIO -. Triple-A is set to release its Thanksgiving travel forecast on Tuesday with its predictions on whether gas prices will stay lower. Ever year the auto club predicts how much traffic there will be on the ground and in the air as Americans travel to ...

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

This week’s best travel bargains

This week’s best travel bargains - The Washington Post: " To celebrate 50 years of hospitality, Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa, in Stowe, Vt., is offering 50 percent off rooms through Dec. 13. A luxury room with a fireplace starts at $120, plus 10 percent taxes; normal rate is from $239. Two-night minimum required for Friday and Saturday arrivals. In addition, save 20 percent on spa treatments and Charlie B’s restaurant Sunday through Thursday. Info: 800-253-2232,"

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Monday, November 12, 2012

An Island Guide to Caribbean Deals

An Island Guide to Caribbean Deals - "IT’S the time of year when those of us in cooler climates begin thinking about escaping to the Caribbean. We also begin thinking about how much that would cost. For anyone interested in a bargain basement deep dive, my colleague, Seth Kugel, found a four-day Caribbean vacation (airfare included) for under $600. (Read the story.) But that’s hardly the only path to the beach; there are other deals to be had, even in November. (Just don’t try to book a room for Christmas week.) Here, a quick island guide to help make the Caribbean more affordable. . . . ."

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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Desti - a Virtual Personal Assistant for Travel on iPad

Two stories below on the beta launch of Desti--a Siri-like technology for travelers--

Siri For Travel, Desti, Launches In Beta To Make Travel Smarter
By Ken Yeung
Desti is another product from SRI and it is designed to help make travel planning and discovery smart through the use of Siri-like technology. ... Siri for travel, Desti, launches iPad app in public beta giving users their own “smart travel guide”. 187 ... Chances are that you needed to go to numerous websites just to get all the information to book your trip, perhaps going to the local tourism website, TripAdvisor, Travelocity, Kayak, Facebook, Twitter, etc. With Desti, all of that goes away ...
The Next Web

Desti, a Virtual Personal Assisistant for Travel, Launches on iPad ...
By Lauren Goode
Can artificial intelligence improve vacation-planning? Desti thinks so.

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Friday, November 9, 2012

Minimalist ... threadbare on a Croatian beach

Minimalist ... threadbare on a Croatian beach. Photo: Jane Reddy
Sydney Morning Herald
Croatia's acceptance of naturists is long-standing, with the first nudist beach opened on the island of Rab in 1934, according to the website The country has 30 official naturist resorts and beaches, with countless unofficial beaches and ...

Air travel expected to resume to normal after nor'easter grounded planes
Fox News
Air travel is expected to return to normal after a nor'easter grounded planes at New York-area airports, in what is the second storm-related disruption in less than two weeks. United Continental, American Airlines and US Airways said service would ...

Obama to travel to Burma next week
The short trip to Burma -- also known as Myanmar -- is designed to encourage the nation's tentative steps toward democracy. Obama will also travel to Thailand and Cambodia, which is hosting an Asian economic conference. The Associated Press reports the ...

Recipients picked for BP tourism, seafood grants
CBS News
NEW ORLEANS — More than 100 nonprofit groups and government entities have been picked to get shares of $43.7 million in BP funds to promote the Gulf Coast's tourism and seafood industries following the company's 2010 oil spill. The first round of ...

Don't Dawdle, Holiday Travel Is Booking Up Early This Year
Wall Street Journal
Travel agencies say demand has been strong even as airlines have avoided adding capacity. "This is not a great year for procrastination," said Simon Bramley, vice president at online travel agency Travelocity. Tickets purchased on Travelocity for ...

Money Matters: Holiday travel, election's impact on the stocks
Money Matters: Holiday travel, election's impact on the stocks. To view this site, ... Traffic on the nation's airlines is still 10 percent below the peak travel years of 2006 and 2007. ... 25 is projected as the busiest travel day, followed by ...

Snow, icy mix impede travel, Sandy recovery
Buildups of icy mix of snow and slush are also impeding travel lanes, causing early morning delays. Nassau County police said that conditions were difficult on the roads Thursday morning. "Overnight, a bunch of roads were out. But this morning most of ...


Travel Michigan broadens reach with Pure Michigan winter ads
Detroit Free Press
"So pull the hat down a little lower and make sure there's a cup of hot cocoa waiting..." -- "Snow Days" TV ad. The joys of Michigan in winter will be touted across the Midwest in a new ad campaign that starts in December, Travel Michigan announced today.

European firms slash travel budgets
London (CNN) -- New figures show that tough trading conditions across Europe are forcing many firms to making even tougher financial decisions -- particularly when it comes to their travel budgets. Paul Tilstone, the managing director of the Global ...

Trade group says Obama 'gets' the travel industry
Los Angeles Times
"We can expect President Obama and his administration to vigorously defend the travel-policy accomplishments he achieved in his first term," Roger Dow, president of the trade group, said in a statement. Dow credits Obama for supporting legislation to ...

Travel Troubles: How To Have A Travel Fling |
By Rachel Friedman
In a recent fit of travel nostalgia, I pulled out the diary I kept while living in Ireland when I was 20. I expected it. ... The world could use more tolerance and open-mindedness and it might as well start with you and your travel fling. Kiss and Tell Being a writer is great because I have a professional ....FOXNews Travel · Baltimore tourism bureau launches 'microsite' for gay weddings · Broadway takes a big hit from Superstorm Sandy · With new storm looming, airlines take no chances ...

6 Ways to Travel Abroad Without Looking Like a Tourist |
I decided to go abroad, but how could I do that without looking like a noob? I learned the hard way, but now you don't have to.
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Louisiana Emergency Managers Travel To Pa., NY And NJ To Help ...
By Chelsea Karnash
The Louisiana team, including GOHSEP Director Kevin Davis and emergency managers form Calcasieu and St. Tammany parishes, left Tuesday for the East Coast.
CBS Philly

Cheapest way to travel | United States Forum | Fodor's Travel Talk ...
By Gronkdude24
I have traveled all across the U.S, and even worked at resorts to stay longer at certain places. There is one very important travel tip I want to pass along. Traveling isn't that expensive. Sometimes you just need to think a little outside the box.

Why a dengue travel advisory should be issued against India ...
By G Pramod Kumar
It's certainly in our interest that people who land in India don't fall sick or take the virus back to their countries.

America's Most and Least Attractive People - Articles | Travel + Leisure
Travel + Leisure readers rank the cities with the best-looking people, revealing some makeovers and beauty meltdowns in this year's results.

Obama to Travel to Burma | The Weekly Standard
Read conservative news, blogs and opinion about Asia, Barack Obama, Burma and Foreign Policy from The Weekly Standard, the must read magazine ...

Air travel thawing out; United resumes NY flights - Yahoo! News
From Yahoo! News: Air travel in the New York area is slowly getting back to normal after the second major storm in little more than a week.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Tourism blooms in desolate desert (video)

Tourism blooms in desolate desert - High end luxury has come to Namibia's most remote and beautiful deserts. CNN's Robyn Curnow reports.

Travel Bloggers from Across the Globe Coming to Dublin, Ireland for TBEX ...
Sacramento Bee
Minister of State for Tourism, Michael Ring TD, today welcomed the announcement, adding: "This is a great achievement for tourism and Ireland. Thanks to the efforts of Failte Ireland, we have won a conference which will deliver up to 450 travel ...

Busy airports, fuller planes, higher fares in store for Thanksgiving travel ...
Washington Post
For those traveling on the busiest days around Thanksgiving, planes are expected to be close to 90 percent full, the trade group says. That would be a record for the holiday. Sunday, Nov. 25 is projected as the busiest travel day, followed by Wednesday ...

Nor'easter Travel: Airlines Cancel Flights Ahead Of Storm
Huffington Post
NEW YORK — Major airlines are scrapping flights in and out of the New York area ahead of the second significant storm in little more than a week. United and American plan to suspend operations in the region this afternoon. Other airlines are ...

Travel ideas for Veterans Day ... and Doomsday
The silo -- now the Titan Missile Museum -- is one of hundreds of American travel destinations that honor the nation's history of military readiness and sacrifice. How about a .... Among San Diego's 170 tourism attractions, the USS Midway is rated No.

Candidates travel to key locations on Election Day (blog)
After over a year of campaigning and debating, and $984 million invested in presidential campaign advertising, Americans went to polling places across the nation Tuesday to render their verdict on President Barack Obama and Republican presidential ...

Fort Bragg hearing focuses on travel, relationships involving Brig. Gen ...
Fayetteville Observer
In other testimony today, jurors heard from Carmen Rios, a Department of Defense civilian who audited travel of all general officers in the 82nd Airborne Division. Rios said she found discrepancies in Sinclair's travel related to visits to Arizona and ...

Tourism: EMs winning market share
Financial Times (blog)
Taleb Rifai, secretary-general of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) told beyondbrics: “The rise of the emerging destination is a natural consequence of the changing attitudes and profiles of travellers, who are seeking different and ...

NFL Road Trips On New Travel Channel Show |
By Chris Owen
NFL road trips are the subject of a new Travel Channel show: 'NFL Road Tested,' premiering in December. The new show brings an inside look.

East Coast Nor'easter Causing Travel Delays - CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
Millions of people in the northeast are still cleaning up after Superstorm Sandy crashed into the east coast last week. But now the area is bracing for a new storm, this time a nor'easter.
CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

The Radar: Travel Lately – Intelligent Travel
By Intelligent Travel
Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories #NGTradar to help us find the crème de la crème on the web. Here's this week's: Any preconceived notions you had about traveling to Morocco during Ramadan are ...
Intelligent Travel

Month-long Eurotrip: Travel & Itinerary Help? | Europe Forum - Fodor's
By wanderingnomad
Hi everyone! I'm doing a Europe trip with my mom and our family friend friend from mid-December to mid-January (one solid month) and I'd really appreciate if someone can proofread the itinerary I've put together. Please let me know if I'm ...

Nigeria loses N80bn annually to medical tourism – Senate
By mbgolu
Nigeria loses N80bn annually to medical tourism – Senate. On November 7, 2012 · In News. 8:00 am. Tweet. By Henry Umoru. ABUJA—THE Senate, yesterday, said the about N80bn spent annually by Nigerians to seek better medical ...
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Travel and Leisure called DC "one of the most exciting restaurant cities on the East · Restaurants, Food & Wine · Georgetown is home to many swanky shops ...

Travel Forecast: Slow Growth | Past Issues | Past Issues
Travel in the United States is expected to continue to grow in 2013 according to a recent forecast released by the U.S. Travel Association, but the rate of growth ...

Nor'easter causes travel delays - WFSB 3 Connecticut
The impending nor'easter is now affecting flights in and out of Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Meet Mr. Cool & His Blueprint for Private Clubs

Bloomberg Markets Magazine features Nick Jones, founder of Soho House, on his plans to expand his network of members-only clubs.

Travel apps that save you time and money on-the-go
Fox News
That's especially good news for business and leisure travelers, who will always need help in figuring out ways to make travel easier, more efficient and budget friendly. So as we head into the most stressful travel time of the year - the holidays - I ...

Experts: Holiday travel with pets is worth hassle
Fox News
Caroline Golon's two Persian cats "are not big fans of car travel" — the only way that they cantravel since their breed is banned by many airlines — so they don't go on trips. Golon said when they travel, the family stops at pet-friendly hotels ...

New phone, tablet travel application available for Smoky Mountains visitors
Washington Post
Knoxville travel writer Katy Koontz has issued the Smoky Mountain Travel Guide, which can be loaded onto iPhones and iPads through the App Store and Android devices through Google Play. The cost is $2.99 and periodic updates are then free. Loading.

4 Insider Secrets To Holiday Travel Savings
Huffington Post (blog)
Instead of just going online and searching for peak holiday weekend travel days, I'm sharing my insider tips for how you can make it home for the holidays, score a beach vacation and avoid those seasonal mark ups. 1. Travel in the Off Season If you're ...

Travel Channel & NFL Films planning show to follow... the Cleveland Browns?
Awful Announcing
"NFL Films will provide unprecedented access to Travel Channel to unveil never-before-seen footage of what it takes to travel an entire professional football team from city to city, game to game, during the regular season. Every road trip requires a ...

Tzell Travel Group signs deal to merge with Protravel International, Inc.
Sacramento Bee
NEW YORK, Nov. 6, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Today, New York City's two premier travel companies are announcing that they're joining forces: Tzell Travel Group – a Travel Leaders Group company – has signed an agreement to merge with Protravel ...

Mexico Participates In World Travel Market London 2012
Sacramento Bee
5, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- The Mexico Ministry of Tourism commenced Mexico's participation in World Travel Market (WTM) – considered one the leading trade fairs in the global tourism industry – today at the ExCeL London Exhibition and Convention Center ...

The KTO opens its Korean travel tips service, K-Spot & K-Tour / 2PM ...
By LeeEunDuk
Plans on visiting KOREA soon? Well the Korea Tourism Organization has some great tools to make sure your trip is an amazing one. They also have a fantastic event which just opened (Free trip to Korea)! Check out the official press release ...

Pets Travel: 15 Tips For Traveling With Furry Friends During The ...
By The Huffington Post News Editors
LOS ANGELES — Traveling with a pet isn't easy, since there are more rules than destinations. Kelly E. Carter, president of and AOL's resident pet travel expert, and Sheron Long, frequent international traveler and author of ...
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Rihanna Debuts Sexy Barbados Tourism Ad Campaign - Celebuzz
By Celebuzz
Rihanna sure knows how to put her island on the map. The Bajan beauty has unveiled her the new ad campaign for Barbados Tourism, which she shot in her.
Advisory on travel to other J&K areas remains | Deccan Chronicle
The United Kingdom on Tuesday partially changed its travel advisory on ... state is keen to revive its tourism sector by attracting Western tourists to its cities.

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The Friendliest, Most helpful online travel forum with over 1000000 active travelers ... travel Jaipur Hotels: Drawing Cards In Heritage Tourism by seovika... travel ...

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