Senkaku Islands Dispute May Hurt Japan?s Recovering Tourism Industry
September 17 2012 12:09 PM EDT
When China and the Philippines sparred over the disputed Scarborough Shoal (known as Huangyan Island in China) this past May, the People?s Republic canceled all outbound travel to the Philippines, dealing a direct blow to an industry vital to the nation?s economy. Substitute Japan for the Philippines and Senkaku Islands (known as Diaoyu Islands in China) for Scarborough Shoal, and you?ve got the same thing happening this September.
Airlines To Passengers: Book Directly With Us Or We Will Punish You
September 13 2012 4:33 PM EDT
Frontier Airlines changed its website to FlyFrontier.com on Wednesday, a simple enough move if it weren’t for the message the company issued in the process, which went something like this: Forget the traditional online travel booking sites -- book with us or we will punish you.
International Tourism Arrivals To Exceed 1 Billion For First Time In 2012
September 13 2012 11:56 AM EDT
Europe may be in the throes of a crisis while North America recovers from its own recession, but that hasn’t stopped people from traveling -- far from it. Despite concerns over the global economy, tourism has shown incredible resilience as international arrivals are now projected to cross the 1 billion mark for the first time in 2012.
US-Cuba Travel Snarled By Regulations, Politics
September 13 2012 11:51 AM EDT
The Obama administration's much touted "people-to-people" travel program to Cuba has all but ground to a halt due to tighter regulations issued in May, apparently to placate Cuban-American lawmakers, travel industry professionals said this week.
Attention Business Travelers: These US Cities Tax You The Most
September 12 2012 11:20 AM EDT
The Global Business Travel Association, or GBTA, has released its 2012 report on the best and worst travel taxes in the top 50 U.S. destinations.
New Routes Into Myanmar + Limited Hotel Rooms = Soaring Prices
September 11 2012 12:15 PM EDT
It’s hard being the next big thing -- just ask Myanmar.
$17 Million Buffet At Caesars Palace Las Vegas Offers 500 Dishes A Day [VIDEO]
September 10 2012 3:19 PM EDT
Las Vegas is known to do everything in an over-the-top fashion. The new $17 million buffet at Caesars Palace is no exception.
Nein! Oktoberfest 2012 Threatened By Bottle Shortages, High Prices
September 10 2012 2:48 PM EDT
It’s less than two weeks before Munich’s renowned Oktoberfest is to begin and there is trouble brewing in Bavaria.
Want To Hail A New York Taxi With Uber? Not Until February, City Says
September 07 2012 12:28 PM EDT
Uber Technologies, the private developer of a smartphone app that matches cabdrivers with passengers, drove over a gigantic pothole when it tried to launch in New York City this week: the venerable Taxi and Limousine Commission.
Costa Rica Earthquake Not Affecting Tourism; Airports And Hotels ‘Operating Normally’
September 06 2012 10:43 AM EDT
After a magnitude 7.6 earthquake Wednesday rocked Costa Rica, a popular Central American destination for North American travelers, the tourism board released a statement reassuring visitors that the industry is “operating normally.”
Where Are Americans Traveling This Fall?
September 05 2012 5:38 PM EDT
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TSA: Testing Drinks Purchased Inside Airport Terminal Nothing New
September 05 2012 11:16 AM EDT
A video showing Transportation Security Administration officers testing travelers’ drinks at a departure gate in Columbus, Ohio, over Labor Day weekend has ignited a new round of condemnation for the oft-criticized agency. The TSA, however, says the policy is nothing new.
Lufthansa Strike To Continue, Escalate Friday
September 04 2012 5:15 PM EDT
The Lufthansa strike was far from over when cabin crew returned to work Tuesday. Far from it, the UFO union said late Tuesday it would up the stakes by initiating a 24-hour strike throughout Germany this Friday.
Democratic National Convention 2012: 5 Things Liberals Might Enjoy In Charlotte
September 03 2012 4:29 PM EDT
Thousands of liberals are headed to Charlotte, North Carolina for the 2012 Democratic National Convention, and while the Billy Graham Library may not be on their bucket lists, these spots should make the cut.
Fire In Angeles National Forest Disrupts Labor Day Plans For Thousands
September 03 2012 10:43 AM EDT
Angeles National Forest, located outside of Los Angeles, Calif., in the recreation-rich San Gabriel Canyon, was closed Labor Day as crews battled a wildfire that broke out Sunday.
Legionnaires’ Disease Kills 3 Who Stayed At Chicago Marriott
September 02 2012 5:56 PM EDT
A third person who visited a downtown Chicago Marriott hotel has died after contracting Legionnaires' disease, Chicago city officials announced late Friday.
Hantavirus At Yosemite National Park Should Not Deter Guests, Officials Say
August 31 2012 3:23 PM EDT
Yosemite National Park officials have closed 91 cabins in Curry Village that are at the center of a probe into how two people died and four others came ill with the rare mouse-borne hantavirus. Nevertheless, they are encouraging visitors to keep their Labor Day plans in the park.
Lufthansa Strike At Frankfurt Airport Ends, But More Could Be On The Horizon
August 31 2012 10:52 AM EDT
Lufthansa was forced to cancel more than 200 flights and delay many more at Frankfurt Airport, Germany?s busiest, following a strike by the Independent Flight Attendants Organization, or UFO, that lasted from 5:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. local time on Friday.
Labor Day 2012 Travel Forecast: Which City?s Residents Are Most Likely To Hit The Road?
August 31 2012 9:23 AM EDT
Are you planning to hit the road over Labor Day weekend? So are 33 million other Americans, but there appear to be some regional differences in who is traveling and for how long.
JetBlue’s ‘GoPack’ Offers 10 Flights For A Flat Fee
August 29 2012 1:26 PM EDT
It’s kind of like going to Costco: You buy in bulk and you get big savings -- at least that’s the idea behind JetBlue’s new “GoPack.”