These Arizona tourist attractions t...

These Arizona tourist attractions top national lists for best places to visit

Generating more than $20 billion last year, tourism is one of Arizona's most important industries, and a handful of well-known Arizona tourist attractions recently garnered some national recognition as some of the best in the country. Pink Jeep Tours, the Black Canyon Trail and the Children's Museum of Phoenix all have been ranked among the best attractions in the U.S. TripAdvisor ranked Pink Jeep Tours? which has been promoting Arizona's natural beauty, giving tours in their iconic brightly?
More conventions, but fewer attende...

More conventions, but fewer attendees in Denver this year

Denver is on pace to attract 11 percent fewer convention attendees this year than came to the Mile High City during its record year of 2014? even though Visit Denver actually has scheduled more meetings and events this year. Richard Scharf, president and CEO of the convention and visitors bureau, revealed the numbers during Visit Denver?s annual meeting on Thursday. He said the area is on pace to bring in 382,340 convention delegates who will pump $754 million into the local economy over the?
Kona coffee farm one of nation?s to...

Kona coffee farm one of nation?s top 10 tours, USA Today says

USA Today has named a Big Island Kona Coffee farm as one of the best to tours in the nation. Greenwell Farms, which spans four generations, was chosen as as one of the 10 Best Food Factory Tours in the United States, chosen by USA Today readers. Greenwell was chosen along with tours offered at Herr?s Snack Factory, TABASCO®, Hershey?s Chocolate World, Celestial Seasonings Tea, PEZ, Jelly Belly and Boudin Bakery. Greenwell beat tours at companies including Ben & Jerry?s, Tillamook Cheese?
Marcus Theatres unveiling upgrades ...

Marcus Theatres unveiling upgrades at Madison?s Point Cinema this weekend

Marcus Theatres Corp. will begin unveiling a new amenity at its Marcus Point Cinema location on Madison?s west side as the Milwaukee movie theater firm continues to bolster its offerings to compete with other entertainment options. Marcus said its DreamLounger recliner seating will be offered at some of the 15 screens at the Point Cinema beginning this weekend with roll-out to all screens to be complete by the end of November. Marcus said in a press release that the DreamLounger seating offered?
Emirates may want to fly world's la...

Emirates may want to fly world's largest plane into Seattle, but the airport doesn't have room

As Emirates airlines grows its volume of passengers through Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, bringing in a mammoth Airbus A380 would be the logical next step. Except Sea-Tac can?t fit the 262-foot wingspan of the twin-deck A380 and still maintain regular operations. The issue is FAA rules that dictate required separation between aircraft, said Sea-Tac spokesman Perry Cooper. While the airport can handle the 225-foot wingspan of Boeing (NYSE: BA) 747-8 jets, the extra 37 feet of an A380 puts?
ABC's 'The Chew' on location at Epc...

ABC's 'The Chew' on location at Epcot Food Fest

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is celebrating 20 years with the co-hosts of one of ABC's most popular shows. The Chew is on location for the first time in its five-season history, taping episodes at Walt Disney World Resort's Epcot Center. Mario Batali, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly and Michael Symon are taking center stage at Epcot's International Gateway Oct. 7-9 ? and Central Florida tourism will be in the spotlight when the episodes air, Oct. 12-16. Co-host Daphnie Oz couldn't make?


Storm-Ravaged Cruise Ship Returns t...

Storm-Ravaged Cruise Ship Returns to New Jersey Port

A cruise ship battered by rough seas and powerful winds in the Atlantic Ocean cut short its voyage docked Wednesday night at its New Jersey port.
Climate Change May Make Transatlant...

Climate Change May Make Transatlantic Flights Longer

Climate change could impact transatlantic travel, making eastbound flights longer and costing airlines an extra $22 million per year in fuel.
Drunk Passenger's Threat to Crew Di...

Drunk Passenger's Threat to Crew Diverts Denver Flight

An Alaska Airlines plane was forced to land midway through its flight after an intoxicated passenger became abusive and threatened crew members.
U.N. Panel Seeks Greenhouse Gas Rul...

U.N. Panel Seeks Greenhouse Gas Rules for Planes

The proposal drew praise from the White House and criticism from environmentalists who said it would be too weak to actually slow global warming.
How Does Zika Spread? 6 Things You ...

How Does Zika Spread? 6 Things You Need to Know

Brazilian authorities have advised pregnant partygoers at Carnival, the riotous celebration that has come to symbolize Brazil, not to kiss strangers,
Take a Tour Inside the World's Most...

Take a Tour Inside the World's Most Popular Airbnb

Of the more than two million Airbnb listings, the one most booked is a mushroom-shaped dome surrounded by redwood and oak trees in Aptos, California.


In Transit: After Stormy Royal Cari...

In Transit: After Stormy Royal Caribbean Cruise, Seeking Answers

The Coast Guard is examining the cruise ship that sailed into 120 m.p.h. winds, and a Florida senator has said that there should also be an investigation.
Royal Caribbean?s ?Smartship? Avoid...

Royal Caribbean?s ?Smartship? Avoids a Titanic Situation

Aboard Royal Caribbean?s flashy new megaship, awe gives way to fear as Anthem of the Seas meets up with a winter storm and its hurricane-force winds.
U.S. Plans to Resume Commercial Fli...

U.S. Plans to Resume Commercial Flights to Cuba This Year

An agreement to be completed next week will allow American carriers to offer 20 flights per day to Havana and dozens more to other Cuban cities.
Dining | Hudson Valley: At Yonkers ...

Dining | Hudson Valley: At Yonkers Brewing Company, Beer Steeped in Local Pride

In the city where the gangster Dutch Schultz once owned a brewery, there is a new kind of brewer in town.
Wanderlust: The Portland of Portuga...

Wanderlust: The Portland of Portugal

Porto was once one of the country?s richest towns, known for its artisanry. These days, it?s reemerging as a food and design hub, proving that austerity isn?t the death of creativity.
Check In: At Turin Hotel, a Minimal...

Check In: At Turin Hotel, a Minimalist Mood, With a Dash of History

At the NH Collection Torino Piazza Carlina, tasteful design and a touch of history in a city-center location is a winning combination.


Missouri Trout Opener March 1

Missouri Trout Opener March 1

Thousands of anglers will be flockin' to trout parks around the state for opening day of catch-and-keep trout fishing.
Laos Travel Alert

Laos Travel Alert

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the risks of traveling to the Xaisomboun province of Laos due to recent shooting attacks and detonations of improvised explosive devices.
Zika Virus Warrants National Scie...

Zika Virus Warrants National Science Foundation Call for Proposals

Dengue, yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis, West Nile virus -- and now Zika. Is our interaction with the environment somehow responsible for the increase in incidence of these diseases?
Steep Increase in 2015 U.S. Roadw...

Steep Increase in 2015 U.S. Roadway Deaths

Report: Early Estimate of Motor Vehicle Traffic Fatalities for the First Nine Months (Jan?Sep) of 2015
Nigeria Travel Warning

Nigeria Travel Warning

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Nigeria and recommends that U.S. citizens avoid all travel to Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states because the security situation in northeast Nigeria remains fluid and unpredictable. The U.S. Department of State strongly urges U.S. citizens in Nigeria to consider their own personal security and to keep personal safety in the forefront of their travel planning.
Turkey Travel Warning

Turkey Travel Warning

The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens against travel to southeastern Turkey due to an increased threat of terrorist attacks from both international and indigenous terror groups. U.S citizens should exercise caution when traveling throughout the country.


In Online Travel, Size Matters

In Online Travel, Size Matters

In Online Travel, Size MattersFour Questions about the Future of Online Travel Agencies With Expedia swallowing Travelocity, Orbitz considering a sale, eDreams Odigeo in transition and Priceline stoking fears around the world, every online travel company and hotelier must confront a rising strategic reality: It's become a two-horse race, and the leaders are pulling ahead of the pack. Online travel agencies (OTAs) are the fastest growing distribution channel globally, and the two largest, Priceline and Expedia, outpace the market by no small margin. Combined gross bookings of the two jumped from 38% of global OTA sales in 2011 to 47% in 2013 (see Figure 1). And the continued, super-charged organic growth of Priceline's, as well as Expedia's assumption of the Travelocity volume largely in 2014 (and Australia's Wotif), mean global share of the two leaders will only accelerate in 2014 and 2015. Figure 1 The rest of the OTA market is growing, but at a pace far...
U.K. Proves Perfect Storm for Mobil...

U.K. Proves Perfect Storm for Mobile Bookings

The time is finally here: The majority of U.K. travelers own a mobile device, and travel companies have the mobile web and app experience down pat. And now, mobile bookings are beginning to flourish. By 2016, 25% of online bookings will be mobile, up from 12% just three years before. In Europe, the U.K. has the highest share of total web traffic from smartphones and tablet. Learn more about the U.K.'s mobile travel market with Phocuswright's U.K. Online Travel Overview Tenth Edition.
Mobile Travel Shopping Hits Tipping...

Mobile Travel Shopping Hits Tipping Point ? But PC Still Dominates Booking

Mobile devices have invaded the early travel planning funnel. During 2014, one third of U.S. leisure travelers used their smartphone to research where to go for an upcoming vacation while only slightly fewer, 32%, used the device to shop for travel products like flights and hotels. According to a new Innovation Edition publication, the growth in mobile travel shopping has been extremely impressive, up from 26% the prior year. While consumers might be breaking out their devices to research and plan their trips, the overwhelming majority still head to the PC (78%) when it comes time to book. Nevertheless, mobile booking is growing. One in four leisure travelers used their smartphone to book leisure in 2014, up from only 15% from 2013. "The industry has been very focused on mobile booking for quite some time now. And while that growth is exciting to watch unfold, it's only just part of the story," says Phocuswright's senior analyst, consumer research, Marcello Gasdia. "More...
Canada's Travel Industry Fails to K...

Canada's Travel Industry Fails to Keep Pace as Travelers' Mobile Expectations Accelerate

Home to one of the first leaders in the global smartphone revolution, the storied maker of the BlackBerry messenger and smartphones, Canada has been somewhat sleepy when it comes to the mobile travel revolution. According to Phocuswright's Canadian Online Travel Overview Third Edition: 2012-2016 (a European and Global Edition publication), gross bookings via mobile devices (smartphones and tablets) remain well below that of the U.S., Europe and even Asia, with mobile as a share of all online bookings still in the low single digits. "When it comes to mobile, Canada's travel industry – with a few exceptions – has let the consumer pass it by. The Canadian traveler is already there," said Phocuswright's vice president, research, Douglas Quinby. "Four in five Canadian travelers own mobile devices and a significant minority of travelers use their devices across a range of travel activities." More than 40% of mobile travelers researched local activities or destinations on...
Europe's Online Travel Market Will ...

Europe's Online Travel Market Will Expand 7% in 2015, Despite Economic Challenges

A new European and Global Edition study published by Phocuswright finds that European online travel gross bookings will march forward at a brisk pace in 2015, despite continued economic sluggishness and geopolitical turbulence. Optimism over Europe's recovery experienced in the first half of 2014 proved short-lived, as the French economy continued its slowdown into 2015 and Greece's fiscal woes continued to weigh heavily on Euro Zone stability. Despite these challenges, online bookings expanded by 8% in 2013 and will continue to climb at a similar pace through 2016, according to Phocuswright's European Online Travel Overview Tenth Edition. "While growth in the total travel market has slowed, there is still ample opportunity to shift market share between Europe's many travel intermediaries and suppliers," states Luke Bujarski, director, research at Phocuswright. Intense competition driven by disruptive innovation across all the major travel segments including air and...
Sputtering European Economy Halts H...

Sputtering European Economy Halts Holiday Spending Recovery

After climbing out from the depths of the global economic recession, Europe appeared to be on track for a lasting recovery. But despite some signs of progress, the region's economic rollercoaster continued in 2014, amid fears of a renewed slowdown in the region's largest economies. Branded as Europe's growth engine, Germany sputtered in the second quarter as the country's gross domestic product (GDP) contracted. Add to that geopolitical turmoil and deflation concerns, and it is clear that Europeans have plenty to be concerned about. According to a new European and Global Edition publication, consumer travel trends for 2014 are mixed, but positive indicators remain. Although travel incidence fell in France and the U.K., a larger share of German travelers took a leisure trip versus the previous year. And while Europeans in all three markets took fewer trips, they spent more, making cutbacks among those who did travel largely symbolic. Consumer travel trends reflect a varied...


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