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  • Briton 'beaten to death' in a Dubai police cell after being arrested for swearing

    04/15/2011 4:07:55 AM PDT · by Ethan Clive Osgoode · 57 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 14th April 2011 | Arthur Martin, Nick Mcdermott and Rebecca Evans
    A British tourist was beaten to death by officers in a Dubai police station after being arrested for swearing, it was claimed yesterday. Lee Bradley Brown, 39, was on holiday at a £1,000-a-night hotel in the Arab state when he was thrown into a filthy cell. Police sources say he was ‘badly beaten up’ by a group of police officers, leaving him unconscious on the floor. Inmates told how they watched officers bundle him into a body-bag and drag him out of the building. During Mr Brown’s six days in Bur Dubai police station, guards refused to give him enough...
  • Conservatives take on Palin for gov-subsidized reality show, Palin calls criticism ludicrous

    03/30/2011 6:42:33 AM PDT · by Anamnesis · 79 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3/30/11 | Chris Moody
    The company that produced Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s TLC reality show, “Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” received $1.2 million in state tax credits for filming in Alaska through a government program Palin signed into law as governor in 2008. The Anchorage Daily News first reported the story in February, but after an analyst at the Tax Foundation posted a blurb on the group’s blog linking to the piece Tuesday, Palin faced a fresh heap of criticism from Washington conservative pundits who may have been a bit late to the fight, but were not shy to throw punches. The state legislature passed...
  • California site for 'maternity tourists' shut down

    03/24/2011 3:17:47 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 16 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | March 24, 2011 | RAQUEL MARIA DILLON and CHRISTINA HOAG
    Authorities have closed three upscale townhouses that were operating as a maternity center for Chinese mothers paying thousands of dollars to give birth in the United States so the children would automatically gain citizenship. Police and city inspectors found seven newborns and two mothers when they closed the homes for building code violations on March 8 in San Gabriel, a suburb east of Los Angeles that is home to a large Asian population. The women, who were Chinese and Taiwanese nationals and spoke little English, told officials their families had paid to send them to the United States to give...
  • 'Travel to dictatorships helps destroy them': CEO

    02/11/2011 1:50:51 PM PST · by WesternCulture · 24 replies
    www.thelocal.se ^ | 02/11/2011 | The Local/vt
    Pär Kjellin, the CEO of leading Swedish travel package operator Apollo, has argued that travel and tourism to countries with authoritarian regimes helps to undermine them. Kjellin argued on Thursday that tourism can be a "good and democratic force," making a link between the high volumes of tourists to countries such as Egypt and Tunisia and the ongoing pro-democracy movements. "The fact that people travel and meet across cultural, religious and political boundaries is a good thing. Visits, even to dictatorships, I believe helps to destroy them. I would argue that tourism, major global travel, is in itself a positive...
  • Leprosy, Plague and Other Visitors to New York

    02/11/2011 4:42:29 AM PST · by Tennessee Nana · 26 replies
    NewYorkTimes ^ | February 10, 2011 | Anemona Hartocollis
    When New York City’s health department revealed last weekend that three people had contracted cholera, it was a reminder that the city is not just a world capital of arts, business and the like — but also of exotic diseases. If a disease has cropped up in the world, there is a good chance it will eventually find its way to New York City through the diverse travelers who cross the city’s borders. For instance, several people every year are found to have a biblical disease, leprosy, though health officials say no one has to fear catching it in the...
  • Electronic Toll on Golden Gate Bridge Can Cost Tourists Hundreds

    02/02/2011 6:18:42 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 40 replies
    Aol Travel ^ | February 1, 2011 | Jason Cochran
    The authorities that run San Francisco's iconic Golden Gate Bridge announced that next year, they will remove the crossing's human toll takers and replace them with electronic sensors. The switch has been sold as a triumph for efficiency and traffic flow but is potential budget disaster for tourists who now risk stumbling into fines or having to pay more money for e-pass equipment. Cities and states across the world have been moving to sensor-based tolling systems, from TxTag in Texas to E-ZPass in 14 states, without regard to the burden it places on tourists who either don't understand the system,...
  • New Orleans restaurants seem to have recovered after the BP oil spill

    12/27/2010 3:54:54 PM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    NOLA ^ | 12/26/10 | Brett Anderson
    New Orleans restaurants seem to have recovered after the BP oil spillBy Brett Anderson, The Times-Picayune Published: Sunday, December 26, 2010, 8:45 AM The days of explaining exotic species of Hawaiian finfish to puzzled locals have passed at Grand Isle restaurant. After struggling through months when the oyster bar would sit idle for weeks on end, supplies from Terrebonne Parish and Galveston Bay are now readily available. Grouper may still be more difficult to come by than usual, but at least it's not Chilean. Still, David Pearson, a partner in Grand Isle, a Warehouse District seafood restaurant, is not resting...
  • Somalia Gets a Tourist, Mogadishu Officials Are Baffled

    12/13/2010 10:18:27 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 34 replies
    Time ^ | December 13, 2010 | Megan Gibson
    It's no wonder Somali immigration officials in Mogadishu thought a 41-year-old man who described himself as a tourist was insane; they hadn't seen a tourist in the Somali capital since, well, ever. Canadian citizen Mike Spencer Bown is a seasoned traveler having visited more than 150 countries. But when he arrived in Mogadishu as a tourist, he was met with disbelief. "We have never seen people like this man," Omar Mohamed, one of the officials, told the AFP. "He said he was a tourist, we couldn't believe him. But later on we found he was serious. That makes him the...
  • Weather forces Showboat Branson Belle aground on Table Rock Lake......(Branson, Missouri)

    12/11/2010 9:56:13 PM PST · by TYVets · 14 replies
    KY3-TV Web Site ^ | December 11, 2010 | KY3-TV
    The wind was so strong Saturday night it blew the Showboat Branson Belle aground during its cruise with guests onboard. The Belle and local authorities tell KY3 there's no serious injuries and only three people requested medical assistance as a precaution. A passenger told KY3 over the phone Saturday night, most of the 567 passengers are calm but some are panicking. The passenger also says the captain announced it's not safe to evacuate the boat where they came aground. He said the rocky shoreline is covered in ice. Fire crews are trying to create a gameplan but the captain announced...
  • Kayaker killed by crocodile

    12/10/2010 9:44:12 AM PST · by drew · 48 replies · 3+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 12/10/2010 | Jenny gross
    Kayaker presumed dead after Congo crocodile attack By Jenny Gross - JOHANNESBURG | An acclaimed South African outdoorsman who was leading a kayaking expedition from the source of the White Nile into Congo was dragged from his craft by a crocodile as two Americans watched, horrified. The guide is presumed dead. The two Americans paddled to safety after the Tuesday morning attack on the Lukuga River in Congo. The International Rescue Committee helped evacuate the Americans to a nearby town after Tuesday's attack, said Ciaran Donnelly, the organization's regional director in the Central African country. The body of 35-year-old Hendrik...
  • Couple's 'Vow Renewal' in Maldives Was String of Insults

    10/29/2010 10:42:15 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 22 replies · 1+ views
    (Oct. 29) -- It should have been one of the happiest days of their lives. The European couple had decided to renew their wedding vows in the tropical Maldives islands in the Indian Ocean and paid $1,300 for the ceremony to be conducted in the exotic local Dhivehi language. *** The couple -- who are thought to be either Swiss or French -- hold their hands up in prayer, and glance happily at each other throughout the 15-minute ceremony, blissfully unaware of the words' true meaning. "You fornicate and make a lot of children," the celebrant continued. "You drink and...
  • Space tourism will accelerate climate change, warn scientists as Sir Richard Branson ...

    10/25/2010 12:27:42 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/25/10 | Staff
    A decade of commercial space flight would have a devastating impact on climate change and global temperatures, according to a new study.Scientists believe that vast amounts of black soot created by a new generation of spacecraft could lead to temperatures in polar regions rising by as mush as one degree Celsius.The study comes as the dream of whisking tourists edged closer to reality with the official opening of the runway at the world's first commercial spaceport by Sir Richard Branson.The billionaire said he expects flights for space tourists to begin in nine to 18 months,
  • Oprah Effect Lost on Chinese as Sydney Battles to Boost Tourism [Winfrey hired brings 300-audience)

    10/14/2010 11:48:37 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 17 replies
    Bloomberg Businessweek ^ | October 14, 2010 | Robert Fenner
    The “Oprah effect” might not be enough to help Sydney’s flagging tourism industry. Australia is spending more than A$3 million ($2.98 million) to bring billionaire talk-show Oprah Winfrey to the city for the first time and stage her show in December for broadcast to U.S. audiences, Tourism Minister Martin Ferguson said last month. While Winfrey is the city’s latest weapon in the battle to lure back visitors put off by the record-high Australian dollar, travel agents and advertising professionals say the money would be better spent attracting the Chinese.
  • RI Tourist Bitten by Poisonous Snake at Fla. Hotel

    10/06/2010 11:32:18 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    ABC6 ^ | October 5, 2010
    A tourist is in intensive care after being bitten by a poisonous snake near a Florida resort's swimming pool. A Dr. P. Phillips Hospital spokeswoman said 45-year-old Eric Geisman of Pawtucket, R.I., was stable Tuesday. Orange County Fire Rescue spokesman John Mulhall says a crew responded to a 911 call Monday afternoon about a man bitten by a snake near a swimming pool at the J.W. Marriott Grande Lakes resort in Orlando. The fire rescue crew found and killed the water moccasin after transporting Geisman to the hospital. Geisman's sister-in-law tells the Orlando Sentinel that Geisman was bitten on the...
  • China Issues Japan Travel Warning

    09/30/2010 9:53:21 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies
    WSJ ^ | 10/01/10 | JEREMY PAGE in Beijing and YUKA HAYASHI in Tokyo
    China Issues Japan Travel Warning By JEREMY PAGE in Beijing and YUKA HAYASHI in Tokyo China issued a travel warning for Japan, reflecting continued strains between the two neighbors despite efforts to ratchet down tensions. The National Tourism Administration's warning cited an alleged attack against a Chinese tour bus by Japanese right-wing activists in the southern city of Fukuoka. The statement, issued late Thursday, didn't give further details of the incident, but warned "Chinese tourists and tour groups currently in Japan or planning to go to Japan in the near future to watch their travel safety." The incident couldn't immediately...
  • Who wants to visit the Middle East? Twice as many people as in 2000.

    09/30/2010 2:31:41 PM PDT · by posterchild · 18 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | Sept 30, 2010 | Sarah Birke
    Damascus, Syria When it comes to the Middle East, more than a few people might be surprised to learn of the region's latest achievement: stature as the fastest-growing tourism destination in the world. Greater political stability and stepped-up efforts to attract visitors are at the root of the trend – one that not only tends to shore up regional stability and increase countries' revenues, analysts say, but can also give countries marred by allegations of corruption, human rights abuses, and autocracy a better image on the international stage. “Tourism is an important new source of income for these countries and...
  • Railroad group gets stimulus funds to rehab southern tracks

    09/30/2010 12:59:40 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 36 replies
    The Adirondack Daily Enterprise ^ | Thursday, September 30, 2010 | Jessica Collier
    The Adirondack Railway Preservation Society was awarded $200,000 in federal stimulus funds to rehabilitate a stretch of the Adirondack Scenic Railroad in the western Adirondacks. Bill Branson, president of the society, said the seed money will let the group access about $1 million in other funds, already raised through private and state grants, to fix 14 miles of track from Carter Station, just north of Thendara, through Big Moose up to Beaver River in Herkimer County. The cost of the entire project will likely be about $1,350,000, so the society has a good start, Treasurer Ed Kennedy said. The group...
  • Obama to tax foreign tourists $10 each...to fund a program promoting tourism to foreigners.

    08/23/2010 8:34:48 AM PDT · by conimbricenses · 57 replies
    As of September 8, travellers from countries in the US visa waiver programme will nevertheless have to hand over $14 (SFr14.6) to be allowed into the country. The new entry fee is made up of $10 for “travel promotion” and $4 for administrative costs. The remaining $10 of the fee will go towards a semi-public promotion fund that was created under the Travel Promotion Act signed into law in March this year. The act aims to boost the US tourist industry, which has been in decline since 2000. The fund will be used to help the industry recover.
  • Obama urges tourism to aid Gulf economy post-spill ('Clean, open, safe' - he is the Messiah!)

    08/14/2010 8:29:54 PM PDT · by Libloather · 31 replies
    BBC ^ | 8/14/10
    Obama urges tourism to aid Gulf economy post-spill14 August 2010 Last updated at 16:01 ET President Obama has urged Americans to "come on down and visit" Florida to help revive the economy stricken by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Mr Obama said oil was no longer flowing into the Gulf but "our job is not finished and we are not going anywhere until it is." The president is visiting Florida with his wife and elder daughter. On Friday, US incident commander Adm Thad Allen said work would continue to seal the leaking well for good. The president paid tribute...
  • Virgin Galactic's first space trip could be this fall

    08/14/2010 1:42:37 PM PDT · by GWConservative · 14 replies
    Space.com - msnbc.msn.com ^ | 7/21/2010 | Clara Moskowitz
    Suborbital, private joyrides will cost $200,000 a ticket A private spaceship built to launch space tourists on suborbital joyrides could by flying on its own by this fall, Space.com has learned. The SpaceShipTwo spacecraft VSS Enterprise, which the space tourism company Virgin Galactic has been flying on test flights attached to a huge mothership, could make its first drop flights over California's Mojave Desert for glide and landing tests. "There's a reasonable possibility that we could see the first drop flight in the fall, but as always, everything is predicated on thoroughness and safety," Virgin Galactic's commercial director Stephen Attenborough...
  • What Boycott? Arizona Tourism is Booming

    07/30/2010 11:26:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies · 1+ views
    FOX NEWS PHOENIX ^ | 07/30/2010
    PHOENIX - When SB1070 was signed into law, there were calls from Los Angeles to St. Paul to Boston to boycott Arizona. City councils, businesses, organizations, and even musicians vowed not to travel to Arizona, because of our stance on illegal immigration. But one study shows, the boycott strategy didn't deliver the knockout punch some hoped for. The study found that occupancy rates at Arizona hotels are up more than 5 percent in May, and more than 11 percent compared to last year. The state raked in $48 million in tourism dollars. The boom in numbers is apparently thanks in...
  • What to pack for your visit to Jerusalem

    07/27/2010 3:02:09 AM PDT · by jerusalemjudy · 9 replies
    www.nileguide.com ^ | july 24, 2010 | Judy Lash balint
    So you’re on your way to the Holy Land and you can’t wait to get to Jerusalem for your first glimpse of the city that’s holy to more than half the population of the world. What are the essentials you should bring along to make your trip that much more enjoyable?
  • Come Visit Israel

    07/11/2010 11:51:20 PM PDT · by Ari Bussel · 27 replies
    Come Visit Israel by Ari Bussel I like to fly light, but it never seems to work. The one exception is when I return from Israel to the United States. Everything here is cheaper, so I really do not buy things in Israel, other than recently published books in Hebrew. In Israel, magazines and books in duty free are exempt from VAT, a substantial savings when the price of a book is close to $20. On the way to Israel, however, the situation is quite different. I take everything, from grocery bags (the paper type because they are bigger here)...
  • AZ to open 5 rest areas shut during budget cuts

    06/22/2010 9:16:05 AM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies
    Arizona Daily Star - Capitol Media Services | Howard Fischer Capitol Media Services
    PHOENIX - If you've got to go - to Phoenix, that is - you'll soon have another place to stop if you've gotta go. Next month, five of the 13 rest areas closed by the state last fall in a budget-cutting move will reopen, the Arizona Department of Transportation announced Monday. Four more should be welcoming travelers again by the fall. ADOT spokesman Doug Nintzel said his agency's funding, largely a combination of gasoline taxes and vehicle-registration fees, has stabilized since October, when the department decided it could afford to operate just five rest areas. And it looks like state...
  • Birth Tourism, a Loophole for Terrorists?

    06/19/2010 8:51:23 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 16 replies · 368+ views
    Don’t think I wouldn’t catch the next flight out of Istanbul and head for the U.S. if I had the money and opportunity to birth my baby in the best country in the world, and have my child become, presto, a legalized citizen of the U.S. All told, it would cost me about $45,000 including luxury hotel accommodations along with hospital and doctor’s costs. Not a bad price to pay for instant access to excellent medical, educational, and economic prospects. Oh, and my baby also gets the privilege of applying for her foreign born family members to join her once...
  • New Orleans drops 'anti-British' ad campaign for fear of upsetting UK tourists

    06/17/2010 10:58:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies · 432+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 06/17/2010 | Chris Mcgreal
    Alas, New Orleans has not survived the British after all. The city that saw off the Redcoats in the war of 1812 has surrendered to an article in the Guardian poking fun at an advertising campaign intended to stiffen the backbone of tourists worried about the BP oil spill. The city's convention and visitors' bureau went with the slogan "This isn't the first time New Orleans has survived the British" over a picture of a statue of General Andrew Jackson, who led the US forces to a famous military victory in the Battle of New Orleans. The Guardian noted the...
  • Phil Fretz: Annoy your liberal friends, enjoy a vacation in Arizona

    06/14/2010 11:00:21 PM PDT · by george76 · 40 replies · 528+ views
    Jacksonville ^ | June 14, 2010 | Phil Fretz
    Pity poor Arizona! First, the federal government causes it a lot of economic damage by failing to enforce the immigration laws. Then, when Arizona decides to lend a helping hand on enforcement, the political left gets in a snit and launches a boycott. Fine. Let them. I'm launching a buycott. My wife and I are canceling our planned trip to San Francisco this summer. We'll be going to Arizona, instead. We want our hard-earned tourist dollars to go to the good people there, not the extreme leftist city that Nancy Pelosi calls home. Besides, to be honest, I wanted to...
  • Obama Encourages Gulf Tourism Despite Oil Spill (What Tourism?)

    06/14/2010 3:38:05 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 35 replies · 426+ views
    http://annem040359.wordpress.com/ ^ | June 14, 2010 | annem040359
    Wow, President Barak Obama, while down in the Gulf of Mexico for the fourth time, to check up on how the oil spill and its clean up is going on, says to everyone around the country to take a vacation trip to the Gulf, encouraging tourism during the summer.
  • Mexican reporters on gov't tourism trip kidnapped

    06/13/2010 7:49:54 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 13 replies · 675+ views
    AP ^ | 6/13/2010 | GUSTAVO RUIZ
    MORELIA, Mexico — A government media tour to promote tourism in southwestern Mexico went awry when machete-wielding Indians briefly kidnapped 13 reporters on the trip, officials said Sunday. Fifteen people trying to film a beer commercial were also abducted. Nobody was harmed during the abductions Saturday, said a Michoacan state government official who spoke on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to speak to the media. Government officials were still negotiating Sunday to recover the cameras and other media equipment stolen by the Nahua Indians. The indigenous communal landowners were upset that Grupo Modelo, the maker of Corona...
  • Utah: Road closure complicates visits to Zion and other national parksZion National Park

    06/08/2010 4:10:13 PM PDT · by Utah Binger · 32 replies · 29+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 6/08/2010 | Benoit Lebourgeois
    Visitors to Zion National Park in Utah will want to adjust their arrival and departure times to avoid the closure of Utah Highway 9 this summer from the park’s east entrance to its junction with the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. The reconstruction of a 9½-mile section will close the road and tunnel through the Checkerboard Mesa and some other areas from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Controlled traffic will be allowed before 9 a.m. and after 4 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays, the park said
  • Israel Publishes Gaza Travel Guidebook For Pro-Hamas Freedom Flotilla

    Dear Crazy People, We’ve been given to understand that you intend to stage another media stunt, wherein you’re again going to float some empty ships – they may be full this time, they were mostly empty last time – in the general direction of the Gaza Strip. Your hope is apparently that your cameramen will capture the Israeli reaction and edit it into an overreaction or, failing that, simply reprint your feverish fantasies with slack-jawed credulity. Again. Our problem isn’t so much that your goal involves obfuscating the millions of tons of food and aid we’ve delivered to Gaza civilians,...
  • Zion National Park to Close East Entrance

    06/01/2010 5:20:04 AM PDT · by Utah Binger · 41 replies · 662+ views
    Taragana Blog ^ | 5/29/2010 | Zion National Park
    Road work at Zion park to close east entrance SALT LAKE CITY — Major road work starting June 7 will shut down Zion National Park’s east entrance at times. The national park says the Mount Carmel Junction Road will be closed weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. until Oct. 28. It’s the first major reconstruction since state Route 9 was built in 1930. The $6 million federally funded project will involve milling and grading the roadway down to its original elevation, compacting the road base, shoring up the historic retaining walls, providing drainage for groundwater and repaving. Zion park,...
  • New Website Promotes Arizona

    05/28/2010 3:41:28 AM PDT · by Arizona_Fan · 8 replies · 552+ views
    AZ-Buycott ^ | 05/27/2010 | Truthteller
    A new website promotes Arizona.
  • Che Guevara spawns tourism industry with 'Che Trail'

    05/27/2010 7:02:25 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 19 replies · 467+ views
    Telegraph.co.uk ^ | 27 May 2010
    Che Guevara spawns tourism industry with 'Che Trail' In life, Ernesto "Che" Guevara fought to overthrow a corrupt, capitalist elite. In death, he is spawning his own tourism industry – soon to include a three-country "Che Trail." Tourism officials in Argentina, Cuba and Bolivia are collaborating on a historic route that will allow Guevara buffs to retrace the footsteps of the Argentine medical student turned revolutionary in Cuba who was killed in a failed mission to foment an uprising in Bolivia. Bolivia's vice minister of tourism, Marco Antonio Peredo, said that the international "Caminos del Che" trail will include sites...
  • LEAKED RECORDING AT US/CANADA BORDER CROSSING (Welcome to Amerika Police State)

    05/19/2010 5:52:40 PM PDT · by Beloved Levinite · 176 replies · 2,138+ views
    YouTube.com ^ | May 17, 2010 | unknown
    thatstheguy07 — May 17, 2010 — Since this video has been getting so many views, and ppl have been asking the same questions, I figured Id explaion a ciuple things here. This video was sent to me by someone on facebook. I dont know who the guy is, what the aftermath was, or which crossing this was at.
  • Geology Picture of the Week, May 9-15, 2010: The [Endangered] Witch's Well of Tuhala

    05/13/2010 8:51:07 PM PDT · by cogitator · 2 replies · 532+ views
    Flickr ^ | April 10, 2010 | Tiina Gill
    OK, I admit, I found out about this place because economic development -- in this case, limestone quarries to supply gravel for roads -- threatens this unique geological and hydrological site/phenomenon/tourist attraction. And I guess it does bug me when something of national (indeed, international) geological, hydrological, historical, and traditional value can be so undervalued. So, I provide the basic setting, read the links in the comment if you want. The Witch's Well in the Northern Estonia karst area is in reality a karst spring that starts gushing forth during the spring floods when the underground Tuhala River can no...
  • Pakistani Man Found with Explosives on Hands at U.S. Embassy in Chile

    05/11/2010 4:13:11 PM PDT · by pissant · 16 replies · 404+ views
    ABC ^ | 5/11/10 | Pierre Thomas
    A Pakistani man was detained at the U.S. Embassy in Chile yesterday after field tests detected explosive residue on his hands and personal items, the State Department said today. A U.S. official tells ABC News the man had been recently added to a U.S. terror watch list, and as a result his U.S. visa was in the process of being revoked. In accordance with U.S. law, the man had been notified of the intention to revoke his U.S. visa and he was at the embassy to discuss the matter.
  • The Sea to Sky Climb on the Rocky Mountaineer

    05/13/2010 7:24:22 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 2 replies · 229+ views
    Montreal Gazette ^ | 13th May 2010 | Claire Newell
    Enjoy breathtaking scenery without the winding roads and gnarled trafficOn a sunny and clear day, is there any scenery in the world more breathtaking than the towering mountains and sparkling waters that surround you as you travel up the Sea to Sky Highway? However, throw in bumper-to-bumper traffic and unexpected delays and the journey can be less than relaxing. Well, what if you could slow down and really enjoy that beautiful scenery without the worry of the car in front or behind you and the twists and turns of the highway? What if you could actually relax and make the...
  • Tourism operators say oil threat hurting their pocketbooks

    05/11/2010 1:55:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 178+ views
    WLOX-TV ^ | May 9, 2010 | Danielle Thomas
    GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - So far there have been no official reports of oil in Mississippi waters, but some tourism operators said world-wide media coverage is enough to scare off visitors. Tuesday, coast tourism leaders and BP officials will meet in Biloxi to discuss the oil leak's effect on tourism. Some business owners said their message for BP is that while the oil hasn't surfaced in Mississippi yet, the negative economic impact is already here. Some passengers who boarded the ferry to Ship Island this weekend said they had worried that oil in the Gulf of Mexico might keep them...
  • Travel Like a VIP on a Small Budget in Asia

    04/30/2010 12:29:29 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 16 replies · 583+ views
    Associated Content ^ | April 30 2010 | Alice Winters
    Rarely are currency exchange rates as good for the American dollar as that of Asian countries. In Asia, the American dollar carries a lot of clout and with the recent devaluation of the USD; it is a good thing that these countries offer an excellent trip for so little cost to Americans.
  • Around the world, how far can you get with $10?

    04/18/2010 7:29:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies · 449+ views
    CNN ^ | April 16, 2010 | Rachel Rodriguez
    If you're in New York City with only $10 in your pocket, Julio Ortiz-Teissonniere has you covered. Get an unlimited day pass MetroCard, he says. "It'll take you from the Bronx Zoo down to Coney Island and everywhere else in between for just $8.25. Just make sure you're done by 3 a.m. of the day after you bought it -- otherwise you'll spend a lot more than $10 on a yellow cab." If you're in Italy, Diana Corridori could show you where to get a fantastic breakfast of cappuccinos, chocolate croissants and cookies for a ten-spot. And Jon Regas of...
  • Arriving in Los Angeles tomorrow!

    04/05/2010 8:10:25 AM PDT · by djsunzi · 65 replies · 1,176+ views
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    Last month, I posted some questions about what to do in L.A. Well, I am finally arriving in L.A. on Tuesday, and looking forward to it. Mind you, the recent earthquake in southern Cali did send a couple of shivers down my spine, but that's regular life for Californians I guess! Hoping to catch plenty of nature and experience the real California, and not the Hollywood-filtered kind.
  • Swedish MPs take Disneyland 'study' tour

    03/18/2010 11:30:25 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 12 replies · 229+ views
    www.thelocal.se ^ | 03/18/2010 | TT/The Local
    Swedish parliament rules providing for expenses paid educational trips up to a value of 50,000 kronor ($7,000) per annum have prompted three Social Democrat MPs to use the system to 'study tourism' at California's Disneyland. In general, regulations for how MPs can dispose of their allotted funds have been interpreted generously, a review by the Expressen tabloid has shown. Other approved excursions have included a trip to the Faroe islands to experience "how it is to live on an island in the middle of the Atlantic", ten days in Canada to "study the situation of youth in a broader perspective",...
  • About Belgrade

    03/17/2010 4:43:47 AM PDT · by Stilmat · 9 replies · 279+ views
    Infostar ^ | 17.03.2010 | Aleksandar
    Belgrade, city of very tumultuous history, one of the oldest in Europe. Its history has lasted for 7000 years. The area around the large rivers was inhabited in the Paleolithic period. From the older stone age, came the remains of human bones and skulls of Neanderthals, found in a quarry near Leštane, in a cave in the vicinity of the Cukarica Bajloni market. Remains of late Stone Age culture were found in Vinca, Zarkovo and Upper Town, above the confluence of the Sava and Danube. This indicates that the area of Belgrade has been continually inhabited and that the intensity...
  • NBC's Castro-Driven Journalism

    03/12/2010 3:21:20 AM PST · by Scanian · 6 replies · 304+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | March 12, 2010 | Humberto Fontova
    There's no worse crime in journalism these days than simply deciding something's a story because Drudge links to it. - NBC's Chuck Todd, March 6, 2010. Oh, really? Well, how about partnering with a Stalinist regime's military robber-barons to boost their currency booty and hide their tortures, mass-murders, and mass-jailings? To wit: In June 2007, Castro's Stalinist regime held a "tourism fair" in Havana to kick off an ambitious plan to boost the Cuban military's tourist booty. By some peculiar coincidence, NBC's "Today Show" decided to broadcast from Havana that very week. Amidst smiling, clapping, dancing tourists, Matt Lauer and...
  • Culled out (another 1 million jobs at risk)

    03/10/2010 12:40:37 AM PST · by greeneyes · 63 replies · 2,486+ views
    ESPN Outdoors ^ | 3/10/2010 | greeneyes
    The Obama administration will accept no more public input for a federal strategy that could prohibit U.S. citizens from fishing some of the nation's oceans, coastal areas, Great Lakes, and even inland waters.
  • Ads Will Encourage Foreigners to Come to America (YOUR tax$$$)

    03/04/2010 12:04:59 PM PST · by AuntB · 16 replies · 592+ views
    CBS ^ | Mar. 4, 2010 | Mark Knoller
    WASHINGTON – TV viewers abroad may soon find themselves watching commercials urging them to visit America. In the Oval Office this morning, President Obama signed legislation to launch a campaign to promote foreign travel to the U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is a leading proponent of the measure. His home state of Nevada, led by Las Vegas, depends heavily on tourism. "We're the only country in the world, major country in the world, that doesn't promote itself," Reid said last month at a Town Hall Meeting with Mr. Obama in Henderson, NV. Reid pointed to commercials on American television...
  • Congress acts to promote U.S. to foreign visitors

    03/04/2010 9:11:12 AM PST · by Blue Turtle · 17 replies · 311+ views
    International travel to the United States took a significant hit after the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, research shows. Efforts to reverse this trend culminated in Senate approval last week of the Travel Promotion Act, which President Obama is expected to sign today. The measure provides close to $200 million annually to create a national agency - the Corporation for Travel Promotion - modeled after successful tourism-advancement organizations in this country and in other developed nations.
  • Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas Is Closing, But There’s Still Reason To Head Out To The Lake

    03/01/2010 7:23:07 PM PST · by Steelfish · 9 replies · 524+ views
    LATimes ^ | March 01, 2010
    Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas Is Closing, But There’s Still Reason To Head Out To The Lake This month there were reports that Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas in Henderson, Nev., would be closing its doors permanently May 2. For many Vegasofiles this comes as no surprise. The Ritz — along with other hotels such as Loews Lake Las Vegas Resort and MonteLago Village Resort, not to mention the shops at MonteLago Village —requires a concerted effort to get to when visiting Las Vegas. Lake Las Vegas is nearly a half-hour’s drive from the Strip. Still, it seems odd that a Ritz-Carlton...
  • Steve Wynn Rips President Obama

    02/27/2010 8:32:57 AM PST · by truthandlife · 21 replies · 1,939+ views
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Steve Wynn, the Las Vegas Steve Wynn, had his company's fourth quarter financial result conference call yesterday with reporters. And during the Q&A a female reporter said to Steve Wynn, "Is it too early to say that maybe 2011 would be better, in other words, how do your 2011 bookings versus 2010, or just any comments on the volume of bookings or rate of bookings for 2010 or '11 just to get a sense of whether you see any change at all?" WYNN: There are more questions afoot in this market in America that will impact '11...