Orlando developers release construc...

Orlando developers release construction bids worth $800M in 2Q

Commercial construction activity was solid in Central Florida, as developers and builders were seeking workers on more than 250 new construction projects in this year?s second quarter, said a new report by BidClerk. The Orlando area reported that $800 million worth of construction projects was released for bid in second-quarter 2014, creating thousands of temporary construction jobs. Chicago-based BidClerk reports among those most actively bidding was the $20 million, 126-room Hampton Inn & Suites?
Otakon 2014 draws 30,000 costume-cl...

Otakon 2014 draws 30,000 costume-clad visitors to Baltimore

Convention goers wielding larger-than-life weapons, dressed as Pokemon and wearing neon contacts lined the streets outside the Baltimore Convention Center Friday morning for Otakon 2014. The annual convention of all things anime draws roughly 30,000 people annually ? one of the biggest meeting groups the city sees. It's one of the last years Otakon will return to Baltimore. The convention will head to Washington, D.C., in 2017. Check out the slideshow to the right to see some of the characters?
Uniland team picked for Rainbow Cen...

Uniland team picked for Rainbow Centre redevelopment

A development group consisting of Uniland Development Corp., Delaware North Cos. Inc., and Cannon Design has been selected by New York state officials to turn large portions of the former Rainbow Centre Mall into a mixed-use project, anchored by a brand-name hotel, sources say. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected in Niagara Falls Friday afternoon to officially announce that the Uniland/Delaware North/Cannon consortium was selected by USA Niagara Development Corp. and Empire State Development to head?
I-Drive?s project graveyard: Big de...

I-Drive?s project graveyard: Big developments that never came to life

Developers with lofty visions have always been attracted to Orlando?s International Drive tourist corridor. After all, the corridor can take responsibility for a big piece of the region's 59 million visitors last year, with major destinations like the Orange County Convention Center, the Orlando Premium Outlets-International Drive and a plethora of restaurants, resorts and smaller attractions ? plus much more in the works. Orlando developer Abdul Mathin is one of those who was attracted to?
Orange Avenue in downtown to re-ope...

Orange Avenue in downtown to re-open Aug. 11

Commuters, rejoice! The closure of one of downtown Orlando?s busiest streets will end just in time for the beginning of the next work week, relieving traffic congestion for drivers. South Orange Avenue between Anderson Street and South Street will re-open Monday, Aug. 11 at 6 a.m., the city of Orlando announced today. However, the right turn lane on eastbound South Street onto southbound Orange Avenue from Boone will remain closed for additional construction activity. Orange Avenue closed July?
Acrobats, presidential suite highli...

Acrobats, presidential suite highlight Potawatomi hotel event: Slideshow

The Potawatomi Hotel & Casino pulled out all of the stops Thursday evening to show off its new hotel in the Menomonee Valley, Check out the attached slideshow to see photos of the community event that drew more than 1,200 people and featured a red carpet and acrobats hanging upside down and pouring champagne for guests. And while the acrobats were a big draw, the item that drew the biggest crowd was the $4,000 a night presidential suite on the hotel?s 19th floor. There was a long line of guests?


Lawmakers Seek Ban on New York Heli...

Lawmakers Seek Ban on New York Helicopter Tours

Tourists who want a bird's-eye view of the New York City skyline might be out of luck.

Clowning Around: Airlines Add More ...

Clowning Around: Airlines Add More Fun for Kids

El Al Airlines has added a clown to the cabin crew of select long-haul flights, part of a trend of airlines expanding family entertainment.

FAA Bans Flights Over Iraq Amid Air...

FAA Bans Flights Over Iraq Amid Airstrikes

FAA bans flights over Iraq as President Obama orders airstrikes on Islamic militants in the area.

Stowaway Arrested Again in LAX Term...

Stowaway Arrested Again in LAX Terminal

Malaysia Airlines to Become State-O...

Malaysia Airlines to Become State-Owned

Malaysia Airlines to Get 'Overhaul'...

Malaysia Airlines to Get 'Overhaul' After Crashes

Malaysia's state investment company says it wants to remove struggling Malaysia Airlines from the stock exchange in the wake of two disasters.


T Magazine: On Fishers Island, N.Y....

T Magazine: On Fishers Island, N.Y., Summertime Style and Flavors Run in the Family

On the 9-mile-long stretch of sand off the North Fork of Long Island, two fashionable young sisters have launched a canned spiked lemonade and a chic boutique (right next door to their mother?s new gourmet market).

Bites: Restaurant Report: The Raebu...

Bites: Restaurant Report: The Raeburn in Edinburgh

This spot, opened in March in the currently trendy neighborhood of Stockbridge, serves familiar favorites jazzed up with a few modern touches.

Explorer: The Magic of Swimming on ...

Explorer: The Magic of Swimming on Martha?s Vineyard

A celebration of the island?s aquatic riches.

Restoring Acadia?s Trails

Restoring Acadia?s Trails

Work crews follow the steps of trail blazers to revive scenic paths of Acadia National Park in Maine.

Cultured Traveler: Seeing Mexico Ci...

Cultured Traveler: Seeing Mexico City, Guided by Architects

A pair of Mexico's starchitects lead a selective tour of the capital's buildings, including some of their own design.

Q&A: Going for a Run Around the Wor...

Q&A: Going for a Run Around the World

Kevin Carr, who's in the middle of a trip that will cover more than 18,000 miles, talks about the challenges and surprises he's encountered so far.


Ken Burns shares secrets of Yosemit...

Ken Burns shares secrets of Yosemite National Park

Yosemite embodies the majesty and grandeur that the national parks aim to preserve.
Summer suppers: Top spots with an e...

Summer suppers: Top spots with an elevated view

These mountain and hilltop destinations offer scenic dining this summer.
Crossing the line from pet to servi...

Crossing the line from pet to service animal

Fliers misrepresent pets as service animals to avoid paying fees.
Great works of art will be appearin...

Great works of art will be appearing in some odd places

Look for American art in places you wouldn't expect all throughout the month of August.
Downtown Vegas offers offbeat night...

Downtown Vegas offers offbeat nightlife off the Strip

It all started Downtown in Vegas, and today you can experience the area's revival.
Charity cruises: Enjoy yourself whi...

Charity cruises: Enjoy yourself while giving back

On these cruise lines you can relax and still do good.


Eco-traveling in the United State...

Eco-traveling in the United States

Dear EarthTalk: Where are some good ?eco-travel? destinations right here in the continental U.S. that I can consider for a family vacation? - Janet Devino, Brooklyn, NY
Ukraine Travel Warning

Ukraine Travel Warning

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to eastern Ukraine due to ongoing violent clashes between Russia-backed separatists and Ukrainian forces in the eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk. Video: Ukraine's Donetsk stocks up as siege looms
McCaskill Introduces Automotive &...

McCaskill Introduces Automotive & Highway Safety Bill

New highway safety legislation introduced by U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, is aimed at keeping American travelers safe on the road and holding accountable companies who ignore or violate safety laws.
House Rejects Highway Bill Amendm...

House Rejects Highway Bill Amendments

By Daniel Wheaton - Fixing the nation?s roads has devolved into a game of chicken.
Senators Send Their Highway Fix B...

Senators Send Their Highway Fix Back to House

By Daniel Wheaton - The months-long controversy about how to fund the nation's highways and bridges reached an important mile marker Tuesday.
Consumers Union Urges Senate to R...

Consumers Union Urges Senate to Reject Anti-consumer Bill

The House of Representatives passed legislation that would make it much harder for consumers to know the full price of an airline ticket until the last moment before purchase.


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Nobody's Above the Thaw

Nobody's Above the Thaw

But these resorts can help you squeeze every last flake from the snow season.
Left to Die

Left to Die

This spring, Englishman David Sharp was left to die on Everest. Why did no one come to his aid? Read our investigative report to find out.
Gone with the Wind

Gone with the Wind

In late 2004, a team attempted the north pillar of Cerro Murrallon, one of Patagonia's great unsolved rock climbing mysteries.Pata
The Forgotten Side of the Zoo

The Forgotten Side of the Zoo

Two Kiwis make a bid for Aconcagua's treacherous and seldom climbed South Face - a route notorious for decimating even the best of climbers.
Women Conquer Cassin Ridge

Women Conquer Cassin Ridge

In 2004, Sue Knott and Karen McNeill became the first women to successfully climb Cassin Ridge. We find out how they did it in brutal conditions.
Pachamama the Hard Way

Pachamama the Hard Way

Although known as the poor man's Himalayas, Peru offers many other, smaller, infrequently climbed peaks worth bagging.


PhoCusWright Launches European Edit...

PhoCusWright Launches European Edition of its Flagship PhoCusWright Conference

PhoCusWright, the travel industry research authority, announced today the launch of PhoCusWright Europe, a European counterpart to its preeminent United States-based conference. The two-day event will be held 20-21 May 2014, and kicks off with an opening-night reception on 19 May. The event will take place in Dublin, Ireland, at The Convention Centre Dublin, and will feature travel innovators, executive keynotes, panel discussions and debates, as well as exhibition and networking opportunities. Building on the success of its United States-based conference – which gathered 1600+ attendees in 2013 – PhoCusWright Europe will bring together European travel leaders to network, learn and build strategic partnerships with the industry's most influential leaders, innovators and visionary thinkers. Registration is now open: Topic discussions will include alternative accommodations, the state of startups, impact of social media and online...
Possibilities and Pitfalls: Europea...

Possibilities and Pitfalls: European Travel Activities Market Tops ?38 Billion

European travelers spent more than €38 billion on travel activities in 2013, representing roughly 13% of the region's travel market. But while digital channels play an increasingly important role among European travelers, according to an upcoming PhoCusWright report, only one quarter of travel activity gross bookings is transacted online. When They Get There (and Why they Go): Activities, Attractions, Events and Tours in Europe – a European and Global Edition report – is scheduled to publish on March 4, 2014. Over the past decade, technological and commercial innovations have generated substantial interest in opportunities to drive online distribution and mobile discovery of in-destination events, activities, attractions and tours. Between 2005 and 2012, travel activities startups attracted over US$130 million in capital, and the investment flow continues. However, a substantial majority of activities continue to be booked offline. "The travel activities...
Post-Recession Hangover Lingers for...

Post-Recession Hangover Lingers for Travelers in the U.S. and Europe

Although the U.S. and many countries in Europe have officially put the global economic recession behind them, consumer travel indicators remain mixed. According to an upcoming PhoCusWright European and Global Edition report – Destination Unknown: How U.S. and European Travelers Decide Where to Go 2013 – comparing leisure travel dynamics in the U.S. and key European markets, traveler ambivalence reigns on both sides of the pond. Destination Unknown: How U.S. and European Travelers Decide Where to Go 2013 analyzes the leisure travel and destination selection patterns in the U.S., France, Germany and the U.K. While travel incidence remained flat or increased slightly from 2012-2013 in both the U.S. and Europe, travel-spend performance varied by market. U.K. and German travelers spent €200-300 more on average, while spend in the U.S. and France dropped US$235 and €154, respectively. "In addition to overall travel incidence and spend, market-level changes in...
For Travel Advertisers, It?s All Ab...

For Travel Advertisers, It?s All About the Data

As digital advertising spend continues to climb, robust targeting technology is helping travel companies get more bang for their digital buck. The days of throwing online ads at the untargeted masses are over. Data-driven advertising makes it possible to deliver the right message to the right consumer at the optimal stage of the travel shopping process. "The digital environment generates an unprecedented amount of consumer data, and advertising providers are responding with a flood of data-driven advertising solutions," said Lorraine Sileo, PhoCusWright's senior vice president, research. "Data-targeting technology is evolving at an extremely rapid pace, and travel advertisers need to be constantly pushing for improved targeting and campaign performance." Investors poured over US$230 million into advertising startups from 2005-20121, with both newcomers and established players focusing development efforts on data-driven consumer targeting. Travel companies now have numerous...
Mobile Travel Strategy Shakeup Ahea...

Mobile Travel Strategy Shakeup Ahead as Tablet Adoption Nears 50%

Move over smartphone, there's a new mobile disruptor in town. Tablet adoption is skyrocketing among U.S. leisure travelers, triggering dramatic changes in online and travel shopping behavior. According to a new PhoCusWright Innovation Edition report, 44% of travelers now own a tablet, and an additional four in 10 plan to purchase one by the end of 2014. With smartphone penetration at 75%, the tablet's rapid rise means a growing share of travelers is splitting online travel planning across multiple web-enabled devices. In 2013, one third of U.S. online travelers owned a smartphone, laptop and tablet, up from less than a quarter in 2012. "Tablets are having an impact on travel planning habits that goes far beyond simply adding one more device to the mix," said Marcello Gasdia, PhoCusWright's consumer research analyst. "Once a traveler purchases a tablet, we're seeing their mobile web usage nearly double, with the mobile web accounting for fifty percent of time spent online. As...
Europe's OTA Market Ripe for Consol...

Europe's OTA Market Ripe for Consolidation as Booking, Expedia Battle for Share

Europe's fragmented online travel agency (OTA) market is giving way to consolidation as pan-European OTAs rapidly gobble up market share. According to a new PhoCusWright European and Global Edition report, after jumping 16% in 2012, OTA gross bookings are projected to sustain double-digit growth through 2015, driven by fierce competition among global heavyweights. Pan European brands, led by Priceline's and Expedia, increased their share of the region's OTA market to 64% in 2012, up from 60% the previous year. By contrast, just four brands controlled 95% of the more mature U.S. OTA market in 2012, a possible harbinger of things to come. "Further consolidation is inevitable in Europe's OTA market as global players take center stage," says Luke Bujarski, PhoCusWright's director, research. "With the global brands leveraging their momentum and marketing dollars to outcompete each other, regional players will find it increasingly difficult to compete in Europe's...
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