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Anschutz's Xanterra gets temporary ...

Anschutz's Xanterra gets temporary contract to keep running Grand Canyon services

A looming showdown between Philip Anschutz's Colorado company that operates hotels and other visitor services at Grand Canyon National Park and the iconic park's administrators that could have led to the shutdown of some facilities has been postponed. But the larger issue of who will run the facilities long term is still unresolved. Greenwood Village-based Xanterra Parks & Resorts Inc. said Friday it has reached an agreement with the National Park Service to continue operating most facilities at?
Travel Weekly honors Hawaii and Ric...

Travel Weekly honors Hawaii and Richard Kelley of Outrigger

Travel Weekly magazine recently honored Dr. Richard R. Kelley, chairman emeritus of Outrigger Enterprises Inc., with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Kelley was presented with the award on Tuesday night at Travel Weekly's annual Readers' Choice Gala Awards Dinner at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. On the same night, it honored the winners of its 12th Annual Readers Choice Awards, and in the destination category named Hawaii the best U.S. state and Maui the best destination in Hawaii. The lifetime?
George Lucas finds force isn't alwa...

George Lucas finds force isn't always with him in 2014 bid for new Chicago lakefront museum

This story part of Year in Review, which looks back at the biggest news, most influential newsmakers and top photos of 2014. Read more Year in Review articles here. Who would have thunk? None other than famed filmmaker George Lucas gave Chicago a high-profile reason in 2014 to focus attention on what the future should be for the city's prime lakefront land and ? perhaps just as importantly ? on whether Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is pushing too relentlessly ? and recklessly some might say ??
City completes new $9M traffic impr...

City completes new $9M traffic improvements on north I-Drive

North International Drive should run smoother ? well, at least when the holidays end ? now that the city has capped off work on improvements to alleviate the traffic congestion. On Dec. 18, the city held an event to commemorate the end of a $9 million transportation project started back in July 2013 that adds exclusive lanes for buses and right turns, new bike lanes, a 10-foot sidewalk and new streetscaping. The 1.5-mile stretch of International Drive from Universal Boulevard to Oak Ridge Road?
Golden Moon owners hope to buck cas...

Golden Moon owners hope to buck casino trend

The owners of Golden Moon Hotel and Casino are taking a gamble of their own, with a $70 renovation of the property. But they're confident they'll win. More than two years after taking over the property, Pearl River Resort is reopening its Philadelphia, Mississippi-based casino full time Jan. 31. It has been open on weekends only since 2009. In addition to renovating all 571 of the hotel rooms on the property, gaming floor renovations will also add 1,150 slot machines, 25 table games and an elevated?
George Lucas finds force isn't alwa...

George Lucas finds force isn't always with him in 2014 bid for new Chicago lakefront musuem

Who would have thunk? None other than famed filmmaker George Lucas gave Chicago a high-profile reason in 2014 to focus attention on what the future should be for the city's prime lakefront land and ? perhaps just as importantly ? on whether Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is pushing too relentlessly ? and recklessly some might say ? to make Chicago a hotspot for tourists. Early in 2014, when Lucas appeared none too pleased that San Francisco wouldn't allow him to build his proposed Museum of?

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On the hunt for L.L. Bean 'duck' bo...

On the hunt for L.L. Bean 'duck' boots? Here are a few alternatives

Who knew that a 102-year-old could be so hip? The classic "bean boot" was invented in 1902 by Leon Leonwood Bean himself. The boot even inspired him to launch L.L. Bean in the first place, according to L.L. Bean senior public affairs manager Carolyn Beem. The boot's design hasn't changed much since then, but the its popularity certainly has.
State Department Issues Worldwide T...

State Department Issues Worldwide Travel Alert for Americans

Citing the deadly hostage standoff in Sydney, Australia, the State Department has issued a worldwide travel alert for American citizens.
German Christmas Markets Dazzle Mil...

German Christmas Markets Dazzle Millions

Lights, Kugels, ornaments and cheer attract millions of visitors to traditional Christmas markets.
TSA: Gun Seizures Increasing Across...

TSA: Gun Seizures Increasing Across U.S.

While it's legal in some cases to transport guns or knives in checked luggage, a TSA official discusses the recent spike in guns and other potential weapons found in carry-on baggage. KVOA's John Patrick reports.
Amid Scrutiny, Uber Says It Will Fo...

Amid Scrutiny, Uber Says It Will Focus More on Safety

Taxi alternative Uber is responding to public concerns that its drivers are not adequately screened for past criminal convictions.
The Week in Pictures

The Week in Pictures

A tango for Pope Francis, Sydney under siege, California gets much needed rain, Maasai warriors jump high, and more.

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For Russians Abroad, a Ruble Doesn?...

For Russians Abroad, a Ruble Doesn?t Go as Far as It Used To

The collapse of the Russian ruble ? down more than 45 percent this year ? has jangled nerves in Russia, but the reverberations are being felt in tourist destinations across Europe.
Macau Looks Beyond Gambling as the ...

Macau Looks Beyond Gambling as the Take From the Tables Slows

Casino revenue is falling in Macau, the world?s largest gambling destination, and China is urging its territory to offer family-friendly options.
Los Angeles, as a Pedestrian

Los Angeles, as a Pedestrian

Seeing the city from the sidewalk, not the freeway, opens a visitor to quiet wonders that would be lost at 60 miles per hour.
In Transit Blog: The Berlin Wall, b...

In Transit Blog: The Berlin Wall, by App

The digital application Timetraveler integrates historic content about the Berlin Wall into live camara view of a mobile device.
Foraging: In Copenhagen, Shops With...

Foraging: In Copenhagen, Shops With Studios Attached

Jaegersborggade, a stretch of road in the city?s Norrebro neighborhood, offers outlets where candies, clothes and ceramics are made and sold.
Cultured Traveler: Thailand?s ?Gong...

Cultured Traveler: Thailand?s ?Gong Highway?

Along this 21-mile stretch of road in the eastern corner of the country, the soundtrack is the echoing bong of instruments made there.

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Kansas City International Airport...

Kansas City International Airport Prepares for Holiday Travelers

More Than 580,000 Passengers Expected, 45 Million Nationwide; Holiday Air Travel tips
U.S. Issues Worldwide Travel Aler...

U.S. Issues Worldwide Travel Alert

The lone wolf attack in Sydney, Australia on December 15, 2014, resulting in the deaths of two hostages, is a reminder that U.S. citizens should be extra cautious, maintain a very high level of vigilance, and take appropriate steps to enhance their personal security.
China's High-speed Rail: the Rapi...

China's High-speed Rail: the Rapid Growth of a New Travel Option

China has the world?s largest and still expanding high-speed rail (HSR) network, but whether ridership would materialize has been the subject of much debate.
Mali Travel Warning

Mali Travel Warning

U.S. citizens warned of the risks of travel to Mali.
Toyota Camry Hybrid is Consumer R...

Toyota Camry Hybrid is Consumer Reports' Best New-Car Value

Best values were among midsized, mainstream sedans, compact cars and wagons
Kansas City International Airport...

Kansas City International Airport Traffic Up for October

During October, passenger boardings at KCI were up 5.8 percent.

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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...
Online Travel's Growth - and Future...

Online Travel's Growth - and Future - Is Not Only in Emerging Markets

The refrain of online travel over the past half-decade is often repeated: as developed markets in North America and Europe mature and slow, travel companies must look abroad to emerging markets for the next big wave of growth. There is no question that online travel markets in developed economies have matured, and the heady double-digit growth rates of the markets' early years are a thing of the past. A cursory glance at Figure 1 tells a very clear story. FIGURE 1 Indeed, whether looking at the total travel market (that is, all gross bookings, purchased both online or offline) or specifically at online channels, emerging markets are growing much faster. Between 2011 and 2015, travel in the developed markets of North America, Western Europe and Australia, New Zealand and Japan in Asia Pacific is growing at a combined compound annual rate (CAGR) of 2.5% vs. 7.4% for all emerging markets. For online travel, the difference is even starker: 7% in developed markets vs. 22%...
OTA Hotel Play Pays Off: Double-Dig...

OTA Hotel Play Pays Off: Double-Digit Gains Boost Outlook for U.S. Intermediaries

The skies have not been friendly to online travel agencies (OTAs) in recent years, but OTAs are countering online market share lost to airlines with a strategic move of their own. OTAs have aggressively pursued the higher-margin hotel segment, and those efforts are paying dividends. According to a new Global Edition report, OTA hotel bookings are projected to grow 15% in 2014, outpacing hotel website gains for the third consecutive year. OTAs' share of the online hotel market will increase to 48%, up from 46% in 2012. "OTAs have leveraged the return of deal-hungry, mid-market hotel shoppers to reverse the recent shift in favor of suppliers and replace revenue lost to airline-direct bookings," says Phocuswright research analyst Maggie Rauch. "A strong hotel market, paired with improving air sales and an early advantage in capturing mobile travel bookings, is boosting the outlook for intermediaries." Hotel and lodging will comprise a growing share of OTA revenues, increasing...
Mexico Poised to Become Latin Ameri...

Mexico Poised to Become Latin America's Largest Travel Market

With relatively low online travel penetration and a population of more than 120 million, Mexico is a market of great untapped promise. According to a new Phocuswright Global Edition report, the country had the world's 13th largest travel market in 2013. Mexican airports transported over 55 million passengers in 20131, and despite concerns about personal safety related to inter-gang violence, international arrivals jumped 10% between 1H13 and 1H14. On the heels of an economic upswing, Mexico's middle class will drive domestic demand for both leisure and business travel in the coming years. Totaling US$24.3 billion in gross bookings, the Mexican travel market was Latin America's second largest in 2013. According to Phocuswright's Latin America Online Travel Overview Second Edition, growth projections suggest that it could overtake Brazil for first place within the next decade, particularly if economic conditions improve and online travel agencies (OTAs) continue to make headway...
Latin American Travel Market Poised...

Latin American Travel Market Poised for Major Growth

An emerging middle class of travelers hungry for adventure has stoked significant demand for travel services in Latin America. By 2016, the Latin American travel market will register gross bookings of US$98.5 billion, up 23% from just three years before. Despite disappointing macroeconomic signals in certain markets, both traditional and online distribution channels continue to report positive growth. Source: Phocuswright's Latin America Online Travel Overview Second Edition
Phocuswright Announces the Next Gen...

Phocuswright Announces the Next Generation of Groundbreaking Travel Innovators

Travel industry research authority Phocuswright Inc. has announced the award winners of The Travel Innovation Summit, held on Nov. 11, the first day of The Phocuswright Conference currently underway in Los Angeles, Calif. Each year, 32 innovators are selected to demonstrate groundbreaking applications and solutions that are set to change the travel industry. The winners represent the best of this elite group. "New travel startups and legacy travel companies alike are finding incredible ways to push the travel industry to new heights ? making travel easier for both the consumer and the company," said Phocuswright vice president, research, Douglas Quinby. "This year's presenting companies are amongst the most exciting we've seen present to date at The Travel Innovation Summit, and we look forward to seeing each make a greater impact on the travel industry in the future." Winners are chosen by a panel of judges comprised of travel and technology experts, who determine the top...

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