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, TABASCOŽ, 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?


'Havoc on the Roadways': Ice Throws...

'Havoc on the Roadways': Ice Throws Holiday Into a Skid

All told, almost 13 million people were under winter storm, winter weather or ice storm warnings, and conditions might not improve until Sunday.
Sex Offender Got Past TSA With Woma...

Sex Offender Got Past TSA With Woman's Boarding Pass: Cops

A registered sex offender made it through a TSA checkpoint with a boarding pass that belonged to a female passenger, officials said.
'Insider Threat': Airport Security ...

'Insider Threat': Airport Security Gaps Highlighted in New Video

A new video is raising questions about security at airports across the nation.
The Week in Pictures: Nov. 19 - 25

The Week in Pictures: Nov. 19 - 25

A Russian jet is shot down, a video ignites Chicago protests, California glows after a winter storm and more.
Your Thanksgiving Travel Is About t...

Your Thanksgiving Travel Is About to Get More Intense

Americans trying to get out of town for Thanksgiving face more intense screening, longer security lines and a scary global warning U.S. authorities.
Lufthansa Union Cancels Plans for T...

Lufthansa Union Cancels Plans for Three-Day Strike

A three-day strike at Germany's flagship airline, Lufthansa, has been averted after a cabin crew union said it would hold further talks with the firm.


Cultured Traveler: In Miami, the Br...

Cultured Traveler: In Miami, the Brainy Side of the Beach

Attractions like classical music, museums and a graffiti district make Miami a draw away from the beach.
In Transit: An Airport Survival Gui...

In Transit: An Airport Survival Guide for Thanksgiving Travel

Delayed? Have some time between flights? What to do (and where to eat, do yoga, or charge your phone) at major American airports during the busy holiday travel season.
Pursuits: Fracine Prose?s Food Craw...

Pursuits: Fracine Prose?s Food Crawl Down Sunset Boulevard

Along one of the most famous streets in Southern California, there are stars on the menus as well.
In Transit: Tour and Hotel News: Da...

In Transit: Tour and Hotel News: Dance and Music in India; Safaris in Tanzania

What you need to know if you?re on a trip or planning one soon, including an Italian food festival from the Venetian and Palazzo hotels in Las Vegas.
Travel Alert or No, Many in U.S. Ar...

Travel Alert or No, Many in U.S. Are Determined to Go Places for Thanksgiving

Americans are likely to see longer security lines and more careful screening during the holiday period. But airlines expect to carry more passengers than they have since 2007.
Where to Go Now: Ways to Celebrate ...

Where to Go Now: Ways to Celebrate Thanksgiving, Old and New

In New York, Chicago, Atlanta and Los Angeles, holiday activities include the traditional (turkey trots) and a departure or two (zipping around the zoo).


Worldwide Travel Alert

Worldwide Travel Alert

The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to possible risks of travel due to increased terrorist threats.
Explore the Outdoors in Missouri ...

Explore the Outdoors in Missouri State Parks This Black Friday

Missouri State Parks is sponsoring free camping on the evening of Friday, Nov. 27.
North Korea Travel Warning

North Korea Travel Warning

The Department of State strongly recommends against all travel by U.S. citizens to North Korea (Democratic People's Republic of Korea, or DPRK).
Afghanistan Travel Warning

Afghanistan Travel Warning

The Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens against travel to Afghanistan. The security situation in Afghanistan is extremely unstable, and the threat to all U.S. citizens in Afghanistan remains critical.
REI Recalls Outdoor Rocker Chairs...

REI Recalls Outdoor Rocker Chairs

The chair can tip backwards while rocking, posing a fall hazard to the user.
La Nina Is Not Helping Hawaii's R...

La Nina Is Not Helping Hawaii's Rainfall and Groundwater

New information indicating decreased rainfall during recent La Niņa events has important implications for agriculture, water resource management and more.


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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