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Capay Organic farm takes agritouris...

Capay Organic farm takes agritourism to a new level

Most farmers never see their customers. The folks at Farm Fresh to You are inviting customers to visit the farm ? and to camp out. At its festivals, Farm Fresh to You takes agritourism a few steps beyond just inviting customers to visit the farm and take a tractor ride tour. For example, the Farm Fresh to You Cinco de Mayo festival includes live music, catered food and camping. Guests can camp in the fruit orchard at the celebration, which this year falls on May 2. Tickets to attend the festival?
Baltimore conventions go on despite...

Baltimore conventions go on despite 'inquiries' from meeting groups about Freddie Gray protests

Meetings planned in the coming weeks at the Baltimore Convention Center will go on despite concerns about protests that have rocked Baltimore streets after the death of Freddie Gray. But in the short term, the protests have forced some event organizers to cancel their events for fear of traffic jams caused by a potential influx of hundreds ? and possibly thousands ? to the city on Friday night and Saturday. Gray, 25, died last week after his spinal cord was severed while he was in police custody.?
4 things happening on I-4 Ultimate ...

4 things happening on I-4 Ultimate next week and beyond

Overnight intermittent lane closures have started on portions of the 21 miles of Interstate 4 in Central Florida being revamped. The Florida Department of Transportation issued a new construction alert as part of the $2.3 billion I-4 Ultimate, which involves more preliminary work on the highway project. Here?s a look at what?s coming: One alternating right or left lane closing westbound I-4 at Ivanhoe Boulevard between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. from April 27-29 for clearing and grubbing Right lane?
Charlotte streetcar looking inevita...

Charlotte streetcar looking inevitable

First came the unexpected creation of a dedicated investment fund to make matters clear on city transit investments beyond a dedicated half-cent sales tax. The money was already being spent on transit projects, but Charlotte's city manager told City Council members last week during a budget meeting that a clearer depiction of the money and spending would be helpful. Several streetcar critics on the council ? including Michael Barnes, Claire Fallon, Ed Driggs and Kenny Smith ? grumbled during?
OneJet adds nonstop flights from Ge...

OneJet adds nonstop flights from General Mitchell International Airport

OneJet will double its service from General Mitchell International Airport, less than a month after launching nonstop flights on seven-passenger jets. The flights between Mitchell and the Pittsburgh International Airport will begin on May 4, as OneJet builds a network of nonstop flights throughout the eastern U.S. The service targets business travelers who won?t find nonstop flights on major carriers. ?The market for regional nonstop travel is strong and we?ve put together a great new service?
Disney Springs builds bridges, prep...

Disney Springs builds bridges, preps Marvel store for possible Avengers week unveil

Construction is all but complete at Disney Springs first new environment, but the saga of the Springs is far from finished. The April 13 grand opening of The Boathouse at The Landing waterfront district capped off several months of storefront unveils including Sound Lion and Erin McKenna's Bakery NYC. The Hangar restaurant and bar, set to open sometime this year, is nearing completion and is the last unopened occupant at The Landing. Work on the Town Center in the former Marketplace parking lot?

MSNBC

After Whiskey Gang Arrests, 'Pappy'...

After Whiskey Gang Arrests, 'Pappy' Bottles Could Get Destroyed

A Kentucky woman is begging the governor to spare precious bourbon from being destroyed by the state.
Nurse Springs Into Action As Myster...

Nurse Springs Into Action As Mystery Illness Diverts Plane

A 25-year-old nurse found herself in the middle of a medical drama in the air when passengers began to fall ill on board a SkyWest Airlines flight.
What 'Poop Cruise?' Bookings Rise F...

What 'Poop Cruise?' Bookings Rise For Cruises

Bookings are rising for the cruise industry, a sign that people are feeling better about their finances and forgiving of the industry's reputation.
Solar Impulse 2 Arrives in Nanjing

Solar Impulse 2 Arrives in Nanjing

The solar powered plane landed in eastern China, completing the sixth leg of its voyage around the world.
You'll Save a Whopping $2.01 This S...

You'll Save a Whopping $2.01 This Summer on Airfare

Fliers will get a tiny bit of relief on airfare from the savings airlines are enjoying on fuel costs.
You'll Save a Whopping $2.01 This S...

You'll Save a Whopping $2.01 This Summer on Airfare

Fliers will get a tiny bit of relief on airfare from the savings airlines are enjoying on fuel costs.

NewYorkTimes

Gilbert Haroche, Builder of an Econ...

Gilbert Haroche, Builder of an Economy Travel Empire, Dies at 87

Mr. Haroche was a founder of Liberty Travel, which grew from a two-man operation to the largest leisure travel operation in the United States.
Heads Up: In Amsterdam, Loving Remb...

Heads Up: In Amsterdam, Loving Rembrandt Again

Two exhibitions prove the enduring popularity of Rembrandt, who lived and worked in Amsterdam starting in late 1631 and died there in 1669.
The Airline Industry Posts a Giddy ...

The Airline Industry Posts a Giddy First Quarter

One major air carrier after another has reported record profits, the result of lower fuel prices and strong demand for domestic air travel.
T Magazine: At London?s V&A, Defini...

T Magazine: At London?s V&A, Defining Luxury ? and Predicting Its Future

A new exhibition at the museum brings together more than 100 gorgeous objects (and contextualizes them).
36 Hours: What to Do in Honolulu

36 Hours: What to Do in Honolulu

Adopting a slower pace on an island known for frenzied activity, with a hike at dawn, lei shopping and sushi, and a serenade at sunset.
In Paradisiacal Nicaragua, Contempl...

In Paradisiacal Nicaragua, Contemplating a Canal

The largest freshwater lake in Central America and Ometepe, its main island, could be altered forever by plans for a canal to accommodate larger ships.

Infozine

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).
Kansas City International Airport...

Kansas City International Airport Traffic Up for February

During February, passenger boardings at KCI were up 4.0 percent, with a total of 338,233.
Southwest Airlines Unveils Missou...

Southwest Airlines Unveils Missouri One

Airline shows its love to the Show-Me-State, honors Missouri with specialty aircraft and dedicated fare sale
Overland Park Is Pedaling Into th...

Overland Park Is Pedaling Into the Future

Monday night the Overland Park City Council adopted a long-term, first-ever comprehensive bicycle plan for the city.
Mexico Travel Warning

Mexico Travel Warning

The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens about the risk of traveling to certain places in Mexico due to threats to safety and security posed by organized criminal groups in the country.
D.C. Crowds Enjoy Washington's Ch...

D.C. Crowds Enjoy Washington's Cherry Blossom Parade

By Tori Knueven - The day was tinted pink Saturday as crowds surged to the Tidal Basin in West Potomac Park eager to witness the legendary 3,750 trees abloom with cherry blossoms.

PhoCusWright

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 Booking.com, 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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