Denver Union Station joins list of ...

Denver Union Station joins list of 11 most beautiful train stations (Slideshow) (Video)

Denver's triumphs are once again taking center stage, this time with an accolade for the city's hub of transportation. Denver Union Station joined select others across the country as the 11 most beautiful train stations in a new Thrillist ranking. "Union Station ... may have undergone a few nips and tucks recently, but that hasn't compromised its Beaux Arts facade, which was built in 1894 after a fire burned down the original building," New York-based Thrillist noted of Denver Union Station. Click?
How do sports events get to Hawaii?

How do sports events get to Hawaii?

To bring sporting events to the Islands, the Hawaii Tourism Authority uses a combination of research, analysis and prospecting to find the right sports for the Islands. Michael Story, tourism brand and sports manager of HTA, presented the process of how sports events get to Hawaii to the HTA board at its meeting last week. For research, HTA partners with Repucom, an international sports and entertainment company that provides research for the state tourism authority every two years. HTA asks Repucom?
Gas prices shoot past $3 mark, rise...

Gas prices shoot past $3 mark, rise 44 cents in week

Gas prices are rocketing up in the Sacramento region, hitting well above the $3 mark. The average price of a gallon of regular gas is $3.226, compared to $2.784 a week ago, according to the AAA Fuel Gauge Report. That's a jump of 44.2 cents, and 88.8 cents more than last month. A year ago, gas cost $3.670. Prices have spiked after an Exxon Mobil refinery exploded in February in Torrance, according to the San Jose Mercury News. Gas prices in Sacramento are still 15.9 cents less than the state average?
The worst interstate highway runs t...

The worst interstate highway runs through North Carolina

Interstate highways criss-cross the Tar Heel State, and we all know some are better than others. Robert Reid, a National Geographic Traveler road warrior and author, ranked all 66 U.S. interstates, from worst to best, in this recent report on Several running through North Carolina get decent marks: Interstate 85 ("The Biscuit Chase") is No. 24; Interstate 40 ("The Big 4-0") is No. 26 and Interstate 77 ("Hootie Highway") is No. 31. But dead last at No. 66 is Interstate 95, the "Atlantic?
More on the cover story: Ski resort...

More on the cover story: Ski resorts hampered from hiring Portuguese-speaking instructors

Of all the requests business leaders have as part of the current immigration debate, none are as specific as the one coming from Colorado ski-industry leaders, who say they need to be able to hire Portuguese-speaking ski instructors more easily. Currently, ski schools bring in foreign instructors through the H-2B program that grants visas for temporary guest workers without particular skill sets. That means they must compete for a limited number of visas not only against employees for other parts?
50,000 drivers could be affected in...

50,000 drivers could be affected in Uber data hack

About 50,000 drivers for Uber Technologies may have had their information exposed after a data breach at the San Francisco startup last year, the Los Angeles Times reports. In a statement, Uber's Managing Counsel of Data Privacy Katherine Tassi said the company became aware of a vulnerability in its system in September 2014. Upon further investigation, it found that an unauthorized third party had accessed its driver database in May 13, 2014. Tassi said the the breach was limited to "a one-time?


FAA Approves Frozen New Hampshire L...

FAA Approves Frozen New Hampshire Lake for Plane Landings

New Hampshire's Lake Winnipesaukee has been approved by the FAA for plane landings ? the only ice runway in the lower 48 states.
The Week in Pictures

The Week in Pictures

Snow covers the Holy Land, a lion goes for his cleaning, a superstar stumbles and more.
Frozen Beauty: Wisconsin's Ice Cave...

Frozen Beauty: Wisconsin's Ice Caves

Weather conditions are chilly enough to allow the National Park Service to give the public access to ice caves on Lake Superior. KBJR's Bryce Henry reports each year the interior of the caves varies, as does access.
Whoa! Explosive Airshow Takes Off D...

Whoa! Explosive Airshow Takes Off Down Under

The Australian International Airshow kicked off at the Avalon Airfield in the city of Lara on Tuesday.
Thanks for All the Fish: SeaWorld A...

Thanks for All the Fish: SeaWorld Axes Public Feedings

Guests at SeaWorld's Orlando theme park will no longer be allowed to feed the dolphins.
Dynamic Airshow Takes Off in Austra...

Dynamic Airshow Takes Off in Australia

The Australian International Airshow kicked off at the Avalon Airfield in the city of Lara on Tuesday.


In Mecca of Modernism, a New Pack o...

In Mecca of Modernism, a New Pack of Devotees

Palm Springs has been marketing itself as a destination for fans of its slightly idealized past, playing up its modernist architecture and celebrity lifestyle.
In Transit Blog: In Iowa, a New Joh...

In Transit Blog: In Iowa, a New John Wayne Museum

The John Wayne Birthplace Museum is scheduled to open this spring in Winterset, Iowa.
In Transit Blog: A Dolly Parton Sho...

In Transit Blog: A Dolly Parton Show Makeover

Dolly Parton?s ?Dixie Stampede? show and dinner in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., has received a multimillion-dollar upgrade
T Magazine: Marco de Vincenzo on Wh...

T Magazine: Marco de Vincenzo on Where to Shop, Dine and Even Sightsee in Milan

The designer, who presents his fall 2015 collection in Italy?s fashion capital on Friday, shares his favorite places to eat Chinese and discover creative ideas.
T Magazine: Italian Purveyors Lay C...

T Magazine: Italian Purveyors Lay Claim To the Hearts and Bellies of Paris

France?s capital is now the world?s second-biggest consumer of pizza (and is rapidly embracing other goods imported from and inspired by Italy).
Footsteps: Where Rimbaud Found Peac...

Footsteps: Where Rimbaud Found Peace in Ethiopia

The mercurial French poet Arthur Rimbaud found a refuge from his earlier life in his ?beloved Harar,? where he became a merchant and arms dealer.


Greater Kansas City Weekend Weath...

Greater Kansas City Weekend Weather 2/28-3/01

Winter weather advisory remains in effect from 9 AM Saturday morning to 6 PM Sunday.
Algeria Travel Warning

Algeria Travel Warning

U.S. citizens are warn against travel to the Kabylie region and remote areas of southern and eastern Algeria.
Chad Travel Warning

Chad Travel Warning

The entire Lake Chad region, not only along Chad?s border with Nigeria, is especially vulnerable because of rising activities by the extremist terrorist group Boko Haram. Chad?s historically volatile security environment can deteriorate unexpectedly, especially along the border areas.
Kansas Trout Fishing Hot Spots

Kansas Trout Fishing Hot Spots

Kansas offers trout fishing at more than 30 public fishing lakes
Kia on the Rise in Auto Rankings,...

Kia on the Rise in Auto Rankings, Acura, Infiniti and Mercedes-Benz Take a Fall

Buick Earns a Top 10 Spot in Consumer Reports Annual Car Brand Report Cards
Nigeria Travel Alert

Nigeria Travel Alert

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Nigeria and urges caution while traveling within Nigeria during the general and gubernatorial elections on March 28 and April 11, 2015, respectively.


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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