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Disney’s Epcot to get a transformation

  Epcot, the second wing of Florida’s sprawling Walt Disney World Resort will add more adventurous components like the speedy Test Track, the multi-sensory Soarin, the blastoff simulating mission: Space; the widely popular movie based Frozen Ever After.     …

  • 17 projects from Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe shortlisted for 12th UNWTO Awards

    Published on : Thursday, December 24, 2015

    A total of 17 projects from Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe have been selected, from a total of 109 candidacies, as finalists of the 12th UNWTO Awards on Excellence and Innovation in Tourism. The winners in the four categories …

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  • Body scanning to become mandatory in US Airports

    Published on : Thursday, December 24, 2015

    Screening has becoming mandatory in US airports as the Transportation Security Administration said that body scanning is to become a must and no passenger can opt for a  full body pat-down.   This mandate screening would enhance security and warranty  …

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  • Man arrested in Newark Airport carrying gun in bag

    Published on : Thursday, December 24, 2015

    A third person in less than a month has been arrested at Newark Liberty International Airport after Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers detected a gun in the traveler’s carry-on bag.     TSA officers detected a .45 caliber handgun in …

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  • Six Christmas vacationers die in violent tornado in South, Midwest

    Published on : Thursday, December 24, 2015

    Christmas vacationers were caught in fierce storms that raced through South and Midwest killing at least six people and injuring many others.   An extremely large tornado moved through northern Mississippi. The tornado touched down near Clarksdale. The storm moved …

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  • How many airlines does Delta really run?

    Published on : Wednesday, December 23, 2015

    By typical industry measures, Delta is the world’s third-largest airline. Yet, as an airline heavily invested in other airlines, Delta is arguably the world’s biggest player by a large margin. No other single airline has such power to shape the …

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  • Innovative projects from Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe amongst the finalists of the 12th UNWTO Awards

    Published on : Tuesday, December 22, 2015

    A total of 17 projects from Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe have been selected, from a total of 109 candidacies, as finalists of the 12th UNWTO Awards on Excellence and Innovation in Tourism. The winners in the four categories …

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  • ASTA Charts Travel Agent Advocacy Priorities, Other Initiatives for 2016

    Published on : Tuesday, December 22, 2015

    The American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) has set an aggressive agenda to promote and defend the travel agent community in general—and ASTA members in particular—in 2016. This includes everything from a new membership category for Independent Contractors to increased …

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  • Hotel industry in U.S. reports an enterprising November

    Published on : Tuesday, December 22, 2015

    The U.S. hotel industry reported positive results in the three key performance metrics during November 2015, according to data from STR, Inc.     In year-over-year results, the U.S. hotel industry’s occupancy increased 1.1% to 59.4%. Average daily rate for …

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  • Storm in North California delay flights

    Published on : Tuesday, December 22, 2015

    Flights in San Francisco International Airport were delayed by 60-90 minutes due to the rains in North California. 110 shorter commuting flights were cancelled. Travelers were asked to check their airline booking to confirm their flights.     North California …

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  • US holiday season flights maybe impacted by fog, rain

    Published on : Monday, December 21, 2015

    Last Christmas was ruined by them but no major blizzards have been forecast to snarl U.S. airline flights this time round.   Snow is not in the forecast report at most major airports as unprecedented warm weather was forecast for …

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  • Tour bus collides with van in Mexico, 13 dead

    Published on : Monday, December 21, 2015

    A devastating collision between a tourism bus and a passenger van in southern Mexico killed 13 people and injured seven others, local authorities reported.   Although the big tour bus was empty, the passenger van was carrying families returning from a martial …

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  • Most polluted nuke site in US is latest national park

    Published on : Monday, December 21, 2015

    The most polluted nuclear weapons production site in the USA is now its latest national park and thousands of people are expected to tour the Hanford Nuclear Reservation next year, home of the world’s first full-sized nuclear reactor, near Richland, about 200 miles …

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  • Nuclear weapon production site in Washington becomes tourist attraction

    Published on : Monday, December 21, 2015

    The nuclear weapon production site in Washington has now become its most coveted national park.       The Hanford Nuclear Reservation expects thousands of visitors next year near Richland, which is about 200 miles from Seattle in South central …

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  • Hallucinogen may caused Brit tourist’s death in Peru

    Published on : Saturday, December 19, 2015

    Phoenix Ayahuasca is described as “offering a safe and supportive experience plant medicines” near Iquitos, in the Peruvian Amazon. Unfortunately, on Wednesday, things went wrong.   Witnesses said a British man got killed during a bad trip after consuming a hallucinogenic brew at Phoenix Ayahuasca, which media calls …

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  • Google set to launch self-driven cars in 2016

    Published on : Saturday, December 19, 2015

    Google is all set to roll out its own fleet of self-driven cars under its new umbrella company, Alphabet. The story of autonomous cars from Google is going to pose a stiff competition for Uber, which is trying to improve …

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  • Hilton West Palm Beach brings farm-to-table global flavours

    Published on : Saturday, December 19, 2015

    The new Hilton West Palm Beach, scheduled to open on January 27, 2016, welcomes Executive Chef Miguel Santiago. With more than 20 years of hospitality experience, Santiago brings his culinary prowess to guests looking for farm-to-table cuisine infused with global …

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  • Airlines for America Urges Passage of Congressional Funding Bill

    Published on : Friday, December 18, 2015

    Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, urged congressional leaders in both chambers to support passage of the FY2016 Omnibus Appropriations bill, which includes several provisions that will benefit U.S. airline customers.     …

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  • Hotel industry in U.S. reports positive results

    Published on : Friday, December 18, 2015

    The U.S. hotel industry recorded positive results in the three key performance measurements during the week of 6-12 December 2015, according to data from STR, Inc.       In year-over-year measurements, the industry’s occupancy increased 0.1% to 58.3%. Average …

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  • Las Vegas to Ring in 2016 With Dazzling New Year’s Eve Extravaganzas

    Published on : Friday, December 18, 2015

    Las Vegas is the ultimate destination to bring in the New Year with stellar experiences across the Strip and beyond. The destination will host one of the largest pyrotechnic fireworks shows in the world, along with unparalleled nightclub parties and …

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  • ASTA Statement on Restoring Commercial Flights to Cuba

    Published on : Thursday, December 17, 2015

    American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) President and CEO Zane Kerby issues this statement regarding the U.S. State Department’s announcement today that it has reached a bilateral arrangement with Cuba to establish scheduled air service between the two countries:   …

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