North American travelers looking for bargain transatlantic fares will have lots more options this summer, as European-based low-fare lines expand their reach. Three lines have announced aggressive moves: Norwegian will add flights to Boston from London/Gatwick, Copenhagen, and Oslo, along with flights to Ft. Lauderdale, Los Angeles, and New York/JFK from a new base at Paris/Orly. These flights will use Norwegian’s new 787s with conventional economy and better-than-average premium economy service. Sample round-trip fares for mid-August from Boston to London range from $726 for a nonrefundable economy ticket to $1,301 in premium economy. For comparison, British Airways posts $1,271 for Boston-London economy round-trips and $2,005 for premium economy at the same time. Although Norwegians’ base fare looks low, fees are high: $65 each way for one checked bag, $12 to $16 each way for advance seat assignment, $40 for meals, and comparably stiff prices for beverages would bring the … [Read more...] about European Low-Fare Lines Target U.S. This Summer
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Do American pizza chains have a "Sausage and a Thick Slice of Bacon Meat Sauce" pie on the menu? No, they do not. Step up your game, Pizza Hut, or we will welcome your replacement by Japanese pizza-innovator chain Pizza-La. Other thinking-outside-the-pizza-box options on Pizza-La's menu include cheese and honey pizza, pizza with mayonnaise sauce, and pizza topped with scallops in butter and soy sauce. No wonder it's the highest-grossing pizza chain in Japan. Do American pizza chains have a "Sausage and a Thick Slice of Bacon Meat Sauce" pie on the menu? No, they do not. Step up your game, Pizza Hut, or we will welcome your replacement by Japanese pizza-innovator chain Pizza-La. Other thinking-outside-the-pizza-box options on Pizza-La's menu include cheese and honey pizza, pizza with mayonnaise sauce, and pizza topped with scallops in butter and soy sauce. No wonder it's the highest-grossing pizza chain in Japan. Supermac's says its menu is designed "with Irish tastes in mind," but … [Read more...] about 10 Foreign Fast Food Chains We Want in the U.S.
Would you like to kick back and relax on a beach in the U.S. Virgin Islands of St. Thomas, St. Croix, and St. John, without having to obtain a valid U.S. passport first? Good news, you can—U.S. Virgin Islands passport requirements state that as long as you don’t touch down on foreign soil before arriving, you do not need a passport. Since the U.S. Virgin Islands are collectively a U.S. Commonwealth and therefore considered domestic travel for U.S. citizens, it’s easy to take a tropical getaway without having to obtain a new passport for travel to St. Thomas, St. Croix, or St. John. You may, however, be required to show proof of citizenship when departing the U.S. Virgin Islands, such as a raised-seal birth certificate and a valid government-issued ID card. Although this does not mean that you need a passport to travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands, you may want to opt for carrying a passport with you anyway—that way, you only need to carry one document versus two. … [Read more...] about U.S. Virgin Islands Passport Requirements: Do I Need a Passport to Go to the U.S. Virgin Islands?
The main draw in this city on Florida's Gulf Coast is the outstanding sailing, along with boating, fishing, birding, and the other usual Florida vacation activities. Port Charlotte is just across the Peace River from Punta Gorda, between Sarasota and Ft. Myers, and it shares many of the advantages of those well-known vacation centers, but at a lower cost. The average nightly hotel rate is $93. The nearest mainline airports are Southwest Florida International in Ft. Myers (38 miles) and Tampa International (74 miles). The need for a car depends on what you want to do. The main draw in this city on Florida's Gulf Coast is the outstanding sailing, along with boating, fishing, birding, and the other usual Florida vacation activities. Port Charlotte is just across the Peace River from Punta Gorda, between Sarasota and Ft. Myers, and it shares many of the advantages of those well-known vacation centers, but at a lower cost. The average nightly hotel rate is $93. The nearest mainline … [Read more...] about 10 Best Value Destinations in the U.S.
In Massachusetts, clothing is exempt from sales tax (unless the item costs more than $175, which then is taxed 6.25 percent on the amount over the basic exemption). So, unless you're planning on buying a lot of luxury goods, you won't encounter a sales tax on clothing. Boston itself has great shopping areas—like Newbury Street in Back Bay, Assembly Row in Somerville, Harvard Square in Cambridge, Coolidge Corner in Brookline, and Charles Street in Beacon Hill. Outside of the city you'll find plenty of malls and outlet shopping too. Wrentham Village Premium Outlets are the most well-known, but there are other shopping areas like Lee Outlets in Western Mass., Cape Cod Mall in Hyannis, Legacy Place in Dedham, Patriot Place in Foxboro, and The Natick Mall in Natick. In Massachusetts, clothing is exempt from sales tax (unless the item costs more than $175, which then is taxed 6.25 percent on the amount over the basic exemption). So, unless you're planning on buying a lot of luxury … [Read more...] about 10 Best U.S. States for Shopping
If the European Parliament has its way, U.S. citizens will no longer be able to visit Europe with just a passport. The parliament has called for a requirement that U.S. citizens get visas to visit the European Union. I can already hear John McEnroe’s signature “Are you serious?” cry from millions of potential visitors. And the answer is, “Sort of serious.” Actually, what the European Union is serious about is its internal requirement that all member nations receive equal treatment from outside countries, and the U.S. does not allow citizens of European Union members Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland, and Romania to enter the U.S. through its visa waiver program. But that’s not a sure thing. And given the current state of things here, I wouldn’t bet that the U.S. will decide to change its policies regarding those eastern countries. Net take-away: Chances are less than 50-50 that you’ll need a visa for any upcoming summer … [Read more...] about Europe Votes to Ban U.S. Travelers Without Visas
Just hours after the Department of Homeland Security published its ban on electronic devices on flights to the U.S. from 10 Middle East and African airports, the U.K. followed suit, with its own ban on carry-on devices on flights to the United Kingdom from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia, and Saudi Arabia. In contrast to the U.S. directive, which rather vaguely alludes to electronic devices larger than cellphones, the U.K. Department of Transport’s prohibition is spelled out explicitly: Under the new arrangements, phones, laptops and tablets larger than: • length: 16.0cm • width: 9.3cm • depth: 1.5cm will not be allowed in the cabin on selected flights to the UK from the countries affected. Related:The World’s 10 Happiest (and Unhappiest) Places While the U.K. DOT called the measure “necessary, effective and proportionate,” at least some travelers aren’t so sure. On FlyerTalk, a discussion website favored by ultra-frequent flyers, … [Read more...] about U.K. Joins U.S. Laptop Ban as Skepticism Mounts
U.S. airlines carried 5.2 percent more domestic passengers and flew 1.6 percent more domestic flights during the first eight months of 2005 than they did during the same period in 2004, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported, in a release of preliminary data (Table 1).Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), reported that the airlines carried 449.3 million domestic passengers during the first eight months of 2005, up from the 427.0 million carried between January and August 2004 (Table 2). The passengers were carried on 6.83 million flights, up 1.6 percent from the 6.72 million flights operated in 2004 (Table 1). August 2005 Airline Traffic:In other month-to-month domestic comparisons from August 2004 to August 2005: Table 1: Domestic Airline Travel January to August Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, T-100 Domestic Market and Segment Table 2. Total Industry Domestic Enplanements … [Read more...] about U.S. airlines record significant growth in the first eight months of 2005 according to U.S Department of Transportation National Congress of the Portuguese Association of Travel and Tourism Agencies opens in Macao Centara Hotels & Resorts sets out 5 year vision and strategy for growth Thailand posts increased visitor numbers and tourism revenue for January-October 2017 Passengers up 7% in Asia-Pacific and down -1% in Middle East for September 2017 Whitsundays Tourism Exchange records a huge success Anantara Vacation Club intensifies its customer engagement operations with Aspect Software Princess Cruises celebrates 5th anniversary in Southeast Asia Japan Airlines and PJSC “Aeroflot” launch comprehensive partnership FIT Ruums launches in Japan as global expansion makes major leap forward Concur unveils e-Fapiao solution powered by WeChat in China Ctrip and Big Bus Tours signs strategic agreement Wirecard gains Andaz Luxury 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Our Readers on Facebook Tourism Exhibitions Calendar November 2017 Photo Reportage Jesse Desjardins: Growth Hacking is one of the most interesting mindsets you can have as a company Chiara Calufetti-Lim (WATG Singapore): Hotels’ needs to be an element of awe, surprise and the sought after ‘Instagram moment’ Alexander Sheppard (Banyan Tree Bangkok): Most people nowadays are looking for experiences in hotels Peter Khong (Courtyard by Marriott Singapore Novena): Opening this hotel is a significant strategic move as there are huge opportunities in Singapore Simon Fiquet (Expedia): In Asia more than 78% of teens and 58% of adults travel with their families at least twice per year Heritage Line’s luxury Jahan River cruise from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City Myanmar tourism – The moral dilemma Bangkok’s best temples to visit during October Featured Events 9th PATAcademy-HCD: How to scale your business exponentially Gracious Hospitality & Tourism International Conference 2017 in Bangkok Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok celebrates 7th anniversary ZipEvent at Skal Bangkok September Networking Luncheon OzAsia Festival’s Indonesian events supported by the Australia-Indonesia Institute ITE HCMC 2017 sets for further tourism growth as Vietnam’s key economic sector TripAdvisor to speak at Skal Bangkok lunch CryptoCurrency Expo @ Plaza Athenee Hotel, Bangkok The 2017 OzAsia Festival program places Adelaide at the centre of cuture, events and tourism in Asia Exclusive Resinar: Promoting Thailand as a muslim-friendly destination 2nd Digi.travel Thailand International Conference & Expo HSMAI Hotel Sales Training Workshop Phuket HSMAI Hotel Sales Training Workshop Bangkok Entrepreneur Now Awards 2017 Outbound Travel Bazaar Vietnam 2017 SKÅL International Bangkok’s Travel & Tourism Leaders Lunch, Tuesday, February 14, 2017 HSMAI & AIP Networking Evening Bangkok The PATA Thailand and Skal International Bangkok Xmas lunch Spectre New Year’s Eve masquerade party in Bangkok Investors and Entrepreneurs Roundup 2016 HSMAI Seminar: Opportunities Unlimited – Tapping into the Chinese Market HSMAI Revenue, Digital & Distribution Strategy Conference – Bangkok Hotel Leaders Super Networking Night Bangkok ITE HCMC 2016 Digi.travel Thailand International Conference & Expo The Rise of the Young Asian Traveller – by PATA International Welcome to the Age of Traveller Power – by Amadeus Asia-Pacific MyFareBox by Mystifly – How to find the lowest SOTO/SITI airfares and maximize your profit 7th UNWTO International Meeting on Silk Road Tourism and 1st Tourism Ministerial Meeting on the Silk Road Economic Belt Training session for Thai Travel Agents about Greece as a Luxury & Weddings Destination Imagine Thailand 2020 – A New Public-Private Vision for Thai Tourism Summer School: Managing tourism after the crisis – A mediterranean perspective PATA Thailand Chapter: Thailand’s Tourism Outlook 2015 VITM Vietnam International Travel Mart-Hanoi 2014 Speak-Out Asia – June 12, 2013 Blogger Match Up – June 10, 2013 DIA Awards – June 10, 2013 China Boot Camp – April 23, 2013 & June 12, 2013 Digital Innovation Asia – Bangkok, April 23-24 & June 10-12, 2013 PAS 2013 – Arrival Day PATA Annual Summit (PAS) 2013 PAS 2013 – Sponsors & Partners PAS 2013 – Day 3 PAS 2013 – Day 2 PAS 2013 – Day 1 PATA Youth Forum 2013 VITM – Vietnam International Travel Mart – Hanoi 2013 Shanghai to host the 52nd ICCA Congress 2013 Theme Park & Resorts World Asia Congress 2012 2nd Aircraft Finance and Business Strategy Summit Asia’s leading annual travel and tourism event – Beijing International Tourism Expo (BITE) 30th Year of ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) TRAVEX records strong participation UNWTO and Government of Uzbekistan to host 5th International Meeting on the Silk Road Asia Tourism Resort & Attraction Summit 2010 IT&CMA and CTW Asia Tourism Resort & Attraction Summit 2010 The Global Travel & Tourism Summit The foremost gathering of Travel & Tourism leaders in the world Beijing 25-27 May 2010 Tourism Futures Discover a new destination: Turkey! 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You seem nervous. I don't blame you, because this will be an extraordinary day. We'll push ourselves hard. We'll peer dizzily down at thousands of feet of nothingness beneath our boot soles. Later, there's a slight chance we might feel our hair sizzle and have to turn around quickly before lightning strikes. But it will be a great day. I don't need to tell you how magical mountains are. You've witnessed them from below. You've watched the first light of morning kiss the highest summit, then caress ever lower the mountain's flanks until the whole world shares its warmth. By the time valley folk feel the sun's embrace, the ethereal light is gone. Watching from beneath, you miss out on something only the heavens-and mountain climbers-know. Today we hope to find it. Yes, the heights are calling. But you seem unsure about the climbing. Don't worry. We're going to experience the mountain through the sheer joy of hiking. As we scramble upward, we'll sense the mountain gliding under our … [Read more...] about The Best U.S. Summits: Top Of The World
**Update, Fri. September 26, 4:32 PM**statement clarifying some of the proposed changes for media and commercial photography in wilderness areas. “The US Forest Service remains committed to the First Amendment,” said U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. “To be clear, provisions in the draft directive do not apply to news gathering or activities.” According to the USFS, the proposal will not apply to typical news gathering activities or to recreational photographers taking photos or video for their own personal use. An apparel company doing a photo shoot for a catalog, on the other hand, would likely need to acquire a permit. This may cost between $30 and $800 depending on the size of the scope of the filming, the USFS says. The statement disputes the widely-cited $1,500 price tag for some commercial permits, saying that that number refers to "a different proposed directive," though it does not offer any further detail. Some technicalities and … [Read more...] about U.S. Forest Service Aims to Restrict Wilderness Photography