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The World's Most and Least Expensive Campsites

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/18/2017, 12:15 PM

Camping is one of the most affordable options for spending a night on the road, and, thanks to glamping, it can be a budget-busting splurge as well.  Highlighting what has to be one of the biggest price ranges in travel is a new report from Campsy, an online campsite booking service based in Berlin. The company has named the world's most and least expensive campsites, using data from 30 countries...

No Laptop Ban on Flights from Europe to U.S.—For Now

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/01/2017, 4:00 AM

For the time being, a ban on in-cabin laptops will not be extended to flights from Europe to the United States, according to the Department of Homeland Security.  However, a spokesperson for DHS secretary John Kelly said that the option is "still on the table." The announcement was made on Tuesday following a discussion between Kelly and European officials.  For security reasons, c...

Trump's Proposed Budget Would Cut U.S. Tourism Organization

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/24/2017, 4:00 AM

Among the cuts in President Donald Trump's proposed budget, which is being delivered to Congress this week: funding for Brand USA, a public-private organization dedicated to marketing the United States as a tourism destination. Eliminating that program, the president's plan would shift revenue toward Customs and Border Protection instead. The proposal would have to be approved by Congress, w...

Emirates Cuts Flights to U.S., Citing Drop in Demand

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/20/2017, 4:00 AM

The Dubai-based Emirates airline is reducing the number of flights it offers to the United States.  As a reason for the change, the carrier cited a drop in demand among consumers following "recent actions taken by the U.S. government," including a ban on carry-on electronics affecting flights from certain Middle Eastern and Northern African nations, as well as efforts by the Trump administ...

The World's Safest Country for Tourists

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/19/2017, 4:00 AM

Finland has been named the world's safest country for travelers in this year's edition of the highly regarded Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report from the World Economic Forum.  The annual study rates 136 nations according to a variety of factors, including natural resources, transportation infrastructure, environmental sustainability, and several others. Overall, Spain was found to ...

Foreign Students Are Now Among the Groups Reducing Plans to Visit the U.S. in Reaction to Trump's Hostility

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 03/30/2017, 12:00 AM

Because of Pres. Trump's policies, are foreign students becoming wary of U.S. universities? Arthur Frommer considers how that could damage the travel industry and the U.S. economy overall....

Interest in Travel to U.S. Down Overall—but Up in Asia

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/28/2017, 4:00 AM

The overall number of international travelers planning to visit the United States has declined slightly over the past year as a result of the political climate, according to an analysis conducted by Brand USA, a public-private organization created by Congress to promote U.S. tourism. Twenty-seven percent of travelers were planning a U.S. trip in March 2016, the group says. That number is a...

Why You Should Renew Your Passport ASAP

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/15/2017, 5:00 AM

Getting a new or renewed passport could take longer than normal this year. U.S. government officials are anticipating a higher volume of renewals in 2017 because a whole bunch of travelers got new passports in 2007, and now those documents are reaching their 10-year expiration dates. Processing all of those renewals will take some time. What was so special about 2007? That was when a l...

U.S. Now Asking Visitors to Divulge Social Media Info

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/29/2016, 5:00 AM

The United States government is now asking foreign visitors to supply links to their social media accounts when they arrive in the country.  The change applies to those entering the U.S. by way of the Visa Waiver Program, which allows citizens of 38 nations to travel in the country for up to 90 days without a visa.  Those travelers can opt not to answer the question, but that hasn't fo...

Brighter, More Colorful Lighting System Now in Place at Niagara Falls

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/17/2016, 5:00 AM

A new lighting system at Niagara Falls should make for brighter, more colorful nighttime displays than was previously possible at the beloved brink on the U.S.-Canada border. In the first significant upgrade to Niagara lighting in 20 years, more than 1,400 LED luminaires have been installed along the shoreline on the Canadian side to illuminate the American and Horseshoe Falls. The new sys...

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