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Arthur Frommer: Let’s Hope the American Queen Paddlewheeler is Past Racist Messages

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 11/14/2019, 10:00 AM

The travel press is currently full of happy articles about the popularity of river cruises within the United States.     Apparently, such paddlewheelers as the famous American Queen are full of eager passengers, especially for cruises leaving New Orleans and proceeding northward along the Mississippi River through states of the former Confederacy.   Though I hate to throw cold water on...

Arthur Frommer: Collective Retreats are the Latest in Glamping

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 11/11/2019, 12:00 AM

Instead of erecting expensive, multi-story hotels on equally expensive land, why not simply pitch large tents capable of containing twin beds or queen-sized beds?     Why not service those tents with nearby personnel (chefs) capable of delivering meals?   Those are apparently the questions answered by the persons who have recently inaugurated the "glamorous camping" vacation housing ca...

Arthur Frommer: If Thomas Cook Can Go Belly-Up, Consumers Must Protect Themselves

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 11/06/2019, 12:00 PM

The recent shutdown of service by the venerable Thomas Cook company in Great Britain, stranding tens of thousands of tour passengers, is a wake-up call for all of us.     It means that we cannot rely on the sterling reputations of airlines/tour companies, no matter how long they have been in business (Thomas Cook was more than 150 years old).   The other object lesson? It has become ne...

Arthur: For Gay Americans, Some International Travel Is Exceedingly Dangerous

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 11/04/2019, 12:00 PM

Like many standard Americans, my business relations include dealings with gay men, and I know a pair that recently had a same-sex wedding. They have asked me to recommend a post-nuptial trip, and I have responded by telling them nearly all the Middle East and Africa is too dangerous for their plans.     In that giant area of the world, homosexuality is often regarded as a crime to be punishe...

Another Foolish Effort by Trump to Ban Travel to Cuba, Says Arthur Frommer

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 11/01/2019, 7:45 PM

  As if their previous efforts had not been sufficiently foolish, the Trump administration has just announced a further effort to reduce travel to Cuba.     Effective in just a few days, it will no longer be legal for American airlines to operate flights from the United States to any Cuban city other than Havana.     Because the average American tourist to Cuba is eager to visit Hav...

A Major Newspaper Asks If It's Ethical to Fly. Arthur Frommer Wants Your Thoughts

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 08/26/2019, 12:00 AM

Depending on your politics, you either do or you don’t regard The New York Times as the nation’s leading newspaper.    But after that paper’s recent examination of the relation between travel and climate change, you must surely regard it as the nation’s boldest newspaper.   The Times’ startling discussion (which you can read here) results from the belief held by almost all prestigious ...

A Battle Royal is Raging Between Airlines Flying to Hawaii, Writes Arthur Frommer

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 08/21/2019, 3:00 AM

The fight is on. The battle rages.     In March and April just past, Southwest Airlines began flying from San Jose and Oakland, California, to Honolulu and Maui. It will soon add daily flights to Hawaii from Sacramento and San Diego.   And because these routes are among the chief money-raisers for the long established Hawaiian Airlines, the terms of each airline’s fares and policies ar...

Arthur Frommer: Preventing Travel to Cuba Is Harming Ordinary Cubans the Most

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 08/19/2019, 1:00 AM

When the Trump Administration recently announced its reversal of the Obama effort to permit American travel to Cuba, it justified this new limitation by the effect it would have on the government of Cuba (and not on the Cuban people themselves).     Examples were given of the Cuban military’s ownership of major hotels, and of other areas in which a downturn in American travel would harm the ...

Arthur Frommer: Viewing Whales and Dolphins in Captivity Should No Longer be Seen as Ethical

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 08/15/2019, 1:00 AM

A major step forward in the ethical treatment of large sea life was just taken by Sir Richard Branson.     On behalf of all the Branson entities, he has announced that his companies will no longer participate in tours with or presentations of captive whales and dolphins, otherwise known as cetaceans.     Those large animals are today found to be thinking creatures with emotions and tho...

Arthur Frommer: An Alarming Drop in Incoming Foreign Tourists Will Devastate Us

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 08/13/2019, 7:45 PM

  The health of the American economy isn’t always shown in employment figures or gross domestic product. It is also affected by ups and downs in our success in attracting foreign tourists to our shores.    And that result is rarely announced by our administration even though a negative figure can cause hardship to numerous American businesses.   In a devastating report recently issu...

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