Raven Trekking: Edgar Allan Poe's Richmond, Virginia

By Gretchen Kelly

Posted on 10/11/2016, 11:45 AM

Tell-tale signs of Edgar Allan Poe's old haunts are all over town in Richmond, Virginia....

Lights! Camera! Plane Tickets! The Biggest "Set-Jetting" Destinations

By Gretchen Kelly

Posted on 10/11/2016, 11:45 AM

More and more destinations are banking on the hope that blockbuster movies or hit Netflix shows filmed there will lure you to book a trip yourself. Here are some of the most promising places (if not the best movies set in them) of the year....

Bucket List: Tourism Board Gets Iced

By Gretchen Kelly

Posted on 09/03/2014, 2:15 PM

Visit Syracuse has tagged Visit Rochester and the I LOVE NY team in the Convention and Visitors Board version of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Taunting Rochester and undgergoing the ice at the start of last week's Great New York State Fair is Visit Syracuse Director, David Holder. The Great New York State Fair, held every year from August 27 to September 7, is vintage slice of Ameri...

Highland "Games"—Visit Scotland Banks on Outlander to Be New Game of Thrones

By Gretchen Kelly

Posted on 08/09/2014, 2:45 AM

VisitScotland is banking on the new Starz TV series Outlander to out game Game of Thrones. Sword slashing, derring-do, lots of sex and violence along with a compellingly romantic narrative about Highlanders' striving for freedom provide the backdrop. Today, the tourism board unveils its new "Outlander" website that leads fans of the bestselling book series and the new Starz show throug...

Cuomo Boosts Northern NY Tourism at Adirondack Challenge

By Gretchen Kelly

Posted on 07/24/2014, 1:00 PM

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo may be hobbled by scandal in the corridors of power but on Indian Lake in the Adirondacks it was smooth sailing this past weekend. The Governor, Vermont counterpart Peter Shumlin and Cuomo's gal pal, Food Network's Sandra Lee kicked off the Adirondack Challenge, a three-mile white water rafting course on the pristine North Country lake. Teams included...

Will APC Machines Speed Your Airport Arrivals? Delta is Banking On It

By Gretchen Kelly

Posted on 06/24/2014, 3:30 PM

If you're one of those travelers who love being greeted back into the US by Customs officials you may have to wait a lot longer, but your trip through customs could get a lot speedier. Delta Air Lines announced today that Automated Passport Control kiosks are opening in their terminals in Detroit and LAX. The two terminals join Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Minneapolis, JFK and Seattle as inte...

#CarryOnShame Campaign Exposes Bag Hogs on U.S. Airlines: Are You Next?

By Gretchen Kelly

Posted on 06/12/2014, 9:45 PM

When Spud Hilton, Travel Editor of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote about carry-on bag hogs on the paper’s travel blog, Bad Latitude, this week, he had no idea that the response would be a tidal wave that flooded his in box with affirmations that the “carry-on bag hog” is now considered one of the lowest forms of traveling humanity—right next to the kid kicking the back of your seat and the...

Would You Bet $25 That Your Flight Will Be Delayed?

By Gretchen Kelly

Posted on 06/04/2014, 11:45 AM

If you’re like most travelers across the U.S., you are probably looking forward to a summer of hurricane and storm-related flight delays, cancellations and missed connections. A new travel insurance brand, AirCare, is banking on it. AirCare, a new product from the Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance group, says it’s the first low cost fixed-benefit flight protection available for flig...

Disney’s “Deep Dive": Four-Day Vacays and the Amazon

By Gretchen Kelly

Posted on 05/30/2014, 9:30 AM

Adventures by Disney has unveiled new vacation options based on their research that shows families want more and more “deep dive” experiential travel—a growing trend that hotels and tour operators are leveraging to inspire travel sales. At a elaborately produced media event in New York, Adventures by Disney’s Senior Vice President and General Manger, Ken Potrock said that “bucket lists” ar...

Sydney Gets Lit: Vivid Sydney 2014 Brightens Up the Harbour

By Gretchen Kelly

Posted on 05/14/2014, 10:00 PM

Even on the dullest day, Sydney is a vibrant city. But from May 24 to June 10 Sydney will get “Vivid.” The annual winter (yes, it's winter in Australia now) Vivid Sydney Festival will see Sydney Harbour, including the famed shell-like Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, illuminated by thousands of colored LED lights. The concept of light bulb as idea icon is also in play. The fes...

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