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Indoor Rainforest Coming to Dubai Hotel

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/22/2016, 4:00 AM

El Yunque National Rainforest in Puerto Rico (photo: FreeImages/sue anna joe) The latest over-the-top luxury hotel planned for Dubai is for all those who have found themselves in a rainforest and wondered, Where are the robot baggage handlers? Planned for the United Arab Emirates city's Al Thanyah district, the 448-room, 1-million-square-foot Rosemont Hotel and Residence will feat...

Sydney Opera House Getting a $202 Million Renovation

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/22/2016, 4:00 AM

(photo by Bkamprath/Wikimedia Commons) The Sydney Opera House is unquesionably one of Australia's most iconic sights—if we're talking manmade landmarks, it probably tops the list. But let's be honest: few who visit the architectural stunner come back raving about how entertained they were. Most just snap a photo or two (or 30). That could change in the not too distant future, ...

Most Limits on U.S.-Mexico Flights Have Flown Away

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/22/2016, 4:00 AM

Yesterday was a good day for price-conscious travelers in North America. As of Sunday, nearly all of the restrictions on flights between the United States and Mexico have been lifted, allowing airlines on both sides of the border to fly whatever routes they want in the other country—and at whatever prices they want to offer. Up to now, rules had limited two or three airlines from each coun...

Nightmare Traffic at LaGuardia, Living on a Cruise Ship, and More: Today's Travel Briefing

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/22/2016, 12:00 AM

A roundup of travel news from all over...

In New Zealand, Bungee Jumping Is Fun Even If You Don't Jump

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/20/2016, 12:00 AM

How to soak up the rugged scenery, human drama, thrills, and chills of bungee jumping—without actually going over the edge...

New Hotel Set to Open Steps from Elvis Presley's Graceland

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/10/2016, 12:45 PM

Elvis Presley fans will soon get the chance to rent rooms mere steps from Graceland, the King of Rock 'n' Roll's former home turned museum and showcase for 1970s interior design in Memphis.  Set to open on October 27, the Guest House at Graceland is a new six-story, 450-room hotel with a stately Southern Colonial facade and a modern interior with touches of Kingly purple and gold but an ov...

UK Tourism Boom Following Brexit and Falling Pound

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/10/2016, 12:30 PM

Looks like Brexit has given a short-term boost to tourism in the United Kingdom.  Flight bookings to the UK have surged since June, following a sharp drop in the pound after Britain's vote to leave the European Union. Overall, the number of flights booked to the UK are up 4.3% compared to last summer. Bookings from Hong Kong jumped by 30%, while they've increased by 9% from the U.S. an...

Delta Still Recovering from Computer Crash

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/10/2016, 12:00 PM

Delta Air Lines remains in damage-control mode following a computer glitch that grounded all of the carrier's flights for six hours on Monday.  The company's CEO issued an apology on social media and explained how affected customers can get refunds or reschedule without penalties.  Delta says you can get your money back if your flight was canceled or significantly delayed. If your flig...

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