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Amtrak Cuts Deep: Over 460 Stations Across the USA Will Lose Daily Service

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/17/2020, 12:00 PM

Reuters has obtained an internal Amtrak memo that says that as of October 1, the national railway is planning to cut roughly a third of its weekly service. It will do that by reducing all of its daily long-haul routes except for one (the Auto Train) to thrice-weekly service. In addition, daily departures along the Northeast Corridor, the busiest part of the railway’s network, will be significan...

Senators Say Airlines Have Safety Gaps, Beg for Leadership from Trump Cabinet

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/09/2020, 3:00 PM

Two U.S. senators have written a scathing letter to tell members of Donald Trump's cabinet they're not doing enough to protect traveling Americans on airlines. Edward Markey of Massachusetts and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, both of whom have a history of pursuing consumer protections, issued the urgent call to improve lax and confusing safety standards onboard aircraft in a letter dated J...

Pauline Frommer: You Can Help Restore Our National Parks and Create Thousands of Jobs

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/09/2020, 9:00 AM

At the height of the Great Depression, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt established the Works Progress Administration. It accomplished two life-changing goals: Over the course of eight years, it created some 8.5 million desperately needed jobs, and it did it while shoring up America’s framework. Today, we still benefit from the bridges, schools, hospitals, roads, hiking trails, sewer lines, ...

Sri Lanka's Reopening Plan for Tourism Is the World's Strictest So Far

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/08/2020, 2:00 PM

As of this writing, Sri Lanka, a country of 21.5 million people, has confirmed only 11 deaths from Covid-19. Due to a rigorous testing, tracking, and quarantine program, the South Asian nation was ranked as having the ninth most effective response to the virus by the Global Response to Infectious Diseases (GRID) index. Sri Lanka tied with Hong Kong, the United Arab Emirates, Japan, and Taiwan. ...

Cancún Is the Latest Place to Defray Vacation Costs...We Think

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/05/2020, 1:00 PM

Updated June 10 This is becoming a strange trend. The Italian island of Sicily announced its intention to help pay for vacations once we're traveling again. So did Japan—but only sort of, since the country won't promise the deal will still be valid by the time the border fully reopens. Now fun-in-the-sun giant Cancún is following in their footsteps: The city's private sector is making overture...

In a First, Alaska Requiring Covid-19 Tests from Other Americans

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/04/2020, 2:00 PM

American travelers are finding that the rest of the world doesn't trust them to be coronavirus-free. Several European countries now insist on seeing fresh results of a Covid-19 test before admitting visitors. And now, for the first time, an American state will demand a test result from other Americans. Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced that as of Friday, June 5, visitors to his state from ...

A Statement from Arthur Frommer on #BlackLivesMatter and Racial Discrimination

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 06/04/2020, 8:00 AM

As persons dedicated to the world of travel, the staff, writers, and editors of Frommer Media have had the unique chance to encounter both racial tolerance and racial discrimination in all their forms.  And we here dedicate ourselves to every form of racial tolerance and to the love between all peoples regardless of their race.   In our writings and our publications, we will join with those ...

Vegas Weakens on Resort Fees: Can We Deliver the Knockout Punch?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/03/2020, 4:00 PM

Las Vegas casino hotels are back in business—but that doesn't mean business is good. Returning casinos have been dealt a potentially losing hand: Health measures have taken away buffets, shows, and free-flowing booze.  Signs of desperation are everywhere. Parking used to be one of the most reliable perks at the casinos, but in recent years, owners got greedy and brought in charges. Follow...

The First Cruise Line Safety Plan Is Out: Acid Fogs and No Buffets

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/02/2020, 3:00 PM

In April, the Centers for Disease Control extended a ban on large cruise ships calling on U.S. ports that is slated to expire in July. When the agency did that, it sent a strong message to cruise line operators: Get your safety protocols together or we may extend the ban again. In the intervening two months, Norwegian Cruise Line has flirted with bankruptcy and faced investigation for deceptive...

Will Hawaii Secede from the United States? Touristically, We Mean

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/01/2020, 12:00 PM

Imagine if Gov. Andrew Cuomo were to meet with the New York State Legislature to propose a special relationship that only applied to New York State and France. "Because the Empire State and the great country of France have a shared level of sophistication, a shared love of good food and wine, and similar political leanings, we are going to make it easier for French citizens to visit New York," ...

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