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New Bill in U.S. Congress Would Squash Hidden Resort Fees. Here's How to Help

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/26/2019, 12:15 PM

A new bill introduced in Congress today will spell the end of hotel resort fees. Maybe. The Hotel Advertising Transparency Act of 2019 would classify the nondisclosure of resort fees (or "cleaning fees" or "urban fees" or any other mandatory fee) as "deceptive" advertising. Most of us would agree that's an accurate description—one that matters because the bill would allow the government to crac...

Thomas Cook Shuts Down: What to Do and How to Protect Yourself Now

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/23/2019, 11:00 AM

In 1841, Thomas Cook founded the travel business that has carried his name to charter a train for travel to a temperance rally. Since then, the company has arranged the travel of millions of people through its travel agents and its airline. But today’s customers may well want to pour themselves a stiff drink: After 178 years in business, Thomas Cook suddenly ceased operations last week, disruptin...

Take Your Next Beach Vacation in the Bahamas: It's the Right Thing to Do

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/10/2019, 8:15 PM

The pictures are devastating: mile after mile of rubble, overturned cars, and marooned boats where once homes, streets, and marinas stood. Hurricane Dorian, the slow-moving, hugely powerful storm that hit part of the Bahamas, was arguably the most destructive hurricane in modern history. Many are now asking how to help. The clear, if unexpected answer is: Go to the Bahamas on your next vacation....

Will Fall Foliage Be Worth Seeing This Year in New England? Here's An Expert's Forecast

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/03/2019, 8:15 PM

New England’s fall foliage show is right around the corner. Leaf peepers are polishing their binoculars, planning their routes, and booking their B&Bs. In preparation for this popular season, I spoke with Mel Allen, the Editor of Yankee Magazine, to get his take on what road trippers can expect in the coming months. Pauline Frommer: I need to start this interview by saying that the website of ...

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...

Vacation Rental Law Hits Hawaii Hard—How to Navigate Tough Rental Regulations

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/14/2019, 6:00 PM

Long before Airbnb was a twinkle on founder Brian Chesky’s browser, New York State had a law severely limiting short-term rentals. Called the "Multiple Dwelling Law," it has, in its many iterations, banned short-term rentals of less than 30 days in the state, including New York City, since 1929. The law was strengthened in both 2011 and 2018; today, it applies to apartments in buildings with mo...

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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