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Arthur Frommer: It's Smart to Make Sure Your Airbnb Host is at Home

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 06/11/2019, 8:00 AM

A massive battle is being waged in courtrooms all over the world between supporters of short-term apartment rentals and cities wanting to put an end to those uses.     The cities claim that such companies as Airbnb are worsening the availability of housing for permanent residents; that these permanent residents are unable to stay in a growing number of apartments illegally rented by landlord...

This Year is A Great Year for Memphis. Our Frommer's Guide Writer Explains

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/07/2019, 1:00 PM

When we come out with a new guidebook at Frommer’s, we tap the best local journalists to write it. One such pro is Ashley Brantley, a native of Nashville who grew up in Memphis (and still has family there), making her the ideal person to write the newly released Frommer’s EasyGuide to Nashville and Memphis. I interviewed her on our national radio show about why 2019 is the ideal year to visit Memph...

The Aviation Industry is Asked to Do Something About Emissions, Writes Arthur Frommer

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 06/06/2019, 7:00 AM

If humankind is to survive into the next century, something will have to be done about the drastic climate change currently experienced on earth.     Though narrow-minded politicians may find it easy to call such reports a “hoax,” hundreds of eminent scientists are virtually unanimous in urgently drawing attention to that danger.   Other irresponsible people claim that the problem is o...

Trump Administration Announces Bans on Cruises and Tours to Cuba

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/04/2019, 3:00 PM

The other zapato has dropped. In April, White House National Security Advisor John Bolton announced that the Treasury Department would soon implement new regulations to restrict non-family travel to Cuba. But I don't think anyone expected the roll-out of those new regulations to be as abrupt, messy, or sweeping as the ones announced today turned out to be.   On Tuesday afternoon, the Treasury De...

A Website Called Fairbnb Has Flung an "Ethical" Challenge to Airbnb

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 06/04/2019, 8:00 AM

Although it has successfully helped millions of travelers to find overnight accommodations in an apartment or home, Airbnb is still mired in controversy and fending off attacks.     It has been challenged by (and remains embattled against) numerous city governments which claim that Airbnb has worsened the housing situation in their jurisdictions and reduced the available accommodations for p...

An App That (Almost) Guarantees the Lowest Hotel Rates

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/31/2019, 7:00 AM

It’s said there are no guarantees in life. But does that apply to travel? For hotels, a relatively new app may offer the closest thing to a guaranteed low price that I’ve seen. It’s called Pruvo, and it promises that if you tell it your hotel price, you won’t be undercut.   Here’s how it works. The consumer goes hotel shopping, using any online travel agency they like—Booking.com, Expedi...

Arthur Frommer: Seaweed is Invading the Mexican Caribbean, But There's a Bright Side

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/30/2019, 7:00 AM

Among the current important news of travel is a sudden and mysterious drop in tourist traffic to the so-called “Mexican Caribbean” (Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Isla Mujeres, Tulum, the Mayan Riviera), an area which usually accounts for half of all tourism to Mexico.     After several speculative guesses as to what is happening, scientists and Mexican officials have agreed that the cause is “sa...

Do Travelers Lose Their Moral Compasses on the Road? A Surprising Study

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/29/2019, 7:00 AM

My friend Deborah "borrowed" her favorite wool blanket from a hotel when she went on a business trip. Shannon, another pal, put her able-bodied daughter in an airport wheelchair to jump to the front of a Southwest Airlines boarding line so they could snag seats together. And Dave, a charming guy I know from college, owns a cane for the sole purpose of limping into airports so he can plausibly c...

Arthur Frommer: Add Austria to the Nations Where Neo-Nazi Extremists Are Gaining Power

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/28/2019, 7:00 AM

Turns out I was too limited in recently listing the western European nations partially or wholly controlled by neo-Nazis.     You can now add Austria (for reasons set forth below) to the countries whose current government will cause progressive people all over the world to cease visiting them.   Although the new ruling party in Austria is not itself far right-wing, they have apparently...

Arthur Frommer: Is a Travel Boycott Ever Justified? Do They Even Work?

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/08/2019, 3:00 AM

  Is a travel boycott ever justified?  A controversy over that claim is currently raging in the travel trade press.   I had an aunt, now deceased, who was one of the world’s gentlest creatures. She tolerated every person, found worth in every person, treated everyone with respect.     But she made one exception: for the population of Poland.     She could not forget the times,...

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