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Arthur Frommer: The Biggest News is the Dominance of Tourism by the Chinese

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 09/05/2018, 12:00 AM

Suddenly, the press that deals with travel is full of articles about the sudden rise of Chinese tourism.   All over the world, Chinese citizens have become the largest source of tourism, edging out the American, German, British and French. This doesn’t happen by accident.  In recent years, the Chinese government has encouraged the movement towards international travel as a means of accomp...

Exult in the Pleasures of Solo Travel with This Distinguished Book

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 08/29/2018, 6:00 AM

It isn’t often that a newspaper reporter publishes a truly distinguished book about the sensations of solitary travel, the rewarding emotions you feel when abroad by yourself in a strange city.   Yet that is the achievement of Stephanie Rosenbloom of The New York Times in her recently published Alone Time. Rosenbloom, a staff columnist for the Times, is known for her extremely lucid and help...

JetBlue Increases Baggage Fee, Leading Way for Copycats

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/28/2018, 6:00 PM

It's like a cautionary fairy tale. There once was a fun-loving, egalitarian airline that wanted to revolutionize the industry. All seats were given personal TVs, there was only one type of aircraft and one class of service to keep maintenance costs and fares low, and, best of all, there were no checked bag fees. "No, no, no," promised the little airline. "We will not charge to check bags like a...

Royal Caribbean's Private Beaches Make Second-Class Citizens of the Rest of Us

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 08/27/2018, 6:00 AM

Most passengers on a Caribbean cruise are by now aware of the “private beaches” and “private islands” that cruise lines operate for the purpose of keeping you from contact with local residents or businesses when your ship alights at a particular port.  This deliberate segregation has been tolerated by most of us because the artificial beaches or ports have been operated in such a way as to be r...

$999 for a Week in Vietnam, Including Air! Outstanding, Writes Arthur Frommer

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 08/24/2018, 9:00 AM

To enjoy a travel miracle—a memorable tour to an exotic nation, for less than the cost of airfare alone—is to lend excitement to life. Several months ago, we described an awesome Chinese-American named Wilson Wu who operates two-week tours of Vietnam for as little as $1,599 per person, including round-trip air from the U.S. West Coast.   Now, the same Mr. Wu, through his company called World Sp...

“Crazy Rich Asians” May Feel a Lot Like Going to Singapore, Says Arthur Frommer

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 08/22/2018, 3:00 AM

Let me be entirely frank. I greatly disliked the movie Crazy Rich Asians, which I recently saw.   I was so horrified by its fawning depiction of irresponsible wealth that I almost walked out of the theatre during the first half hour of the show, and only stayed because things improved a bit in the remaining hour and a half.   Crazy Rich Asians is a two-hour romantic comedy about an ultra-rich ...

Another New Fee, Courtesy of United Airlines

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/21/2018, 4:00 PM

About five years ago, Saturday Night Live scored some laughs with a skit that parodied "priority boarding" announcements at the airport gate. A uniformed Tina Fey and Taran Killam stood behind a podium and called upward of 20 different categories of flyers before they got to "Group 2" as their SNL castmates grew comically agitated waiting to board. Back then, it seemed like the madness at the gate...

Arthur Frommer: Remove Ryan Zinke as Secretary of the Interior

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 08/20/2018, 6:00 AM

The Secretary of the Interior of the United States is supposed to preserve and protect our national parks, national monuments, and public lands from commercial exploitation.   He is supposed to endorse the plea of President Theodore Roosevelt some hundred-or-so years ago that these cherished properties are to be preserved for generations to come. By his recent statements and actions, the cur...

Arthur Frommer: Climate Change Is Jeopardizing the Travel Experience

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 08/17/2018, 6:00 AM

Is climate change for real? And is it having an impact on the recreational travels we undertake? If you would put that question to relatives of mine living in England, they would loudly respond, “Yes!”   They live near an English province where temperatures recently reached 111 degrees Fahrenheit (44 Celsius). While such heat would only slightly affect residents of, say, Phoenix, Arizona,...

Arthur Frommer: I Love This Canadian Program of Literary Discussions and Tours

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 08/16/2018, 2:00 PM

Every year, thousands of English-speaking adults gather at a number of famous universities to engage for a July week or two in discussion of the great books or great issues.  Led by a faculty member of these schools, participants pursue a “learning vacation” at places like Oxford and Cambridge in England, Cornell in upstate New York, or St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. These one-w...

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