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Arthur Frommer: The Ban on Muslim Travel to the US is Counterproductive

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 07/05/2018, 3:00 AM

Undoubtedly, the most significant recent development in travel was the Supreme Court’s approval, by a slender 5-to-4 margin, of Donald Trump’s ban against Muslim travel to the United States.  All Americans should examine the validity of that ruling from the standpoint of economics, constitutionality, and national security. From an economic standpoint: The world’s population of Muslims amount...

Arthur Frommer: This Is Surely the Year's Greatest Travel Bargain!

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 06/28/2018, 12:00 AM

About a dozen years ago, a tour operator called China Spree, headed by a Chinese-American expert, astonished the travel world by charging only $999 for a one-week stay in Beijing including air fare from America (or $100 more for one week in Beijing and Shanghai) and quality accommodations. Then, the founder of China Spree was able to accomplish those travel wonders by negotiating rock-bottom pr...

Current Volcanic Eruptions Bring Memories of Vesuvius, Says Arthur Frommer

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 06/27/2018, 12:00 AM

I have found it odd that in all the media coverage of the eruption of Kilauea on the Big Island of Hawaii, no journalist has drawn a comparison to the eruption of Vesuvius outside Naples in 79 A.D. That may be because Kilauea is a “baby” by comparison with Vesuvius, the latter (pictured above) having become one of the greatest tourist attractions in all of Italy. The cataclysmic eruption of ...

Arthur Frommer: Quintana Roo, Mexico, is Gaining as a Tourist Destination

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 06/26/2018, 12:00 AM

While numerous destinations in Mexico are suffering from what some describe as an overly sensitive spate of tourist warnings from our U.S. State Department, one area is obviously resisting that trend.   In 2017, some 22 million tourists visited the state of Quintana Roo, in sharp contrast to some declines in Mexican tourism elsewhere. Quintana Roo is the location for super-popular Cancun, Pl...

Arthur Frommer: National Parks Devotees Can Utter a (Brief) Sigh of Relief

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 06/25/2018, 12:00 AM

In the early months of the Trump administration, it was widely rumored that the new head of the Department of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, would propose a doubling of the entrance fees to some 100 national parks that charge admission.   The reaction to that drastic proposal was so negative, and from both sides of the aisle in Congress, that it was since assumed that a far milder increase would be ...

Arthur Frommer: Universal Orlando Cuts Hotel Rates to Lure Visitors

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 06/22/2018, 11:30 PM

For at least twenty years, Universal Orlando Resort has been on a hotel building spree. One after another, giant lodging has been squeezed onto its grounds, supplying close-at-hand rooms to would-be visitors.   In hotels supplying thousands of rooms, Universal is approaching (though it obviously hasn’t yet reached) the number of hotels on the grounds of Disney’s parks, 15 minutes away by car.  ...

Arthur Frommer: Experiential Travel Has Been Eclipsed by "Transformative Travel”

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 06/01/2018, 2:00 PM

For several years now, conversations between travel professionals have been full of references to "experiential travel," a new variety of travel requested by more and more travelers. Unlike the standard, sightseeing-based programs, experiential travel stresses a more authentic contact with the life in various foreign locations, and it also immerses the travel passenger into those authentic experie...

"White-Collar Trickery": Arthur Frommer Blasts Las Vegas for Hidden Fees

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/30/2018, 4:45 PM

By now, most Americans are aware of the “resort fees” that numerous greedy hotels add to their bills, even though the hotel in question is by no means a “resort.”  Most of us simply groan in exasperation at this bit of white-collar trickery—and then we pay the padded bill.   But would you believe that in Las Vegas nowadays, numerous hotels, restaurants and nightspots are now routinely adding...

As the Average Age of Europe River Cruise Guests Declines, Boats Adapt to Youth

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/30/2018, 4:45 PM

In the early days of European river cruises, the average age of passengers caused your grandparents to seem young.  Without exaggeration, most cruisers were in their seventies, and they gloried in escorted group motorcoach tours and in multi-seat dining tables where they could socialize with a number of other elderly cruisers. That’s no longer the case. With European river cruises appealing ...

Arthur Frommer: Some Little-Known Institutions Bring You a Better London

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 04/18/2018, 9:00 PM

  Why is it that we turn off our minds when we visit London as tourists? A city of profound intellectual pursuits, the British capital offers exciting mental rewards if we simply take the time to find them.   Far removed from Changing the Guard and Piccadilly Circus are at least the following:   Free public lectures: Next time you visit any major London museum, ask the attendants fo...

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