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Antigovernment Violence Threatens Ethiopia's Tourism Gains

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/08/2016, 5:00 AM

Until this month, Ethiopian tourism had been on the upswing.    The European Council on Tourism and Trade named the country the world’s top travel destination in 2015, and it was on track to receive more than a million tourists this year for the first time ever.    Then, violent antigovernment protests erupted all across the country, causing the government to declare a six-mont...

Trump Tower a Delicate Matter for Chicago Tour Guides

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/08/2016, 5:00 AM

You can add Chicago tour guides to the list of people made miserable by the 2016 presidential election.  The city’s popular architecture cruises drift past a number of pioneering buildings flanking the Chicago River. And one unavoidable skyscraper on the itinerary happens to bear the name of a certain polarizing presidential nominee spelled out in giant letters on its side.  “It is str...

New Mobile App Helps You Find Workspace Anywhere in the World

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/07/2016, 5:00 AM

Generally, we recommend using travel as a chance to unplug from the workaday world. But when something important comes up and that becomes simply unfeasible, there's a handy new mobile app that'll help you get work done no matter where you are in the world.  Launched in October, Workfrom recommends crowd-sourced public and private workspaces based on the reviews of other users. All you hav...

New Details About Universal's Planned Water Park—Including Wearable Tech to Cut Wait Times

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/07/2016, 5:00 AM

Universal Orlando Resort released new details last week about its upcoming Volcano Bay water park, which is set to open at the central Florida amusement complex next summer. We now know that the park's centerpiece, a 200-foot artificial volcano, will be a state-of-the-art "aqua coaster" with caves, waterfalls, twists, turns, and drops that riders will experience while seated in a specially...

The Best Time to Buy Holiday Flights? It's Now. DO IT NOW.

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/07/2016, 5:00 AM

There are exactly 48 days 'til Christmas. If you plan to travel for the end-of-year holidays, now might be a good time to buy your plane tickets, according to a study released by travel search engine Momondo.  Analyzing 13.2 billion airfares across the 100 routes most frequently searched by American users of the site, Momondo's study found that you can save an average of 28% on Christmas a...

How Veep Nominee Mike Pence's Plane Was Stopped When It Overshot the Runway

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/04/2016, 4:00 AM

When a campaign plane carrying Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence skidded off the runway during a rainy landing at New York's LaGuardia Airport last week, no one on board was injured. And for that, they can thank the airport's "arrestor bed," a block of lightweight, crushable cement designed to collapse under the weight of a plane in order to slow it down after it overshoots t...

Following Earthquakes, Is Italy Travel Still Safe?

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/04/2016, 4:00 AM

The 6.6-magnitude earthquake that hit central Italy on Sunday—the country's largest since 1980—was only the latest in a series of tremors that have shaken Italy since summer.  Just days before the quake in Norcia destroyed historic buildings, left thousands of people homeless, and injured more than a dozen (though no deaths were reported), there were back-to-back earthquakes in Macerata, e...

Hyatt Revamps Loyalty Program, Rewarding Spending Instead of Stays

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/04/2016, 4:00 AM

Hyatt Hotels Corporation plans to revamp its loyalty program next year.  On March 1, the Hyatt Gold Passport will be replaced by the World of Hyatt program, which will have three tiers of membership instead of the Gold Passport's two.  But the main difference has to do with how loyalty points will be rewarded. Rather than basing status on the number of stays, World of Hyatt members wil...

Psssst! Because of Exaggerated Fears, Paris Is Today More Accessible to the Foreign Tourist Than Ever Before

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 11/04/2016, 12:00 AM

The case for Paris—whether you've visited a hundred times or never before...

Jane Goodall-Approved Wildlife Tours Announced

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/03/2016, 4:00 AM

For travelers who want close encounters with wildlife but also want to respect animals' freedom, G Adventures has introduced the Jane Goodall Collection of vacations.   It's a selection of 20 critter-centric tours endorsed by the renowned primatologist. Options include safaris in Kenya and Tanzania, river cruises in the Amazon, island hopping in the Galápagos, kayaking in Costa Rica, and c...

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