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New Hotel Set to Open Steps from Elvis Presley's Graceland

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/10/2016, 12:45 PM

Elvis Presley fans will soon get the chance to rent rooms mere steps from Graceland, the King of Rock 'n' Roll's former home turned museum and showcase for 1970s interior design in Memphis.  Set to open on October 27, the Guest House at Graceland is a new six-story, 450-room hotel with a stately Southern Colonial facade and a modern interior with touches of Kingly purple and gold but an ov...

UK Tourism Boom Following Brexit and Falling Pound

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/10/2016, 12:30 PM

Looks like Brexit has given a short-term boost to tourism in the United Kingdom.  Flight bookings to the UK have surged since June, following a sharp drop in the pound after Britain's vote to leave the European Union. Overall, the number of flights booked to the UK are up 4.3% compared to last summer. Bookings from Hong Kong jumped by 30%, while they've increased by 9% from the U.S. an...

Delta Still Recovering from Computer Crash

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/10/2016, 12:00 PM

Delta Air Lines remains in damage-control mode following a computer glitch that grounded all of the carrier's flights for six hours on Monday.  The company's CEO issued an apology on social media and explained how affected customers can get refunds or reschedule without penalties.  Delta says you can get your money back if your flight was canceled or significantly delayed. If your flig...

Italy Fining Beachgoers for Reserving Spots with Towels and Chairs

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/09/2016, 1:15 PM

The Italian coastguard has had it with people leaving towels, chairs, and umbrellas on Italy's beaches overnight in order to save prime spots for the next day.  Along the coast from Tuscany to Sardinia, authorities have begun seizing gear left unattended in the early morning hours and fining those responsible to the tune of 200 euros (about $222), as part of an initiative called Operation ...

People Keep Accidentally Destroying Stuff at Museums

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/09/2016, 1:00 PM

If you're active on social media, you might have noticed a recent spate of incidents involving museum artifacts being accidentally damaged by careless selfie snappers and curious looky loos who just can't resist touching a piece of art or a priceless historical doodad. Many of these disastrous events have gone viral (especially when there's video). There was the guy who broke a wooden cloc...

Computer Glitch Grounds Delta Air Lines

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/09/2016, 12:30 PM

Delta Air Lines is slowly recovering from a computer systems crash on Monday that grounded flights and stranded thousands of passengers across the globe. The airline says the problems were caused by a power outage in Atlanta. Flights have resumed but the company is still playing catch-up. The glitch comes less than a month after Southwest Airlines faced similar computer trouble that re...

Top Sellers at U.S. Airports

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/08/2016, 12:30 PM

What's the number-one item sold at the country's airports? Chewing gum? Us Weekly? Those oh-so-fashionable neck pillows? Those aren't even in the top 10. According to Hudson Group, which has more than 950 stores (once known as Hudson News, now just Hudson) in airports and transportation terminals across the United States, five different brands and sizes of bottled water were the company's ...

New Amtrak Locomotives Responsible for Reduction in Delays

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/08/2016, 12:15 PM

We've been saying it for years: Amtrak service will remain disappointing until it receives the necessary funding. That seems so obvious it hardly needs defending, but just in case you still need convincing, here's a news item that makes the same case: Back in 2013, Amtrak received a $466 million federal loan to build 70 new, technologically advanced locomotives to replace the rickety m...

Price Hike and Dress Code Announced at Angkor Wat

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/08/2016, 12:00 PM

If you plan to visit Angkor Wat soon, be prepared for higher ticket prices and a stricter dress code. The price of admission to the Cambodian temple complex will be increasing by almost double in February, when single-day passes will go from $20 to $37. As of last week, visitors are also being asked to cover their shoulders and knees at all times while onsite out of respect for Angkor's sa...

Wisconsin's Apostle Islands Celebrate Historic Lighthouses

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/05/2016, 1:15 PM

Just in time for the National Park Service's 100th birthday on August 25, northern Wisconsin's Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is opening an exhibit celebrating its nine lighthouses—the most within a single National Park Service jurisdiction. Built between 1856 and 1915, the beacons dot an archipelago of remote islands at the northern tip of the state's Bayfield peninsula. The lighthous...

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