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Survey Finds Top Houseguest Pet Peeves

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/09/2016, 5:00 AM

Snooping around and staying for an indefinite period are the two most annoying things you can do as a houseguest, according to a survey conducted by HomeAdvisor.  The house-services listings site polled 2,000 Americans to find out their biggest pet peeves related to hosting friends and family members during visits. Other top responses included showing up unannounced, bringing another guest...

Australian Tourism Campaign Adopts Unfortunate Slogan

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/09/2016, 5:00 AM

A new tourism ad campaign has been launched for Australia's Northern Territory (the NT), a desert region best known as the home of red sandstone monolith Ayers Rock (or Uluru).  The marketing push has caused a stir on social media because of the slogan, which looks like this: (photo: Facebook / CU in the NT) In case you can't see the image on your device, allow us to spell it ...

Tourism Numbers Up in Greece

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/09/2016, 5:00 AM

Tourism in Greece appears to have benefited this year from a period of relative political stabiilty and a reluctance on the part of international travelers to visit nearby destinations like Turkey and Egypt due to security concerns.  Officials in Greece's tourism ministry announced this week that international arrivals were up 7% in the first nine months of the year compared with the same ...

More and More Business Travelers Using Uber Instead of Taxis

By Zac Thompson

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

An increasing number of business travelers are making the switch from taxis and rental cars to ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft, according to a report from Certify, a company that makes software for managing travel expenses.  Analyzing more than 10 million receipts for ground transportation from the third quarter of this year, Certify found that Uber and Lyft accounted for the majo...

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...

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