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Scotland Gets Tourism Boost from TV Show

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/23/2016, 11:15 PM

Tourism in Scotland has grown for the fourth year in a row, and experts think the Starz TV drama Outlander—based on Diana Gabaldon's series of novels about a 20th-century British woman who travels in time to the 18th-century Scottish Highlands—has something to do with the increase. The Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions credits the lush period romance for boosting interest in sites suc...

Walking-on-Water Artwork Hugely Popular in Italy

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/23/2016, 10:45 PM

The latest large-scale installation by conceptual artist Christo is a 2-mile long walkway covered in saffron-colored fabric and connecting two islands in Northern Italy's Lake Iseo to each other and the mainland. Called "The Floating Piers," it's designed to make you feel like you're walking on water. Attracted by this prospect as well as the fact that the temporary installation is free to the...

Disney Opens Frozen Ride at Epcot

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/23/2016, 10:15 PM

Do you want to build a snowman? You might want to hug one after standing in the hot Florida sun to get into Walt Disney World's new Frozen ride, which opened this week in Epcot and became an immediate hit. Based on the 2013 animated film, the ride features the sort of sophisticated animatronics, high-tech audiovisual effects, and gentle thrills familiar from Disney kiddie rides featuring belov...

Zika's Effect on Caribbean Travel

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/23/2016, 12:00 PM

In January, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned pregnant women to avoid traveling to certain Latin American and Caribbean countries affected by an outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which can cause fetal brain damage and other problems. In April, the warning expanded to include 20 more Caribbean locales. Have concerns over the virus slowed down the Caribbean's busiest...

Universal Releases Water Park Details

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/22/2016, 11:15 PM

Universal Orlando has released some details about its new water park, Volcano Bay, which the company promises will be up and running by June 1, 2017. The park will feature 18 attractions, including a wave pool with sandy beaches, a winding river with special light and water effects, a raft ride with saucer-shaped curves, and a centerpiece faux volcano featuring a slide with a 70-degree, 125-fo...

TSA PreCheck Delays

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/22/2016, 11:15 PM

The Transportation Security Administration reports that the number of travelers signing up for its PreCheck program—which allows you to move through airport security faster and without removing your shoes and taking electronics out of your luggage—has more than tripled in the last few months, surging to an average of 16,000 applicants a day in May. The result? You guessed it: long delays i...

LGBT Travel After Orlando

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/22/2016, 12:45 PM

In the wake of the Orlando shooting, which took place at a gay bar and appears to have been motivated by homophobia, the New York Times spoke with several leaders in LGBT tourism to see what effect the massacre is having on the willingness of gay, lesbian, and transgender people to travel this summer. What they found: a mixture of nervousness and resilience. The consensus seems to be that while...

Southwest Unveils New, Wider Seats

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/22/2016, 12:15 PM

You might find a little more legroom on Southwest Airlines flights by the end of the year. The carrier has announced that it's installing what the company calls the "widest economy 737 seat" available on 28 of its 737-800 planes as part of a redesign of cabin interiors. Upholstered in blue composition leather, the slimline seats feature adjustable headrests and reconfigured seat-back pockets, t...

United's Plan to Boost Revenue: Slimmer Seats, More Chances to Upgrade

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/22/2016, 12:15 PM

United Airlines, which has been struggling since a merger with Continental in 2010, outlined yesterday its plan for boosting revenue. The big news for price-sensitive travelers: by the end of the year, the airline will introduce "basic economy" entry-level fares, similar to a program Delta offers (American Airlines is expected to add basic economy fares soon, too). United hasn't yet explained ...

Chinese Village's Tourism Plan Turns Into Monkey Trouble

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/21/2016, 12:45 PM

A village in China has a monkey on its back—or, to be precise, 600 monkeys. In a scheme to attract tourists, residents of Xianfeng in the country's Sichuan province lured about 70 macaque apes from the mountains in 2003. The idea was to entertain visitors as at Mount Emei, another tourist destination famous for its primates. But in 2014 the Xianfeng project's main funder died and the attractio...

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