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Princess Cruises plans post-Thanksgiving sale

Princess Cruises is planning a post-Thanksgiving sale on Alaska trips — a first for the company. The five-day After Thanksgiving Alaska Sale, as the line is calling it, will kick off Friday and bring savings of up to $1,000 on Princess cruisetours in the state — trips that combine a cruise along the Alaska coast […]

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Des Moines hotels get ready for 3 GOP caucuses

With the Iowa’s presidential caucus set for Jan. 3, 2012, the Des Moines Register tells us this morning tells us that it’s crunch time not only for the GOP candidates – but also for Des Moines hotels. The Marriott, Embassy Suites and Renaissance hotels are all in the midst of major updates, the story says. […]

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Man sues Delta for $2 million over loud flight

An Oregon man who claims he suffered hearing loss because of a loud flight is suing Delta Air Lines for $2 million, The Oregonian newspaper of Portland reports. Kent J. Neilson’s suit was filed Friday in Oregon’s Multnomah County Circuit Court. In the suit, he says he suffered “extreme discomfort” during a four-hour fight from […]

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Foraging: Smart Finds in San Francisco Amid Its Grit

The north end of the Valencia Street corridor of San Francisco still has its fair share of grit: you’ll find the Mission Police Station and the odd shouting inebriated denizen on the same block as camera-phone-wielding French tourists and high-end home-design stores. But the strip is slowly being colonized by shops carrying funky, eco-friendly clothing […]

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10 gift ideas for the world — or even local — traveler – Chicago Sun

November 22, 2011 4:24PM Reprints Ideal for students headed to Europe for a summer of exploring. The Deuter Quantum 55+10 version for $229 is slim enough so you won’t have to squeeze through bus doors and train stations, but it still packs a lot in and is comfortable to wear. Comes with a detachable day […]

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Two more cruise lines plan Black Friday deals

Add Norwegian and Costa to the list of cruise lines preparing a Thanksgiving promotion. Miami-based Norwegian says it’ll kick off a week-long offer on Wednesday that will bring on-board spending credits of up to $250 per cabin. Eligible sailings include three-day or longer voyages to Alaska; the Bahamas and Florida; Bermuda; the Caribbean; Europe; and […]

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Does social media make travelers more loyal?

A new study questions the effectiveness of social media marketing to consumers at a time when hotel giants continue to ramp up their efforts. Marketing tracker MediaPost.com wrote about the study of 5,000 people in the US, UK, France and Germany. TWITTER:  Follow Barbara De Lollis ALSO ONLINE:  Visit Hotel Check-In’s Front Page for more […]

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Tips to take stress out of big-city business trips

“The reason is congestion and traffic,” says the Los Angeles-based consultant in the hospitality industry who has spent 100 nights away from home this year. “It’s not easy to get around in those cities or to get cabs in bad weather, and I find subways intimidating and crowded.” Though many hardened business travelers like Manask […]

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Diner’s Journal Blog: Can I Take a Torte Through Airport Security?

Can I take a torte wrapped in foil through airport security? — William Van Voorhis, Alexandria, Va. Yes, you can. “Pies, cakes, pastries are all okay,” said Greg Soule, a spokesman for the Transportation Security Administration. “It’s jams and gravy that could be considered a liquid or a gel.” So leave those gift baskets of […]

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