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Orlando’s newest attraction is full of hot air

No, Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore – or the Emerald City, for that matter. The latest lure in Central Florida’s Land of Make-Believe is what’s being touted as the USA’s largest hot-air balloon: a 24-passenger behemoth that stands about 11 stories high, stretches 90 feet wide when fully inflated, and holds 24 passengers in […]

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Cashing in on the luxury travel market

Upscale tourism rapidly expanding By Dr. Peter Tarlow, Tourism More | Jan 02, 2012 Despite the worldwide recession, there is one area of the tourism market that is rapidly expanding, that is the upscale or luxury market. Asian airlines, for example, has not only increased their first-class capacity, but continues to offer a wide variety […]

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One break for travelers: Cities not looking to raise visitor taxes

“We’re not aware of any move to raise taxes on the travel industry,” says Lars Etzkorn, program director for the National League of Cities. “By and large, local governments are still belt-tightening. Any increase in taxes affects the marketability of that community, and so it’s never done without careful consideration.” But with many cities still […]

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T Magazine: The Best in Travel

Todd Cole; Angelo Pennetta; Cass Bird A spin around the world, from utopian retreats to urban adventures. See interactive feature See more from the Best of 2011

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2012 Virginia Travel Guide released

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginians and others looking for places to visit and upcoming events in 2012 now have a guide to help them. The Virginia Tourism Office has released the 2012 Virginia Travel Guide. The free guide features new destinations, family favorites, wineries and attractions. This year, officials say they’ve included vacation ideas for […]

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Sky’s no limit for Southwest frequent-flier winner

Today, the 24-year-old Chandler electronic-components salesman is on the verge of vaulting to the top of the airline’s frequent-flier program, with enough miles to allow him to travel anywhere Southwest flies as often as he likes for years to come. Vernon won 3 million points in a contest to promote Southwest’s revamped frequent-flier program. When […]

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In Transit Blog: Madrid to Celebrate Three Kings, and the Gift of Innocence

Ayuntamiento de Madrid/Madrid CouncilThe Procession of the Three Kings last year. Madrid One of Spain’s most popular holiday events, the colorful Procession of the Three Kings, will proceed down the Paseo de la Castellana from Nuevos Ministerios to Plaza de Cibeles on Friday between 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. It features the elaborately dressed kings, […]

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Cruise holidays: Raymond Blanc ventures into the heart of secret France

Last updated at 6:28 PM on 2nd January 2012 When you lead a busy life, as I do, it’s hard to get away for a couple of weeks for a proper break. Long-distance travel is exhausting in itself, too. But we all need to recharge our batteries from time to time, to switch off completely, […]

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Fla. town hosts hemisphere’s largest epiphany event

They dive off row boats and, in a chaotic flailing of arms and legs, grope in the murky water for a wooden cross tossed in by a priest. The one lucky enough to surface with it earns instant celebrity status, a ride through the streets on the shoulders of his peers and – the Greek-American […]

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In Transit Blog: Creativity Meets Math at Fondation Cartier in Paris

BUFSea Waves (wave equation) image from the film Mathematical paradises, 2011. Paris With exhibitions that have surveyed graffiti and comics, the Fondation Cartier has taken on topics that go beyond what is considered museum-worthy. Its current exhibition tackles an equally unlikely subject for an art museum: math. “Mathematics: A Beautiful Elsewhere,” on through March 18, […]

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