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Resort fee problem at Disney resort

Given Hotel Check-In readers’ feelings about resort fees, I thought you’d appreciate travel writer Christopher Elliott’s latest column. In it, Elliott replies to a letter from a Starwood Preferred Guest member who recently redeemed SPG points for a stay at the luxury Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin resort. Upon check-in, the person was unexpectedly […]

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‘Severe’ turbulence injures 7 on Qantas A380

Seven passengers were injured when a Qantas A380 encountered turbulence so severe that several fliers were lifted out of their seats and thrown in the ceiling, according eyewitness accounts from customers on the Saturday morning flight. The Qantas flight hit the “air pocket” over Indian air space on its way from London to Singapore, The […]

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Koh Rong, Cambodia

Many adventurous travelers are looking beyond the temples at Angkor to see what else Cambodia has to offer. One possibility is the Koh Rong Archipelago, whose main island is a 30-minute boat ride from the coastal town of Sihanoukville.

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Holidaymakers get Celebrity Treatment With Concierge Service From Direct Travel Insurance

LONDON , January 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — A concierge service offering ordinary holidaymakers perks more often enjoyed by celebrities has been launched by Direct Travel Insurance. It’s easy to envy the rich and famous for their carefree holidays with staff on hand to fix them up with tickets to must-see events, recommend a fashionable spa […]

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9 Underground Dinners You’ve Never Heard Of

The latest in ultra-hip dining are clandestine, moveable feasts ‘; } else { extracss = imageCaption; } document.getElementById(‘bigPic’).innerHTML = ”+extracss; } function hide_it(){ document.getElementById(‘bigPic’).innerHTML = ‘ ‘; } Jan 09, 2012 @ 4:29 PM Posted by Dana McMahan, Special Contributor If you haven’t already heard, the cool kids are bypassing Michelin stars and permanent menus in […]

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Makeover Monday: Four U.S. hotel upgrades

Hotel owners are busier than ever, sprucing up properties with hopes of raising rates as travel continues to rebound and new hotel construction remains rare. That’s why Hotel Check-In today is kicking off “Makeover Mondays.” Each Monday, you’ll find one or more hotel renovation project described on the blog. Some will be projects that are […]

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Hotel guest sues after finding strange man in bed

While on a business trip in Helsinki last year, a 30-year-old female former investment banker living in New York says she was the victim of a sexual assault inside her locked luxury hotel room, a new lawsuit filed in New York charges. The incident allegedly occurred on Jan. 15, 2011, at the exclusive Hotel Kamp, […]

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Moganshan, China

The past decade has seen foreigners repopulating Moganshan’s sleepy slopes, transforming old villas into homes and guesthouses.

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John Hancock Enters Travel Insurance Market

New website created to distribute travel products underwritten by Old Republic. Virtual Water Cooler, January 9, 2012 Jennifer Morrell John Hancock Financial, a unit of Manulife Financial Corp., has entered the travel insurance marketplace, distributing products through a new website, www.johnhancocktravel.com, and through travel insurance comparison sites, such as InsureMyTrip.com. John Hancock says the new […]

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Travel photo of the day: Rainbow over Trunk Bay

Jason Wilson / UGC Rainbow over Trunk Bay, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands Jason Wilson and his fiancée were driving to Cinnamon Bay in the U.S. Virgin Islands when they spotted this beautiful rainbow over Trunk Bay in November 2011.  The couple, visiting from Hickory, N.C., had just purchased wedding rings on St. John and […]

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