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Hotel Wi-Fi: Is convenience or safety your priority?

Logging on to the Internet in public places such as hotels is more important than concerns about Wi-Fi security, a new poll suggests. A poll of 2,124 UK adults found that more than half of them cared more about getting online than whether or not the network was encrypted for safety against hackers, according to […]

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Spirit adds $2 ‘unintended consequence fee’

– Updated at1:35 a.m. ET on Friday, Feb. 3. Spirit Airlines has added a $2 “unintended consequence” fee to all of its tickets. The move comes as the self-described “ultra-low-cost carrier” continues to push back against new federal rules that the government says are meant to protect consumers. Among the new rules imposed by the […]

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Designers Showcase, Travel and Nature Walks this Weekend

So, what do you have planned this weekend? Looking for some ideas? Well then, take a look at what’s on the San Rafael Patch Events Calendar. –Many of the Bay Area’s finest design firms will create sophisticated rooms at Villa Belvedere for the Marin Designers Showcase. The showcase will be open to the public with […]

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Patriots QB Brady knocks Buffalo hotels

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is in the cross hairs for “bashing” Buffalo hotels. During Wednesday’s press conference before the Sunday’s Super Bowl, the superstar quarterback said the following about Buffalo’s lodgings, according to BuffaloNews.com, which is chronicling the mini-controversy: “I don’t know if you guys have been to the hotels in Buffalo,” Brady […]

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Underground Railroad Freedom Center battling tough times

Located where historians say African Americans crossed the Ohio River into freedom, the center has cut expenses severely but faces a $1.5 million shortfall in its 2012 budget, said Freedom Center board co-chair John Pepper and other center leaders. Pepper, chairman of the board of Walt Disney, said he, fellow Freedom Center co-chair the Rev. […]

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Grander Canyons

Main Street still evokes Park City’s former mining days. Credit: Djamila Grossman for The New York Times

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House of Representatives transportation bill fraught with bad ideas

Funding for trails? Forget it, say House Republicans. Photo by Eric Rogers. Updated 15:36: See additions to this article under “updates” No matter how you get around, whether on foot, by bike, in a car, on a bus or by train or water taxi, the federal surface transportation bill impacts your travel. The surface transportation […]

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Cruiser booted for safety drill non-compliance

Seattle-based cruise line Holland America kicked a passenger off a ship this week for “non-compliance” during a mandatory muster drill — an unusual incident that suggests a renewed focus on safety in the wake of the Costa Concordia disaster. In a short statement sent to USA TODAY, Holland America offered few details on the nature […]

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Marriott Marquis set for Chinese visitors

The Marriott Marquis in New York City’s Times Square is ready for Chinese tourists as they visit the USA in increasingly larger numbers, my colleague Roger Yu writes in his Money section story. The hotel, run by Marriott veteran Mike Stengel, has taught staff the Asian way of presenting business cards how to say “Hello, […]

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Royal Caribbean says bookings down sharply

The downturn in cruise bookings noted earlier this week by industry giant Carnival Corp. is taking place at rival Royal Caribbean Cruises, too. The parent company of Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises and several other lines today revealed that booking volume from North American customers has fallen by the “low to mid-teen percentages” as compared with […]

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