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Gay cruise operator plans first Europe sailing

Texas-based Concierge Travel, one of the nation’s fastest-growing operators of gay cruises, will offer its first sailing in Europe this summer. The gay-owned and operated travel agency says it has chartered a 170-passenger Star Clippers ship for a seven-night voyage around the Greek Isles and Turkey starting on Aug. 25. Concierge Travel offered its first […]

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Whitney Houston’s hotel room still empty

The hotel room where singer Whitney Houston was found dead Saturday will not be rented out for the “foreseeable future,” the Beverly Hilton has told Hotel Check-In. Celebrity tracker TMZ yesterday reported that the Beverly Hilton had already rented out Room 434, the room where Houston’s body was discovered on Saturday. In response to Hotel […]

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Mexico for wimps: A guide to safe, popular travel spots

But that doesn’t mean we’ve written off all of Mexico, where the ramped-up war against and between violent drug cartels has spooked many would-be visitors. Border areas notwithstanding, “most of the country has a pretty low crime rate,” and tourists usually aren’t targets, notes international security expert Bruce McIndoe of iJET Travel Intelligence. “Yes, there’s […]

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In Transit Blog: In London Art Fair, Dealers Offer Global, Name-Brand and Eclectic Works

Dominic Kemp Modern British Prints“Newlyn Rhythm” by Terry Frost. London The London International Art Fair draws dealers and visitors from all over the world. Held at the handsome Royal College of Art (Kensington Gore) from Thursday through Sunday, it brings together modern and contemporary art from China, India, Japan, Russia, Poland, Serbia, Ukraine, South America and […]

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Former cop pleads guilty to bribery

The Associated Press Post a Comment E-mail Print Larger Type Small Type BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — A former New York police officer has admitted accepting cash payments in exchange for permitting the transport of prescription drug trafficking proceeds through Westchester County Airport. Federal prosecutors said 36-year-old Michael Brady, who worked for the Westchester County Department of […]

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Feds: NCL violated wage rules on Hawaii ship

Norwegian Cruise Line has repeatedly violated wage and overtime rules on the Pride of America, a ship based in Hawaii, several news outlets in the state are reporting. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser says a federal investigation of labor practices on the 2,138-passenger vessel going back to 2009 found systemic violations of minimum wage, overtime and record-keeping provisions […]

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USA’s No. 1 hotel now a Waldorf Astoria

Update, Feb. 16: Hilton officially hung the new “Waldorf Astoria Chicago” sign on the former Elysian on Wednesday. Original post: Now that Hilton has officially taken over Chicago‘s Five Diamond-rated Elysian hotel, I checked in with Hilton Worldwide luxury chief John Vanderslice on Friday afternoon to find out what – if any – changes frequent […]

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United says pets not in cabin to fly as cargo

As of March 3, United, which is merging with Continental, is adopting Continental’s pet transport program known as “PetSafe.” That means Fido can no longer be checked as luggage, which generally costs $250 when pets fly from the U.S. to most foreign destinations. Now, some military families say they’ve been told it could cost up […]

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36 Hours in New Orleans

A streetcar clangs up St. Charles Avenue. Credit: Jennifer Zdon for The New York Times

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Travel insurance a must for MATTA members from next month

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) will im­­pose mandatory travel insurance on all its members starting March 1. Six insurance service providers, namely Ace Jerneh Insurance Berhad, Chartis Ma­­laysia Insurance Bhd, Hong Leong MSIG Takaful Bhd, Kurnia Insurance (M) Insurance Bhd, Lonpac Insurance (M) Bhd and RHB Insurance Bhd, have […]

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