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Wall Street’s not curbing luxe hotel spending

Despite falling profits, slashed bonuses and layoffs, Wall Street banks don’t appear to be curbing spending at luxury hotels, a key hotel industry CEO says. One analyst on Tuesday asked Host Hotels CEO Ed Walter whether he’s seeing any “sensitivity” from financial services companies around booking luxury chains such as Marriott’s Ritz-Carlton. The question was […]

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Air Australia runs out of money, strands 4,000

Nearly 4,000 travelers from Hawaii to Australia to Thailand were left stranded after Air Australia abruptly ceased operations today. The carrier grounded its five-jet fleet amid cash woes and went into voluntary administration. Air Australia becomes the third airline to cease operations in as many weeks, joining Spain’s Spanair and Hungary’s Malev. ARCHIVES:  Another European […]

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Learning to Love Airport Lit

To what did I owe this newfound oblivion about where I was? This insouciance about fraying schedules? This good cheer about the dismaying ritual of herding, shuffling, squeezing, starving, sitting and suffocating that characterizes air travel today? To a good book. The right kind of good book. My heart and mind were plunged into an […]

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The Barbie-sized Bambis of the Florida Keys

By Barbara Marshall Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Post a Comment E-mail Print Larger Type Small Type I steeled my husband for an hour of meandering around Big Pine Key, searching for Key deer. “If we don’t see any by then, we’ll STOP THE CAR,” I yelled. There, by the side of a residential street, […]

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Rooftop hotel bars: Would you brave the cold?

Would you brave the cold to soak up the incredible views – and perhaps a spiked hot chocolate – at a hotel rooftop bar? This sign – photographed at IHG’s boutique style Hotel Indigo in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood – suggests what probably most of us would say: No way! TWITTER:  Follow reporter BarbDeLollisALSO […]

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‘Soul Train’ cruise to set sail in 2013

This item was written by Johanna Jainchill, who covers the travel industry for Travel Weekly. Jainchill is serving as Guest Editor of The Cruise Log while USA TODAY Cruise Editor Gene Sloan is away. Soul Train creator Don Cornelius was memorialized in Los Angeles this month , but the cruise commemorating his landmark show will […]

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A Cool Glide Through Maine

Gleaned mostly from the home page of mainehuts.org, this all sounded fantastic to my wife, Hrund, and me. We were eager for a few days of skiing through pristine forests, even more so because we knew how rare great hut-to-hut backcountry skiing is in North America. The Appalachian Mountain Club’s lodge-to-lodge skiing might be comparable, […]

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US consul clarifies travel warning to Mexico

The Associated Press Post a Comment E-mail Print Larger Type Small Type NOGALES, Ariz. — The State Department consul assigned to Nogales and Puerto Penasco, Mexico, says the recent travel warning issued by the federal government is not meant to discourage Americans from visiting Mexico. Chad Cummins said that while some areas of Sonora should […]

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Last cabins on Titanic cruise are half-price

This item was written by Johanna Jainchill, who covers the travel industry for Travel Weekly. Jainchill is serving as Guest Editor of The Cruise Log while USA TODAY Cruise Editor Gene Sloan is away. There are still cabins left on the second of two cruises that will mark the 100th anniversary of the Titanic sinking […]

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New Park Hyatt has ‘Stairway to Heaven’ design

Check out the luxury Park Hyatt that’s under construction in Bangkok’s central business district. It looks like what you’d imagine the “Stairway to Heaven” to look like. Architect Amanda Levete of London has developed a unique, twisting coil for the is the combined hotel and retail complex, according to Hyatt. TWITTER:  Follow USA TODAY reporter […]

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