Category | Destinations

10 surprisingly cheap European cities…

Posted on 25 July 2012

Europe is the world’s most expensive continent for U.S. travelers to visit; this probably doesn’t shock anyone who’s ventured across the Pond. You might be surprised, though, to discover which cities in Europe are remarkably affordable places to vacation. We analyzed the costs of hotel stays, meals, airfares, and activities in popular European destinations to […]

Hawaii Sees Increased Visitor Spending in March…

Posted on 04 May 2012

Total expenditures by visitors who came to Hawaii in March 2012 rose 18.9 percent (or $185.8 million) to $1.17 billion, according to preliminary statistics released today by the Hawaii Tourism Authority. This marked the 22nd consecutive month of year-over-year growth in total visitor expenditures since May 2010. A 12.9 percent growth in total visitor arrivals […]

Las Vegas to Get First U.S. High-Speed Train?

Posted on 26 April 2012

  The Huffington Post is reporting that a company linked to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wants to build a bullet train to the casinos of Las Vegas.   Privately held DesertXpress is “on the verge” of landing a $4.9 billion loan from the Obama administration to build the 150 mph train that would take […]

Foreign tourists to U.S. hit record in 2011…

Posted on 22 March 2012

  More foreign tourists than ever came to the United States last year, and spent a record amount along the way, the Commerce Department said on Wednesday.   The number of foreign tourists hit a record 62 million last year, up 4 percent from 2010, the department said in a statement.   Foreign visitors spent […]

Travel to Europe Increases in February…

Posted on 19 March 2012

Some good news for Europe this month: Trans-Atlantic is reporting that travel from the Americas to Europe increased in February by an average 2.5 percent on the leading carriers on a daily basis (February, of course, had an extra day this year). That may decline when results for other carriers are added later this month, […]

Puerto Rico Had Fourth Highest Hotel Occupancy in 2011 in the Americas…

Posted on 02 March 2012

The recently released end-of-year report compiled by independent firm Smith Travel Research (STR) placed Puerto Rico fourth in 2011 hotel occupancy in the Americas, behind Chile, Uruguay and Curacao.   The city of San Juan ranked fifth in hotel occupancy among cities in the Americas behind Miami, New York, Rio de Janeiro and San Francisco, […]

Hawaii Sees Increase in Visitor Spending for January…

Posted on 02 March 2012

Total expenditures by visitors who came to Hawaii in January 2012 rose 13.9 percent (or $164.1 million) from January 2011, to just over $1.3 billion, according to preliminary statistics released by the Hawaii Tourism Authority. This was the best one-month total on record, surpassing the December 2011 high of $1.298 billion.   Contributing to the […]

Spain Sees Increase in Visitor Numbers…

Posted on 28 February 2012

Great news for Spain this morning: Almost 2.8 million foreign tourists came to Spain last month, a 4.6 percent increase on January 2011, according to   These latest figures compiled by Frontur show an increase of 122,000 foreign visitors in January 2012 compared with the same month the previous year, and suggests that the […]

Dream golfing destinations…

Posted on 16 February 2012

Monterey, Calif.: Pebble Beach is as amazing as its reputation suggests. And yes, Cypress Point is even more spectacular and breathtaking. Throw in a few other rounds at Spyglass, Poppy Hills or Monterey Peninsula Country Club and have yourself a bowl – or 10 – of clam chowder from the Old Fisherman’s Grotto on the […]

What’s new in Italy in 2012…

Posted on 16 February 2012

What doesn’t change about Italy is that it’s always changing. In 2012 some long-closed doors are opening again. Historic sights, newly scrubbed and restored, are coming out from behind scaffolding. A few more monuments are still under wraps, but getting closer to completion. Italy is revealing itself anew (or molting).   The scaffolding that has […]

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