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New Zealand Earthquake Kills 65, Damages $12 Billion

Feb 22nd, 2011 | By
New Zealand Earthquake Kills 65, Damages $12 Billion

A 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck Christchurch, New Zealand during the lunch hour Tuesday, killing at least 65 and destroying an estimated $12 billion in property. New Zealand Prime Minister John Key says this may be his country’s darkest day. The quake struck while streets were filled with office workers and shoppers. Multi-story buildings caved in, sending
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Hawaii Hotels Recovering Slowly But Surely

Feb 19th, 2011 | By
Hawaii Hotels Recovering Slowly But Surely

81 percent of Hawaii hotel rooms were occupied during the week ending February 12, and most average room rates were higher than during the same week last year, according to a weekly report by Smith Travel Research and Hospitality Advisors. This is another hopeful sign that the Hawaii tourism industry, which has been struggling since
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Google Negotiating to Save Travel Software Deal

Feb 17th, 2011 | By
Google Negotiating to Save Travel Software Deal

Google Travel Software Takeover Facing Growing Opposition Two Republican Congressmen and Missouri’s Attorney General have joined a coalition mounting a Department of Justice antitrust challenge to Google’s acquisition of travel software giant ITA Software. Google is negotiating to save the deal. ITA powers about 65% of online travel agency services, including Orbitz, TripAdvisor, Hotwire, KAYAK,
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Blackberry Travel App Offers All in One Travel Management

Feb 15th, 2011 | By
Blackberry Travel App Offers All in One Travel Management

On Monday, Research In Motion (RIM) announced BlackBerry Travel, a new app that provides BlackBerry smartphone users with an all-in-one management for planning, booking, managing, and sharing travels and itineraries. The new app offers BlackBerry users a variety of travel management features. It lets users: Stay updated on flight changes and cancellations, connections, and itineraries
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Chinese New Year Fires Wreak Holiday Havoc

Feb 9th, 2011 | By
Chinese New Year Fires Wreak Holiday Havoc

118,000 reported fires ignited China from February 2 through 8, killing 40 and injuring 37 celebrants of the Lunar New Year, known as the “Spring Festival” in China. The fires also caused more than 56 million yuan ($8.5 million) in property damage, according to China’s Ministry of Public Security. Not included in the total was
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Snow Brings Super Bowl Travel Troubles to Dallas

Feb 5th, 2011 | By
Snow Brings Super Bowl Travel Troubles to Dallas

Super Bowl fans on their way to Dallas face travel troubles, as Dallas reels from a week of snow and ice, with more threatening. Hundreds of flights around the country were cancelled by snowy conditions this week. Authorities are advising travelers to stay home when possible. That won’t keep Super Bowl fans away, but it
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Snow Won’t Stop Fun and Games at Fish Creek Winter Festival

Feb 3rd, 2011 | By
Snow Won’t Stop Fun and Games at Fish Creek Winter Festival

Snow is keeping much of the country indoors this week, but in Northeast Wisconsin this weekend, it won’t be stopping the folks at the Fish Creek Winter Festival from having some winter fun outdoors. Located on the Door County Peninsula between Green Bay and Lake Michigan, the unincorporated community of Fish Creek is part of
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New Jersey Travel Fraud Case Settled for $3 Million

Feb 2nd, 2011 | By

Daryl Turner of Cherry Hill, New Jersey has settled to pay more than $3 million in compensation for fraudulent travel deals and discounts, the State of New Jersey announced Wednesday. For years, Turner ran a scam using fly-by-night companies that opened their doors in one location and then quickly closed and moved before victims and
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Travel Warnings for Egypt

Jan 30th, 2011 | By
Travel Warnings for Egypt

Foreign governments are issuing warnings about traveling to Egypt. The week of anti-government protests against President Hosni Mubarak’s government has raged with more than 100 people killed. Many countries are encouraging their nationals to evacuate the country as soon as possible. The U.S. Embassy in Cairo is assisting those who want to leave, arranging for
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Trend on the Rise: Niche Travel Guide Apps for iPad and iPhone

Jan 10th, 2011 | By
Trend on the Rise: Niche Travel Guide Apps for iPad and iPhone

Apple’s iPad and iPhone continue to be “hot” items with app downloads available on every topic imaginable. A trend on the rise: travel guide apps for download on either iPad or iPhone. A number of veteran travel writers–many of whom are members of the prestigious Society of American Travel Writers–have authored travel guide apps through
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