How the Grand Canyon changed our ideas of natural beauty

How the Grand Canyon changed our ideas of natural beauty

Stephen Pyne, Arizona State University Few sights are as instantly recognizable, and few sites speak more fully to American nationalism. Standing on the South Rim in 1903, President Teddy Roosevelt proclaimed it “one of the great sights every American should see.” It’s true. Every visitor today knows the Grand Canyon as a unique testimony to […]

Marriott, Starwood sign amended merger agreement

Marriott, Starwood sign amended merger agreement

From Travel Pulse Marriott International and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide announced Monday that they have signed an amended merger agreement in wake of the recent takeover offer put forth by a consortium led by China’s Anbang Insurance Group. Under the amended merger agreement, Starwood’s shareholders will receive $21.00 and 0.80 shares of Marriott common […]

What should travelers really be worried about?

What should travelers really be worried about?

From Travel Pulse This seems like a dangerous time to travel. Every few weeks, a new terror attack, plane crash or mass shooting hits the headlines. Formerly safe destinations like Mali, Tunisia, Turkey and Egypt are now seen as dangerous places. 2015 showed us that even popular tourist spots like Thailand are not immune to bombings […]

TSA working to shorten wait times at airports

TSA working to shorten wait times at airports

From Travel Pulse Due to larger crowds and longer wait times, the Transportation Security Administration is making some changes. The TSA chief told USA Today on Friday that the agency is hiring more screening officers and reassigning canine teams to busier airports. READ MORE: House Approves Bill To Allow Online Sign-Ups for TSA PreCheck TSA […]

Brickway Brewery & Distillery brings distilling back to Nebraska

Brickway Brewery & Distillery brings distilling back to Nebraska

Its nickname is the Cornhusker State, so perhaps it was little wonder – and a matter of time – before someone took the opportunity to utilize the state’s most famous crop to return distilling to Nebraska. Craft brewer and distiller Zac Triemert of Brickway Brewery & Distillery in Omaha has done precisely that. Mr. Triemert […]

NYC & Company expecting record-breaking tourism numbers for 2016

NYC & Company expecting record-breaking tourism numbers for 2016

From Travel Pulse On Wednesday, NYC & Company announced its 2016 tourism forecast during a press conference at the travel trade show, ITB Berlin. According to the official website of NYC & Company, the organization revealed that New York City is expected to see a high of 59.7 million travelers visit the city in 2016 […]

Eye on Hawaii: How to find paradise in the Pacific

Eye on Hawaii: How to find paradise in the Pacific

What happens in Hawaii stays in Hawaii – that is, if you want to escape the wrath of Pele. The Goddess of fire and creator of these far off islands in the Pacific will follow you home and turn your life into your own personal volcano if you fill your suitcase with lava stones and […]

Hilton drops $50 anytime cancellation fee

Hilton drops $50 anytime cancellation fee

From Travel Pulse After several weeks of evaluation, Hilton Worldwide has revealed it will not move forward with its $50 anytime cancellation fee. Hilton began trialing the new policy at select hotels in November 2015 to gauge customers’ reactions. While HHonors members were exempt from the 60-day trial, other guests who canceled their reservation anytime […]

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