Feeble ruble boosts Russia tourism numbers

Feeble ruble boosts Russia tourism numbers

The plunging value of the ruble has had one positive effect for the recession-wracked Russian economy – bargain-hunting international tourists are coming to Russia in numbers not seen since the onset of the global financial crisis in 2008. The Russian business newspaper Kommersant, citing new figures from the Russian Tourism Industry Union (RTIU), reported Wednesday […]

Ride the Polar Express to the Grand Canyon this season

Ride the Polar Express to the Grand Canyon this season

By SoAzNewsX If you’re staying in Arizona this holiday season, consider a ride aboard the Polar Express to the Grand Canyon. The excursion departs from Williams, Arizona and 90 minutes later reaches the Grand Canyon. More from Travel Pulse: If you want an inkling as to what you will encounter amid your travels, the following […]

NINA RADCLIFF: Holiday road-trip tips: No. 1 is your own safe driving

NINA RADCLIFF: Holiday road-trip tips: No. 1 is your own safe driving

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) reports that the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s holiday periods are among the busiest long-distance travel periods of the year on our nation’s highways. And interestingly, the vast majority, 91 percent, of long-distance trips are made with a personal vehicle, as compared to 5 percent to 6 percent by […]

New floating hotel concept could change the cruise and hotel industries

New floating hotel concept could change the cruise and hotel industries

By SoAzNewsX The floating hotel concept has been around for a number of years. But a company is taking that concept a couple of steps further and it could change the cruise and hotel industries in a big way. Designer Gianluca Santosuosso’s MORPHotel calls for numerous floating hotel rooms and luxuries that land-bound hotel guests […]

Travel to France in face of terrorism? Mais oui!

Travel to France in face of terrorism? Mais oui!

  The news from French tourism marketers this week at an Atout France press luncheon in Los Angeles was all too clear: Paris is alive and well, full of love, and open for business. “State of emergency does not mean the city has shut down. It just means there will be a few more police […]

Are airlines padding flight times?

Are airlines padding flight times?

  About a decade ago, Joe Nolan, a semi-retired electrical engineer from Palm Desert, Calif., could expect to hop on a flight at Palm Springs International Airport and arrive in San Francisco 55 minutes later. Now the flight is usually scheduled for about 90 minutes. Nolan suspects that airlines are allotting more time for each […]

Motel 6 gets a chic makeover

Motel 6 gets a chic makeover

Southern Arizona News-Examiner Motel 6 has been leaving the “light on” for customers for a number of years. The chain is the largest owned and operated hotel chain in the economy segment of the North American hotel market and is known for its ultra-value brand. Now, the chain is embarking on a multi-million dollar marketing […]

Greyhound bracing for 500,000 passengers during Thanksgiving week

Greyhound bracing for 500,000 passengers during Thanksgiving week

Staff Report / Southern Arizona News-Examiner The Thanksgiving holiday period is usually one of the busiest travel times in the year. This year is expected to be no different. Greyhound Bus Lines is preparing for a predicted 500,000 passengers during the holiday period. More from Travel Pulse: Greyhound — and the travel industry as a […]

American and Qantas partner for trans-Pacific dominance

American and Qantas partner for trans-Pacific dominance

American Airlines is teaming up with Qantas Airways in a bid to become lion of the Pacific when it comes to flights from the U.S. to the lands Down Under. In an announcement Tuesday at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), American Airlines Group President Scott Kirby announced new service from Los Angeles to Auckland to […]

Coping with holiday delays

Coping with holiday delays

If you are flying through Los Angeles International Airport for the Thanksgiving holiday, be prepared to slog through the busiest airport in the nation. If that’s not bad enough, LAX travelers will probably face some of the country’s worst delays. But travelers in the know may be able to make the best of delays at […]