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March 27, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
If you are feeling like you are being shortchanged on your annual vacation time, in a global sense, you are. On average, Americans fall near the bottom of a ranking of workers from around the globe, based on the number of vacation days and holidays offered. Workers in the U.S. get an average of 10 days of paid vacation, plus another 10 days to celebrate national holidays, according to a survey of 30 nations by the the hotel booking website Hotels.com. ( Several studies have also shown that most Americans don't use all the vacation days they've got coming to them.)
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TRAVEL
July 4, 2004 | James Gilden, Special to The Times
Despite high gasoline prices, Americans are likely to hit the roads in near-record numbers this summer, according to the Travel Industry Assn. of America, which predicts a 3% increase in driving vacations this year over 2003. "The summer travel season will start off with a bang, and we expect it to stay strong through August," said Suzanne Cook, senior vice president of research for the association. "But there are some causes for concern, including rising gas prices and higher inflation."
TRAVEL
May 9, 2004 | James Gilden, Special to The Times
Web shoppers soon may no longer see Holiday Inns or Crowne Plaza Hotels on such sites as Expedia, Orbitz, Travelocity and Hotels.com. InterContinental Hotels Group, or IHG, the nation's third-largest public hotel company, has said it will remove its properties from the sites unless those sites meet new standards, including clearly labeling fees and taxes. It's widely known that many third-party travel sites collect fees on hotel bookings.
BUSINESS
December 22, 2004 | David Colker, Times Staff Writer
Barry Diller, who created an Internet conglomerate by melding online ventures in businesses as diverse as travel, dating and party planning, has decided there's value in specialization after all. Diller said Tuesday that he planned to divide his IAC/InterActiveCorp into two companies: one that would combine travel firms, including Expedia and Hotels.com, and one for everything else.
NEWS
January 15, 2014 | By Jay Jones
Living in luxury right on Waikiki Beach can be yours for less than you might expect. How does $799 a night sound for a penthouse with unobstructed views of the Pacific Ocean? The newly remodeled Royal Kai Lani Suite at the Aston Waikiki Beachside Hotel on Oahu can accommodate up to six people. Its 2,900 square feet contain three bedrooms and 4 1/2 baths. The suite occupies the 11thfloor of the hotel and includes an expansive master suite that features two bathrooms with Jacuzzi tubs and separate showers.
NEWS
October 3, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
With electronic frills being the draw of the day, which hotels are the most high-tech? Online travel site Hotel.info points to gadgets and amenities like responsive lighting and TVs embedded in bathroom mirrorsĀ that rank these trendsetters ahead of the curve. Forget peepholes: Four Seasons Silicon Valley in East Palo Alto, Calif., has replaced door peepholes with in-room LCD displays of whomever is knocking at your door. Oh, and they offer printers in each room along with Wi-Fi options too. Forget room keys: Blow Up Hall 5050 in Poznan, Poland, issues iPhones to guests that guide them to their rooms.
TRAVEL
January 19, 2014
Major lodging companies' phone numbers and websites are listed below. Several hotel and motel brands may be managed by one umbrella company. Thus, different chains may share central reservation staffs and Internet systems. It's why Internet users logging on to http://www.westin.com get the URL for corporate parent Starwood Hotels & Resorts. To reduce confusion and indicate which brands may share frequent-guest programs, corporate affiliations are noted in parentheses. 3 Palms Hotels (877)
TRAVEL
September 26, 2004 | Arthur Frommer, Special to The Times
Travel news -- industry disputes, general trends, new companies and travel services -- sometimes has as much bearing on your next vacation as a special airfare or hotel bargain. Here are some recent travel stories that may affect your plans: * The only cruise ship allowed to visit Hawaii's major islands without stopping at Fanning Island, hundreds of miles away, or without originating from a Mexican port, thousands of miles away, is Norwegian Cruise Line's Pride of Aloha.
BUSINESS
October 25, 2002 | Reuters
Media mogul Barry Diller's USA Interactive Inc. said that third-quarter cash earnings rose sharply from strength in its online units, including Expedia Inc. and Hotels.com, which offset weakness at its Home Shopping Network. Quarterly cash earnings, which adjusts for one-time charges and noncash items, rose to $65.7 million, or 14 cents a share, compared with $6 million, or 1 cent a share, last year. USA says this is the best gauge of the company's performance. Revenue rose to $1.
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