CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 2013 |
Steve Schleier has kayaked spectacular and scenic rivers from West Virginia to Alaska. So when the Los Angeles lawyer heard that his hometown river was opening to public navigation for the first time in decades, he was all in. It didn't matter that the open section is a mere 2 1/2 miles long. It didn't matter that the riverbed is lined with concrete. And it didn't matter that the course features more warehouses than white water. For Schleier, like many Angelenos, the opening of a modest piece of the Los Angeles River on Monday was all about redemption and possibility.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 2013 |
A section of the Los Angeles River will open for public use Monday for the first time since the river was encased in concrete in the 1930s. Public officials will gather Monday morning at Marsh Park north of downtown for a ceremonial kayak ride down a 2 1/2-mile stretch of the river that has been designated a free recreation zone for the summer. People can boat, walk, kayak or fish in the 2 1/2-mile section of the river between Fletcher Avenue and Oso Park from dawn to sundown until Labor Day on Sept.
November 29, 2012 |
Gondolas aren't the only way to see Italy by water. Oregon-based Tofino Expeditions offers a new sea kayaking tour that introduces paddlers to the Mediterranean coastal villages of the Cinque Terre and the waters off Sardinia. The 11-day trip, led by Tofino founder Grant Thompson, begins and ends in Genoa. Participants take the train south to the Italian Riviera and begin day-long paddle tours to Vernazza and Corniglia, where paddlers spend the night, and then to Portovenere and Montersso.
November 9, 2012 |
Priceline.com, the popular online travel service, agreed Thursday to acquire Kayak Software Corp. for $1.8 billion, a deal that would boost Priceline's customer base as it wrestles with a sluggish economy and newer, more nimble rivals. Under the terms of the deal, Priceline will pay $500 million in cash and $1.3 billion in stock for Kayak, a comparison travel website. The sale values Kayak at $40 a share, a 26% premium to its closing price of $31.04 on Thursday and 57% higher than its July initial public offering price of $26. Shares of Kayak jumped 27% to $39.30 in after-hours trading Thursday, while Priceline shares fell slightly.
November 8, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Looking to expand its travel empire in a sluggish economy, Priceline.com plans to buy its younger, fleet-footed competitor Kayak Software in a $1.8-billion deal. Priceline, which was welped during the dot-com boom but has grown into the world's most valuable online travel agency, said Thursday it has offered to buy Kayak for $40 a share. That's a 29% premium on Thursday's closing price of $31.04. The move was seen as a way to grow its business at a time when it has been tougher to land new customers and it has been fighting off new rivals.
October 10, 2012 |
Puerto Rico wants you to have more fun. Really. Its tourism agency is giving away adventure tours -- such as a guided tropical rain-forest hike, a San Juan food tour and a kayak trip on a bay whose waters glow with sea life -- to visitors who stay four nights at selected hotels. The deal: To get this deal, you can book rooms directly with the hotels listed at the Puerto Rico Tourism Co.'s website or reserve via Travelocity, Orbitz, Expedia and other discount websites. Then choose one of six free activities: a hike in El Yunque National Forest , a culinary tour of San Juan, a kayak tour of one of Puerto Rico's bays, a catamaran tour, a zipline ride at ToroVerde Adventure Park or a bicycle tour of Old San Juan.