September 15, 2001 |
No matter what, Gwen Balducci wasn't about to stick with plans to visit relatives in Seattle--at least not if airplanes were involved. Instead, the mother of two dragged her husband, Len, to John Wayne Airport in Orange County two days after the worst terrorist attack against the United States and demanded he cancel their tickets. "I'm not going, and neither are you," said Gwen Balducci, 51, shooing him toward the Delta Airlines counter. "It's craziness. There'll be no planes, period."
January 23, 2001 |
The hospitality and travel industry should expect to see the number of travelers 55 years and older increase considerably within the next several years as the baby boom generation--the largest domestic travel demographic--begins to hit late middle age, according to a Travel Industry Assn. of America report. The TIA found that in 1999, travelers 55 and older took nearly 179 million domestic and international trips, a 5% increase for the same age group in 1994.
June 28, 2000 |
Americans are bent on travel this summer, and apparently it's going to take more than steep gas prices and higher air fares to thwart their plans, travel industry observers say. Across the country, average gasoline prices are about 50 cents higher than they were a year ago, topping $1.65 a gallon. At the same time, average round-trip air fares nationwide have increased about 3%, with sales and discounts by major air carriers few and far between.
May 17, 2000
* The Commerce Department projects more than 51 million foreign visitors will travel to the U.S. this year as projected economic growth in Asia and strengthening Latin American currencies boost travel.
April 16, 2000
Most states and U.S. territories have tourism offices to provide assistance to visitors. If requesting travel literature, be as specific as possible. ALABAMA: Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel, 401 Adams Ave., Suite 126, Montgomery, AL 36104; telephone (800) 252-2262 or (334) 242-4169, fax (334) 242-4554, www.touralabama.org. ALASKA: Alaska Division of Tourism, P.O. Box 110801, Juneau, AK 99811-0801; tel. (907) 465-2010, fax (907) 465-2287, www.dced.state.ak.us/tourism.
April 16, 2000
ALABAMA Tuscaloosa--Roz Salzman, Los Angeles: "Crimson Inn, 1509 University Blvd., Tuscaloosa 35401; telephone (205) 758-3483. First and only B&B in town. Restored 75-year-old home near University of Alabama." Rate: $100, with full breakfast. CALIFORNIA Albion--Susan Poprock, Camarillo: "Fensalden Inn, 33810 Navarro Ridge Road, Albion 95410; tel. (800) 959-3850, Internet http://www.fensalden.com.