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May 19, 2007 | Peter Pae, Times Staff Writer
Gasoline prices are astronomical and hotel rates are going through the roof, but that hasn't discouraged people from planning getaways this Memorial Day weekend. And summer travel -- especially within the U.S. -- is looking hot. Studies "show that the majority of consumers expect to continue to see high gas prices this summer, but they seem to be taking this much more in stride than they have in the past," said Suzanne Cook, senior vice president of research for the Travel Industry Assn.
May 13, 2007 | Catharine Hamm
Question: I booked two midweek nights at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, and even received an e-mail confirming my reservation. Imagine my surprise when I arrived and was told that there was no room for me and that they were moving me across the street to Hooters. I told the desk clerk and her supervisor I would not stay there. After much arguing, they found me a room at New York New York. Is this a common occurrence?
April 22, 2007 | Jane Engle, Times Staff Writer
EVERY day you stay at a hotel, you may burn enough fossil fuels to release more than 33 pounds of carbon dioxide, the bad boy of global warming, into the atmosphere. But don't worry. Open your wallet, and all is forgiven, or at least that's the pitch of a growing number of programs. Among the latest is TravelGreen, announced in February by Sustainable Travel International, a nonprofit company in Boulder, Colo. It markets what it dubs Mini-Green Tags to hotels and guests.
March 3, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The number of international tourists visiting America should exceed pre-Sept. 11 levels this year for the first time since the 2001 terrorist attacks crippled the travel industry, U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez said Friday. In addition, Gutierrez said, the country collected a record $107.4 billion in travel receipts in 2006, a 5% increase from the previous year. An estimated 51.1 million tourists from other countries visited the United States last year, just short of the 51.
December 31, 2006 | Arthur Frommer, Special to The Times
BECAUSE many Americans make their charitable contributions during the holiday season, each year at this time I mention several worthwhile nonprofit organizations that perform valuable service in the travel industry. Each accepts tax-deductible contributions. Wilderness Inquiry, 808 14th Ave. S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55414; (800) 728-0719,, enables disabled people to go on adventure trips by inviting able-bodied volunteers to join them.
December 8, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
Travelport Ltd., the owner of online travel agencies Orbitz and CheapTickets, agreed to purchase Worldspan for $1.4 billion in cash to acquire technology and new customers. Worldspan provides electronic ticketing for travel agencies and runs the reservation systems for airlines including Delta Air Lines Inc. and Northwest Airlines Corp. The combined company would have $3.5 billion in sales, Travelport spokesman Elliot Bloom said Thursday.
December 3, 2006 | Mary Lu Abbott, Special to The Times
IF you've never taken a cruise, Bob Dickinson has his sights set on you. "In 10 years, there should be an additional 40 million people who have taken cruises," says the president and chief executive of Carnival Cruise Lines and director of Carnival Corp. "Today, that total in the U.S. is about 51 million. Now about 17% of the American public has taken cruises. In 10 years, it will be about 30%." According to the industry group, Cruise Lines International Assn., 4.
September 13, 2006 | Joel Havemann, Times Staff Writer
Democrats and liberal academics have been complaining for years that President Bush's foreign policy has turned the United States into an international pariah. Now they have an unexpected ally: Disneyland. The international travel business is thriving everywhere -- except in the United States, whose share of global tourism is plummeting in step with America's image around the world. The nation's tourism industry says hostility toward the U.S.
August 27, 2006 | Susan Spano, Times Staff Writer
AMERICANS who love to travel spend many hours planning where to go next. Noel Irwin Hentschel turned the idea inside out by recognizing that people from other countries do the same thing and that one of their prime destinations is -- or should be -- the U.S. With that realization, $5,000 in savings and a British-born partner, Michael Fitzpatrick, Hentschel founded the Los Angeles-based American Tours International in 1977.
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