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TRAVEL
November 27, 2011
Plan your next vacation as if you were designing a feature story in a glossy travel magazine. Name: Travel by Handstand Available for: iPad What it does: The app highlights travel destinations with original content, photos, advice and curated news features from around the Web. Cost : Free. What's hot: I love the drag-and-drop layout for customizing your journey. Go to "hst journeys," create a new journey, then insert maps, notes and photos.
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BUSINESS
September 22, 1993 | JOE BRANCATELLI
Carnival Air Lines is scheduled to begin nonstop flights between Los Angeles and Miami on Oct. 2. The service is part of a "code sharing" arrangement that is timed to connect with Iberia Airlines' flights from Miami to Latin American business destinations. Wyndham Hotels is giving special perks to business travelers until Dec. 31. Included are room upgrades, double miles in the American AAdvantage frequent-flier program, a car upgrade from Hertz and a one-class upgrade on American Airlines.
TRAVEL
February 27, 2011 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Gulliver traveled. Look where it got him: lashed to the land by little people. Columbus, big traveler, right? Underestimated the circumference of the Earth and died thinking he'd found India. Sure, you can come up with justifications for never leaving the splendid safety of your office chair. Truth is, travel makes us better in many ways: better employees, better buddies, better mates. So, no, in these tough times, you probably don't feel the need to spend the money. But here's why we all should escape somewhere anyway: The anticipation Pros: A vacation begins the second you start to plan it. A study last year found that travelers' moods improved eight weeks before the actual vacation started.
BUSINESS
November 8, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
The travel industry, on a rebound from the economic downturn of a few years ago, should continue to thrive under a second term of President Obama. That was the message sent Wednesday by the U.S. Travel Assn., the nation's largest trade group for the travel industry. Although the Washington group does not make political endorsements, it has voiced support for Obama's policies in the last few years and said it expects the administration to continue to support the industry. "We can expect President Obama and his administration to vigorously defend the travel-policy accomplishments he achieved in his first term," Roger Dow, president of the trade group, said in a statement.
TRAVEL
November 22, 2009
You share travel tips with friends on Facebook, Twitter, Yelp and other social media sites, but what if your reviews read like a magazine article's list of best places? Nextstop.com is an online travel cafe where visitors can get good advice without amassing hundreds of friends or followers. What's hot: It's very visual. You have the immediate gratification of photos and short reasons why a particular restaurant, hotel, shop or attraction is worth checking out. If you're the one recommending a travel gem, Nextstop makes it easy to build a guide.
TRAVEL
September 26, 2010
LAS VEGAS BikeFest When, where: Sept. 30 to Oct. 3, mostly at the Cashman Center Highlights: Some 30,000 bikers descend on Las Vegas for this 10th annual rally of revving engines, bikini-clad models and more than 250 vendors selling anything a Harley devotee would ever need. Events include a bike builders' competition, the crowning of Mr. and Miss Las Vegas, the World's Strongest Biker Contest and a custom-bike show. Cost: Party Pass, $40; Ultimate Pass, $65. Vendor Village admission, $15. Info: (702)
TRAVEL
March 5, 2011
I recently traveled to Japan and took a cellphone that I rented from http://www.travelcell.com . I was given this tip by the tour operator. You are sent a cellphone in a mailer for the country you are visiting; you return it when you get home. It determines what you owe. You don't need to worry about connections, SIM cards, etc. The phone comes with clear directions. Karen Lehrer Santa Barbara If you have a great tip you'd like to share with Times readers, send it to travel@latimes.
NEWS
June 3, 2011 | By Katherine Skiba, Washington Bureau
First Lady Michelle Obama, her mother and daughters will travel to Africa on an official visit this month, she announced Friday. The first lady, her mother, Marian Robinson, and daughters Malia and Sasha will visit South Africa and Botswana during the trip June 21-26. The focus of the trip will be on youth leadership, education, health and wellness, officials said. "This visit to two critical countries will underscore that the United States has an important stake in the success of Africa's many nations and underscore the historic connections between the American people and those who live on the African continent," a statement from her first lady's said.
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