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March 31, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
China could surpass the U.S. as early as next year as the world's biggest spender in business travel, a year sooner than business travel experts had previously forecast. With China's gross domestic product growing at a slow but steady pace, the world's most populous country is expected to increase spending on business travel by 16.5% in 2014 to $262.1 billion and 17.8% in 2015 to $309 billion, according to the Global Business Travel Assn. Foundation. The foundation--the education arm for the world's business traveler managers--had previously predicted that China would overtake the U.S. as the top spender on business travel by 2016.
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TRAVEL
March 30, 2014
ART Presentation Artist Barbara Roth will show you techniques for drawing and painting while traveling and will discuss what art supplies to pack. You'll also learn how to paint from your travel photos. When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220. MT. WHITNEY Workshop Kurt Wedberg will offer tips for gear and trip planning and show detailed slides of various approaches.
TRAVEL
March 30, 2014
Risks and warnings The State Department continues to warn U.S. citizens to defer all non-essential travel to Ukraine and all travel to the Crimean Peninsula and eastern areas of Kharkiv, Donetsk and Lugansk due to tensions in the region. The U.S. believes that Russia is likely to continue to take further actions in the Crimean Peninsula consistent with its claim of annexation. The State Department also warns U.S. citizens to consider carefully the risks of travel to Mali, given terrorist activity there.
TRAVEL
March 30, 2014 | By Jen Leo
For those who can't plan ahead, here's another app to help you find travel savings. Name: Last Minute Travel Deals Available for: Website ( www.lastminutetravel.com ), Android and iPhone, iPad and iPod touch What it does: Accesses flights from more than 175 carriers around the world, more than 100,000 hotels in 153 countries, nearly 20,000 vacation homes and about 10,000 activities. Last Minute Travel is able to offer hotel deals at wholesale rates because it buys rooms in bulk and well in advance of your travel.
BUSINESS
March 30, 2014 | By Hugo Martín
If you're against letting airline passengers talk on cellphones, you've gained a powerful ally. The Global Business Travel Assn., a trade group for the world's business travelers, submitted its opposition last week to a plan by the Federal Communications Commission to lift a ban on voice calls on planes. The group, which represents about 6,000 travel managers, called onboard calls "detrimental to business travelers. " The association even quoted folk singer Pete Seeger, who borrowed heavily from the book of Ecclesiastes when he wrote "there is a time to keep silence and a time to speak.
TRAVEL
March 30, 2014
Thank you, Pico Iyer ["Still Shining," March 23]. Brilliant article about City Lights Bookstore. I have made many a pilgrimage there since college and made sure my kids visited it too. Isn't it encouraging that it is still going strong? Happy birthday, Lawrence Ferlinghetti. I once saw you speak at the L.A. Times Festival of Books. Cynthia Fox Los Angeles :: The story about the City Lights Bookstore was perfectly delightful. What a joy to read a beautifully written piece, impeccably punctuated with nary a misspelled word, and sprinkled with enough multiple syllable words to perk up one's brain.
TRAVEL
March 29, 2014
Harvinder Singh is a friendly, kind, protective and generally delightful man who will drive you anywhere and also treat you to special places and experiences in Delhi, India. Harvinder Singh, Harvinder Tours & Travels; 011-9199-1089-9032 (24-hour help line), 011-9192-1309-6061. Alexandra Harrison Cambridge, Mass.
TRAVEL
March 28, 2014 | By George Hobica
As you're planning your summer travels, you may be in for sticker shock: Airfares on some routes are higher than they were four or five years ago. Here are some tips for making your airfare dollars go farther. -- There's no magic time to buy an airfare. The latest myth is to buy exactly 54 days in advance. Others say buy on Tuesday or Wednesday at midnight or when the moon is full (just kidding). But airlines are unpredictable, and anyone who claims he or she knows that airfares will be lower or higher in the coming months or days should trade in their crystal ball.
WORLD
March 27, 2014 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING - The Australian Maritime Safety Authority said Friday it had a new "credible lead" that suggested Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 probably crashed 680 miles northeast of the search area where more than a dozen planes and ships have been looking the last 10 days. The location was changed after a new analysis of radar data from the South China Sea and Malacca Strait before contact was lost with the Boeing 777, which was carrying 239 passengers and crew members when it disappeared March 8. "It indicated that the aircraft was traveling faster than previously estimated, resulting in increased fuel usage and reducing the possible distance the aircraft traveled south into the Indian Ocean," the Australian agency said Friday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2014 | By Ralph Vartabedian
Regularly scheduled service on California's bullet train system will not meet anticipated trip times of two hours and 40 minutes between Los Angeles and San Francisco, and are likely to take nearly a half-hour longer, a state Senate committee was told Thursday. The faster trips were held out to voters in 2008 when they approved $9 billion in borrowing to help pay for the project. Since then, a series of political compromises and planning changes designed to keep the $68-billion line moving ahead have created slower track zones in urban areas.
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