February 7, 2014 |
While other sectors of the U.S. economy have yet to completely rebound from the recession, the travel industry has surpassed its pre-recession employment numbers. U.S. Department of Labor figures released Friday show that the travel industry added 7,000 jobs in January, reaching a total of 14.6 million. The same report revised previous data, showing that the industry stands 11% above the employment peak of February 2008. Much of the growth has been fueled by international travel to the United States, especially spending by visitors from China, Brazil, Japan and Australia.
February 6, 2014 |
"Performing in space is such an honor. " Who else but Lady Gaga could utter such a phrase and still be taken seriously? "I want to challenge myself to come up with something that will not only bring everyone together but will also have a message of love that blasts into the beyond," she says in the March issue of Harper's Bazaar , referring to her planned one-song performance on a Virgin Galactic flight, which was announced back in November....
February 4, 2014 |
The State Department on Monday strongly warned Americans against travel to the West Bank and Gaza after violent clashes in the border area last month played out amid current peace talks. Section fronts "The security environment remains complex in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza, and U.S. citizens need to be aware of the continuing risks of travel to these areas," the warning said. The statement comes after violence erupted in the Gaza Strip last month when Palestinians attacked Israeli soldiers with rocks and burning tires during a protest.
February 3, 2014 |
Increasingly, dentists laud powered periodontics. Philips has produced a pricey but impressive update on motorized mouth care to go. The new Sonicare DiamondClean model comes with a charging travel case that includes a built-in charging port with a USB cord and AC wall adapter that can rev up the brush while it is ensconced in the case. The DiamondClean also comes with a powered stand and a "charging glass" that uses inductive technology to recharge the toothbrush while it just rests in the glass, atop the power stand.
February 3, 2014 |
Flights canceled in January's "polar vortex" inflicted $2.5 billion in costs on stranded travelers, according to a new analysis. The 49,000 flights canceled last month more than doubled the number halted by Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Snow, sleet and frigid temperatures also led to more than 300,000 delays, according to MasFlight, an aviation operations technology company based in Bethesda, Md. And two more storms are barreling toward the East Coast. The region is home to the nation's busiest airspace, where travel snafus ripple throughout the country.
February 1, 2014 |
The Lakers' injuries keep coming, as if anything's really surprising anymore. Pau Gasol was the latest to receive bad MRI exam results and was expected to miss at least a week because of a strained right groin, the Lakers said Saturday. He won't be available for their three-game trip to Minnesota, Cleveland and Philadelphia, which means the Lakers might be 20 to 25 games under .500 when Kobe Bryant returns from a fractured knee. Or, it should be said, if Bryant returns from a fractured knee this season.
February 1, 2014 |
We had a perfectly planned individualized tour of Israel with Shalom Israel Tours. We were well taken care of; everything was organized down to the last detail, from the minute we landed in Tel Aviv to the ride back to the airport. Our tour was based on our interests, and only the best hotels were booked. The guides were amazing and had great knowledge of the history and background of each place we visited. Shalom Israel Tours , (800) 763-1948, http://www.ShalomIsraelTours.com Barbara Finsten Thousand Oaks
January 31, 2014 |
Something like the border between the United States and Mexico doesn't ordinarily come to mind when considering abstract paintings. Yet for the last two years, Tony de los Reyes has been developing a quirky group of abstractions with exactly that distinctive -- and distinctly political -- edge. Color and line articulating space on canvas bumps up against their contentious counterpart in the North American landscape. Eight large, lush abstractions at Angles Gallery are joined with five smaller studies, plus a suite of eight lithographs.
January 31, 2014 |
Besides providing ideas and inspiration for your trip, the Los Angeles Times Travel Show on Jan. 18 and 19 handed out money-saving tips at its panel sessions. Here are some that we gathered: • A service called Roomer can help you offset your costs for a hotel room you paid for and suddenly can't use. You list your room with Roomer, and it tries to find a buyer. Conversely, travelers can save money by buying rooms that others can't use. A recent search for random dates showed a $108-a-night charge on Roomer for the Embassy Row Hotel in Washington, D.C.; the best rate for that date on its website was $173.
January 27, 2014 |
London and Paris are always top choices for American travelers, but Toronto? The Canadian city beat out Rome as the third favorite destination in 2013. Mexico City and Dubai didn't make the top 10 but did climb significantly from the previous year, according to a report. The where's-everyone-going intel might provide a window on travel trends for 2014. It comes from Hotels.com , which released a report Friday about popular destinations based on where its website users made reservations in 2013.