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2/24/2017  |  by Richard D’Ambrosio

As Forbes honors top hotels, spas and restaurants, Bali, Puerto Rico and Manila rank among top rising luxury destinations.

2/24/2017  |  by Jessica Montevago


As baseball season gears up for the new season, the AC Hotel Chicago Downtown by Marriott is honoring last year’s historic World Series win by the Cubs.

“Cubs fans and the city are still whirling in excitement over last year’s World Series win and we want to continue that momentum by offering special home-opener rates,” said Chris Zarek, the hotel’s general manager.

Twenty rooms—typically costing $179-$219 per night—will be set aside at the special $20.16 rate on April 10 and 11, when the Cubs play the 2017 season home opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Reservations can only be made on February 25 and February 26, the first days of spring training, by phone, at (312) 981-6604.

2/24/2017  |  by Cheryl Rosen

Thirty lucky travel agents will be invited on an all-expenses-paid trip to Mexico’s premier travel trade show; applications are due by Friday 3/2.

2/23/2017  |  by Jay Ternavan

It’s safe; it offers great value; and best of all, it’s beautiful and unique and fun.

2/23/2017  |  by Jessica Montevago


Universal is raising ticket prices at its theme parks in California and Florida by $5 per visitor.

At Universal Orlando, single-park admission now starts at $110, up from $105., while at Universal Studios Hollywood, tickets will cost guests $120, previously $115.

The news comes about a week after Disney implemented price increases between $2 and $5 at Disneyland in Anaheim and Walt Disney World in Orlando. 

Annual price hikes have become the norm. Typically raises are made in February before the Spring Break rush. Last year, Universal increased prices up to 20%.

2/22/2017  |  by Jessica Montevago


Walt Disney World will expand two of its resorts in Florida, Coronado Springs and Caribbean Beach.

The Coronado Springs Resort will add a 15-story, 500-room tower overlooking Lago Dorado with rooftop dining, suites and concierge-level services. The resort also will refurbish its rooms and update its landscaping to include “floating gardens and an island oasis.”

The Caribbean Beach Resort will get new waterfront dining and retail shopping areas at its Centertown marketplace.

The projects are expected to take about two years.

2/22/2017  |  by Michele McDonald

After Delta—an airline that prides itself on its flight completion factor—endured a meltdown in August that inflicted pain for days, it decided it wasn’t taking the tyranny of technology lying down.

2/22/2017  |  by Cheryl Rosen

The chatter on Wall Street has turned into a fascinating prospect: that Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Group will buy an airline outright.

2/21/2017  |  by Richard D’Ambrosio

Responding to lawsuits and protests, the Trump Administration is expected to clarify travel restrictions for those holding green cards and visas.

2/21/2017  |  by Richard D'Ambrosio

Vail Resorts, Inc. today announced an agreement to acquire Stowe Mountain Resort from Mt. Mansfield Company, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of American International Group, Inc., for a purchase price of $50 million. Stowe Mountain Resort will be Vail Resorts' first mountain resort on the East Coast, complementing its network of 10 mountain resorts and three urban ski areas.
 
Vail Resorts and AIG Global Real Estate "share a common vision for the long-term success of Stowe Mountain Resort as the premier, high-end resort for skiers and snowboarders on the East Coast," the companies said.
 
Vail Resorts is acquiring all the assets related to the mountain operations of the resort, including base area skier services (food and beverage, retail and rental, lift ticket offices and ski and snowboard school facilities) at Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak. Other facilities such as the Stowe Mountain Lodge, Stowe Mountain Club, Stowe Country Club and certain real estate owned and held for potential future development will be retained by MMC.