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Today’s Top Story
TSA: Airport incidents may be terror ‘dry runs’
Airport security officers should be on the lookout for possible “dry runs” for a terror attack, federal officials advised, after a series of suspicious incidents at U.S. airports. In one case, a plastic bag with a block of cheese was found taped to a bag with a cell phone charger. (CNN)
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European prices: not so outrageous after all
To hear the travel press tell it, European prices are so sky-high that travelers should just unpack and stay home. Not so! Charlie Leocha has just returned from two weeks in Spain with a pocket full of receipts to prove it. (Charles Leocha)
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More travel news
Demand grows for all-business-class flights
So it seems as Virgin Atlantic Airways and British Airways are indicating that they may compete with four start-up carriers for a market that no one knew existed just a few years ago: all-business-class flights. (The New York Times) (Registration required.)
American Airlines executives to get bonus
Top executives at American Airlines are slated to receive another package of stock bonuses in 2010, under a compensation deal approved this week by the airline’s board. (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
High hopes for massive new Macau hotel
Las Vegas Sands Corp. expects full occupancy at its massive new casino hotel in Macau soon after it opens amid robust visitor growth, the company’s president William Weidner said Tuesday. (AP)
Hotels pump up the volume with meeting themes
Hotels are no longer selling corporate meeting clients just a room, a sound system, a projector and some pitchers of water. Some full-service chains are in the vanguard of a growing trend in which the hotels are creating a customized environment that uses sound, food, scent, decor, toys and gadgets to create moods that match the meetings’ objectives. (USA Today)
Cycling trips for all tastes and abilities
Bike touring is a microcosm of travel itself, and as such, there is a huge range of choices. There are self-supported expeditions and guided tours that do everything for you, accommodations from campsites to luxury hotels, one-day tours and months-long cross-country journeys. (USA Today)
Want an upscale golf vacation alternative?
When temperatures down south climb into triple digits travelers from coast to coast find summer refuge on Northern Michigan’s golf courses. (World Golf)
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Today’s Travel Blogs
Five Marriott brands offer free Wi-Fi
Here’s the thing about hotels charging for internet access: I hate it. Rates are always too high and service tends to be spotty, and the whole thing is a major racket. But, Marriott’s free Wi-Fi announcement is a step in the right direction. (Smarter Travel)
World’s best national parks: Iceland’s Skaftafell
If you think the national parks in Iceland are cold and barren, well, think again. Or head to Skaftafell National Park in the southern part of the country. Founded in 1967, its already been enlarged twice and is Iceland’s second largest national park offering a landscape similar to the Alps, with grassy slopes framed by picturesque peaks. (Jaunted)
The Irish pub is World Hum’s new seventh “Wonders of the Shrinking World.”
As we noted back on St. Patrick’s Day, the springing up of Irish pubs around the world is making sure you could celebrate that holiday Irish-style just about anywhere. The trouble is, Irish-style isn’t always so Irish. But no matter. Authentic or not, the branded Irish pub is a sign of the times; and officially so, now that World Hum has ranked it among its “Seven Wonders of the Shrinking Planet.” (Vagabonding)
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