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Champaign County officials push forward plan to build new hotel

Champaign County economic development leaders will push ahead with a proposal that could lead to a new hotel in Urbana as early as next year. A recent review conducted by a Wisconsin-based consultant showed there’s enough demand in Urbana that it would be feasible to build a new hotel with at least 70 to 80 rooms and meeting space, said Marcia Bailey, economic development coordinator for the...
All aboard: Disney Cruise Line looks for workers to man its ship kid clubs

All aboard: Disney Cruise Line looks for workers to man its ship kid clubs

If you’ve dreamed of working on the high seas, then Disney is looking for you. The cruise line that Mickey built is hiring youth activities counselors to live and work on its fleet of cruise ships, Metro reported. >> Read more trending news  The hours are long, according to Metro, at 80 hours a week, but the job offers fun and amazing ports of call in Mexico, Barcelona and...
Florida beach named nation's best in TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice awards

Florida beach named nation's best in TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice awards

A Florida beach has been named the nation's best in TripAdvisor's annual Travelers' Choice awards. The travel website announced Tuesday that Clearwater Beach was the best in the U.S. in 2018, climbing from No. 4 in 2017. The beach also topped the national list in 2016.  >> Read more trending news  Meanwhile, Grace Bay in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, took the award for...
5 wine tours a lot closer to home than Napa

5 wine tours a lot closer to home than Napa

You can take some of the most lavish, expensive wine tours in the world in the Napa Valley, where wines are all about heritage, taste and sophistication. These days, though, even the snootiest oenophile can find a worthy wine tasting in places far from California. And the same goes for the Napa-style custom of wine tours. Travelers in the South or Southeast have lots of pleasurable wine tours...
Passengers behaving badly: 5 recent airplane debacles you won’t believe

Passengers behaving badly: 5 recent airplane debacles you won’t believe

Outrageous behaviors on airplanes and in airports haven’t stopped just because it’s a new year. Last year, passengers brawled in busy terminals and got taken off of flights. Commercial airlines carried more than 3.8 billion passengers and generated more than $501 billion in revenue worldwide last year, according to the International Air Transport Association. Here’s how travelers...
Low-cost airline adds flights an hour from Springfield to 7 cities

Low-cost airline adds flights an hour from Springfield to 7 cities

Spirit Airline, a low-cost carrier, has added new nonstop flights just an hour from Springfield to five cities and plans additional service to New Orleans and Myrtle Beach in late March. Spirit added flights from John Glenn Columbus International Airport in Columbus to Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa Bay and Fort Myers in Florida and Las Vegas, beginning Thursday, Feb. 15. MORE COVERAGE: Don&rsquo...
Disney announces when Toy Story Land will open

Disney announces when Toy Story Land will open

Fans of the “Toy Story” film franchise now know when they’ll be able to “shrink down” to the size of Andy’s toys and experience the immersive world Walt Disney Imagineers have been building. Guests to Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios will officially be able to visit’s Andy’s backyard playsets starting June 30.  >> Read more trending...
Southwest adding new flight at Cincinnati airport

Southwest adding new flight at Cincinnati airport

Southwest Airlines is adding another new flight at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. Southwest Airlines announces new nonstop service from Cincinnati/Northern International Airport to Denver, Colorado (DEN) beginning Aug.7. The new route will operate daily year round with Boeing 737 aircraft using a combination of 143 and 175 seat configurations. “This new route continues...
WATCH: United Airlines plane loses engine cover on way to Honolulu, makes emergency landing

WATCH: United Airlines plane loses engine cover on way to Honolulu, makes emergency landing

Passengers aboard what one woman called the "scariest flight of my life" are breathing sighs of relief after making a safe landing following a midair engine problem. According to CNN, United Flight 1175 from San Francisco lost an engine cover over the Pacific Ocean less than an hour before it was set to land in Honolulu. "There was a loud bang ... and then the plane really started shaking...
DOT reveals which airlines ranked highest for complaints in 2017

DOT reveals which airlines ranked highest for complaints in 2017

The U.S. Department of Transportation received 18,148 complaints about air travel in 2017. It was a year when airline incidents were in the headlines, including a United passenger dragged from a plane and a Delta passenger mauled by an emotional support dog. >> Read more trending news  The number of complaints about air travel to the federal government last year — which...
Flying with germs: 3 things you never want to touch at airports, on planes

Flying with germs: 3 things you never want to touch at airports, on planes

We know that airplanes can be a breeding ground for germs and other nasty things that could get you sick, but did you ever think about what you’re exposing yourself to before you even get to the jetway? A study that was recently released found that the airport itself is a haven for germs and bacteria and it is enough to make those who aren’t germaphobic squirm and grab the hand sanitizer...
Disney raises ticket prices again in Florida, California

Disney raises ticket prices again in Florida, California

If you have plans to go to the Happiest Place on Earth, be prepared to pay more for the privilege.  Disney officials have announced that both American parks have increased ticket prices. The increase went into effect Sunday at the theme parks at both Disneyland in California and Walt Disney World in Florida, The Associated Press reported. >> Read more trending news  Take...
Westcott House temporarily closes to tours for crucial repair projects

Westcott House temporarily closes to tours for crucial repair projects

The need for preservation work has temporarily closed one of Springfield’s most notable landmarks. The Westcott House, one of the still-standing structures developed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1906, will be undergoing crucial preservation projects until Feb. 16 and has been closed to tours, according to the Westcott House Organization’s website. Westcott Center for Architecture...
Passports to cost more in coming weeks; how to apply, renew before price hike

Passports to cost more in coming weeks; how to apply, renew before price hike

If international travel plans are even potentially in your future, you may want to start planning now.  That’s because starting on April 2, fees will be going up on passports if you have to go to a post office or other consular offices, Fox News reported. For those who renew via mail, the fee is said not to apply, according to Fox News. The Department of State is raising the execution...
Don’t waste unused vacation time

Don’t waste unused vacation time

Every year more than half of Americans fail to use all their time off, creating a stock pile of 662 million unused vacation days. AAA, in collaboration with Project: Time Off, knows the most effective remedy for American workers who want to use more vacation days is better planning. Yet only 54 percent of households set aside time to plan the use of their vacation time each year. RELATED: Danger:...
5 Midwest winter getaways near Dayton that will make you WANT cabin fever

5 Midwest winter getaways near Dayton that will make you WANT cabin fever

The Midwest, particularly the region around Southwest Ohio, has some major advantages over other regions this time of year.  It’s hard to completely loathe winter when you’re curled up under a mound of blankets, feet away from a crackling fireplace, sipping a cup of hot chocolate that just reached its ideal temperature. That kind of warm and cozy feeling is only earned after enduring...
Florida ranked worst state in the U.S., according to travel site

Florida ranked worst state in the U.S., according to travel site

It appears nothing could help Florida from ranking as the worst state in the nation, according to travel website Thrillist.  In the site’s “Definitive and Final Ranking of all 50 States,” Florida came in at No. 50, with an “awfulness résumé so staggeringly impressive that it couldn’t go any other way. You were born for this. Embrace it,&rdquo...
Could your travel plans be impacted by a government shutdown?

Could your travel plans be impacted by a government shutdown?

The U.S. government could be headed for a shutdown after midnight on Friday if Congress does not pass a temporary spending bill.  What would a shutdown mean for those planning domestic or international travel in the coming days or weeks? First, employees deemed “essential” would remain on the job and that includes  Transportation Security Administration screeners and air traffic...
6 top tiny home vacation rentals that won’t cost you your mortgage

6 top tiny home vacation rentals that won’t cost you your mortgage

Need a vacation that isn't followed by a barrage of credit card bills? Tiny home vacation rentals are a wallet-friendly option, with beach, mountain and ranch locations available. Renting a small space for a weekend getaway or weeklong adventure is also a great way to test drive the tiny home concept.  »RELATED: Here's what a $1 million house looks like in 7 major US cities »Here...
2 more Carnival cruise ships fail health inspections

2 more Carnival cruise ships fail health inspections

Two of the newest ships in the Carnival Cruise Lines fleet have received failing grades in health inspections designed to control the spread of gastrointestinal illnesses.  Carnival Vista and Carnival Breeze both scored below a passing grade of 86, the Miami Herald reported.Vista, the cruise line's newest ship, received a 79 while Breeze was given a 77.  >> Read more trending...
Fairgrounds get $50k to rebrand site as Champions Park

Fairgrounds get $50k to rebrand site as Champions Park

The Clark County Fairground will get a $50,000 grant to pay to rebrand one of the top tourist attractions in Clark County. The Clark County Convention Facilities Authority is funded by local hotel bed taxes and is tasked with supporting projects that lead to more overnight stays and tourism in Clark County. It will give the fairgrounds a one-time payment to be used to cover costs associated with rebranding...
Eyelashes freeze, thermometer breaks as -62°C temperatures hit world's coldest village

Eyelashes freeze, thermometer breaks as -62°C temperatures hit world's coldest village

As Americans continue to brave the winter weather, photos from a remote village in Russia might make them count their blessings that it’s not worse. According to the experts, Oymyakon in Siberia is the world’s coldest permanently inhabited area. Recent temperatures came in at a bone-chilling -62°C, or -79.6°F. In fact, it was so cold that the town’s thermometer...
Warning: Travelers through Chicago O’Hare International Airport may have been exposed to measles

Warning: Travelers through Chicago O’Hare International Airport may have been exposed to measles

Anyone who traveled through Chicago O’Hare International Airport earlier this month may want to check for signs of measles. The Illinois Department of Health issued an alert that a passenger on board an international flight that landed on Jan. 10 tested positive for the disease. The department has not released what flights the person was on, or where they traveled to or from. >> Read more...
Must-see: Passenger jet skids off runway, gets stuck on edge of cliff

Must-see: Passenger jet skids off runway, gets stuck on edge of cliff

A passenger jet carrying 162 people got stuck on a cliff's edge moments after skidding off a runway early Sunday at Turkey's Trabzon Airport. According to The Associated Press, no one was hurt in the incident, and everyone on board was evacuated safely. The airport was closed temporarily. >> Read more trending news  Authorities said they did not know what caused the incident involving the...
PHOTOS: Must-see natural waterfall ‘ice sculptures’ at Hocking Hills

PHOTOS: Must-see natural waterfall ‘ice sculptures’ at Hocking Hills

When temperatures drop at Hocking Hills State Park, the rushing waterfalls transform into ice sculptures -- and the results are captivating.  >> The most unique getaway spots at Hocking Hills We’ve rounded up photos of these frosted formations shared by park-goers on Instagram. Check out our favorites below.
U.S. issues ‘do not travel’ advisory for 5 states in Mexico

U.S. issues ‘do not travel’ advisory for 5 states in Mexico

The U.S. Department of State has issued a travel advisory urging citizens to use increased caution when traveling to five states in Mexico. USA Today reported that the new warning from the government has increased the Colima, Guerrero, Michoacán, Sinaloa and Tamaulipas states to a level 4, the highest level of potential danger.  The warning for the states, issued Thursday, was raised...
'Game of Thrones'-themed ice hotel opens in Finland

'Game of Thrones'-themed ice hotel opens in Finland

In collaboration with HBO Nordic, a Finnish hotel chain has built the ultimate experience for fans of “Game of Thrones,” made entirely from ice and snow. Lapland Hotels’ SnowVillage, set about 125 miles above the Arctic Circle, opened last month with an ice restaurant, an ice bar, an ice chapel and a “Game of Thrones”-themed ice hotel. The hotel features a life-sized...
New local cheap flight options you need to know about in 2018

New local cheap flight options you need to know about in 2018

Get ready to book some cheap flights this year. Air carriers, like Allegiant Air and Southwest Airlines, are adding flights at local airports in Dayton, Columbus and Cincinnati. Here’s some of the new flights you can book this year: » MUST-READ TRAVEL NEWS: 7 major changes at the Dayton airport in 2017 1. Allegiant to add new flights in Cincinnati Allegiant is adding nonstop service from...
Try your luck: 10 tips on beating the odds on your first casino trip

Try your luck: 10 tips on beating the odds on your first casino trip

There's just something appealing about a casino vacation, whether you're dreaming of the luxury of the world's most extravagant casino resorts or playing roulette at one of Yahoo's top-ranked casinos outside of Vegas. Or maybe you're just longing for a day playing the slots at a smaller place like the Mardis Gras Casino and Resort in West Virginia. »RELATED: Feeling...
WORTH THE DRIVE: Eat your way through Hocking Hills on this Comfort Food Cruise 

WORTH THE DRIVE: Eat your way through Hocking Hills on this Comfort Food Cruise 

It’s January, and it’s cold -- but not too cold to enjoy the jaw-dropping rock formations on either side of you as you hike through the beautiful Old Man’s Cave in Hocking Hills.  Now imagine that you’re on that very same hike, with a belly full of warm mac ‘n’ cheese, an ultimate chocolate brownie and maybe even some biscuits and gravy.  This is a real...
Are airplanes really dangerous? 2017 was safest year yet for flights

Are airplanes really dangerous? 2017 was safest year yet for flights

Plenty of people have a fear of flying in airplanes, but a new report found last year was the safest year for commercial airline passengers in the history of aviation. This past year was another “exceptionally good year for civil aviation safety,” according to Netherlands-based aviation consultant To70. Only two fatal accidents occurred in passenger airlines in 2017, and both were...
Flight takes off in 2018, lands in 2017

Flight takes off in 2018, lands in 2017

How does stuff like this even happen? This time, you can thank flight delays and the International Dateline. Passengers were on board a flight that left Auckland, New Zealand, at 12:05 a.m. local time. That meant the flight left in 2018, The Daily Mail reported. >> Read more trending news   But it landed in Honolulu at 10:16 a.m. on Dec. 31, 2017. Technically, Auckland is 23 hours...
Wisconsin football players catch 450-pound shark days before Orange Bowl win

Wisconsin football players catch 450-pound shark days before Orange Bowl win

You can’t do this at every bowl destination. Wisconsin’s football team landed in Miami for the Orange Bowl earlier in the week, and between practices and team outings, a few teammates had the chance to schedule some deep-sea fishing. >> Read more Floridoh! stories Members of Wisconsin’s football team went fishing somewhere near Miami this week and caught a 450-pound...
Must-see: Niagara Falls is a winter wonderland in these stunning photos

Must-see: Niagara Falls is a winter wonderland in these stunning photos

A cold wave is sweeping almost all of North America, and as temperatures have dwindled, we’ve seen some pretty bizarre things. But one of the coolest and most beautiful sights right now has to be Niagara Falls, where Jack Frost painted a spectacular scene that looks like something straight out of Narnia. >> RELATED STORY: Could Niagara Falls completely freeze?  >> Read...
Sick of cold weather? 5 cheap local flights to warm destinations

Sick of cold weather? 5 cheap local flights to warm destinations

As bitter cold temperatures linger in the region, it’s the perfect time to escape to warmer destinations. Cold, arctic air arrived across most of the United States Wednesday morning and clear skies caused the Miami Valley to have frigid temperatures, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. The Dayton International Airport reached minus 2 degrees for the first time since February...
That free vacation may end up costing you

That free vacation may end up costing you

What better way to travel than winning a free vacation, right? Well that free vacation may cost you more than if you would have booked the trip on your own. Or, it could result in having your credit and bank account information stolen. ››RELATED: Don’t take the click bait Common travel scams involve time share promotions, free plane tickets, free vacation packages,...
Ready for a new travel experience? Airport renovations start next week

Ready for a new travel experience? Airport renovations start next week

Get ready for some major changes at the Dayton International Airport. The next phase of the airport’s terminal modernization project is set to begin in January, focusing on the airline ticketing end of the terminal and the outside of the parking garage across from baggage claim. The portion of the project is expected to be finish up in August. The construction will impact the flow of traffic...
Airbnb hosts caught secretly filming guests: How to check for cameras

Airbnb hosts caught secretly filming guests: How to check for cameras

Many travelers have ditched traditional hotels for the convenience and savings of renting a room or house through Airbnb or other home sharing apps — and hundreds of Ohioans are making extra income by renting out their properties. But some consumer watchdogs are alerting travelers to watch out for hidden cameras or other privacy violations. “Unfortunately, Santa and his elves aren&rsquo...
Airlines working to reunite stranded passengers with luggage

Airlines working to reunite stranded passengers with luggage

Flights are getting back on schedule at Atlanta's airport after the massive blackout but now people have to find their bags. Delta said they have extra workers working long hours to get those bags to passengers who were affected by flight delays and cancellations. On Monday, there were more than 400 flight cancelations. Tuesday, there were just a few.  >> Read more trending news  Regan...
Woman sues hotel after she claims she was charged $350 after negative review

Woman sues hotel after she claims she was charged $350 after negative review

An Indiana woman is taking a hotel to court saying that she was charged $350 for a negative online review and the hotel claims it has a right to charge customers who give them bad reviews. Katrina Arthur and her husband stayed at Abbey Inn & Suites in March 2016. Arthur alleges that when they arrived, the room was not cleaned. She said she found hair and dirt in the sheets. The air conditioner didn&rsquo...
7 new, cheap flight options added at regional airports in 2017

7 new, cheap flight options added at regional airports in 2017

Discount airlines flooded regional airports with cheap, new flights to destinations across the globe this year. WOWair, Frontier Airlines and Allegiant Air added new flights in Columbus, Cincinnati and Dayton — lowering airfare for eager travelers in the region. These were some of the best deals added to the region this year: Discount carrier Frontier grew its service with the addition of six...
Yellow Springs lodging tax to cost Airbnb renters, local hotel guests

Yellow Springs lodging tax to cost Airbnb renters, local hotel guests

If you want to rent a room to travelers in Yellow Springs — a practice that residents say has a long tradition in the village — starting next year you might need a permit and have to tack a lodging tax onto the guests’ bills. STAY CONNECTED: Greene County News on Facebook Village officials are implementing a 3 percent lodging tax effective Jan. 1, a move that will not only affect...
5 traffic tips for navigating Austin Landing this holiday season

5 traffic tips for navigating Austin Landing this holiday season

Planning a trip to Austin Landing for some holiday shopping or maybe dinner, a movie or other entertainment? Here are five traffic tips that will make getting to and around the area easier:  If you’re coming from I-75. When driving east toward Austin Landing, there are two left turn lanes on Austin Boulevard that take you north into the complex. Choose them wisely. Upon turning onto Austin...
Macy’s Day Parade 2017: 5 things to know about the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Macy’s Day Parade 2017: 5 things to know about the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

There are a number of things associated with Thanksgiving− turkey, pilgrims, big dinners and family. One of them is the tradition of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Since 1924, Macy's has helped thousands of families celebrate the holidays with its annual parade.  The parade steps off at 9 a.m. sharp from 77th Street and Central Park West and travels south. Once the procession hits...
WOW Air selling flights to Europe for $99 for Black Friday

WOW Air selling flights to Europe for $99 for Black Friday

WOW Air could fly you to Europe for as low as $99. >> Read more trending news  If Black Friday sales on electronics don’t excite you, maybe a cheap flight abroad will.  Wow Air is offering discounted one-way flights from airports in Boston, Chicago and Pittsburgh to destinations like Amsterdam, London, Dublin and Reykjavik, Iceland. The catch? The select discounted...
Cancer survivor and the doctor that saved him climb Mount Kilimanjaro together

Cancer survivor and the doctor that saved him climb Mount Kilimanjaro together

Four years ago, Ken Brown, of Chicago, received news that would change his life forever. He was told he had a five percent chance of survival after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, WGN reported. >> Read more trending news But Brown wasn’t alone. He had the help of Dr. Malcom Bilimoria, who was able to help cure Brown of his life-threatening disease. “I could see when...
128 teams from around world coming to Warren County for championships

128 teams from around world coming to Warren County for championships

The 2018 World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) Championships will bring teams from around the world to the Lebanon Sports Complex, Mason High School and other facilities in Warren County, according to officials. While area individuals could wind up among the 4,000 athletes taking the field during the tournament, no local teams are among the 128 teams - 48 teams in the Mixed Division, 40 each in the...
Travel tips: 10 worst airports to fly through for Thanksgiving travel

Travel tips: 10 worst airports to fly through for Thanksgiving travel

With holiday travel right around the corner, travelers should prepare themselves for hectic airports and crammed planes. The Thanksgiving travel period is the busiest travel time of the year. Check out a few tips for a smooth flying experience, according to the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport: 1. For protection against lost luggage, label your bags inside and out with your contact...
Dept. of State issues 'Europe Travel Alert' due to heightened risk of terrorist attacks

Dept. of State issues 'Europe Travel Alert' due to heightened risk of terrorist attacks

As the holiday season approaches, many families are preparing to take advantage of school breaks, federal holidays and remaining paid time off by traveling out of state to see family and friends and desirable international destinations. But according to the U.S. Department of State, prospective travelers might want to reconsider any plans to journey across the pond. In a travel advisory issued...
15-acre crystal-clear lagoon to be built in Orlando

15-acre crystal-clear lagoon to be built in Orlando

A resort and 15-acre crystal-clear lagoon is being planned for Orlando's Lake Nona development, officials with the Tavistock Development Company said Wednesday. >> Read more trending news Company officials said crews will break ground on the Lake Nona Resort on Lake Nona's southern shore next year. It's expected to open in 2020. The eight-story resort will feature 250 rooms, 80 condominium...
Chicago hotel available for $11.14 a night -- but only for a limited time 

Chicago hotel available for $11.14 a night -- but only for a limited time 

Planning on booking a trip but still haven’t settled on a destination? Or maybe you have and you decided you’ll brace the Windy City? Then you better act fast because this deal is not going to last long: Through 11 a.m. Central time on Wednesday, you can book a room at the Conrad Chicago hotel for only $11.14 a night. >> Read more trending news    Why are the...
Thanksgiving 2017: The best and worst times to drive and fly this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving 2017: The best and worst times to drive and fly this Thanksgiving

Don’t let road rage or flight delays ruin your Thanksgiving. To ensure you make smart travel plans this November holiday, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reached out to popular navigation app Waze for national historical traffic data to determine the best and worst days to be on the move around Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, Nov. 23). The AJC also incorporated Google Flights ...
5 East Coast ski resorts for the snow novice

5 East Coast ski resorts for the snow novice

As “Game of Thrones” fans would say, winter is coming. And while the snow and ice won't hit most of the South as hard as other parts of the country (and the White Walkers are almost certain not to be a threat), it's about time to start planning for the season. If you're thinking about a winter ski trip, instead of heading west to Colorado, why not consider trekking east? Whether your'e...
Dream job alert: Get paid $10,000 per month to 'experience' Cancun

Dream job alert: Get paid $10,000 per month to 'experience' Cancun

Love to travel? Looking for a new job?  A new job posting by Cancun.com might be just what you’re looking for.  >> Read more trending news  The travel site is seeking a social media savvy CEO, or a “Cancun Experience Officer.” A description of the position online notes that the company is looking for “an outgoing, authentic and dynamic individual...
Holiday travel with kids: Top survival tips

Holiday travel with kids: Top survival tips

Holiday travel with kids can be a challenge. Whether you’re driving or flying, normal routines are interrupted, and challenges such as traffic jams or delayed flights can lead to boredom and fussy children. A little preparation can go a long way to making a holiday trip with kids go more smoothly. The following tips from sources such as Parents, Reader’s Digest and...
Thanksgiving 2017 travel trends and tips

Thanksgiving 2017 travel trends and tips

Whether your Thanksgiving travel plans involve domestic destinations or an international getaway, understanding holiday travel trends for 2017 can help you maximize your Thanksgiving travel budget and minimize stress.Here are the key travel trends for Thanksgiving, including best and worst places to visit, busiest airports and a look at gas prices for those whose Thanksgiving travel plans includes...
5 places to go glamping in the Smoky Mountains - Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina

5 places to go glamping in the Smoky Mountains - Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina

Camping may be fun, but not everyone is cut out for roughing it. Some folks need a little more waiting for them after a long day of adventures than a sleeping bag and a flimsy tent. Here are five ways to experience the nature of the Smoky Mountains without pitching a tent yourself. Falling Water Adventure Resort 10345 U.S. 19/74, Bryson City, N.C. 800-451-9972. fallingwatersresort.com Those who...
’Shiptease’: Richard Branson launches Virgin Voyages cruise line

’Shiptease’: Richard Branson launches Virgin Voyages cruise line

Richard Branson turned travel on its ear. Now he’s planning on doing the same with the cruise line industry. The founder and chairman of Virgin Group has started construction of Virgin Voyages, Condé Nast Traveler reported. The keel of the first ship of the line was laid Tuesday, with Branson making a show of the milestone, dropping 200 feet from a crane to the shipyard. Tom...
Earn your drink at these incredibly hard-to-reach bars

Earn your drink at these incredibly hard-to-reach bars

If you crave more than a generic corner pub or bar, don your explorer's hat and quench your thirst at these spots -- which happen to be located in the farthest-flung corners of the world. Should you make your way to these barstools, you'll be rewarded with epic tales to share for the rest of your life. It's not quite "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea," but it could certainly pass for...
Delta to debut new uniforms across airline in May

Delta to debut new uniforms across airline in May

After making a variety of changes to designs for new employee uniforms, Delta Air Lines plans to roll out its new Zac Posen-designed collection next May. Last year, Atlanta-based Delta held a fashion show to display its new uniform designs, and since then 1,000 Delta employees have tested the clothing. The new uniforms will be worn by 60,000 Delta front-line workers starting May 29. >...
Plan your holiday adventure with Harry Potter at Universal Studios now

Plan your holiday adventure with Harry Potter at Universal Studios now

Christmas at Hogwarts? Start planning now to enjoy the new holiday adventure, Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at  Universal Orlando. Both sides of the attraction will feature holiday adventure and the magic of Christmas-themed decor. Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley will take on a Christmas theme and at Islands of Adventure, the newly created holiday experiences...
Small airports are struggling. What will 2018 hold for Dayton’s hub?

Small airports are struggling. What will 2018 hold for Dayton’s hub?

The Dayton International Airport is at an arduous point in its history — a major air carrier left this year, ticket prices are higher than most Ohio airports and passenger traffic has steadily declined. Nationally, the declining trend has hit small- and medium-sized airports and forced several dozen to lose air service as they struggle to compete as major airlines pull up stakes and land at...
Walt Disney World announces addition to Toy Story Land

Walt Disney World announces addition to Toy Story Land

The 12-acre Toy Story Land expansion in Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World is set to open in Summer of 2018, and today the Resort announced that Woody's Lunch Box would be a quick-service dining location in the new area. Toy Story Land will 'shrink' guests to the size of a toy so they can step into the whimsical and beloved world of Pixar Animation Studios' blockbuster franchise set in...
List ranks top 10 cities to travel to in 2018

List ranks top 10 cities to travel to in 2018

Travel website Lonely Planet released its annual list of the top cities to travel — and one city in the Midwest landed on the list for 2018. Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel “ranks the hottest, must-visit countries, regions and cities for the year ahead. Drawing on the knowledge and passion of Lonely Planet’s staff, authors, and online community, it presents a year’s worth...
Clark County Historical Society seeks new tax to support museum

Clark County Historical Society seeks new tax to support museum

The Clark County Historical Society will ask voters to approve a new property tax on Nov. 7 that the group says will preserve and showcase local artifacts for residents and visitors. The society has placed a new 0.3-mill, five-year levy on the ballot that would pay for maintenance and improvements to its Heritage Center at 117 S. Fountain Ave. in downtown Springfield. The bulk of money raised would...
Group seeks funding for $360K upgrades at old Snyder Park golf course

Group seeks funding for $360K upgrades at old Snyder Park golf course

The Master Gardeners of Clark County have started a fundraising campaign for its $360,000 first phase of work to transform a former golf course into the Snyder Park Gardens and Arboretum. The overall renovation of Snyder Park will be a five-year, $2 million process, depending on donations the organization receives, said Pam Bennett, Master Gardeners director and horticulture educator for the Ohio...
Delta hiring 1,000 flight attendants

Delta hiring 1,000 flight attendants

Delta Air Lines is hiring more than 1,000 flight attendants. >> Read more trending news The average entry-level flight attendant at Delta earns about $25,000 a year, “with an opportunity to earn more depending upon schedule,” according to airline officials. Officials with Atlanta-based Delta said applicants must have a high school degree or GED, be at least 21 years old...
Museum seeks more space for preserving some invaluable history

Museum seeks more space for preserving some invaluable history

The Champaign Aviation Museum has started a capital campaign to raise funds for expansion of its current hangar. The museum specializes in restoring World War II-era aircraft. It opened in 2007, and a group of volunteers has been working on restoration of planes since before that, in 2006. Dozens of volunteers are now working on a gray, black and yellow B-17. It is taking up half of the 23,000-square-foot...
17 states granted extension for REAL ID compliance; Driver's license OK for domestic travel 

17 states granted extension for REAL ID compliance; Driver's license OK for domestic travel 

Less than a week ago, residents in 22 states were panicking over the possibility that their state-issued ID cards would be insufficient to access domestic flights. Many thought they would need passports to travel between states. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has now approved requests for an extension, granting 17 states more time to provide appropriate, REAL ID-compliant identification...
Despite hurricanes, Caribbean still a popular travel destination

Despite hurricanes, Caribbean still a popular travel destination

It’s been about a month since a trio of hurricanes barreled through the Caribbean and Florida, destroying many popular vacation spots. Despite all the damage, the majority of destinations are open for business and need visitors to return. A travel group just produced a video called “One Caribbean Family” that drives home the theme that the islands are still beautiful and welcoming...
Here’s why travelers from 22 states could face conflict with domestic flights in 2018

Here’s why travelers from 22 states could face conflict with domestic flights in 2018

Residents in 22 states were panicking earlier this week over the possibility that their state-issued ID cards would be insufficient to access domestic flights next year. Many thought they would need passports to travel between states. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has now approved requests for an extension, granting 17 states more time to provide appropriate, REAL ID-compliant identification...
Fido’s first trip: Disney visitors can bring dogs to some Walt Disney World hotels

Fido’s first trip: Disney visitors can bring dogs to some Walt Disney World hotels

Move over Pluto, and maybe Goofy, there will be some new dogs in town at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Officials with Disney Parks announced Friday that people staying at four of its hotels on the property can now bring their dogs with them to the hotel, instead of putting them at either a kennel on the property or making other arrangements for their four-footed friends. >> Read more...
Flight 666 on Friday the 13th arrives in HEL for the last time 

Flight 666 on Friday the 13th arrives in HEL for the last time 

All you superstitious Friday the 13th people can breathe a small sigh of relief. Flight 666, which departed on the 13th hour of Oct. 13 and headed straight for HEL (Helsinki, Finland), has arrived safely and ahead of schedule. According to airline Finnair, Oct. 13, 2017 would be the last time Flight AY666 would fly to HEL on Friday the 13th. In the past 11 years, the airline has assigned the &ldquo...
Paris plans to ban all gas cars by 2030

Paris plans to ban all gas cars by 2030

France’s capital city, the world’s most visited city, according to Reuters, plans to ban all petrol and diesel-fueled vehicles by 2030, officials announced Thursday. Paris will encourage commuters who don’t walk, bike or use public transportation to switch to electric cars. >> Read more trending news The move is, in part, a pollution-reducing effort. “This is...
Southwest says aloha to Hawaii

Southwest says aloha to Hawaii

It has been years of consumers asking, but now it will become a reality. Southwest Airlines is expanding its service to Hawaii. >> Read more trending news  The company made the announcement Wednesday in a reply to a tweet from 2008. The company has not said what routes it will fly, but will start selling trips to the islands next year, USA Today reported. Southwest is also apparently...
Delta CEO on Donald Trump’s wall: ‘We’re going to fly over that damn thing’

Delta CEO on Donald Trump’s wall: ‘We’re going to fly over that damn thing’

In May, Delta Air Lines began a joint venture with Aeromexico. The latter gets connections to Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York, Salt Lake City and Seattle. >> Read more trending news  Delta gets greater access to Mexico through Aeromexico hubs in Mexico City, Monterrey and Guadalajara. The U.S. airline now has a 49 percent stake in Aeromexico. Delta...
72-hour sale: Southwest Airlines offers round-trip flights for as low as $100

72-hour sale: Southwest Airlines offers round-trip flights for as low as $100

During one of their more popular sales of the year, Southwest Airlines is again offering customers non-stop round-trip flights for less than $100.  >> Read more trending news  Dozens of the carrier’s shortest routes are available for $49 each way. Other non-stop one-way fares are offered for $79, $99 and $129 for longer flights. Some international flights are also being...
Casino mogul Steve Wynn says Las Vegas shooter would have triggered alarms at his hotels

Casino mogul Steve Wynn says Las Vegas shooter would have triggered alarms at his hotels

Casino mogul Steve Wynn identified Las Vegas as a target city nearly two years ago, and he told Fox News anchor Chris Wallace on Sunday that he increased spending on security at his hotels by “tens of millions of dollars” in attempt to “identify and pre-empt any kind of terroristic or violent threat.” Wynn suggested that the training and steps implemented at his properties...
Discount flights to Florida from Cincinnati start today

Discount flights to Florida from Cincinnati start today

Nonstop, discount flights to Florida start today from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. Frontier Airlines will now fly nonstop to Miami, Fla. from the Cincinnati airport. The passengers aboard the inaugural flight received a small gift when they boarded the plane on Thursday morning. Frontier Airlines serves more than 80 destinations in the U.S., Canada, Dominican Republic and Mexico...
Drivers take heed: It’s the season for deer strikes

Drivers take heed: It’s the season for deer strikes

Drivers, take heed: It’s the season to be aware of a particular threat on the roads: Deer strikes. State Farm has released its annual deer claim study, which ranks states by the chance drivers have of hitting a large animal, including deer, elk and moose. On average, one of every 128 Ohio drivers will have an insurance claim for damage caused by a collision with a deer in 2017 — making...
Royal Caribbean cancels cruise, uses ship for Puerto Rico hurricane relief

Royal Caribbean cancels cruise, uses ship for Puerto Rico hurricane relief

Cruise line Royal Caribbean has sent one of its ships to help Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in the wake of Hurricane Maria. According to CNN, the company canceled an upcoming Adventure of the Seas cruise so the ship, which holds 3,800 people, could pick up evacuees and bring supplies to Puerto Rico. The cruise ship also will travel to St. Croix and St. Thomas. Royal Caribbean tweeted about...
Delta to launch free in-flight messaging

Delta to launch free in-flight messaging

The days of being out of contact during a flight are coming to an end. >> Read more trending news  Delta Air Lines officials said the airline will offer free in-flight mobile messaging via iMessage, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp starting Oct. 1. On Delta’s planes equipped with in-flight Wi-Fi, passengers will be able to exchange real-time messages with those on the ground via...
The best US cities to avoid effects of climate change, according to report

The best US cities to avoid effects of climate change, according to report

Weeks after parts of Texas, Florida, Georgia, many of the Atlantic islands and other regions were ravaged by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, in the wake of Hurricanes Jose and Katia and in the midst of Hurricane Maria, climate change has gained steam again in continued conversations about global warming and humans’ interactions with the earth. >> Read more trending news  Included...
Favorite airports in North America? Regional hubs land on list

Favorite airports in North America? Regional hubs land on list

Despite constant construction and increased passenger traffic, passengers are more satisfied with their experiences at airports across North America than ever before. Overall passenger satisfaction with airport has reached an all-time high, and some regional airports like John Glenn Columbus International Airport and the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport have made the list of top...
Passengers upset after flight minutes from landing returns to departure airport

Passengers upset after flight minutes from landing returns to departure airport

Passengers on a late night flight to Santa Fe Tuesday were confused when the plane, just minutes from landing, instead returned to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. Passengers and those waiting at the airport for loved ones to arrive told KRQE that it was a clear, calm night. After the flight's captain told passengers they were returning to DFW but didn't give a clear reason why, passenger...
Florida Keys hotel in Netflix series ‘Bloodline’ closed in wake of Irma

Florida Keys hotel in Netflix series ‘Bloodline’ closed in wake of Irma

The Islamorada hotel featured in the Netflix series ‘Bloodline’ is closed indefinitely in the wake of Hurricane Irma. >> Read more trending news  Last year, Palm Beach Daily News travel writer Cheryl Blackerby  wrote a piece about her trip to Islamorada and how the Moorings Village and Spa and other Florida Keys locations became...
Hurricane Maria: Airlines cap fares for flights out of affected cities

Hurricane Maria: Airlines cap fares for flights out of affected cities

Update 1:30 p.m. Sept. 19: American Airlines and United Airlines announced that they are capping some of their fares as Hurricane Maria churns over the Caribbean. American Airlines said it will cap until Sept. 24 one-way, nonstop fares from airports in Antigua, Haiti, the Turks and Caicos islands, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and St. Kitts and Nevis...
Florida to resume charging tolls after being suspended for Hurricane Irma

Florida to resume charging tolls after being suspended for Hurricane Irma

Florida authorities said the state will resume charging tolls on its turnpike and other roads and bridges at 12:01 a.m. Thursday after they were suspended during Hurricane Irma. More than a week after Hurricane Irma hit parts of Florida, the state’s tolls are still suspended while cities rebuild and residents return to their homes and repair damages to property, some with the help of friends...
Woman claims sexual assault on red-eye flight to Charlotte

Woman claims sexual assault on red-eye flight to Charlotte

A 33-year-old woman was flying a red-eye flight from San Diego to Charlotte, North Carolina, on Monday when a stranger took the seat next to her younger sister. >> Read more trending news  She said they were instantly nervous when he first spoke to them. "He said, 'I get to sit next to the two most beautiful women on the plane,' and we were concerned," the woman, who did not want...
Woman claims Delta paid her $4,000 to give up seat on overbooked flight

Woman claims Delta paid her $4,000 to give up seat on overbooked flight

How much money is a single football game worth to you? For a plane full of University of Georgia fans heading to South Bend, Indiana, to watch their team play Notre Dame last weekend, that number is pretty high. >> Read more trending news WSB-TV sports director Zach Klein was on a full Delta Air Lines flight Friday morning leaving from Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The...
Affordable Olive Garden deal offers trip to Italy, all-you-can-eat pasta

Affordable Olive Garden deal offers trip to Italy, all-you-can-eat pasta

“Recipients of a Pasta Passport to Italy will ... start by exploring the sprawling cobble-stoned streets and terracotta rooftops of Sienna, then will travel throughout Italy, including Florence and Assisi, cities known for their ancient architecture and fresh, seasonal cooking,” according to an Olive Garden news release. “From there, guests will enjoy cultural excursions to...
Hurricane Irma damage in Daytona Beach: Tourist favorite meets Atlantic's largest storm

Hurricane Irma damage in Daytona Beach: Tourist favorite meets Atlantic's largest storm

Volusia County, Florida, residents on Monday morning awoke to toppled trees, downed power lines, flooded streets and damaged property. Hurricane Irma brought howling winds and pounding rains to the county. Officials urged residents to ascend to the highest floor of their homes. But for some, the rising water became too dangerous. The Daytona Beach Fire Department said it had to evacuate people...
Traveling after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma? Here are some key tips

Traveling after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma? Here are some key tips

Hurricanes Irma and Harvey have brought billions of dollars in damage to the American South and Caribbean, but the storm season isn’t over yet. “We need to keep our eye on the National Hurricane Center because the season isn’t over yet and the fact that we had two category fours in one season hit the mainland is historic,” said Cindy Antrican, public affairs manager for AAA...
Cruise lines impacted by Irma, but Florida ports could reopen soon

Cruise lines impacted by Irma, but Florida ports could reopen soon

Several of the top cruise lines took a hit as Hurricane Irma battered popular destinations and Florida’s ports. Port Miami, Port Everglades, Port Canaveral and the Port of Tampa were closed Monday, according to Carnival. MORE: Local flights impacted as Irma strikes Georgia “Although the ports remain closed, port assessments in South Florida have already begun and we are optimistic the...
Hurricane Irma: Man braves waves to snap photos at Key West's Southernmost Point, instantly regrets it

Hurricane Irma: Man braves waves to snap photos at Key West's Southernmost Point, instantly regrets it

If a hurricane is barreling toward you, it's obviously not the best time to visit a tourist attraction and take some photos. But one man in Key West was caught on camera doing just that as Hurricane Irma approached. According to ABC News, a livestream at the Southernmost Point Buoy captured video of a man snapping pictures of the landmark as waves crashed around him – and then into him...
No requirement in $420K CVB contract with Springfield for major events

No requirement in $420K CVB contract with Springfield for major events

The city of Springfield and the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau have reached an agreement on a new 5½-year contract, but some city commissioners are concerned it doesn’t include guarantees for popular events such as Holiday in the City and the Springfield Farmers Market. The contract is worth about $420,000 annually, but it doesn’t include extra money to put on...
Delta flight from Puerto Rico flies through narrow path of safety amid Hurricane Irma

Delta flight from Puerto Rico flies through narrow path of safety amid Hurricane Irma

A Delta Air Lines flight out of San Juan, Puerto Rico weaved its way through a swath of calm air around Hurricane Irma to take passengers to New York on Wednesday afternoon. >> Read more trending news The plane took off from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport Wednesday morning bound for San Juan. The 180-seat Boeing 737-900 landed in San Juan without incident, according to...
JetBlue offering $99 flights for people evacuating Hurricane Irma

JetBlue offering $99 flights for people evacuating Hurricane Irma

JetBlue is offering discounted flights for people evacuating the path of Hurricane Irma. >> Read more trending news  Remaining seats on flights leaving the following airports have been reduced to $99 plus government taxes and fees: SAV - Savannah, Georgia  CHS - Charleston, South Carolina PAP - Port-au-Prince, Haiti PLS - Turks and Caicos POP - Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic SDQ...
Local flights to be impacted as Irma heads for U.S.

Local flights to be impacted as Irma heads for U.S.

As Florida braces for the impact of Hurricane Irma, local flights have been delayed and cancelled in preparation of the momentous storm. Hurricane Irma remains a category 5 hurricane with max sustained winds at 185 m.p.h., cone still has the storm potentially hitting Florida — causing more chaos for the flight industry still recovering from delays and cancellations due to Hurricane Harvey. Irma...
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