Thursday, June 26, 2008

Travelography #117: US-UK Border, Quake-Lakes, and Best Travelers

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Stories discussed in this podcast are from the Travelography Twitter Blog for the week of 23 June 2008:

  1. US and UK border agencies agree to expedite travel

    the Global Entry pilot program builds upon other trusted traveler programs, such as NEXUS (with Canada) and SENTRI (with Mexico), designed to facilitate and expedite the entry process for pre-registered low-risk international travelers into the US.

  2. China to turn dangerous 'quake lakes' into tourist spots

    "The scientific development of the quake lakes will be an important part of the rebuilding plan of new Beichuan," Chen Xingchuan, head of the Communist Party's Beichuan Rebuilding Committee was quoted as saying.

  3. Beijing tourists to France drop 70 percent, ambassador says

    According to a recent survey cited by the China Daily, many Chinese have developed negative feelings toward France after the Paris leg of the international Beijing Olympic torch relay was thrown into chaos by pro-Tibet protesters in April.

  4. Hoteliers vote Japanese world's best tourists

    They rated the travellers on manners, willingness to learn the local language and sample the cuisine, tidiness, generosity and stylishness. The Japanese won top prize for being overall best tourists...American tourists came in at number 11 overall.

  5. Lyndhurst [NJ] is suing travel websites for its local hotel tax

    ...the internet travel sites negotiate room prices with hotels at a wholesale rate, then charge travelers who book through their websites a higher retail rate. However, the companies remit taxes only on the lower wholesale rate, the lawsuit charged.

  6. State panel kills cruise safety bill that would have put peace officers aboard ships sailing from California ports

    It would have been the most stringent regulation in an industry that victim-rights advocates contend is governed by a vague web of federal and international rules that allows crime and crime reporting to fall through the cracks.

  7. Bush-Wacked! President Causes 40K Delays

    Nearly 40,000 travelers will remember U.S. President George W. Bush's stopover in London. Their flights were canceled or delayed at Heathrow Airport to accommodate him, according to British Airways.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Travelography #116: Carry-On Baggage Police + Other Innovations

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Stories discussed in this podcast are from the Travelography Twitter Blog for the week of 16 June 2008:

  1. Olympic Fever in Xinjiang

    With the Beijing Olympic torch expected in Xinjiang on its nationwide tour, authorities have also confiscated the passports of some Muslims, Uighurs told AFP. "They are afraid people might travel abroad and join some sort of plot against the Olympics,"

  2. Murders prompt warning to Jamaica tourists

    After three people were murdered in Jamaica last weekend, travellers to the island were warned not to hire self-drive cars but instead to take organised tours and taxis.

  3. Orbitz to automatically refund travelers when their airfares drop

    If that happens, Orbitz will issue a refund for the difference, between $5 and $250 per traveler. Orbitz will continue tracking until the day of the customer's flight. Each time the price drops and another customer books, the refund amount will increase.

  4. Turkish private airline restarts regular flights to Nothern Iraq

    Although Arbil is a high-risk area in terms of security, charter companies have always been interested in flying to the region because of the high profitability.

  5. The carry-on-baggage police will soon be out in force at US airports

    American and United will station airline employees or hired contract workers at entrances to security screening lanes to intercept customers exceeding the carry-on limit of one bag small enough to fit in an overhead bin and one personal item like a purse>

  6. 60 percent of couples fight on holiday

    The reasons for holiday tiffs differ enormously throughout Europe. With their latin temperaments, the Spanish are especially prone to react aggressively to their partners’ flirting: 60 percent of them named jealousy as the reason for arguments.

  7. Top 10 travel innovations of the past 10 years

    So many ideas came in that they put the 20 finalists to a vote at - results: Online maps, Digital cameras, Online checkin, GPS, Worldwide ATMs, Cell phones, Global Internet access, TripAdvisor, Online booking, and Roller bags

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Travelography #115: WW3 on the Beach and Wilding the Great Plains

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Stories discussed in this podcast from the Travelography Twitter Blog for the week of 9 June 2008:

Camera Karma: Find Your Lost Pics Here!

India tourists stranded after group calls strike

U.S. Tightens Rules for Foreign Travelers

Mexico reimburses foreign tourists for sales tax expenditures

Germans, Brits at War Again...Over Towels

The Great Plains Restored and Ready for Eco-Tourists

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Travelography #114: Families NOT First, $FO & Hello Kitty

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American and United airlines takes on family pre-boarding: Families with small children may request..

Americans take 41 million fewer flights, survey shows: More than half of respondents said either..

French tour operators say Chinese boycottof France ‘catastrophic’: French authorities are trying to..

San Francisco rakes in billions in traveler dollars: retweet @latimestravel - On my last trip there..

Hello Kitty to be appointed Japan's tourism ambassador: It will mark the first time a cartoon ..

Eco-communities around the world open up to tourists: Environmentally conscious travelers can find ..