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  • Cities to visit in Europe??

    09/29/2014 9:05:14 AM PDT · by babylon_times · 84 replies
    Me and a few friends will be spending 3 weeks in Europe Early next summer.... Has anyone here been over there? What are a few things "We shouldn't miss"?
  • Canada Warns Its Citizens Not To Take Cash To The USA

    09/24/2014 4:48:42 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 70 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 09/24/2014 | Tyler Durden
    The Canadian government has had to warn its citizens not to carry cash to the USA because the USA does not presume innocence but guilt when it comes to money. Over $2.5 billion has been confiscated from Canadians traveling to the USA, funding the police who grab it. If you are bringing cash to the land of the free, you will find that that saying really means they are FREE to seize all your money under the pretense you are engaged in drugs with no evidence or other charges. It costs more money in legal fees to try to get...
  • Algerian militants linked to ISIS behead French hostage after country did not stop bombing Iraq

    ISIS-linked militants in Algeria have beheaded a French tourist captured at the weekend - having earlier made threats to kill him if France did not stop bombing targets in Iraq. Herve Gourdel, 55, was captured by the Islamist group Jund al-Khilifa while hiking in the Djurdjura National Park on Sunday - just one day after he arrived in Algeria for a walking holiday... Gourdel, who lived in the southern French city of Nice, only arrived in Algeria on Saturday and was seized the following day while hiking in the heart of the Djurdjura National Park - whose dense forests, deep...
  • 'Suicide Tourism' to Switzerland Doubles in 4 Years

    08/22/2014 10:44:45 AM PDT · by Stoat · 8 replies
    Medscape news ^ | August 21, 2014 | Megan Brooks
    The number of people traveling to Switzerland to commit suicide has doubled since 2009, a new study shows. These "suicide tourists" are largely from Germany and the United Kingdom, although they also come from other countries including the United States and Canada, and nearly half suffer from nonfatal neurological conditions, such as paralysis, motor neurone disease, Parkinson's disease, and multiple sclerosis, the study suggests. Saskia Gauthier, MD, from the Institute of Legal Medicine, University of Zurich, and colleagues report their findings in an article published online August 20 in the Journal of Medical Ethics. Assisted suicide is restricted in many countries, but in...
  • B&B opens at site of former polygamous compound

    07/30/2014 7:26:01 AM PDT · by Utah Binger · 21 replies
    Ogden Standard Examiner ^ | July 29, 2014 | AnnieKnox
    HILDALE — Continental breakfasts are now being served at a bed and breakfast that has opened on the site of a sprawling, mostly unoccupied compound in southern Utah that was built for the leader of a polygamous sect. America’s Most Wanted Suites and Bed and Breakfast takes its name from Warren Jeff’s time on the list of the FBI’s 10 most wanted fugitives. Accommodations in the Hildale bed and breakfast run from $85 to $200 a night. Hildale and neighboring Colorado City, Arizona, are both home to members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Former Jeffs...
  • Gaza fighting won't stop Birthright, but other tourists wary of visiting Israel

    07/14/2014 8:45:43 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 7 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Monday, July 14, 2014 | Rina Rozenberg
    The year 2014 was gearing up to be the best ever in Israel’s history for incoming tourism, with estimates of arrivals climbing 10% from last year’s 2.96 million. In a few short days, however, Operation Protective Edge has put an end to that. “Until the first siren in Tel Aviv, everything was normal. The day after the first siren, a few tourists left the hotels here and there, but a lot fewer than during Operation Pillar of Defense,” said Eli Ziv, director of the Tel Aviv Hotel Association, referring to Israel’s November 2012 military operation in the Gaza Strip. “I...
  • Turkmenistan Hopes 'Door to Hell' Will Boost Tourism

    06/24/2014 12:44:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    Straits Times ^ | Jun 20, 2014
    Locals call it the Door to Hell, a giant burning pit that has spit out angry flames for more than 40 years, casting a yellow-orange glow into the evening sky. "It takes your breath away," said visitor Gozel Yazkulieva, 34, from the Turkmenistan capital Ashgabat. "You immediately think of your sins and feel like praying."
  • A bet on Florida pays off

    05/28/2014 6:09:24 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    Yahoo ^ | May 27, 2014 | Tim Mullaney
    In 2008, when American businesses were almost universally hoarding cash in a struggle to survive the financial crisis, Harris Rosen made a different call. Instead of pulling back, Mr. Rosen, the biggest independent hotel owner in this city built on tourism, hit the gas. He committed to spend $130 million to renovate his seven hotels, then added more international marketing staff members to sell them to tour groups from faraway places like Brazil and South Korea. Today, Florida’s economy is on the rise again, shaking off the dead weight of a housing bust that hit Florida harder than almost any...
  • Amish Leave Pa. In Search Of Greener, Less Touristy Pastures

    05/22/2014 1:34:19 PM PDT · by Theoria · 35 replies
    NPR ^ | 22 May 2014 | Chris Scinta
    Rolling pastures dotted with grazing cows, fields of corn and classic buggies driven by Amish in hats and bonnets — these are the images that attract visitors to Lancaster County, home to more than 30,000 of the Pennsylvania Dutch.Visitors who also bring big money to the state — to the tune of nearly $1.8 billion a year. Which explains why the winning bumper sticker in a contest sponsored by Pennsylvania's Tourism Office didn't feature the Liberty Bell or the battlefield in Gettysburg — but rather, "I Break for Shoofly Pie," an ode to the traditional Amish dessert.But pictures can be...
  • Obama to promote foreign tourism in upstate NY (tourists, or . . . ?)

    05/22/2014 10:40:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 22, 2014 12:40 PM EDT | Darlene Superville
    Promoting travel to the U.S. as a job creator, President Barack Obama wants to make it easier for people from other countries to visit the 50 states and spend money at their hotels, restaurants, tourist attractions and other businesses. Obama planned to discuss the economic benefits of tourism to the U.S. and the latest steps he is taking to boost it at the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York, on Thursday. Obama acted two years ago to speed the processing of tourist visas for visitors from China and Brazil, steps that have dramatically reduced the length...
  • San Francisco, Haul Up Your Golden Drawbridge

    05/22/2014 8:29:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 53 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 22, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    "San Francisco, open your Golden Gate. You'll let nobody wait outside your door." Those are the lyrics of the city's signature song, but now somebody should call "rewrite." On Tuesday, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency voted to bar nonresidents' cars from the crooked part of Lombard Street on Saturday and Sunday afternoons between June 21 and July 13. Last year, the agency banned tour buses from driving by the iconic Painted Ladies on Alamo Square. Thanks to well-heeled city residents who can afford to live in these world-famous properties, San Francisco is hoisting a Golden Drawbridge. Kelly Edwards,...
  • Obama to pitch U.S. tourism at Baseball Hall of Fame (check out the photo at the link)

    05/22/2014 7:30:15 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 22, 2014
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will make a pitch for U.S. tourism at a visit to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Thursday as part of his efforts to provide a boost for U.S. economic growth.
  • Drama Erupts Over Kevin Spacey Photo With Mexican President

    05/20/2014 11:04:01 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    The Wrap ^ | May 17, 201 | James Crugnale
    The actor denies being paid by Mexican government to pose in a selfie with its president “House of Cards” star Kevin Spacey is facing criticism after a selfie he tweeted last Wednesday with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto was reported to have been paid off by the Mexican government. Spacey vehemently denied the report. “One of these Presidents is real. With President Enrique Pena Nieto in Mexico last night,” Spacey tweeted May 7, as he posed with Nieto. Mexican tourism board chief Rodolfo López Negrete Coppel told Forbes that the actor was paid, but declined to reveal how much. Earlier,...
  • Tourists Turn Back on St. Petersburg

    05/05/2014 8:44:15 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 3 replies
    The St. Petersburg Times ^ | April 30, 2014 (Issue # 1808) | Irina Titova
    The number of trips to St. Petersburg canceled by foreign tourists has increased by 15 to 20 percent this year when compared to the same time last year, tourism industry representatives said at a press conference Monday. According to Leonid Flit, chairman of the management board of the North-Western regional department of the Russian Tourism Industry Union, the increase in canceled trips and bookings is due to recent events in Ukraine.
  • Reids' Potential Business Connection to Bunkerville (Vanity)

    04/26/2014 11:53:23 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 8 replies
    Apr 26, 2014 | me
    Recent threads brought to light potential business interests Reid may have in and around Bunkerville. http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/3146700/postshttp://freerepublic.com/focus/news/3145746/posts?page=160#160 Here is some additional information which may explain WHY these business interests exist. Excerpting a blog entry dated June 2nd, 2013, from Friends of Gold Butte: The Gold Butte National Conservation Area with Wilderness Act has been introduced by Senator Reid. Conservationists have worked for permanent protection of Gold Butte for over ten years. Please take action today and show your support the Gold Butte National Conservation Area with Wilderness! http://www.friendsofgoldbutte.org/2013/06/gold-butte-nca-proposal-introduced/ Excerpting a blog entry dated June 6th, 2013, from Friends of Gold Butte:...
  • An Anti-Israel Tourism Subterfuge

    04/09/2014 7:03:17 AM PDT · by Nachum
    american thinker ^ | 4/9/14 | Janet Levy
    Under the guise of experiental, educational sojourns in the Middle East, an ongoing, extensive tourism subterfuge of global proportions is at work today. This comprehensive and coordinated fraudulent operation includes travel agency fronts, terrorist groups, international NGOs, Islamists, and Leftists. They include such organizations as the Siraj Center for Holy Land Studies, Abraham Path, the Soros Foundation to Promote Open Society, and others. All of them, whether unwittingly or intentionally, are part of an effort to turn tourists, college students, and Christian pilgrims against the Jewish state of Israel. Using the rubric of “a connection between people from the Middle...
  • Small Texas Boomtown Might Have Another Chance

    02/18/2014 6:25:11 PM PST · by Antoninus II · 21 replies
    Fort Worth Star Telegram ^ | Feb. 16, 2014 | Bill Hanna
    MINERAL WELLS — Every time Annette Bennett walks out the back door of the family business, the Baker Hotel still looms large, but it possesses little of its majestic past.
  • US issues travel warning on Israel, West Bank, Gaza

    02/04/2014 1:22:49 PM PST · by ColdOne · 15 replies
    jpost.com ^ | 2/3/14 | JPOST.COM STAFF
    The US State Department issued a travel warning Monday on Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, strongly warning US citizens against travel to the Gaza Strip. The advisory was updated due to what the State Department said was the complex security environment in the region.
  • Entrepreneur Stitches Together a Quilting Business

    02/01/2014 3:48:32 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 33 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 2-1-14 | Jim Carlton
    HAMILTON, Mo.—This tiny farm town used to be known as the home of James Cash Penney Jr., founder of the namesake department store chain. These days, it is better known in some circles as the home of Jenny Doan. Those would be quilting circles. Over the past few years, Mrs. Doan, 57 years old, has become a veritable superstar of the craft. Her YouTube tutorials on how to make quilts have drawn as many as a million viewers, some from as far away as South Africa. Her family's Missouri Star Quilt Co. gets as many as 30,000 orders a month...
  • Obamacare May Have Unforeseen Mobility Impacts

    12/22/2013 10:57:30 AM PST · by John Semmens · 10 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 20 Dec 2013 | John Semmens
    In feudal times, serfs were tied to the land—unable to leave without their overlord’s permission. In the old Soviet Union, workers were tied to their jobs—unable to leave without the government’s permission. In many insurance plans, medical services rendered outside of the network are uncovered. This becomes a problem when the network is extremely narrow, as many of the plans offered under the Affordable Care Act are. It is bad enough when the “network” is bounded by the state’s borders. It is worse when the boundary is the county or city line—as is the case with many of the “affordable”...
  • I Want an American Baby! Chinese Women Flock to the U.S. to Give Birth

    11/28/2013 9:38:31 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    TIME ^ | 11/28/2013 | By Hannah Beech
    Lured by U.S. citizenship for their children, thousands of Chinese women give birth annually in the States, supporting a thriving birth-tourism industry. Jiang Wenjun was getting ready to go to America. His wife, due to give birth to their son any day, was already there. Like any expectant parents, the Shanghai couple agonized over how best to prepare for the arrival — and upbringing — of their firstborn child. American citizenship, they decided, was one of the finest gifts they could bestow. “America is the strongest country in the world,” says Jiang, whose son was born just days after he...
  • New in rural Tennessee, a mini-Smithsonian

    11/04/2013 1:29:27 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    UNION CITY, Tenn. — The gleaming white building with curved exteriors and a spaceship-like tower emerges from the flat landscape of West Tennessee like something out of science fiction, but it’s not a villain’s lair or superhero’s headquarters. It’s Discovery Park of America, a new museum, education center and tourist attraction that opened last Friday in Union City, Tenn...
  • Russian Church Advises Lenin Advocates [to] Think About Burying Him

    10/29/2013 5:51:06 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Interfax ^ | 10/29/13
    Moscow, October 29, Interfax - The body of Vladimir Lenin, the mastermind of the Great October Socialist Revolution, which lies still in the Mausoleum on the Red Square, should sooner or later be buried, the Synodal Department for External Church Relations' head Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin said. "Debates on this issue will certainly continue. Probably, some harsh movements may cause rejections in public opinion, but one may and should discuss this subject keeping in mind that a Christian burial does not suggest exhibiting a dead body for many years," the priest told a news conference at Interfax. Lenin's body has turned...
  • Business Idea: Medship = Medical Tourism + Blueseed

    09/15/2013 8:27:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Thinking Machine Blog ^ | July 16, 2012
    The high cost of medical care in the US plus the rationing of medical care in other nations has spurred the growth of medical tourism. As I mentioned in a previous post, outstanding doctors, nurses, and hospital facilities can be found in countries such as Costa Rica, Thailand, India, the Philippines, etc. offering care at costs significantly lower than in the US and without the rationing and waiting times of other countries. One problem with traveling from the US to another nation for medical care is the cost and inconvenience of travel. Additionally, each nation will have its own tort...
  • Is BrandUSA Wasting Your Tax Dollars To Bring in Tourists?

    09/11/2013 6:26:20 AM PDT · by William Tell 2 · 1 replies
    MainStreet.com ^ | 9-11-13 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    One could suppose it is just another example of American state sponsored capitalism. It will follow in the footsteps of such other great "government sponsored enterprises" or private sector/public sector partnerships like Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, the Post Office, Amtrak or the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. It too will become part of the Leviathan. Its name is ...
  • Jamaican marijuana tours draw travellers

    09/09/2013 4:09:48 AM PDT · by markomalley · 28 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 9/9/2013
    Napa and Sonoma have their wine tours, and travellers flock to Scotland to sample single malt whiskies. But in Jamaica, farmers are offering a different kind of trip for a different type of connoisseur. Call them ganja tours: smoky, mystical - and technically illegal - journeys to some of the island's hidden cannabis plantations, where pot tourists can sample such strains as "purple kush" and "pineapple skunk." The tours pass through places like Nine Mile, the tiny hometown of reggae legend, and famous pot-lover, Bob Marley. Here, in Jamaica's verdant central mountains, dreadlocked men escort curious visitors to a farm...
  • Nine tourists shot at north Pakistan mountain base camp

    06/23/2013 2:52:01 AM PDT · by deks · 24 replies
    BBC ^ | 23 June 2013
    Gunmen have killed 10 people, including nine foreign tourists after storming a hotel in far northern Pakistan. Officials say five are from Ukraine, one from Russia and three from China. A Pakistani guide also died in the attack. It happened at the base camp of Nanga Parbat, the world's ninth highest mountain, in Gilgit-Baltistan. It is the first such attack on tourists in the region. The Pakistani Taliban has told the BBC it was responsible. A spokesman for Tehrik-e-Taliban said the attack was in retaliation for the killing of its second-in-command, Waliur Rehman, who died in a suspected US drone...
  • Three Nepali drivers held for US national's gang-rape

    06/06/2013 10:38:40 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 7 replies
    Daily News & Analysis ^ | Thursday, June 6, 2013, 21:53 IST | IANS
    The woman, who is still in Manali, was yet to identify the accused. Manali - Three Nepali truck drivers were arrested Thursday for the gang-rape of a 30-year-old US national in this Himachal Pradesh tourist resort two days ago, police said in Manali. Arjun, Lucky and Som Bahadur Tamang, in the age group of 22-24, had been living in the state for a long time, Superintendent of Police Vinod Dhawan said. "Two of them were arrested from Patlikuhl (20 km before Manali) and one from Mandi town," Dhawan added. The victim, who reached this tourist resort, some 500 km from...
  • Bangkok Will Be The World's Most-Visited City This Year

    05/28/2013 8:31:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/28/2013 | Natalie Paris, The Telegraph
    Thailand’s capital, the first point of entry for thousands who head to the country’s beaches, has been named the number one destination for international visitors in the Global Destination Cities Index forecast. The index rates visitor numbers and estimated spend for 132 different destinations around the world. Bangkok is expected to welcome 15.98 million international arrivals this year, just beating London, which is expecting 15.96 million visitors. London topped the list last year. The index has been compiled annually by MasterCard since 2010 and this is the first year that an Asian city was named as the number one destination....
  • Bronx 'Ghetto' Tours Stop Amid Residents' Outrage

    05/24/2013 3:15:27 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 54 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | Thu, May 23, 2013 | VERENA DOBNIK
    <p>NEW YORK — A company that promised sightseer tours to the Bronx that included a New York City "ghetto" has stopped the bus rides under protest from an outraged neighborhood.</p> <p>Real Bronx Tours, which took mostly European tourists from Manhattan to see life in the South Bronx "from a safe distance," issued a statement this week saying it would immediately cease all tours there.</p>
  • Seattle's budding economy: Pot tourism

    04/09/2013 6:37:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | 04/09/2013 | Bryn Nelson
    Seattle, Washington (CNN) -- If you think 2013 will be a half-baked year for tourism in Seattle, you haven't been paying attention to the curiously pungent smoke signals emanating from this city. On a recent chilly evening, an unmistakable smell has drifted across the street from an industrial space in the SODO neighborhood. Inside, a DJ spins an eclectic mix of rock while a man in a tie-dyed hoodie distributes cannabis-infused buttered rum and root beer-flavored hard candy to a diverse crowd of revelers. Another volunteer passes around a 12-foot-long "vape bag" filled with marijuana vapor -- one way to...
  • 8 Countries Where It's Dangerous For Women To Travel

    04/04/2013 10:08:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/04/2013 | Megan Willett
    We've seen an alarming number of stories about sex attacks on female travelers in recent weeks, from a Swiss tourist who was gang-raped in India to an American student who was raped in a van in Rio de Janeiro. It doesn't mean that women shouldn't visit foreign places or that no parts of those countries are safe. But women traveling in these areas should do so with extreme caution and a knowledge of the culture. We rounded up eight popular tourist destinations where women should be extra cautious, based on reports from Human Rights Watch, the State Department, and crime...
  • Hunters Strike Back, Begin Boycotting Colorado Over New Gun Laws

    03/29/2013 4:53:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Blaze / The Associated Press ^ | March 27, 2013 | Erica Ritz
    Hunters across the country say they are boycotting Colorado because of new gun control legislation that limits ammunition magazines to 15 rounds and greatly expands background checks, among other things. Opponents say the laws will make criminals of previously-legal gun owners, and hunters lending each other weapons for hunting trips. Some have announced they will no longer hunt or vacation in the state, according to the Colorado Springs Gazette. Michael Bane, a freelance producer for The Outdoor Channel, said he will no longer film his four shows there......
  • Sex pays for China’s budget hotels

    03/28/2013 6:40:50 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 19 replies
    Radio Netherlands Worldwide ^ | March 3, 2013 | RNW China Desk
    China’s budget hotels used to target small business travellers, but their clientele nowadays is a rather different one. Cheap hotel rooms have become the space where the Chinese can pursue sexual freedom. Sexologist Xiaoliang Zeng writes on budget hotels and sexual liberation in China. The hotel I checked in to was recommended by a well-known travel website. But I regretted my choice as soon as I walked in. It was by no means a cheap hotel. Yet my room was filled with the unpleasant odor of semen and disinfectant. The pinkish wall, dim light, and green carpet created a sexually...
  • Billionaire Dennis Tito announces Mars mission plans

    02/28/2013 12:11:49 AM PST · by jmcenanly · 15 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | Thursday 28 February 2013
    nnis Tito, a billionaire financier who in 2001 became the first space tourist, has launched a project to send two civilians on “an historic journey” to the Red Planet in January 2018. “We have not sent humans beyond the moon in more than 40 years,” Mr Tito said at a press conference in Washington on Wednesday. “I’ve been waiting, and a lot of people my age, have been waiting. And I think it’s time to put an end to that lapse”. The mission, a “return fly-by”, in which the spacecraft would fly around Mars rather than land, would last for...
  • Thunderbird 2 flies again: The astonishing airship set to revolutionise haulage, tourism...

    01/04/2013 12:38:01 PM PST · by Nachum · 47 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1/4/13 | Damien Gayle
    A radical new kind of airship funded by the US military is about to make its first test flight - and it looks uncannily like the Thunderbird 2 craft from the classic TV show. The Aeroscraft airship will carry three times as much as the biggest military cargo planes over thousands of miles, use a third of the fuel, and it doesn't even need a landing strip. It could also have major implications for cargo haulage, and almost everything now laboriously transported across the planet's surface by boat, train and lorry could within years be carried through the skies, its...
  • Egypt tourism slump blamed on Islamist rule

    12/23/2012 4:45:22 PM PST · by george76 · 28 replies
    AFP ^ | December 23, 2012
    Currently there is no tourism in Egypt," grumbled Adel Anwar, the 32-year-old owner of a trinket stall. "The new Islamist government has no experience in managing the state," he said. "The Islamists care only about their interests, not us. They forget about everyone else." The complaint is a common one among workers dependent on Egypt's tourist industry, a key earner for the economy. ... Extremist Islamists are keeping tourists away from Egypt
  • Popularity of tiny Dutch Caribbean island soars following gay marriage

    12/16/2012 4:07:33 PM PST · by Salman · 22 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 12/16/12 | AP
    ORANJESTAD, Aruba — A speck of an island in the Dutch Caribbean has become increasingly popular with gay couples after legislators legalized same-sex marriages in a region still openly hostile to gays and lesbians. Two men were recently married in Saba, marking the first ceremony of its kind in the region and setting off a frenzy of calls from gay couples in other Dutch Caribbean islands seeking to marry, said Julietta Woods with Saba’s Civil Registry office.”People keep calling me every second,” she said by telephone this week. As part of the Netherlands Kingdom, the islands of Saba, Bonaire and...
  • Did you travel to Alaska since August 2008?

    11/15/2012 7:30:56 AM PST · by Josh Painter · 14 replies
    Survey Monkey ^ | November 13. 2012 | Ron Devito
    Did you travel to Alaska since August 2008? Please tell us about your trip(s) and Sarah Palin's influence on them This unscientific survey is one tool to help determine the impact of Sarah Palin and her policies on Alaska tourism through the use of anecdotal evidence. The survey consists of 10 questions. No personal or contact information is requested on this survey.
  • Sistine Chapel at 500 Years: Threatened by Tourism

    11/03/2012 5:01:19 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    Discovery News ^ | Thursday, November 1, 2012 | Rossella Lorenzi
    Michelangelo's Sistine chapel frescoes are threatened by the effects of too many visitors, experts have warned on Wednesday, as the masterly painted ceiling celebrated its 500th anniversary... Many visitors just stare, tranfixed, at one of the most notable artwork ever created. Indeed, Pope Julius II and 17 cardinals reacted in the same way when the vaulted ceiling was revealed in all its blue glory on the Eve of All Saints, 31 October, 1512, during a vesper Mass. But others are "drunken tourist herds" disrespectful of the unique setting they are visiting, according to leading literary critic Pietro Citati. The "herds"...
  • CEO Wynn: ‘I’m Afraid of the President'

    10/12/2012 5:32:11 PM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 13 replies
    CNS News ^ | Friday, October 12, 2012 | Christopher Goins
    .... When asked what happened to the proposal, Wynn said he was unsure what President Obama would do next. “I’m afraid of the president,” said Wynn. “I have no idea what goofy idea, what crazy, anti-business program this administration will come up. I have no idea. And I have to tell you, Jon, that every business guy I know in the country is frightened of Barack Obama and the way he thinks.” The hotel tycoon claimed that President Obama had attempted to put himself between him and his employees by resorting to class warfare, and said he cannot stand being...
  • CEO emails 7,000 employees: Defeat Obama or else

    10/09/2012 4:50:16 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 27 replies
    CEO emails 7,000 employees: Defeat Obama or else By Chris Isidore @CNNMoney October 9, 2012: 5:37 PM ET David Siegel, CEO of Westgate Resorts, warned employees that they may lose their jobs if President Obama wins re-election. NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Surprise. David Siegel, the resort CEO who is building the biggest private home in the country, really, really doesn't like President Obama. And while Siegel hasn't sent any money to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, he has gone a step farther to support him. On Monday he sent an e-mail to all 7,000 employees of privately-held Westgate Resorts, many...
  • North Korea's Potemkin Village: Derelict Empty Shell "Hotel Of Doom" Symbolizes NK Supremacy

    09/27/2012 7:53:26 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 19 replies
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | 27 September 2012 | Anna Edwards
    The truth about North Korea's glittering 'Hotel Of Doom' built to symbolize country's supremacy: There's nothing but a derelict shell inside From the outside, its shiny windows and soaring towers make it look decidedly futuristic and luxurious. But after visitors walk through the doors of North Korea's Ryugyong Hotel - which has taken twenty years to build - they see it is just a concrete shell. The interior of the 105-story, pyramid-shaped resembles a multi-storey car park, with its concrete floors and bare columns. Beijing-based Koryo Tours got a peek at the vast interior of the hotel in Pyongyang, the...
  • ‘Stay Away From Seattle Day’ marks Emerald City’s anti-love letter to the nation

    09/15/2012 2:35:12 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 13 replies
    Yahoo ^ | September 14, 2012 | Eric Pfeiffer
    Pacific Northwest residents are well regarded as some of the friendliest folks in the nation. But that doesn't necessarily mean they want visiting guests to stay forever. To that end, some of the city's 3.4 million residents will be celebrating "Stay Away From Seattle Day" on Sept. 16.
  • Soros Open Society Institute an American Destination?

    07/28/2012 8:51:28 PM PDT · by mgist · 3 replies
    Canada free press ^ | 7/26/12 | Mcleod
    ....breathtaking scenes with the Discover America’s signature song ‘Land of Dreams’ written and sung by Roseanne Cash, viewers don’t get a raincheck on the campaign’s multicultural theme and the spiral in the sand that builds the Open Society Logo in opening scenes. Such is the power of subliminal.  Discover America is $12.3 million dollars worth of free advertising for Soros. Blame Brand USA for the Open Society’s free advertising ride. Brand USA is governed by an 11-member Board of Directors appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, with headquarters based in Wa, DC. “Brand USA was established by the Travel...
  • Hastily Made Cleveland Tourism Video: 2nd Attempt

    06/27/2012 8:20:58 AM PDT · by Mechanicos · 9 replies
    Youtube ^ | Apr 30, 2009 | bishopvids
    So The Cleveland Board of Tourism was not happy with the first video that I turned in. In fact, they said that upon viewing it, three of the board members moved away. They insisted that I turn in a proper Cleveland tourism video, otherwise they will pursue litigation. So I was really planning on buckling down and giving it my all this time, but there was a "Rock of Love" marathon on VH1 last night that I didn't want to miss, so I cranked this video out in even less time than the first one. Roughly 35 minutes total. Despite...
  • Tourism Australia Video

    06/08/2012 7:55:33 AM PDT · by TonyfromOz · 1 replies
    PA Pundits International ^ | 08 June 2012 | TonyfromOz
    Tourism Australia has released a new advertising campaign to attract tourists to Australia. While shorter versions of this new video appear on TV, the above link has the full version of this video, coming in at almost 3 minutes. While some of the things in the ad may be readily recognised, others may not, so I have also included some text, describing those things.
  • Lawmakers move to expand visa waivers to boost foreign tourism

    05/29/2012 5:12:01 PM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/29/12 | Vicki Needham
    Lawmakers move to expand visa waivers to boost foreign tourismBy Vicki Needham - 05/29/12 05:00 AM ET As the summer tourism season kicks into full gear, Congress and the Obama administration are making progress to expand and expedite visa programs as a path to boosting job creation and economic growth in the United States. Retail and travel-industry advocates, as well as lawmakers, are narrowing their legislative focus to adding new countries and greater security protections to the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), which allows tourists and business travelers from 36 countries to visit the United States for up to 90 days...
  • Robert Mugabe asked to be new UN envoy for tourism

    05/29/2012 10:28:33 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 27 replies
    guardian.co.uk ^ | 5/29/12 | David Smith
    With a line-up that includes Drew Barrymore, David Beckham, Orlando Bloom, and Ricky Martin, the UN's choice of ambassadors has been known to cause raised eyebrows or the odd smirk. Seldom, however, has there been such anger, or questioning of the organisation's credibility, as that greeting the appointment of a new international envoy for tourism: Robert Mugabe. Improbable as it seems, the Zimbabwean president, who is widely accused of ethnic cleansing, rigging elections, terrorising opposition, controlling media and presiding over a collapsed economy, has been endorsed as a champion of efforts to boost global holidaymaking.
  • Connecticut’s Sexual Revolution Tourism Theme

    05/24/2012 4:55:43 AM PDT · by scottfactor · 7 replies
    scottfactor.com ^ | 05/24/12 | Gina Miller
    David Pepe, who runs the Ignorant Fishermen website, and who lives in Connecticut, has brought to our attention a new, multi-million-dollar tourism campaign aimed at boosting Connecticut’s tourism income. David has seen through the hype and giddy promotion to the heart of the tourism slogan that Connecticut is “Still Revolutionary.” This very expensive tourism project was spawned under the current Democrat Governor Dannel Malloy and was unveiled last week. As the Connecticut Mirror reported, “Three years after its tourism budget was reduced to $1, Connecticut is back with a two-year, $27 million marketing campaign to promote tourism and brand the...