Archive for February, 2012

Travelers flying between Las Vegas and Latin America have new options, thanks to new flights from Copa Airlines, which is also about to join the Star Alliance.

Park Hyatt is expanding its hotel brand into fast-growing business destinations in China and India this year, and has reopened its Australia property after a major renovation.

Every four years, the calendar rewards us with an extra 24 hours to do with as we see fit. Some work, some play and some choose to immerse themselves in magic. Walt Disney World is exercising its option of giving us 24 straight hours of incredible fun and excitement with ‘One More Disney Day.’ On Feb. 29, Magic Kingdom will stay open from 6 a.m. through 6 a.m. on March 1. So what do you do with 24 extra hours of uninterrupted fun in the Kingdom? Here are five overlooked attractions that might be perfect for you to visit (or revisit, as the case may be):

Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit are gearing up to host the Tianguis Turistico, Mexico’s biggest annual tourism conference.

Hotel workouts are easier than ever, thanks to an array of new hotel fitness club offerings from Hilton Worldwide and Starwood’s Sheraton and Westin hotel brands.

For Cancun business meetings and special events, Oasis Hotels and Resorts offers a variety of all inclusive options.

Building upon the phenomenal popularity of the Midship Detective Agency game introduced onboard the Disney Dream during its inaugural sailing last year, the newest Disney Cruise Line beauty, the Disney Fantasy, will offer a similarly enchanting mystery game when it sets sail this March. Although the game is called the Midship Detective Agency on both ships, the storylines are completely different. In fact, on the Disney Fantasy, an extra dash of Muppet magic and mayhem has been added to the ‘Case of the Stolen Show’ mystery guests are asked to solve.

By Valerie Moloney While winter isn’t melting away anytime soon (no thanks to Punxsutawney Phil), we at Orbitz do our best to keep your travel lust hot and alive. So we’re giving away another set of 50 free vacations — with airfare included — on Facebook via Orbitz 50 Faves from Feb. 16 to March [read more…]

Cruise ships may be associated mostly with vacations, but they are also well equipped to handle business meetings, conferences and events. Here are tips for planning the perfect meeting at sea.

After a slow start Marriott International’s Edition hotel brand is slated to open in New York, Miami, London and other cities.

Valentine’s Day is approaching, which means hotels are announcing themed packages. These packages are increasingly about sexiness more than romance, however, with extras like complimentary copies of the Kama Sutra and what used to be called “marital aids.” (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.) But you don’t have to be Carrie Bradshaw to know that sex and romance are hardly the same thing, and Valentine’s Day is about romance. We’re not talking about heart-shaped candy boxes and flowers, but the feeling that tends to happen early in a relationship, when it’s as if you’re the only two people in the world. How do you re-create that?

Ah, love. Some say “it makes the world go round,” while others insist that it is “what makes the ride worthwhile.” In either case, Valentine’s Day gives us the chance to celebrate those who bring love into our lives. If you and your loved one are fortunate enough to spend Valentine’s Day this year at Walt Disney World, you’ll find a full range of ways to make your day extra sweet.

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Luxury hotels around the glob are creating libraries stocked with expensive coffee table books. Here are a few places where you can read in style.