Archive for April, 2012

As it prepares for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics, Rio de Janeiro is unveiling an array of renovated hotels, with new hotels and museums in the works.

If you don’t recall the last time you literally stopped to smell the roses, there’s a whole botanical wonderland waiting at the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. These aren’t your garden, ahem, variety topiaries, unless you, too, were planning to prune Cinderella and her prince from your backyard shrubs.

The Bellagio hotel, Carlos Santanta and hot new hotels in Chicago and Los Angeles were among the hot topics at the Pow Wow tourism convention this week.

From Palace Resorts and Hard Rock Hotels to Secrets Resorts and Camino Real, Mexico is home to a slew of new hotels that are both business- and family-friendly.

Fairmont Hotels is unveiling an array of upgrades worldwide, with new amenities at hotels including the Fairmont San Francisco and the Fairmont Kea Lani.

Borgata and The Water Club hotels offer myriad ideas for business travel and gambling vacations in Atlantic City, including redecorated guest rooms.

Hotels including Dreams Puerto Vallarta, Four Seasons Punta Mita and a brand-new Hard Rock hotel are making Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit more exciting than ever.

Sonoma’s marquee event is the Sonoma Wine Country Weekend 2012, to be held over Labor Day weekend (tickets go on sale June 1, with a Visa pre-sale on April 23) at various sites including the Taste of Sonoma at picturesque MacMurray Ranch. And talk about a perfect pairing: The 3-day festival brings together locally sourced food with sips from hundreds of wineries.

Now that the merger between Continental Airlines and United Airlines is a done deal, what can travelers expect from the new United? Here are a few basics to keep you flying smoothly.

Galleries can be a wonderful way to spend time while traveling, but they can also be a bit isolating — you may not talk to anybody, and if we’re going to be honest, they can blur together after a while. A number of destinations, however, offer annual artist-studio open houses where you can not only see how a real artist works, but also chat with the artist and other visitors. You don’t have to know much about art, and best of all, the events are usually free. Here are ten worth checking out, along with their dates in 2012 — but seriously, they’re everywhere these days. Search online to see if one lines up with your next trip, or ask at your hotel.

Airlines like Finnair and ANA — All Nippon Airways — are among the companies with the latest high-tech gadgets on board. Here’s what’s next.