Archive for May, 2012

As spring gives way to summer and the mercury begins to soar, families around the world find themselves planning and dreaming about fun in the sun at Walt Disney World Resort. With daily high temperatures in the 90s during the summer months, the Florida weather may present eager guests with formidable touring conditions. Fear not, however! Throughout Walt Disney World property you’ll find dozens of ways to deal with blazing temperatures. What’s my best advice for beating the summer heat at Disney? Seek water to cool down quickly.

From the Pittsburgh Penguins home venue to the Consol Energy Center and Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburgh offers plenty of eco-friendly activities and venues.

There’s certainly a lot to celebrate, and I’ll personally join the nation in my own backyard at The New York City Gay Pride March on June 24. With gay icons Cindy Lauper, Chris Salgrado, Phyllis Siegel and Connie Kopelov as grand marshalls, the event is a float-filled, eye candy-colored dance party that electrifies Chelsea, Greenwich Village, Lower Manhattan and beyond.

The Bellagio and Mandalay Bay are among the Las Vegas hotels that offer special spa treatments designed just for business travelers.

Alaska Airlines and JetBlue are among the airlines offering new service at the Miami Airport and Fort Lauderdale Airport, as both facilities aim to improve their appeal.

Having just planned a team meeting in Asheville, N.C., I was worried how my colleagues – a diverse group representing several nations, regions and ethnicities – would receive the tiny mountain town. As it turns out, I couldn’t have chosen a better location.

By Valerie Moloney We’ve come a long way from brick-and-mortar travel agencies and paper tickets. Cut to 2012, when one in five smartphone users are booking their hotels and flights on their mobile devices, according to a comScore study. In a fourth blog post for USA Today, Orbitz CEO Barney Harford spotlights our growing appetite [read more…]

From SeaWorld to Downtown Disney to the Magic Kingdom, Central Florida lots of new attractions that are both fun and friendly for groups and business gatherings.

In an effort to understand the way our consumers plan their trips, we uncovered this fun fact: Mac users are 40 percent more likely to book four- or five-star hotels than PC users. Does this surprise you? iPad junkies follow similar behavior. The findings, shared in the third blog post by Orbitz CEO Barney Harford in USA Today, highlight our efforts to analyze a mountain of data for a more personalized booking experience.

Starwood Preferred Guest program members, as well as fans of Sheraton Hotels, are enjoying major upgrades at multiple hotel properties around the world.

With Memorial Day Weekend looming — the unofficial start of vacation season — we wanted to know just how travelers were shopping for hotels this summer. The results, revealed in a USA Today blog post by our CEO Barney Harford, revealed location as the No. 1 influencer outside price.

From SpringHill Suites to Sheraton Hotels to Innisbrook, hotels in Tampa and Charlotte are gearing up to welcome this year’s big political conventions.

Orbitz is taking a stand to help Americans take their vacation days — all of them. According to a recent poll from Reuters/Ipsos, only 57 percent of U.S. workers take all their vacation time. With the launch of our Vacation Revolution Kit, a site-wide makeover and a brand-new ad campaign, we’re inspiring all travel-lusters to drink from the mini bar, order dishes that they can’t pronounce and leave their to-do lists behind.

So on a recent trip to Charleston, S.C., I was thrilled to discover the neighborhoods of Elliotborough and Cannonborough. A nice long walk from the part of town most visitors hang out in, they can be a respite from the crowds that hang out on King Street and Market Street. (From what I can tell, they’re centered on Spring and Cannon streets, between Coming and Rutledge.) A few shops and restaurants definitely worth checking out….

The owner of the Trump International Beach Resort and Travelodge hotels in North Miami Beach has opened a new automobile museum stocked with vintage cars.

Say the word “sand” and most people think of the beach. But you can also have a fantastic time exploring sand dunes — and you don’t have to cross the Atlantic to make like Lawrence of Arabia. Here are five terrific spots for sand dunes in the U.S.A.