Archive for February, 2012

Costa Concordia: The Aftermath

As the monster salvage cranes and industrial pumping machinery prepare to right the ravages of the recent 3,200-passenger Costa Concordia incident, the cruise industry, indeed the travel industry, is still trying to come to grips with what happened – and how. The numbers remain exposed and grim: 17 deaths, 15 passengers still missing. A captain [...]

Breezing Through International Airport Immigration

  Been through airport immigration lately? Even if you are a US citizen you’re not immune from penetrating eyeballs, the fishing questions and the lengthy line treatment when coming into the country from abroad. It’s not supposed to be fun, but depending on the confluence of random factors, such as where you’ve been, what you [...]

Suites on the Beach in Uruguay

For romance travel there is nothing more seductive than a suite on the beach – but make that a Uruguay beach on a remote pampa, where celebrated wine from Chile pours, Uruguay art surrounds, heady conversations dangle and delicious foods await – and all within easy driving distance from Punte del Este and Montevideo. Family [...]

Is Vegas Back?

  The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) announced last week that the destination attracted 38.9 million visitors in 2011, the second highest visitor total in history.  This news comes on the heels of a recession that has catapulted the city to the top of the list for unemployment numbers and home foreclosures. So what’s [...]

Dolphin Swim: Cabo Company Says Dive In!

By David Yeskel As little as fifteen years ago, a pool-based, human-dolphin encounter was a rare, bucket-list activity only available in a few ports around the world.  Since then, immersion programs with these intelligent creatures have become ubiquitous in resort locations throughout Hawaii, the Caribbean and Mexico.  Along with this proliferation, however, have come vast [...]

For Women Only: How One Tour Company Found its Sweet Spot

Writer Beth Whitman turned tour operator five years ago when she discovered a growing need for tours offering women-only adventures coming through the emails from readers of her popular blog site, Wanderlust and Lipstick. Travel-Intel interviews Whitman to find out what unusual and in-demand qualities WanderTours can bring to the table and to shed light [...]

Travel 2012: What, Who are the Influencers?

OK, now that it is finally 2012, it’s time to ask that question of questions burning a hole into the back screens of agents’ computers around North America: What does the American leisure traveler of 2012 want? Travel industry pundit Peter Yesawich, now of MMGY Global, has been out surveying 2,500 American households that can [...]