Just Back from Phoenix

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: Fodor's editorial assistant Mike Nalepa spent a week in Phoenix this summer and learned first-hand why this area is called the Valley of the Sun. Here's his report. What was your favorite part of the trip? Sedona, a two-hour drive north of Phoenix, was the highlight of our trip. We had a lot of fun taking a ...
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Thanda rages against rhino poaching

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: Thanda Private Game Reserve is a supporter of World Rhino Day 2011, which was held for the second time on 22 September 2011. The property has played an active role over the years in social responsibility as well as many successful conservation initiatives. Thanda is committed to the efforts of its associated wildlife organisations to raise awareness of ...
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Costa Rica: Volcanoes

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: Arenal Volcano Costa Rica's most active volcano looms over the landscape (photo, right). Night is the best time to see it in action. On a clear evening you can see rocks spewing skyward and molten lava rolling down its side. Vulcanologists estimate Arenal's age at around 4,000 years. It lay dormant for at least 400 years until ...
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Just Back from Qu bec City

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: Fodor's editor Linda Cabasin spent five music-filled days in Qu bec City earlier this month. She explored the cobblestone streets of Vieux-Qu bec during the day and at night attended the Festival d' t de Qu bec (Qu bec City Summer Festival), an exuberant outdoor celebration of French and world music. Why Qu bec City? The combination ...
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Can the Olympics factor transform Weymouth?

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: "It was 12.46pm on Wednesday 6 July, 2005. That was the moment we got the announcement, when Weymouth changed forever." Jacqui Gisborne, of the Weymouth and Portland 2012 operations team, is telling me about the moment the Olympic Games were awarded to London. From 29 July, Weymouth and Portland will host the sailing regattas, and Gisborne sees a ...
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Classic Chicago Restaurants

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: Chicago is a city of invention. Witness its motto: The City That Works. In the kitchen it's fond of tinkering. When experimental, deconstructionist food made the jump from Spain to the U.S., it didn't land in New York or San Francisco, but Chicago. Which, via the long route, explains why only a few of Chicago's classic eateries are ...
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Diamond jubilee weekend: what’s on where – plus how to avoid it

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: Whether you're a royalist or a republican, the long weekend is a reason for everyone to wave a small flag of joy – Union Jack or otherwise. No work for four whole days. Thank you ma'am. London, of course, will be awash with crowds, bunting and pageantry – check out this print-out-and-keep guide to the Thames river pageant ...
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Chicago Survival Guide

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: To make it in Chicago, even as a tourist, you've got to be a realist. The weather can be wildly erratic, airport cabs are a pain, and business travelers, who are by and large less price-sensitive than the rest of us, rule the tourism business. Knowing the facts will help you work the system to your advantage, whether it's ...
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Walkless Walking Tours

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: If the mere thought of a lengthy walking tour of a big city makes your feet and head ache, you might consider the latest trend in sightseeing---Segway tours. The tours are named after those odd-looking, two-wheeled "personal transporters" introduced in 2001. Riding around Florence or Paris on a scooter-like transporter might seem tacky, or perhaps just plain silly, but ...
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Just Back from a Mediterranean EasyCruise

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: In October, Fodor's Senior Map Editor Bob Blake embraced the EasyLife and sailed the French and Italian Rivieras aboard EasyCruiseOne, a low-cost cruise line founded by Stelios (he goes by one name), the man who gave Europe EasyJet, EasyCar, and all the other parts of the EasyEmpire. Why EasyCruise? I wanted an inexpensive trip around the Riviera that ...
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Wine prices surge at Nederburg Auction

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: Buyers at the Nederburg Auction made it clear over the past weekend: We are not taking part in this recession! Prices for red, white and sparkling wine surged and, with a spectacular boost from those paid for rare ports, lifted the overall total paid for wine that came under the hammer of auctioneer Anthony Barne (in action above) to ...
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New luxury suites for Midlands hotel

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: Granny Mouse Country House & Spa in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands has launched an additional 12 suites, to better cater for its customers, who include corporate, conference, leisure, holidaymakers and honeymoon travellers. The new owners of this long-standing property, Gill Bowmaker and Mark Wood, drew inspiration from the countryside when making their mark on the hotel. Bowmaker says her ...
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Famous Brands proves resilience with strong interim results

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: Famous Brands CEO Kevin Hedderwick says of the interim results to 31 August 2011: “At the end of the prior financial year we cautioned that operating conditions would present challenges. In both South Africa and the UK economic uncertainty and limited disposable income restrained consumer confidence; locally, previously buoyant growth in the volume-based middle class market was curtailed, while ...
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Just Back from Toronto

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: Fodor's Editor Caroline Trefler spent a summer weekend in Toronto, that vibrant and cosmopolitan metropolis to the north, keeping cool and seeing how much the city has changed since she grew up there. Why Toronto? It's a great city and is a quick and easy trip from most places in the U.S. It amazes me how many people ...
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E Tourism Africa Summit demonstrates growing importance of online marketing

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: The South African tourism industry left the fourth E Tourism Africa Summit better equipped on how to engage with - and listen to - potential customers in a world where over 95% of travel research, more than half of all travel purchases, and the majority of travel conversation is happening online. For South Africa to be a truly ...
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Do hospitality awards make a difference?

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: Hotel & Restaurant ran a poll last week asking our readers what they thought about awards in the hospitality industry.  Most respondents (49%) in our poll believe that the extra publicity brought in by awards is beneficial, while 30% say that specific awards help certain establishments. The remaining 21% believe that there are too many awards in the industry ...
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Xavier Lablaude is new GM of Mount Nelson Hotel

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: Orient-Express Africa’s regional MD, Sandro Fabris, has announced the appointment of Xavier Lablaude as the new GM of the Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town. Lablaude has worked in top hotels in Paris, including the Hotel Royal Monceau, Hotel de la Tremoille, Le Meridien Paris Etoile, and the Trianon Palace in Versailles. He then worked in the US ...
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Africa Fashion Week is coming to Jo’burg

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: Johannesburg is getting ready to host Fashion Week, a major event on the African fashion calendar. South African Tourism once again supports Africa Fashion Week as it works to establish South Africa as a premier fashion, design and lifestyle destination in the world. This year, the Africa Fashion Awards will include the premier South African Tourism Designer of ...
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Touring New York: Walk Somewhere

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: Better yet, walk everywhere. Now, it's true that Manhattan is a big island, but if you have to take mass transit or a cab, take it someplace where you can get out and walk. Take the A train to 190th St. and go for a walk in Fort Tryon Park, where you will find the Cloisters, home of the ...
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London 2012 event listings 30 July: what’s on during the Olympics

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: TheatrePlay Without Words, Sadler's Wells, EC1, to 5 Aug, sadlerswells.com Matthew Bourne's dance drama of power and seduction set in 1960s Chelsea. Metamorphosis: Titian 2012, National Gallery, South Bank, WC2, to 23 Sep, nationalgallery.org.uk Contemporary artists Chris Ofili, Conrad Shawcross and Mark Wallinger produce work in collaboration with The Royal Ballet in respose to Titian's masterpieces, revealing how ...
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London’s top five curry houses

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: Lahore Karahi, Tooting BroadwayIf you can get over the strip lighting (and I promise you can), Lahore Karahi offers some of the best Pakistani food in London. There is often a queue but it moves quickly, and service is fast too. Seekh kebabs are some of the best in town and unusually they offer a chicken and fenugreek version, ...
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Yorkshire-Heathrow flights restored after 18-month gap | World news | guardian.co.uk

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: Direct flights between London and Yorkshire are to be restored after an 18-month interval in what some people regard as an encouraging move for the region's economy. British Airways will run four services a day between Leeds Bradford and Heathrow from 9 December, ending a period of uncertainty that has seen the link broken twice in as many ...
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Faircity expands with acquisition of two hotels in Sandton

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: The Faircity hotel group celebrated its recent acquisition of the Quartermain and Falstaff hotels in Morningside, Sandton. Having started in 2007 with the opening of the four-star Faircity Mapungubwe Hotel in Johannesburg, Faircity’s latest acquisition brings to six the total number of hotels in the company’s portfolio. “Faircity believes that the two new additions will add tremendous value ...
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A Da Vinci Code Tour: Paris

Archived; click post to view.Excerpt: On the road with the Da Vinci Code in Paris: It's a Shocker at the Louvre... Shocking Night at the Ritz After he gives a talk at the American University of Paris on mysterious runes at Chartres Cathedral, Robert Langdon returns to the famous Ritz hotel for a good night's sleep. A late-night visit from the police inspector ...
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