• Antarctica concerns grow as tourism numbers rise
    2013-03-16 06:30:45 UTC

    Antarctica-Tourism/2266 Eds: With AP Photos. ROSS ISLAND, Antarctica (AP) — Across most of Earth, a tourist attraction that sees 35,000 visitors a year can safely be labeled sleepy. But when it's Antarctica, every footstep matters. Tourism is rebounding here five years after the financial crisis stifled what had been ...
  • Air traffic tower closures will strip safety net
    2013-03-15 19:38:44 UTC

    CHICAGO (AP) — The planned shutdown of nearly 240 air traffic control towers across the country under federal budget cuts will strip away an extra layer of safety during takeoffs and landings, leaving pilots to manage the most critical stages of flight on their own. The towers slated to close are at smaller airport...
  • Horst Faas dies aged 79 - the images that changed course of history and touched the human heart
    2012-05-12 14:54:22 UTC

    Horst Faas, a prize-winning combat photographer who carved out new standards for covering war with a camera and became one of the world's legendary photojournalists, has died aged 79. A native of Germany who joined the US-based news co-operative The Associated Press there in 1956, Faas photographed wars, revolutions, the Olympic G...
  • Harry Potter's Wizarding World Heads To Japan
    2012-05-11 16:04:52 UTC

    - - At the end of last year, it was announced that Universal Orlando's Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction would be replicated at Universal's Hollywood park. Now the literary wizard are heading much further east -- to Japan. Harry and gang will make their castle at Universal Studios in Osaka. "Universal Studios Japan...
  • Asia's superrich build their own art museums
    2012-05-09 10:15:04 UTC

    HONG KONG (AP) -- Over the past two years Wang Wei and her husband Liu Yiqian dropped a reported $317 million on their hobby. Now they need somewhere to display the collection they've amassed. The solution: a private art museum that Wang hopes will impart some class to China's flashy nouveau riche. Wang and billionaire investor Liu ...
  • 2012 London Olympics: 1 Million Tickets To Go On Sale Friday
    2012-05-08 17:19:50 UTC

    LONDON — Olympic fans who missed out on tickets for the London Games will get another opportunity this week, including a chance of securing high-demand seats for the opening ceremony or 100-meter final. Olympic organizers said Tuesday they are putting nearly 1 million tickets on sale, with priority given to those people who were uns...
  • 20 Reasons To Visit Colombia (PHOTOS)
    2012-05-06 14:49:20 UTC

    Colombia has made all the headlines recently, but, yet again, for all the wrong reasons. And before this bout of bad press, what else do we associate with Colombia, aside from romantic but tourist-laden Cartegena? Perhaps you might say security concerns -- at least that's what you find when you search for Colombia on TripAdvisor where ...
  • Film Sets As Vacation Rentals (PHOTOS)
    2012-05-06 09:50:52 UTC

    Want to rent Edward and Bella's honeymoon villa from "Twilight"? What about the insanely beautiful home Ari and Melissa Gold escaped to in the series finale of "Entourage"? Home, apartment and condo rental site has created a list of eight properties around the world featured in movies that ordinary Joes can rent. They co...
  • Virginia Is For Wine Lovers
    2012-05-05 11:32:48 UTC

    While "Virginia is For Lovers" has been the widely recognized ad slogan for 43 years, Virginia is also now fast becoming the destination for wine lovers. After the top American wine producing regions of California, Washington, Oregon and New York, Virginia is next on that list, with more than 200 wineries. What we've learned coverin...
  • Tryp, New Wyndham Hotel Brand, Debuts In New York City (PHOTOS)
    2012-05-04 09:42:40 UTC

    Frank Sinatra's anthem seems to be the mantra of the new hotel brand that recently opened a 173-room flagship in Midtown Manhattan: "If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere." The Tryp Times Square South is the first U.S. outpost for the boutique brand better known in Spain, Germany and Portugal. It seems Wyndham, the paren...
  • Dubai spends $250M to get full control of Atlantis
    2012-04-28 23:45:57 UTC

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai says it now has full control of the Atlantis resort hotel perched atop its palm-shaped island. State-run investment firm Istithmar World said late Friday it paid $250 million to buy out financially troubled business partner Kerzner International Holdings Ltd., which had held a 50 percent stak...
  • A Perfect Day in Palm Beach
    2012-04-28 18:18:23 UTC

    Put on your brightest Lilly Pulitzer and pay a visit to Florida’s fabled Gold Coast. Nancy Noonan, the owner of Nancy’s Vintage Warehouse in West Palm Beach (a terrific source for vintage Lilly), offers up her favorite finds in this sun-kissed slice of the tropics. - Start your day on Royal Poinciana Way and grab a favorite newspape...
  • Lagerfeld redesigns a Monte Carlo landmark
    2012-04-27 20:38:50 UTC

    Karl Lagerfeld is giving the Hotel Métropole Monte-Carlo a whole new look. The five-star hotel has invited the designer to make over its Belle-Epoque exterior - the pool, the terrace and the gardens - and give it something of a theatrical touch for the summer season. The makeover will include a huge fresco, made up of 15 glass panel...
  • Obama Under Fire For Blending Official Travel And Campaign Trips
    2012-04-27 20:18:53 UTC

    WASHINGTON -- In early June 2004, the political world litigated the fairness of an incumbent president using taxpayer funds to conduct what was ostensibly campaign travel. At that point in time, President George W. Bush had logged some 68,000 miles aboard Air Force One so far that year. The trips were a mixture of official business ...
  • Park Hyatt hotel opens in Hyderabad, expanding Hyatt Portfolio in India
    2012-04-27 20:09:14 UTC

    Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced the opening of Park Hyatt Hyderabad, the first city Park Hyatt hotel in India. This contemporary and elegant hotel with 185 guestrooms and 24 suites offers business travelers and local guests a sophisticated ambience in the heart of the upscale Banjara Hills neighborhood. It is also the first hotel...
  • 5 Tips For Renting A Villa In Italy
    2012-04-27 19:58:55 UTC

    Inspired by tales of expats on Italy's Grand Tour during the the 18th and 19th centuries to the modern dream-come-true of Frances Mayes renovating and living in a Tuscan villa, many travelers yearn for the experience of renting a villa in Italy. Renting a villa in Italy allows us to live like Italians -- if only for a week or two. P...
  • A Tour Of The World's Most Opulent Villas (PHOTOS)
    2012-04-27 11:40:11 UTC

    What kind of holiday rental home costs $10,000 a day? Perhaps one set on a private Caribbean beach and kitted out with a personal fleet of boats and Wave Runners? An Alpine chalet, with postcard-perfect views of the Matterhorn from every window? Or maybe a personal spa, with a lap pool, hiking trails, a state-of-the-art gym--and an on-...
  • 8 Ultra-Inclusive Resorts For The 1 Percent (PHOTOS)
    2012-04-26 18:55:31 UTC

    - - There are luxury resorts (Four Seasons, Aman and their ilk), and then there are the ultra-luxury ones. What's the difference? The ultras are even more exclusive, pride themselves on highly individualized service and are seldom larger than 20 to 40 rooms.They're usually situated on acres of pristine land in remote locations...
  • American makes its case against union contracts
    2012-04-23 19:05:33 UTC

    NEW YORK (AP) — American Airlines argued before a federal bankruptcy judge Monday that its union contracts need to be changed to make the company financially stable. The airline lost more than $10 billion in the decade leading up to its declaration of bankruptcy in November. During that same period most of its major rivals used the ...
  • British PM, Suu Kyi back suspension of Myanmar sanctions
    2012-04-13 17:05:54 UTC

    YANGON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron and Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi gave powerful backing on Friday for suspending sanctions on the country, a stark shift in stance and a boon for a pariah state eager to come in from the cold. Cameron, the first Western leader to visit Myanmar in decades, and Nobel...
  • Creator of Porsche 911 sports car dies aged 76
    2012-04-08 06:56:44 UTC

    FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, the creator of Porsche's 911 sports car, has died at age 76, Porsche said on Thursday. A grandson of Ferdinand Porsche, who founded the Stuttgart-based sports car maker and developed the Volkswagen Beetle under a contract with the Nazis in the 1930s, Ferdinand Alexander Porsche inve...
  • Stunning Images of Ramadan From Around the Globe
    2020-04-30 19:44:18 UTC

    <p>Ramadan is usually a time of togetherness, with Muslims filling mosques for hours of prayer and sharing large, lavish meals with friends and neighbors after days of dawn-to-dusk fasting.</p><p>But as Associated Press images show, the coronavirus has forced Muslims around the world &mdash; from Indonesia, India and Gaza City to Seatt...
  • Choose The Best Loan For Your Business
    2020-12-05 23:49:52 UTC

    To help you find the right business loan, we researched and analyzed dozens of options. Here is a roundup of our 2021 best picks, followed by an explanation of how we chose them. • How to choose the best loan for your business? • What type of business loan is best for your business? • What to expect in 2021? <strong>Rapid...
  • Icelandic airliner announced $55 flights from U.S. to Europe
    2017-06-03 21:28:02 UTC

    <blockquote><h2>'Up in the Air'</h2><h3>WOW Air is launching $55 flights from the U.S. to Europe.</h3> The Icelandic airliner announced it will offer flights between <strong><i>San Francisco</strong></i> and <strong><i>Los Angeles</strong></i> to <strong><i>Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Dublin, London </strong></i>and <strong><i>Berlin</st...
  • Romney criticizes Biden on consulate attack
    2012-10-13 04:17:53 UTC

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Broadening his attack on administration foreign policy, Mitt Romney accused Vice President Joe Biden on Friday of "doubling down on denial" in a dispute over security at a diplomatic post in Libya that was overrun by terrorists who killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans. "The vice president directl...