Destination News - North America.
Aerial hunting of wolves drops in Alaska Private pilot teams have killed only 22 wolves so far this year in Alaska due to a lack of snow, which makes wolves harder to track. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game grants hunters permits for aerial gunning in five different regions of the state. Last year, the predator control program tallied 167 wolves killed through aerial hunting. Mar 18, 2010
U.S., agents stress caution with travel to Mexico The State Department is warning Americans to avoid spring break trips and other nonessential travel to Mexico after several outbreaks of violence. But travel agents say trips to Mexico still are a possibility, but they stress caution. "Anybody who is considering going to some of those places, namely like Acapulco, we're asking them to just use extra caution while they're there like they would in any other city," said Chris Russo of Travel Partners in Broomfield, Colo., who is also president of ASTA. Read the State Department's Travel Warning for Mexico. KWGN-TV (Denver)/KDVR-TV (Denver) Mar 16, 2010
Train makers worldwide eye U.S. high-speed corridors Japanese and Chinese makers of bullet trains are competing for stimulus funds granted by President Barack Obama for high-speed corridors across the U.S. A line between Tampa and Orlando, Fla., might include a station at Walt Disney World. Companies in France, Germany and Canada also are interested in selling rail equipment to the U.S. "High-speed rail is going to be a big industry in the U.S.," said Masayuki Kubota of Daiwa SB Investments. "A lot of companies are going to try and get a piece of the action." Mar 16, 2010
Amtrak Amtrak launched its Twitter page so passengers and rail fans alike can now follow Amtrak happenings on Twitter at Amtrak. By monitoring and OlisteningO to Twitter conversations about Amtrak, AmericaOs railroad seeks to better respond to passenger comments and service-related inquiries, provide updates on service enhancements and post information on promotions, special offers and events. Amtrak also plans to ask questions and solicit feedback on a variety of issues regarding its operations, services and other activities. With the launch of its Twitter page, Amtrak is expanding its social media initiatives. A year ago, Amtrak activated its Facebook page and now has nearly 12,000 fans, growing by 52 percent in the last six months. The Amtrak page was recently revamped with more interactive and fun content that allows fans to upload train images, be listed as a OTop 25 FanO and take a OTrainiacO quiz. As always, Amtrak fans can also view a summary of the most prevalent discussions taking place on the Wall. Mar 18, 2010
Atlantic City Atlantic City is offering golfers affordable city-wide packages. Booking a golf getaway in Atlantic City is easier now that the Greater Atlantic City Golf Association owns and operates www.acgolfvacations.com , a one-stop shop online aggregator for city-wide golf deals. The site customizes each package according to the guestOs preference on where to stay and where to play, while providing a complete trip quote. Free golf is offered for the duration of the trip to any group leader who books a group of 12 or more golfers using the site. Tee times and transportation can also be booked through the website. Mar 19, 2010
Charleston, S.C Charleston, S.C., is offering pre- or post-cruise lodging packages for cruise passengers. Visitors can enhance and extend their stay with value hotel rates, door-to-dock transportation, complimentary breakfast and free parking while cruising. More than 30 lodging partners are offering packages. The OStay Here, Cruise There!O package at MarriottOs Courtyard Mt. Pleasant is priced from USD109 per night and includes complimentary breakfast buffet for two, shuttle service to the port, complimentary parking and welcome cocktails upon arrival. The OExplore and CruiseO package from Homewood Suites by Hilton Mt. Pleasant priced from USD149 per night includes a one-bedroom suite with separate living area and sleeper sofa, complimentary shuttle to and from the cruise passage terminal, complimentary parking for the duration of voyage, complimentary roundtrip airport shuttle, breakfast buffet daily and a welcome-home reception Monday through Thursday. Mar 16, 2010
Kensington Tours Kensington Tours is offering the opportunity to see Tiger WoodsO return to the 2010 Masters Tournament at Augusta, including police escorts to Augusta, tickets to Sunday's final rounds, access to a VIP hospitality lounge and the opportunity to tee off on nearby championship golf courses. The package is offered for April 10 to 13, from USD4,995 per person, including luxury accommodations at the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds Plantation. Guests will arrive in Atlanta for four days of golf. The first day's stay is at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead. Day two will be focused on the Masters and Sunday's final rounds. Clients will have access to the club's grounds, where they can watch the players at Amen Corner, and be present when a new or returning champion dons the coveted green jacket. Mar 18, 2010
Los Angeles The historic Angels Flight Railway has reopened in downtown Los Angeles. Billed as the OWorldOs Shortest Railway,O the 298-foot, two-car funicular connects Bunker Hill at California Plaza on the top with Hill Street on the bottom. The cost for the lift is 25 cents. The railway first opened in 1901 and operated until 1969, when it was dismantled and put in storage. It reopened in 1996 but closed again in 2001 for extensive repairs after a malfunction resulted in a death and several injuries. Today, AngelOs Flight uses a new drive and control system, with multiple brakes. Angels Flight Railway operates 365 days a year from 6:45 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, visit www.angelsflight.org. Mar 19, 2010
Steele Luxury Travel Steele Luxury Travel and the Eagle Bar NYC joined forces on a Labor Day Weekend travel experience in Berlin, Germany, to experience Folsom Europe, a leather and fetish event. Now in its seventh year, Folsom Europe attracts more than 25,000 visitors from all over the globe. Steele Luxury Travel has arranged an itinerary for exploring Berlin. The package includes a day-of-departure cocktail party at the Eagle Bar in New York; roundtrip economy or business class flights on Lufthansa Airlines; four nights at the Axel Hotel Berlin, Folsom Europe's official host hotel; VIP access to all of Folsom Europe's events including the famous Folsom Europe Street Fair; and VIP tickets to various events and dance parties throughout the weekend. With every purchase, Steele Luxury Travel and The Eagle Bar NYC will donate USD200 to the Braking The Cycle charity. Braking the Cycle is a three-day, 280-mile, fully supported bike ride from Boston to New York benefiting the life-saving HIV/AIDS services of the LGBT Community Center in NYC. The first seven years of Braking the Cycle have net over USD2.1 million for the fight against HIV/AIDS, with 2010 looking like it could be the most successful year yet. For reservations or more information, visit www.SteeleTravel.com/Berlin. Mar 15, 2010
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