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China Closes Tibet to Foreign Visitors for 2 Months

In a move not likely to win China many popularity points among world travelers, Tibet is now closed to foreign travelers through April. The Associated Press has reported that the decision to close the country to all foreigners during a time of sensitive political anniversaries calls into question the legitimacy of Beijing’s rule of the Himalayan region. According to the …

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Hilton Announces New Upscale Meeting Brand

Hilton has launched Signia Hilton, an upper-upscale hotel brand targeting meetings and events. Signia’s ballrooms, restaurants, bars, lobbies and guestrooms will be designed “so groups of any size can optimize work time and collaboration time and spark their most innovative thinking,” Hilton said. The brand will focus on urban and resort markets worldwide. At an event unveiling the brand, Hilton …

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The Temples of Thailand and Cambodia

Venture off the beaten path on this adventure exploring the amazing sites to be found in the jungles of Thailand and Cambodia. See Angkor Wat, the legendary complex built in the 12th century by the Khmer King Suryavarman II as a monument to the Hindu God Vishnu. As you stroll through this world-famous religious site, you’ll receive a master class …

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24 New Hotels Make Forbes Five-Star List

Forbes Travel Guide released its 61st annual list of Star Rating winners, recognizing the world’s finest properties and welcoming 21 new hotels to the prestigious five-star list. Peninsula Hotels emerged as the year’s biggest winner, marking the first all-Five-Star hotel company in the award’s history, according to Forbes. The Peninsula Manila (pictured above) earned its inaugural Five-Star award, giving the Hong …

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Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai Now Open

Mandarin Oriental’s newest resort makes its Middle Eastern debut with the introduction of the Group’s legendary hospitality to the region with the opening of Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai. Located in the heart of Dubai, and a stone’s throw from the water’s edge, the resort is set to bring a new wave of chic design and luxury experiences to the shores …

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Airlines Waive Change Fees Ahead of This Week’s Storm

Air travelers faced disruptions this week from a new round of wintry weather. A developing storm system was expected to spread a mix of snow, rain and icy weather across a large swath of the United States this week. The system was forecast to move out of the Southwest on Monday and across the Great Plains by Tuesday. By Wednesday, …

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Aloha Reckoning

In April 2018, a spring storm crept up on Kauai’s north shore, dumping record rainfall that generated flash floods that swept away homes, bridges, roads and crops. Most of the Garden Isle was unaffected, and Kauai went on to set a record for visitation for the ninth consecutive year. But traffic in the bucolic north shore tourist town of Hanalei …

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European Capitals of Culture

Surveys inquiring why Americans travel to Europe almost all point to one factor: culture. The majority of Americans still trace their DNA to the continent, and while their first stops in Europe might be English-speaking countries, 42 percent of passport-holding Americans revisit Europe frequently. Recent studies indicate that tourists pursuing culture and heritage tend to stay longer than the average …

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Fall in Love With Free Air!

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a romantic cruise past Germany’s fairytale castles to the picturesque vineyards of Austria’s Wachau Valley. There’s no better way to discover the breathtaking scenery and timeless traditions of Europe than on an AmaWaterways river cruise. And to help your Valentine’s Day be really special enjoy free flights to and from Europe! Get Free Air + Free …

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Airlines Tighten Lounge Access

If you’re a frequent airport lounge guest, have you noticed that they are getting uncomfortably crowded at times? The providers of those lounges certainly have, and they’re changing their policies this year to limit lounge access, even for members who pay the big bucks. American Express has been actively expanding its network of Centurion airport lounges for premium cardholders, but …