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  • bright autumn colors in Hainich National Park, near Craula, Germany

    10/22/2013 6:56:44 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment



  • bright autumn colors in Hainich National Park, near Craula, Germany

    10/22/2013 6:56:04 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment


  • Government Shutdown

    10/4/2013 3:14:32 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Numerous tourists staying in landmark US national parks like Yosemite and the Grand Canyon face a deadline Thursday to leave due to the government shutdown. The National Park Service closed its gates on its 401 sites as soon as the shutdown went into effect Tuesday morning, leaving visitors — including many from overseas — frustrated at park entrances across the country.


    Tourists who were already staying in hotels, cabins and campgrounds inside national parks like California’s world-famous Yosemite were allowed to stay — but only for 48 hours, after which they were asked to leave.


    “Guests … who are already checked-in can continue with their vacation plans, but they are required to leave by October 3 at 3:00 pm,” said Lisa Cesaro of the company that operates over 1,000 rooms in the park, DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite. The park, which was already partially closed in August due to a massive wildfire, is known around the globe — especially for Yosemite Valley, where tourists flock to see landmarks including the spectacular El Capitan and Half Dome rock formations.


    “We came all the way from England to climb and get to the top of El Capitan, but now we won’t get the chance,” Tim Larrad, a 52-year-old retired police officer from Worcester told the Contra Costa Times newspaper at his campsite.


    The Yosemite spokeswoman said: “The majority of daily activities operated by DNC will not be available during the shutdown, including horseback riding and bike rentals.


    “We are continuing to provide retail, dining and limited transportation services for overnight guests in the park through Thursday,” she said. Some 715,000 visitors flock daily to National Park Service sites across the country, on average in October, according to CNN.


    Other world-famous tourist attractions shuttered until further notice include the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone National Park, and the Alcatraz prison island in San Francisco Bay.

  • World of Color

    10/2/2013 5:56:28 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Embrace a World of Color



    Enjoy privileged access to some of the world’s finest gardens when you set off on a garden holiday with the Royal Horticultural Society. From Japan and Italy to New Zealand and London, these tours offer up the world's greatest gardens combined with the thrill of international guided travel.



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    With private entry into public gardens and privileged visits to private gardens, a world of floral wonders awaits your discovery. These popular garden holidays are rich in cultural interest so you truly get the best of the destination.Take a look at the 2014-15 lineup and order your copy now! 


  • U.S. Travel Community Warns Against Federal Shutdown

    10/1/2013 12:27:51 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, today issued the following statement urging Members of Congress and the Administration to avoid the impending federal government shutdown:


    “While our country’s fiscal course is a crucial issue that understandably inflames passions on both sides of the aisle, Democrats and Republicans should reach an accord to prevent shutting down the federal government. Previous experience tells us that a shutdown unnecessarily disrupts economic activity in communities large and small that depend upon travel spending for employment and tax revenue. The closure of national parks and federal historic sites to millions of travelers—coupled with the general perception of an uncertain travel process—would do serious and immediate harm to the economy.


    “Travel, our country’s No.1 services export and an industry that has added jobs at a rate three times faster than the economy as a whole since 2010, is particularly vulnerable to the perception that a disruption of services will make our customer experience go less than smoothly. While we recognize that basic travel functions will continue, we are concerned that federal agencies will quickly be forced to implement shutdown policies that will damage the travel experience and derail long-term, bipartisan investments in our travel infrastructure. We urge our leaders to tackle changes to the federal balance sheet that will let our economic recovery continue unimpeded. The travel industry stands ready to assist with that process in whatever way we can.” 

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