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A look at 5 NYC hotels, each with something special to offer

New York has hundreds of hotels, located in different neighbourhoods, with different styles and amenities. But a hotel is more than just a place to rest your head. Many hotels have something truly special to offer, and often those features can be experienced even if you’re not staying overnight. Stop in for a drink, for …

One World Observatory is a Winter ‘ONEderland’ for holidays

NEW YORK—The observatory atop One World Trade got a makeover for the holidays. A “Winter ONEderland” opened Friday at One World Observatory. A snowy owl named Ollie is a mascot for the experience, appearing in various animated displays. The installations include a giant snow globe designed for selfies with the skyline behind it. The time-lapse …

Gadgets, comfort, luggage: A gift guide for travellers

NEW YORK — What’s in your bag when you take a trip? What gadgets, tools and comfort items are essential? The Associated Press crowdsourced that question on a Facebook thread as fodder for a holiday gift guide for travellers. We heard from folks around the world, from millennials to retirees, from frequent-flying business travellers to …

Travel industry ramps up effort to promote Caribbean tourism

The travel industry is ramping up efforts to remind consumers that many Caribbean islands were unaffected by hurricanes and that their economies depend on tourism. Tourism agencies and travel companies are promoting deals, events and fundraising efforts while reinforcing the basic message that most islands were unscathed by the storms and are eager for visitors. …

With several islands in recovery mode, some vacation advice

Some travellers looking ahead to winter and spring getaways may be wondering what their options are, with all the headlines about hurricane damage in the Caribbean. Some islands like Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and St. Martin have a way to go in recovery from the storms. But many others were relatively unscathed. Destinations where …

What’s up for fall in New England? Ideas from Yankee mag

What’s fun this fall in New England? Yankee Magazine is recommending train rides, festivals and a variety of destinations in its September-October issue. Fall foliage trains include Maine’s Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railroad, Hoosac Valley train rides out of North Adams, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire’s Conway Scenic Railroad and Mount Washington Cog Railway. Events range …

Your personal travel coach: Meet travel blogger Nomadic Matt

NEW YORK—Matt Kepnes had a desk job in health care with two weeks’ vacation a year when he took a solo trip to Costa Rica and “fell in love with travel.” The next year he went to Thailand and “met five backpackers who were living my dream.” “I grew up in an environment where travel …

Trump slump? Signs of drop in international tourism to US

NEW YORK—The U.S. Travel Association on Thursday said the Trump administration’s immigration policies are hurting tourism. The non-profit industry organization said in a statement that there are “mounting signs” of “a broad chilling effect on demand for international travel to the United States.” White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters disputed the contention, saying: “It takes several …

Travel gift guide: 3 travellers offer ideas and inspiration

What’s the perfect gift for someone planning a trip? We asked three people who make their living in the travel industry to tell us what they always bring with them on trips. We also asked what they’d like to receive as a gift to take on trips, and what they’d give to someone planning a …

Essentials: Cowboys, canal walk and steak in Oklahoma City

What might be Oklahoma City’s best-known attraction is also a reminder of one of its darkest days: the Oklahoma National Memorial & Museum. The site honours the 168 people who died and hundreds more who were injured when the Alfred P. Murrah Building was bombed in 1995. Once you’ve paid your respects, take a deep …

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