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Sunday is Veterans Day: Here’s What’s Open and What’s Closed

Veterans Day in the United States, a holiday that honors military veterans, falls on Sunday this year.  The holiday coincide with Armistice Day and Remembrance Day in other countries, both marking the anniversary of the end of the First World War in 1918, as an armistice ending all hostilities went into effect at the11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.  Armistice Day was observed in …

Hilton’s Lodge at Gulf State Park Hotel Reopens 14 Years After Hurricane Ivan Destruction

Hilton’s Lodge at Gulf State Park Hotel Reopens 14 Years After Hurricane Ivan Destruction

Hilton announced the reopening of the Lodge at Gulf State Park Hotel on the beachfront in Alabama’s Gulf State Park.
Originally opened in 1974, the property was damaged beyond repair by Hurricane Ivan in 2004. It has since been redesigned and rebuilt, and is the first full-service hotel to open in the area in 20 years.
The hotel site was moved approximately 200 to 225 feet (60 to 68 meters) farther back …

Four Seasons Debuts New Storytelling Program

Four Seasons Debuts New Storytelling Program

Four Seasons announced the launch of its new storytelling initiative, Envoy by Four Seasons.
The program, the hotelier said, is intended to find, select, and promote creative individuals who will then share a particular experience at a Four Seasons property.
The hotel chain is inviting such creative people to apply now and will select four to six applicants to the program annually, beginning in December of this year. Those selected will be …

Great Moments in Travel History – November 2018

November, the penultimate month of the calendar, is the last full month of autumn in the Northern Hemisphere and the last full month of Spring in the Southern. Originally the ninth month in the Roman calendar, November retained its name, which is derived from the Latin “novem” or “nine.”
Robert Esnault-Pelterie, a French aviation pioneer, was born on November 8, 1881. He developed the idea of ailerons, which allow “banking” of …

Major Strike Planned for London Underground Next Week

Major Strike Planned for London Underground Next Week

A major strike is set to cause significant disruptions for commuters and travelers who use the London Underground next week, with three of the Tube lines expected to be affected.
Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union, as well as the drivers’ union Aslef, said that they plan to stage a walkout on November 7.
The 24-hour walkout by union members will shut down the Central and Waterloo & City lines, …

United Begins San Francisco-Papeete Flights

United Begins San Francisco-Papeete Flights

United Airlines announced the launch of new service between San Francisco and Papeete, the capital city of Tahiti.
United will offer the flight on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, and, beginning March 30, 2019, the carrier will offer year-round service on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
United will operate the route using Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, equipped with 36 lie-flat seats in the United Polaris business-class cabin, 70 seats in its premium-economy lite cabin, …

Great Moments in Travel History – October 2018

October, the tenth month of the year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendar, was the eighth month in the old Roman calendar and its name comes from the Latin word for eight, “octo.” October will forever be associated with Oktoberfest, a celebration of Bavarian culture and Bavarian beer that now begins at the end of September in Munich.
The month of October is also associated with the beginning of fall …