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Singapore's Promo Ad is Justifiably Called One of the Worst

April 10, 2014 at 3:36 PM | by | Comments (0)

This is being described as the "most embarrassing tourism ad ever," and also as "so bad it will go viral," and also as "cringe-worthy," and also as a bunch of other similar things. We've watched it - once, and only once - and those are all fair descriptions. It might literally be the worst bit of travel advertising we've ever seen. It's so bad that it goes around to being good, but then it comes back around to being bad, and then it gets stuck at bad. It's painful to watch.

The source of this travesty is the Singapore tourism board, and the backlash they faced was very immediately and very public. In what might be described as an understated public climb-down, the board admitted that the video "was not resonating well with audiences" and that "some aspects of it could have been done better." So of course they took it down, and of course you can find one of its many online copies embedded below.

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Don't Look Now, But The Kardashians Might Be Entering The Travel Business

March 24, 2014 at 6:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

It kind of pains us to share this information with you, but we feel that it is our responsibility and duty to report on things such as this. It sounds like everyone’s favorite reality show family—The Kardashians—is getting into the travel business.

VH1 is reporting that the family is in the process of starting a travel company where trips will be based on the adventures they take, so we guess that means there will be vacations to places like Bora Bora and Greece. We may or may not know this from watching the show.

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Will Chicago Reclaim the Title for 'Tallest Building in the US?'

February 19, 2014 at 1:56 PM | by | Comment (1)

Not to be outdone, it seems like Chicago, or at least someone in Chicago, didn't like the fact they lost the title for "home of the tallest building in the US." If all goes to plan, the honor may head back to Chi-Town from NYC's One World Trade Center. That's if the city's newest addition, the Chicago Spire, actually gets off the ground.

For the past ten years, the project to permanently change the iconic skyline of our third largest city has had its ups and downs. Ground was broken at 400 N Lake Shore Drive in the Summer of 2007 and, once the financial crisis hit in 2008, the project went bankrupt along with the many investors attached to the building. For almost six years, nothing but a giant hole in the ground occupied the site, giving little hope for a reemergence of the project.

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Louisiana Throws Tourism Funds at Making Mardi Gras Major

February 14, 2014 at 8:50 AM | by | Comments (0)

Floats, beads, king cakes, and plenty of adult beverages are all part of the Mardi Gras experience in New Orleans. However, one thing that has not been part of the fun and festivities is a tourism campaign. That’s all changing this year, as the state of Louisiana is throwing out some cash in hopes of getting a few more visitors to check thing out.

For those who are interested we’re a little more than two weeks away, as the festivities reach their finale on Tuesday, March 4. So even if you don’t have plans to attend—there’s still time to change things.

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What's the Most Popular Travel Instagram Account?

Where: Australia
February 4, 2014 at 11:51 AM | by | Comments (0)

Social media is one of the best ways for travelers both real and "armchair" to have a window into new destinations and inspiration for yet more travel. When it comes to Instagram, there's no other account that gets as many likes as the folks behind the Tourism Australia profile. These are the same people who posted the full-frontal pic of a kangaroo? Yeah, same guys.

The @Australia account belongs to the tourism board and uses photos snapped by locals and visitors, then uploaded and tagged with #seeaustralia. On average, each Aussie post receives around 8,200 likes, which is in stark contrast to an average 360 likes for photos on other tourism board accounts.

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First Time to Australia: Try the Kangaroo Pizza!

Where: 100 Cumberland Street, Sydney, Australia
January 17, 2014 at 3:23 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's always sunny in Australia, or at least right now it is, during the Southern Summer. Oz is one of those destinations that can take a little more planning and a little more money to make happen, but it's worth it the moment you set foot on Aussie soil. All this week we'll be sharing our best tips for taking that leap for a first-time trip Down Under.

What looks like a pretty normal meat-lovers pizza may, in a place like Australia, be quite abnormal.

At the Australian Heritage Hotel pub and restaurant in Sydney's The Rocks neighborhood, the menu of over 30 local Aussie beers is complimented by some decidedly Down Under fare: pizzas topped with meat from kangaroos, emu and crocodile.

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Last Call: Tours of NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building End February 11

January 16, 2014 at 7:28 PM | by | Comments (0)

Heading to Florida anytime soon? If not, you may want to consider a trip since tours through NASA's massive Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) in Titusville are ending on February 11, 2014.

The reason for discontinuing the tours is simple: "As a working spaceflight facility, NASA is preparing the VAB for the new SLS launch systems for 2017."

Now that Space Shuttles have begun their retirement as static displays in several US cities, NASA is moving on to the next stage of space exploration with the Space Launch System (SLS). In order to develop and construct what will be space vehicles designed to lift 70-130 metric tons (and astronauts!) into orbit and, perhaps, even to Mars.

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First Time to Australia: Is the Sydney BridgeClimb Really Worth $250?

January 9, 2014 at 3:24 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's always sunny in Australia, or at least right now it is, during the Southern Summer. Oz is one of those destinations that can take a little more planning and a little more money to make happen, but it's worth it the moment you set foot on Aussie soil. All this week we'll be sharing our best tips for taking that leap for a first-time trip Down Under.

You’ve landed in Sydney. First things first—grab your bags, get into town, head to the harbor for a look at the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge, consider climbing said bridge, suffer sticker shock when you read that the prices for BridgeClimb average $250 AUD.

Decision time.

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First Time to Australia: How to Survive the 14-Hour Flight in Economy Class

Where: Australia
January 7, 2014 at 11:52 AM | by | Comments (4)

It's always sunny in Australia, or at least right now it is, during the Southern Summer. Oz is one of those destinations that can take a little more planning and a little more money to make happen, but it's worth it the moment you set foot on Aussie soil. All this week we'll be sharing our best tips for taking that leap for a first-time trip Down Under.

14 hours, 20 minutes is the average flight time for a nonstop between Los Angeles or San Francisco and Sydney. By the time you're onboard, all the stressful packing is behind you, you've already applied for the Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) a while ago, and it's time to fully focus on adventures ahead.

Still, the long distance over the Pacific between continents is a destination all its own. If you're flying in Economy Class, it's a challenge to get comfortable for even a moment, let alone enjoy the flight, but these tips will definitely help:

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Welcome to California. Here's a Glass of Wine.

December 10, 2013 at 5:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

Apparently nothing makes you thirstier than a road trip across California, so of course it makes perfect sense to install a new kind of beverage vending machine at one of the state’s welcome centers...one dispensing wine.

Obviously you need to be careful if you’re the one behind the wheel, but for those along for the ride this certainly beats stopping for a soda and a bathroom break. The new wine welcome isn’t available where you think it would be—like Napa or Sonoma—but instead you'll find it at the California Visitor Center in Oxnard.

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One Hawaiian Town Has Had It Up to Here with Tourists

November 21, 2013 at 1:09 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Aloha State welcomes plenty of visitors from the nifty fifty and aboard each and every day, but apparently one town is calling back the welcome wagon. We guess all that tourist attention is a little too much, and residents of one town would prefer that you would snorkel, sun, and swim somewhere else.

Residents of Kailua on the windward side of Oahu aren’t really cool with all the attention that they’ve received, and it probably doesn’t help that even President Obama has stopped by pretty much every year for some rest and relaxation.

As a result the town’s neighborhood board has actually asked the state’s tourism board to kind of stop promoting Kailua as an overnight option, and that they would prefer that tourists not spend the night in town. The problem isn’t regarding sharing the beaches and parks—seems like they’re fine with that—it’s that the overnight guests don’t really create a sense of community.

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How Chicago's Willis Tower Just Lost Its Title as 'Tallest Building in the USA'

November 12, 2013 at 4:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

Tourists who head up to the viewing level of Chicago's Willis Tower (née Sears Tower) today are in for a shock. The 1,451-foot building is no longer the tallest building in the United States. That distinction was wrested away from Chicago by New York City's One World Trade Center, standing tall at 1,776 feet.

The decision is a controversial one, as the final height total depended on whether or not the 408-foot spire atop the WTC building would count. This morning, however, those with the final say on these matters—the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH)—determined that it did, and deliberations by a panel of architects ended in New York's favor.

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