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Tips for a smooth Walt Disney World visit

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida, Jan. 10, 2013 – A Walt Disney World getaway can often seem as stressful as a job rather than as relaxing as a vacation. But with a few simple and easy tips, it doesn’t have to be. Here are a few tips to make the most out of your vacation and hopefully relieve a little bit of the stress: Stay on Walt Disney World property It’s likely to be a little

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Food trends for 2013: Local, sustainable and tasty

ATLANTA – This year looks to be a promising one for foodies. The National Restaurant Association found that locally sourced meats and seafood and locally grown produce will be among the hot trends for 2013. In making its predictions, the association surveyed more than 1,800 members of the American Culinary Association. Sustainability and healthy options were the big winners in the National Restaurant Association’s top ten list. Chefs are also suggesting that menus including more

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Survey: Business travel expected to increase in 2013

Business travel is expected to increase substantially in 2013 and trigger growth in the travel and hospitality industries according to a new survey conducted by Frequent Business Traveler. One-third of business travelers surveyed said they will travel more in 2013 vs. 2012, and 50 percent said they would be traveling more compared to two years ago. The survey also highlighted several trends in business travel including membership in frequent flyer and hotel loyalty programs, loyalty

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Survey: Americans would rather take smaller vacations, rather than one big trip

Nearly three in four — 72 percent — Americans would rather take smaller vacations over the course of a year than take one big trip, according to a new survey from Hotwire.com. In addition to the preference for shorter getaways, the survey shows Americans believe they can only afford a few of those trips; an average of 2.4 two- to five-day leisure vacations (for two people) per year. “Results of the study show that many

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Transportation department issues record number of fines against airlines in 2012

The Department of Transportation in 2012 leveled more than $3.6 million in fines against airlines for violating various consumer rules, including a regulation prohibiting airlines from keeping passengers on the tarmac for more than three hours. The 49 consent orders issued during the year include a pair handed down in late December and top the previous high set in 2011. That year, the department issued 47 orders and more than $3.2 million in fines. On

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California court rules bumper cars risky, may cause injury

Riding a bumper cars attraction at an amusement park carries with it a certain amount of risk, and the park is not to blame for any injury that results in riding the attraction. That’s the upshot of an opinion issued earlier this week by the California Supreme Court. The ruling was handed down in a case involving a woman who fractured her wrist during a head-on impact in 2005 on “Rue le Dodge,” a bumper

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Huerta confirmed as Federal Aviation Administration administrator

The U.S. Senate this week confirmed Michael P. Huerta as the next Federal Aviation Administration administrator. “I am pleased that the Senate has finally confirmed Michael Huerta as the FAA Administrator,” U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., said in a statement. “The FAA needs a strong leader at the helm and Administrator Huerta will provide the leadership needed to modernize air transportation and make certain it continues to function at the highest levels of safety.” Huerta