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Miami’s Emerging Arts DistrictDestinationsSmart Dispatches

Just a few years ago, Miami’s Wynwood Arts District was a rundown area with a low-profile art community. It has grown in the past four years, and now is known for the many colorful murals and artistic graffiti covering the exterior of buildings. Some of the works are within Wynwood Walls, a sort of open-air, free museum.

Miami’s ‘Magic City’ Casts a SpellSmart Dispatches

Intriguing adventures in Miami’s Nobu Hotel and Little Havana Chef Nobu Matsuhisa had already achieved worldwide acclaim for his restaurants when he decided to delve into the hotel business. He opened Nobu Hotel Las Vegas, located within Caesars Palace, in 2013, intending to balance the same ingredients—luxury, fun, craft and theater—that have made his restaurants…

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Hilton Initiative Boosts Passport ApplicationsHotels & ResortsNews

With more stringent identification checks looming at airports, Hilton Hotels and Resorts is collaborating with the U.S. State Department on an initiative that encourages more Americans to apply for passports. The initiative, Hilton Passport Project, stipulates that every few weeks, a Hilton property in the United States will have a passport concierge booth where guests…

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Big Apple Reassures Groups after Terrorist AttackNews

The leader of New York City’s official destination marketing organization strongly condemned Tuesday’s terrorist attack, but assured meeting groups and tourists that the city remains safe and welcoming. “We condemn this senseless act of violence here and those in other destinations around the globe,” said Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Company, in…

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Starwood Loyalty Program, Uber to End Partnership  NewsTrends

Meeting professionals soon will be unable to use Uber rides to earn Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) points, but the transportation company may offer other loyalty program options. Marriott International, which purchased Starwood in 2016, issued a statement Tuesday indicating that the Starwood-Uber partnership will not be renewed in 2018. Starpoints that already have been earned…

8 Top Travel Predictions for 2018NewsTrends

Travelers in 2018 will rely more on artificial intelligence and digital technology before booking a trip, and will increasingly emphasize health and wellness during their stay, according to a study by Booking.com. The study, which was based on customer insights from more than 1 million guest reviews as well as research from some 19,000 travelers…

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Houston, Los Angeles CVBs Make Social Media Bet on World SeriesNewsTravel

It’s not at all unusual for politicians from competing cities to make friendly wagers on major sporting events—but in what could become a trend, the convention and visitors bureaus are venturing into the mix during the 2017 World Series by making a social media bet. Visit Houston and Discover Los Angeles have agreed to allow…

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Apple Maps Adds 8 Airports to iOS 11AppsTechnology

Apple has expanded its Maps app to include terminal maps of eight more U.S. airports, after introducing maps at two airports earlier this year. The new maps are part of the latest update to iOS 11, the operating system for iPhones and Apple’s other mobile devices. Ars Technica reports that the airports that have been…

4 Helpful Tips for Americans Traveling to TurkeyDestinationsInternational

Americans flying to Turkey could face difficulties now that the United States and Turkey have temporarily stopped issuing visas to each other’s citizens. Many questions have arisen, and answers have been provided: U.S. residents can’t come to Turkey if they don’t have a visa and need to apply for it in person, because currently, it…