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Katharine Fong

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Comic-Con and Other Comic Book ConventionsConvention CentersEvents

Fan conventions, as any Trekkie can tell you, have grown enormously over the years and focus on myriad pop culture subjects and subcultures. These include anime, science fiction, horror and steampunk, to name a few. Fans of comic books are perhaps the most fervent and flamboyant – many attendees dress up with great care and detail as their favorite…

First Marriott Hotel in Makkah

First Marriott Hotel in MakkahDestinationsInternational

Makkah, also known as Mecca and regarded as the holiest city in the religion of Islam, is in the Hejaz region in Saudi Arabia, about 40 miles from Jeddah. In 2012 its population was about 2 million, but that number triples every year during the Hajj (pilgrimage) held in the twelfth Muslim lunar month. Pilgrims will have more lodging options now that the…

anniversary of Airplane

The Anniversary of AirplaneAirlinesNews

Hard to believe, but 35 years ago today “Airplane!” premiered in movie theaters across the country. The plot concerned the inane flight crew and a motley group of passengers; the movie made air travel and human condition raucously funny – and not the grueling, uncomfortable process it is today. The anniversary of Airplane, as CNN notes, brings…

Atlantis Paradise Island

Atlantis Paradise Island: A Different All-InclusiveDestinationsInternational

Atlantis Paradise Island ups the ante in the Bahamas While the meetings world waits for luxury complex Baha Mar to open—in September, as of this writing—the other mega resort in the Bahamas is not just sitting pretty. Atlantis Paradise Island, long considered a superb incentive destination and a prime vacation spot, has made a play…

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Baha Mar Files for BankruptcyDestinationsHotels & ResortsInternational

More trouble for the mega luxury resort Baha Mar on Nassau in the Bahamas: Yesterday it announced it was filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Today its developer Baha Mar Ltd. filed a claim against lead contractor China Construction America, saying CCA was to blame for delays and missed deadlines. Baha Mar has been much anticipated by the meetings…

Auto Shows

Auto Shows Are Hugely PopularDestinationsInternationalTrends

This year there are nine major international auto shows, where the latest and often ultra high-end cars are on display. Americans are probably most familiar with the North American International Auto Show (Detroit), Chicago Auto Show and New York International Auto Show, all of which took place earlier this year. These shows are hugely popular;…

Carlos Gardell

Carlos Gardel Still A DrawDestinationsInternational

Since Carlos Gardel’s death in a plane crash 80 years ago, his legend has only grown. The king of tango, beloved in Argentina–where he was raised–and throughout Latin America and other parts of the globe, was a famed singer and songwriter and international movie star when his life ended at age 45. At the time,…

Summer Travel

8 Ways to Travel Smart This SummerBusinessHow ToTips & ToolsTravel

It’s summertime, and that means a lot of people are traveling, both for business and pleasure – and sometimes both. Because crowds usually add to the hassle, it’s best to be prepared before you go. Here are 8 ways to travel smart this summer, from CNN and several other sources. 1. Pack as if your luggage may go AWOL Just…

London Is Number OneDestinationsInternational

  London is number one again. The city came out on top in Mastercard’s Global Destination Cities Index, which ranks 132 of the most-travelled cities in the world. The annual index tracks projected international visitors to each city. London is projected to have 18.82 million such visitors in 2015. Runner-up is Bangkok, with a projected…