| Oct 15, 2013
You can still find four-star hotel accommodations for less than $100 a night in many big U.S. cities. Opaque buying helps cut costs; fees add to costs. That's the overall take-away from a recent report from Hotwire, the big online travel agency (OTA)...
| Nov 22, 2013
| 2:59 PM
While the rest of Central Florida is searching for their giblets on Thanksgiving morning, your date with a turkey could be as easy as driving to a local restaurant and being served.
The National Restaurant Association estimates 14 million Americans will...
| Dec 8, 2013
| 12:36 PM
A dip into the Flashback mailbag yields letters about exotic architecture in Tampa, railroad nicknames near and far, and a favorite old-Orlando subject: doughnuts.
Turrets in Tampa?
"Have you ever researched the main building at the University of...
| Apr 27, 2010
| 7:48 PM
Orlando's theme park ecosystem is changing.
Like organisms that once fed off of one another in a relationship that was more symbiotic than competitive, Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando and SeaWorld Orlando are now hunting on a recession-altered...
| Jul 27, 2009
The so-called AIG effect has a new meaning: Against Idiotic Government.
At least that's the feeling in tourism circles.
The pall cast over business travel — especially over trips among financial services employees — as a result of...
| Feb 5, 2010
| 6:31 PM
As the number of domestic passengers flowing through Orlando International Airport decreased nearly 7 percent last year, there was one segment of travelers that continued to grow.
The total number of people riding Disney's Magical Express, the door-to-...
| Dec 30, 2011
| 5:55 PM
Residents of tourism meccas often trade stories of the surprising things visitors can do or say.
Years ago, in Colonial Williamsburg, Va., for example, a tourist was overheard arguing with her companion about which buildings to visit. Most Williamsburg...
| Jun 7, 2011
| 8:33 PM
If SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment's new foray onto the big screen and other new businesses like hotels and more boutique parks are a success, the company will certainly see an increase in attendance and profits.
And, perhaps, this important side effect...
| Jan 12, 2012
| 8:33 PM
Recently I came across a century-old photo that speaks to both the longevity of our area's tourism business and the opportunities it afforded Central Floridians.
The elegant young men in the image, who worked at Winter Park's Seminole Hotel, reminded...
| May 12, 2012
| 4:57 PM
Watching the fight between the convention center and Florida Citrus Bowl is like watching Animal Planet, where ravenous beasts battle over a wounded elk.
On one side is the convention crowd — hoteliers and tourism execs who've already built one...
| Nov 16, 2012
| 1:23 PM
Staring down a pile of dirty pots and pans is no way to end Thanksgiving Day.
And for many celebrants, T-day is simply a single day off from the workweek. To avoid the Friday leftover energy crash, consider eating out this year.