December 6, 1992 |
The U.S. Tour Operators Association (USTOA) expects to pay out $2 million to make good on tours booked through Olson-Travelworld, a California company whose financial problems had jeopardized hundreds of booked vacations. The company, which was the official U.S. agency for the 1992 Olympic Games, notified the USTOA that it had insufficient funds to cover clients' trips scheduled for October and November. The USTOA maintains a $5 million insurance plan to guarantee the bookings of its members - a policy designed to reassure consumers as well as travel-industry suppliers.
December 2, 1990 |
CANADA'S TAXING ISSUE. A new 7 percent goods-and-services tax that has Canadians in an uproar will affect visiting Americans as well. It has drawn fire from U.S. tour operators, who would be saddled with administrative headaches under the tax program. It is to take effect Jan. 1. Known as the GST, the tax is designed to replace a federal tax on goods at the manufacturing level. It also will apply to services such as hotel rooms and travel packages. Revenue Canada - the Canadian IRS - compares it to the European value-added tax, for which rebates are available to foreign visitors.
February 11, 2002 |
Almost 1.5 million foreigners toured Washington in 2000. Boston snagged 1.3 million. Atlanta lured 700,000. Philadelphia? It drew about 390,000 - more international travelers than those who walked the streets of Detroit, but fewer than those who stopped in Houston. In spite of being the nation's birthplace as well as its fifth-largest city, Philadelphia for years has been losing the race to snatch up tourism dollars from abroad. Twenty U.S. cities counted more foreign visitors than Philadelphia in 2000, the most recent year for which data is available.
January 1, 1997 |
The federal government has decided to sharply limit controversial aircraft tours in Grand Canyon National Park and ban them completely in Rocky Mountain National Park. The restrictions, announced yesterday by the Federal Aviation Administration and the Interior Department, drew immediate threats of lawsuits from air tour operators who say they're too tough and from conservationists who say they're not strict enough. Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt said he was "delighted" by the Rocky Mountain ban, which stops tour operators from overflights.
April 3, 2008
AS HBO's new miniseries "John Adams" chronicles the life of one of our Founding Fathers, it provides a great glimpse into the process of creating a nation: patriots coming together to debate, argue and, in the end, find consensus. The show is also a good reminder of something we who live here take for granted: What a sacred place Independence Mall is. So the squabbles and apparent unholy alliances involving the National Park Service, Independence Visitor Center and tour operators recently highlighted by Daily News columnist Ronnie Polaneczky would make the founders shudder.
October 29, 1999 |
The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau took its new Web site out for a spin yesterday, providing a preview to about 80 member hoteliers, restaurateurs, and other tourist business executives. The site, http://www.pcvb.org, is not quite ready for prime time. Some important parts of it are still under construction. And some of the real flashy interactive stuff won't be ready until January, when the bureau will begin marketing the site more aggressively to its chief targets - meeting and convention planners, tour operators, and the media.
February 13, 2011 |
NEW YORK - In a big city - New York qualifies - there are plenty of tours. Someone will guide you through the highlights of Central Park, which you would expect. Someone will just as readily lead you to the best cupcake bakeries, which you would not. So my first reaction on hearing about a new bus tour called The Ride is a skeptic's chuckle. A "new" bus tour (ho . . .) of midtown Manhattan (. . . hum). Even so, I click on the website. It turns out that this is not your ancestors' 1950s-era bus tour, a model poked and prodded over the decades, but largely intact.
May 10, 1987 |
I booked a package trip (air fare, hotel, meals and transfers) to Trinidad and Tobago. I was told I had to pay for my trip 30 days in advance, which I did. The tour company says its policy is not to send plane tickets and hotel vouchers to the client earlier than two weeks prior to the trip. Now, four days before my scheduled departure, my travel agent hasn't received a thing. The envelope probably was lost in the mail, but the tour company refuses to send duplicates. I don't know if my trip is on or off. Aren't tour operators required to send documents to the traveler at least 30 days in advance?
April 30, 1995 |
Georgia officials and 1996 Summer Olympics organizers have vowed to fight hotel price-gouging, but the first reports of it are in - even before tickets go on sale tomorrow for the Atlanta Games. At a recent travel trade show in Atlanta, foreign tour operators said they were quoted outrageous prices for some rooms - like $212 a night for the Econo Lodge Airport that normally charges $49, and $350 for the Holiday Inn on Kingston Court in Marietta, where the published rate for rooms with double beds is $79. Agents from such countries as England, Argentina, Estonia and Argentina said the rates came from local real estate companies or tour operators - not the hotel operators themselves.
October 16, 1994 |
Current rules limiting noisy tourist flights over the Grand Canyon aren't enough, the Interior Department said in a report to Congress, and the department is developing stricter regulations. In announcing the report this month, George Frampton Jr., assistant secretary for fish and wildlife and parks, said a set of flight restrictions imposed six years ago - including development of air corridors and minimum altitudes - "doesn't even come close" to meeting noise requirements. He said that at best, only one-third of the park was quiet at least 70 percent of the time.