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Biggest Ferris wheel in the world opens in Sin City

(Relaxnews) – The world’s largest observation wheel has opened in Las Vegas, at 550 feet or 168 meters high. The Las Vegas High Roller began boarding its first passengers this week for 30-minute spins that include a video and music presentation before fading out to let the...
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Washington Monument to reopen May 12 after quake repair

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – The Washington Monument will reopen to the public on May 12, nearly three years after it was shut due to damage from a rare earthquake centered near the US capital. The 170-meter (555-foot) obelisk, a major tourist draw, was shuttered when engineers found...
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Travel International and 888myTravel.com joins PHL, Malaysia in joint tourism seminar

LOS ANGELES – Travel International Group shares center stage with Philippines and Malaysia tourism officials at the Philippine-Malaysia Fiesta Seminar on March 4, 2014 when it was chosen as the tour operator for the Philippine-Malaysia travel promo. A joint tourism presentation...
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Singapore world’s costliest city: survey

(SINGAPORE-AFP) – The soaring cost of cars and utilities as well as a strong currency have made Singapore the world’s most expensive city, toppling Tokyo from the top spot, according to a survey Tuesday. Tokyo’s weakening yen saw it slide to sixth place, the...
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Design moves to Asia for the first ever Singapore Design Week

(Relaxnews) – Singapore’s first-ever Design Week (SDW) is approaching, and with the two major trade platforms — theInternational Furniture Fair Singapore and the Paris-based design salon Maison&Objet Asia – hitting the city simultaneously, the Asian...
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Why vacation rentals are growing in popularity in the US

(Relaxnews) – Vacation rentals are becoming increasingly popular as an alternative to traditional hotels, with the latest survey out of TripAdvisor showing that more than half of travelers intend to book a private home in 2014. After polling about 1,100 respondents in the...
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The agony and ecstasy of Hong Kong’s extreme runners

(HONG KONG-AFP) – Hong Kong is known for its long working hours and rat-race lifestyle, but on the rugged trails of the surrounding hills extreme runners are driven by a different ambition — the ultimate ‘ultra’ experience. Defined as any distance beyond...
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Romance and travel trends for US couples in 2014

(Relaxnews) – A relaxing, romantic beach holiday is the most popular form of vacay for American lovebirds, followed by city breaks and island escapes. That’s according to 5,000 US respondents in a TripAdvisor survey that looked at how couples plan to celebrate their...
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The fastest-growing markets in outbound tourist expenditures

(Relaxnews) – The latest numbers out of the UN’s World Tourism Organization showed that international tourist arrivals reached a record 1.1 billion last year, with those figures expected to grow another 4.5 percent this year. But who’s doing the traveling and the spending?...
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Where to stay during the Super Bowl

(Relaxnews) – Football fans on a budget looking to attend the most popular US sporting event of the year may want to consider booking a hotel in the Bronx, Parsippany and Jersey City, where rooms are the most affordable. That’s according to the number crunching of...