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Expedia: List of Hotel Features Americans Prioritize Released

Aug 30, 2016
Expedia has released the results of the 2016 Expedia Hotel Etiquette Study. This study researches what hotel features are most important to Americans.

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Spa or Slime or Both? Last Day at Nick Punta Cana


Spa at Nick Punta Cana
The beautiful Vassa Spa at the new Nickelodeon Hotel & Resort in Punta Cana has an 11-step “ritual hydrotherapy “program that comes with a spa treatment, complete with a “spa butler” more
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Are Kids’ Clubs passe? At Nick Punta Cana Families Relish Time Together


Families together at character breakfast at Nick Punta Cana
The just-opened Nickelodeon Hotel & Resort in Punta Cana has a well-appointed kids’ club with cooking lessons, arts and crafts, a wide selection of toys, games (video and board games) and a slide that lands you in a pool of brightly colored plastic balls. But most of the families I’ve met have been keeping their kids with them. more
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Families Flocking to New Nickelodeon Hotel and Resort in Dominican Republic


Swim up suites
It was a no brainer for his family and three others —10 kids aged 3-9 and eight adults—to choose the brand new Nickelodeon Hotel & Resort in Punta Cana, a partnership of Karisma Hotels & Resorts and Viacom International Media Networks. more
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Salzburg Austria Is Not Just for Sound of Music Fans


Salzburg is celebrating Mozart’s 260th birthday (Jan 27) and the 175th anniversary of the Mozart Orchestra Salzburg
I think this picturesque city would be a good place to base yourself for several days or a week, though it can get crowded as the city of 150,000 welcomes more than 1.5 million tourists a year more
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Aspen/Snowmass in the summer and fall – Affordable for Families


Summer dining on Aspen Mountain
The scenery is beautiful. There are plenty of activities. And you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars for lift tickets to have fun in the summer or fall in Aspen/Snowmass CO. more
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Arthur Tauck and the building of the family tourism industry


First Tauck tour ad
The next time your kids get in trouble in school, tell them Arthur Tauck’s story. more
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Tauck’s latest European river boat — extra space for families


MS Joy in Straubing Germany for christening
I’ve never seen a nicer bathroom onboard a river ship. It’s so spacious! It has a rain shower. And as the MS Joy boasts more suites and fewer guests than other similarly sized vessels, it is a good bet for families. more
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Rained out in Austria? No chance


Durstein, Austria
We’re about an hour northwest of Vienna—a great place for a respite after city touring, The entire area is famous for its abbeys, churches, castles, picturesque villages and hiking and cycling. The best part—It’s not at all crowded! more
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Aboard Carnival’s newest ship, the Vista


Carnival Vista
What’s first the new, super-fast waterslide, IMAX movie or SkyRide attraction? If you pick SkyRide, you get bragging rights for being among the first to ride a bike on an 800-foot track suspended 150 feet above the oceanWelcome aboard Carnival’s newest, biggest ship VISTA, with nearly 5,000 guests and 1,450 crew members. more
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Traveling abroad in an age of terrorism


London's Tower Bridge
I didn’t meet anyone onboard during our trip who was nervous about traveling with their kids in Europe this summer, even though we were in Crete, less than 200 miles from where the Egyptair plane went down more
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