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St. Louis Zoo To Open Animal-Themed Hotel

St. Louis Zoo To Open Animal-Themed Hotel Oct 8th, 2013 at 11:00AM: Flickr, Jorge Rodrigo Gonzalez The St. Louis Zoo has some major expansion plans in store for the next several decades, including an open savannah, a gondola crossing the park, a formal restaurant and a boutique hotel. The Missouri zoo will be making big changes to their existing park and developing a new site, bringing the total campus to over 100 acres, and creating new animal habitats and...

Impact Of Sequester Cuts On Travel: Festivals Not So Festive

Impact Of Sequester Cuts On Travel: Festivals Not So Festive Apr 10th, 2013 at 5:30PM: Recent sequester cuts have had a big impact on travel in a number of ways. Cutbacks have resulted in everything from grounding the Navy's Blue Angels at dozens of air shows around the country to turning Houston's George Bush Intercontinental into a third world-like airport. Cuts to the budgets of national parks have popular attractions opening on a delayed schedule, closing visitor centers and...

Flight To Comet Sold Out But There Are Other Options

Flight To Comet Sold Out But There Are Other Options Mar 8th, 2013 at 3:00PM: Astronomers are calling 2013 "the year of the comet" as the first of two comets set to swing by Earth comes within view of the naked eye. Some avid sky watchers may be viewing with binoculars. Others may get an even closer view, thanks to a German travel agency. On March 16, Eclipse Travel of Bonn, Germany, will have Air Berlin's flight 1000 full of stargazers, giving them two hours closer...

Valentine's Day Help For The Clueless

Valentine's Day Help For The Clueless Feb 12th, 2013 at 9:00AM: Valentines Day can be full of fun and joy or a stressful day for those who forgot to do something special for their loved one. While there may be just days left to plan a memorable event, there are options. Go Skydiving "Nothing says 'I love you!' like jumping out of a plane together," says Skydive Spaceland in Houston. The company touts Valentine's Day Specials like a Valentine's Day...

Photo Of The Day: Airplane Over Houston

Photo Of The Day: Airplane Over Houston Oct 23rd, 2012 at 6:30PM: With modern photo editing techniques, it's often difficult to tell the real from the, well, embellished. Today's Photo of the Day was snapped by Flickr user Neil Marek with an iPhone during an airplane descent on George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas. Its vintage feel is courtesy of Snapseed, an easy-to-use photo editing software for the iPhone, iPad and desktops, which...

Crazy Video: Wild Arabic Dancing In Texas

Oct 5th, 2012 at 3:00PM: Arab culture has an image problem. Most outsiders think they don't have any fun. As one acquaintance informed me, "Arabs are a dour lot." He'd never actually hung out with any Arabs. Anyone who has can tell you that they do have a sense of fun, as this video shows. Uploader noxalicious tells us this was filmed in Cafe Layal in Houston, Texas. This guy gets so into the music that he ends up on...

Space Travel To Include Interstellar Trips In 100 Years

Space Travel To Include Interstellar Trips In 100 Years Sep 10th, 2012 at 3:00PM: The idea of space travel has its fans. But other than NASA astronauts or those wiling to pay a hefty fee to Richard Branson for a sub-orbital flight, few of us will actually see space, the final frontier. Interstellar flight, human travel beyond our solar system, seems even more elusive. The 100-year Starship Initiative, aims to change all that and even has the backing of one former U.S...

Historic Battleship USS Texas Taking In Water, Leaking Oil

Jun 17th, 2012 at 10:00AM: The USS Texas is America's oldest battleship. Commissioned in 1914, it fought in both World War I and World War II. Since 1948 it's been utilized as a museum at La Porte, Texas, on the outskirts of Houston. Now the vessel is in peril. It's sprung a leak and is taking on water. So much water entered the ship that it started noticeably listing to port. The old oil tanks got flooded. While the...

US Airports Spend Billions On International Expansion

US Airports Spend Billions On International Expansion Apr 18th, 2012 at 4:00PM: The American airports of tomorrow are being built today as ongoing projects take shape to handle an increasing number of fliers. Around the country, projects are being considered, underway or nearing completion as travelers from around the world make their way to the United States. As reported by Aviation Pros, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's nearly $350 million comprehensive...

Find hotel deals with new booking site Guestmob

Find hotel deals with new booking site Guestmob Mar 22nd, 2012 at 2:00PM: The Internet has brought us many ways to research and book hotels at prices much lower than the hotels' published rate. Aggregate sites like Kayak and Orbitz give you the best available rate (BAR) without pre-payment on a specific hotel, while "opaque" sites like Priceline and Hotwire allow you to bid for a room below BAR but the actual property remains hidden until after you book and the purchase...

Seattle's new Hot Tub Boats: swingin' in the rain

Seattle's new Hot Tub Boats: swingin' in the rain Mar 21st, 2012 at 4:30PM: I live in Seattle. So I can state with authority that out here if you want hipster street cred you'll be rocking at least some sartorial remnant of the '70s -- be it a pair of groovy shades, nut-hugger jeans, a polyester dress or booty cut-offs. What else is reminiscent of the '70s? Hot tubs, baby. And now, chilly (but oh so cool) Seattleites and visitors alike can have a relaxing retro outing...

'Egyptomania' grips Houston

'Egyptomania' grips Houston Mar 19th, 2012 at 2:00PM: The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas, has just opened a new exhibition exploring the West's fascination with ancient Egypt. "Egyptomania" collects forty objects from the Egyptian revivals of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. This was the time when the West became widely aware of the great civilization of Egypt and started excavating there. Cutting open mummies became popular...

California woman arrested in nail-painting incident on Southwest flight

California woman arrested in nail-painting incident on Southwest flight Mar 8th, 2012 at 12:00PM: According to CBS Los Angeles, a California woman was arrested in late February for painting her nails on a Southwest flight bound for Houston. The woman, identified as Jeanie Daniels, was on her way to visit her boyfriend and claims that the passengers seated next to her agreed to let her do her nails. But one of the flight attendants reportedly objected, so Daniels retreated to the bathroom to...

Photo of the Day- Predawn Houston

Photo of the Day- Predawn Houston Feb 4th, 2012 at 5:14PM: Today's Photo of the Day comes from Flickr user Theodore Scott who brings us this "view of Houston from Buffalo Bayou Park, shortly before dawn," from an impressive photostream. Called "Houston's most significant resource", a major enhancement project is underway to improve aesthetic and recreational opportunities while simultaneously regaining the waterway's flood conveyance capacity and...

First domestic 787 begins construction

First domestic 787 begins construction Aug 19th, 2011 at 10:30AM: Production and delivery of the 787 jumbo jet is starting to shift into high gear, and as ANA shows off its new Japanese aircraft the focus is now turning to the domestic carriers. Delivery of the new Boeing aircraft to its first domestic carrier is slated for the merged Continental/United airlines -- it was Continental's order (in 2004!) before the two giants joined forces. Planned for...

Cuba: Nine US cities cleared for charter flights

Cuba: Nine US cities cleared for charter flights Aug 1st, 2011 at 1:30PM: Nine US airports have been approved for charter flights to Cuba, Reuters reported this morning. The Cuban travel agency Havanatur Celimar made the announcement on Friday. The US government forbids commercial flights between the United States and Cuba, so all air travel between the two countries has to proceed on charter planes. The Obama Administration has already removed all restrictions...

Southwest Airlines suspends, reinstates pilot after profanity-laced rant

Southwest Airlines suspends, reinstates pilot after profanity-laced rant Jun 22nd, 2011 at 12:00PM: Southwest Airlines confirms that it suspended a pilot who was caught ranting over air traffic control channels in a profane, misogynistic and homophobic manner. The event, originally reported by CBS 2 in Houston, states that the pilot's speech on March 25 tied up frequencies for other pilots in the area. CBS 2 (see the video reporting on the incident) says the unidentified pilot "could be heard...

4 U.S. cities that need a major theme park

4 U.S. cities that need a major theme park Apr 14th, 2011 at 8:00AM: A glance at a map of the United States makes my theme park-addicted mind flag the states and cities with theme parks. To me, the states without theme parks look like big holes in the map. I figured I'd list the cities that I feel could use a major theme park. I'm going to preface this list by admitting that I have a completely outsider's view of these cities. I'm going mainly on the population, so...

Trail rides and wagon trains converge in Houston to kick off world's largest rodeo

Trail rides and wagon trains converge in Houston to kick off world's largest rodeo Mar 2nd, 2011 at 12:30PM: In a salute to the Old West, 13 trail rides and wagon trains--some coming from 336 miles away--have converged to mark the start of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, which runs through March 20th. The world's largest exhibition and rodeo entertainment show was developed to "encourage and promote the breeding, raising, and marketing of better livestock and farm products at public fairs and to...

First major signs of the United - Continental merger: 500 jobs lost in Houston

First major signs of the United - Continental merger: 500 jobs lost in Houston Feb 8th, 2011 at 11:00AM: We'll file this piece of news under "quelle surprise" - now United Airlines and Continental Airlines are working hard to merge their companies, the first victims will be found at the Houston based headquarters of Continental. Within the management and clerical ranks, 500 people will soon be without a job. The firings begin in April, and will continue through June 30. Workers will leave with...

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