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Jul 19, 2009

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood announced that the Federal Railroad Administration has received 278 pre-applications for grant funding totaling USD 102 billion. The money will come from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for the High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail competitive grant program. OThe response has been tremendous and shows that the country is ready for high-speed rail,O LaHood said. OItOs time to look beyond our highways and invest in public transportation services like rail, which will enhance regional mobility and reduce our carbon footprint.O Jul 17, 2009

The measure is due to the health situation that Influenza A causes and for the alerts that the Brazilian government has been announced to the population of this country. The operation was programmed for September. Jul 15, 2009

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has ranked Honolulu as the fourth-best city in the world for business travel. Honolulu was one of three U.S. cities ranked in the top 10, joining Detroit (seventh) and Atlanta (eighth). According to the report, OEIUOs Business Travel index assessed and compared 140 cities as potential venues for business trips, conferences and training locations. The methodology accounts for cost considerations alongside environmental factors such as stability, infrastructure, culture and health care.O www.hawaiiconvention.com. Jul 13, 2009

3 Palms

The O3 PalmsO brand for upscale independent properties -- operated by AmericaOs Best Franchising Incorporated -- continues to grow as it celebrates one year of operations and adds three new properties: 3 Palms Oceanfront Hotel in Myrtle Beach (www.3palmsmyrtlebeach.com), is directly on Grand Strand. This eight-story property features two outdoor ocean front pools, private beach access, and 136 recently-renovated rooms, suites, and studio units. Tanglewood Resort Hotel & Conference Center (www.tanglewoodresort.com) in Pottsboro, Texas, near Fort Worth, is located on Lake Texoma, and offers guests an 18-hole championship golf course, a wide variety of water sports, and accommodations in 248 rooms, suites, and villas. Beverly Hills Inn (www.beverlyhillsinn.com) in AtlantaOs Buckhead community, was built in 1929, features 18 distinctive historic rooms and was AtlantaOs first bed and breakfast. This brings to nine the number of 3 Palms resorts and hotels with a total of 1,061 rooms that are operating in the United States. Jul 16, 2009

American Travel Writers

Two of Rocky MountaineerOs rail journeys have been selected by the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) as the most exciting and scenic train experiences in the world. SATW, the worldOs largest organization of professional travel journalists and photographers with members in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia, recently conducted a poll on the OTop 10O train rides. CanadaOs Rocky Mountaineer took the number one spot, with the Whistler Mountaineer coming in at number eight. OHaving both of our trains selected in the OTop 10O is an amazing acknowledgement and gives us further indication that we are providing our guests with premier travel experiences,O said Randy Powell, president of Rocky Mountaineer. Jul 14, 2009

Aston Hotels

Expedia.com has recognized the Aston Waikiki Beach Tower as an InsidersO Select hotel. The InsidersO Select list recognizes the top 1 percent of more than 80,000 hotels and resorts offered on Expedia.com. This is the second year in a row that the property was awarded. As an InsidersO Select hotel, the Aston Waikiki Beach Tower will have a special award designation on ExpediaOs search results page and next to the property description on the global websites. In addition, the hotel received a commemorative plaque for display at the front desk. www.astonhotels.com. Jul 16, 2009

Aston Hotels

To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the Aston Waikiki Beach Tower is offering a slew of gifts to guests, including a USD 2,500 shopping spree at Neiman Marcus for one guest. The guest will be surprised at check-in. To qualify, the guest must stay at the condominium resort during October and November 2009. In addition, every 25th registered guest will receive a custom Martin & MacArthur Hawaiian Koa wood platter valued at more than USD 500. The round platter includes a stand so it can be displayed upright. And each traveling party will receive a handcrafted Martin & MacArthur Koa wood wine stopper and corkscrew set upon check-in (one per room). www.astonhotels.com. Jul 15, 2009

Atlantic City

Construction of Atlantic CityOs non-casino event venue is now underway at the end of The Pier Shops at Caesars. One Atlantic extends 100 yards over the Atlantic Ocean and offers panoramic ocean views for weddings, corporate galas and social events. This venue is slated for completion in December 2009. One Atlantic will offer full-service planning and production services. Reservations are now being accepted for 2010 events. The contemporary design features 10,000 square feet of integrated event space and beach views, boardwalk and ocean through floor-to-ceiling windows and an outdoor terrace. The spaceOs flexibility will allow for a broad range of set-ups, accommodating everything from cocktail receptions for 1,000 and 500-person banquets to intimate gatherings of as few as 20. The outdoor garden terrace offers over 2,000 square feet of space and can accommodate up to 200 guests. Jul 17, 2009

Brendan Vacations

As part of Brendan Vacations initiatives to drive social awareness through the preservation of national wildlife reserves and other ecotourism destinations, the company partnered with HESC, a nonprofit organization for nature conservation programs. Toward this objective they have adopted Sheila, a severely injured female cheetah. OWe at Brendan are extremely concerned about the growing list of endangered animals. We believe that the protection and preservation of these animals should be paramount on everyoneOs list. Part of our job at Brendan is to spread the word around and to drive awareness to this cause,O said Gary Murphy, president of Brendan Vacations. www.brendanvacations.com. Jul 15, 2009

Charleston, S.C.

The Charleston, S.C., area is extending value-loaded packages through Sept. 30, 2009. Folly Beach Holiday Inn Oceanfront provides the OWater, Water EverywhereO package, based on availability with rates starting at USD 415 per room, per night; ResortQuest is offering a BlazinO Saddles package; and the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina has the SullivanOs Island Beach Experience packages, which starts at USD 129 per room, per night. www.explorecharleston.com. Jul 16, 2009

Classic Vacations

Classic Vacations is the newest addition to TripologyOs Travel Industry Supporter Program. As part of the program, Classic Vacations will reimburse Tripologists for each lead they purchase from Tripology that results in a booking with the travel provider. TripologyOs Travel Industry Supplier Program is a win-win for both the companyOs travel specialists, known as Tripologists, and for travel industry providers. For travel specialists, the new program offers the opportunity to garner free lead credits for bookings made with participating industry supporters. Industry supporters gain exposure to new clients via TripologyOs...

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