A trip to San Antonio, Texas is not complete without a visit to the Alamo, where a fierce battle with Mexican troops was fought in 1836. Travelers can also participate in such essential activities as dining al fresco along the 15-mile River Walk and shopping for cowboy boots at Leighelena.
Independent hotels are following the lead of the big chains and adopting family-oriented strategies of their own. Offerings range from educational excursions to laid-back public spaces where kids can get together.
Air Canada is offering vacation packages to Iceland as the carrier prepares to launch its service to Reykjavik in June. The seasonal service aboard Air Canada Rouge will feature four weekly flights from Toronto and three from Montreal.
The Grand Velas resorts in Mexico are included in agents' list of their favorite family-friendly all-inclusive resorts that suit a variety of budgets and travel needs. The chosen resorts have fun activities for children and amenities designated for adults.
The updated 49-room Anvil Hotel in scenic Jackson, Wyo., beckons big-city visitors with a motif that serves up luxury amenities in a frontier setting. "My goal was to open something that feels of this place. ... Not something forced," hotelier Erik Warner said.
CNBC's Phil LeBeau takes an inside look at air traffic control congestion and how an upgraded, improved ATC system can make flying better for travelers. "The congestion on the ground continues to grow at the largest airports in the country," LeBeau reports. American Airlines executive Lorne Cass says the biggest priority is that the ATC system needs to be upgraded.
Charles Leocha, chairman and founder of Travelers United, is urging members of Congress against imposing an airport tax increase on airline passengers. "PFC user fees are already exorbitant and aviation consumers are paying enough," Leocha writes.
Southwest Airlines became an industry leader in brand consistency in 2013 when it launched a three-year plan to introduce its now-iconic heart symbol to the public. "For Southwest, the heart represents warmth, compassion, care and the 'heart' of its employees," Katie Sehl writes.
A tribal casino in East Windsor, Conn., would likely be tied up in court by MGM due to competition with its upcoming Springfield, Mass., resort, while opening bids for a third casino in the state could threaten slot revenue, and doing nothing would divert money to Massachusetts, Dan Haar writes. A fourth option could include the state making a deal with MGM in which the Las Vegas-based operator agrees to pay a percentage of revenue in exchange for guarantees of a casino-free zone along Interstate 91, Haar says.
Palace Station in Las Vegas is hoping to rehome its train-themed artwork in the Neon Museum as it gears up for a multimillion-dollar renovation. The casino will add a new bingo room with expanded seating and build restaurants inside its former bingo area.
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