Travel News: January 1, 2015 – Hawaii Tourism Boost, Airports Go Farm To Table and Hotel Helps Homeless Dogs Find Homes

Challenge At Manele Lanai Hawaii

Hawaii tourism sees big boost from mainland visitors

Hawaii’s tourism industry is expected to end the year on a high note.

In November, the Hawaii Tourism Authority says total spending by visitors increased 3.4 percent to $1.1 billion compared to the same time last year, while arrivals grew 2.2 percent to 637,664 visitors.

There was a big boost in arrivals from the mainland thanks to an increase in the number of airline seats available. Arrivals by air from U.S. West rose 4.3 percent to 267,696 visitors.

“As our airline partners monitor their airfares to meet load factors, it is important that we work together to sustain demand to support these routes and ensure that they remain in market,” said Ronald Williams, Hawaii Tourism Authority CEO.


New Year’s Eve stampede kills 35 on Shanghai’s Bund tourist strip

A stampede killed at least 35 people and injured 43 during New Year’s Eve celebrations in Shanghai, on the city’s famed waterfront tourist strip known as the Bund, authorities said.

The Shanghai government said that large crowds started to stampede in Chen Yi Square on the Bund just before midnight, with authorities working to rescue and aid the wounded.

It was not immediately clear what triggered the stampede. The official Xinhua news agency said many of the injured were students.


Airports Modernize Dining Options With Farm-to-Terminal Fare
New York Times

Outside of the hotel minibar, few places for business travelers have had more unhealthy fare than airports, home of the stale, prewrapped sandwich and fast food burger. But that is starting to change.

The farm-to-table movement has come to airports across the country, bringing fresh, local produce, meat and other goods to restaurants led by well-known chefs and shops with local culinary specialties.

“It’s the same kind of renaissance that we’re seeing streetside,” said Frank Sickelsmith, vice president for adult beverage and restaurant development for HMSHost, which runs concessions at more than 100 airports. “Airports want iconic brands from the local market. More often now, that’s farm-to-table.”


Hotel Employs Adoptable Dogs As Greeters, Finds Them Homes

At this hotel, guests are welcomed with a wagging tail or a warm lick on the face.

A dog will bound out from behind the registration desk, clad in an “Adopt Me” vest, as visitors arrive at the Aloft hotel in downtown Asheville, North Carolina, believed to be the only hotel in the United States where guests can adopt the dog that greets them when they check in.

But the hotel doesn’t overwhelm road-weary travelers at this mountain tourist mecca, where people come to tour the nation’s largest home, the Biltmore estate; cast a fly-fishing rod; or hoist a beer in what has been dubbed “Beer City USA.” Only one adoptable dog is at the hotel at a time, and is always on a leash.


By: Matt Long

Matt has a true passion for travel. As someone who has a bad case of the travel bug, Matt travels the world in order to share tips on where to go, what to see and how to experience the best the world has to offer.

I help you experience the best the world has to offer!

Please enter a valid email address.
Something went wrong. Please check your entries and try again.