The McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas hopes to have its SpeedCheck computerized check-in kiosks on line in local hotel-casinos by fall. Clark County Aviation Director Randy Walker said the $2 million high-tech system that prints boarding passes for 13 airlines serving the airport has been part of the solution to minimizing long waits in line in the post-9/11 era.
One of the solutions to eliminating a wait in line at an airline ticket counter, he said, was to develop SpeedCheck, a system Walker hopes will do for travel what ATMs have done for banking.
ARINC Inc., IBM, and McCarran developed the system and after debuting last summer, it became fully operational at the airport in October. Passengers who use the system pass a credit card or frequent-flier card through a reader and select the airline they're flying. The computer identifies the flight and prints a boarding pass. While several airlines have their own proprietary systems, SpeedCheck is the only one to have multiple airlines on one system.
Walker hopes to boost the computer system to a higher level in the fall by installing SpeedCheck kiosks as a test in three hotel-casinos. The resorts haven't been selected, but he said he hopes they'll be large properties to test the maximum capability of the system.
In addition to placing kiosks to print boarding passes at the resorts, Walker said he hopes to have personnel that can accept baggage and print bag tags when they check in. He said airlines that agree to be a part of the test must agree to hire a subcontractor to check bags for all the participating airlines and haul them to the airport. Not all of the airlines currently on the system would be on the system in the hotel kiosks.
Face-It Luggage Tags -- Your Face on Your Luggage|
There's no mistaking your luggage with the NEW Face-It Luggage Tag. The durable, laminated tag displays your face and the phrase "This Face Belongs With This Luggage."
A Face-It Luggage tag makes it less likely for a stranger or thief to walk off with your luggage and helps you recognize your luggage at a glance in hotels or airports. Face-It tags are also available for briefcases, portfolio books, backpacks, sporting equipment, musical instruments, bicycles and more.
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Name Your Room Rate at Heidel House
The “Name Your Own Room Rate” promotion is back again at Heidel House Resort in Green Lake, Wisconsin. The way it works is simple: Call the hotel and make a 'reasonable offer' for any room. The resort will decide whether to accept the offer. Many visitors stop at the web site first to check out other packages and offers - then phone in. The program is currently set to run through the end of the year.
Set on the shore of glacial Green Lake, Heidel House Resort has 199 guestrooms, three restaurants, 17,000 square feet of meeting space, an indoor pool, outdoor pool, fitness facilities, game room and arcade.
Located in Central Wisconsin at Highways 23 and 49, the resort is 90 miles from Milwaukee, 70 miles from Madison, 75 miles from Green Bay, 180 miles from Chicago and 250 miles from Minneapolis.
Heidel House Resort or 800/444-2812.
Funjet’s Best of Barbados
Funjet Vacations’ Best of Barbados 2004 offers savings for travelers to the Caribbean. Savings include a $100 per person credit, the first hotel night free, free daily breakfast, and on-island discounts for cruises, tours, car rentals, restaurants, shopping and more.
This offer is valid on bookings made online at participating hotels with a minimum seven-night stay required for all European Plan hotels and a five-night stay for all-inclusive hotels.
Best of Barbados savings are available at the following hotels and valid on select room categories: Almond Beach Club & Spa all-inclusive; Almond Beach Village all-inclusive; Amaryllis Beach Resort, Blue Horizon Hotel, Bougainvillea Beach Resort, Coconut Court Beach Hotel, The Fairmont Royal Pavilion, and Savannah Hotel.
Sample prices includes roundtrip airfare via American Airlines, roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, seven-nights’ accommodations at the Coconut Court Beach Resort, and 24-hour traveler assistance. Prices start at $519.99 from Atlanta, $524.99 from Boston, $619.99 from Denver, $574.99 from Houston, $669.99 from Los Angeles, and $589.99 from Chicago.
Prices are per person, for Monday to Friday departures Sep. 7 through Nov.24, 2004. Prices are based on double occupancy, are not retroactive, are subject to change without notice and may not be applicable on all departures and the least expensive class of service. Various cancellation penalties, payment requirements and holiday/special event/weekend surcharges may apply. The free night and $100 per person air credit is reflected in the price at the time of booking. Full daily buffet breakfast (European plan only) is provided for two adults only. Triples, quads, and children (when applicable) must pay a meal supplement for breakfasts.
Your Vacation Could be a Heart Stopper
A recent survey demonstrates that 84 percent of vacationers take part in behaviors that may increase the risk for a heart attack, the leading cause of vacation-related death.
The online poll of U.S. adults, conducted by Harris Interactive, shows that 53 percent of vacationers feel stress at times, 34 percent eat too much, 36 percent overindulge in alcohol and 59 percent of those that haven't been physically active overexert themselves. In addition, 37 percent had not been checked for high blood pressure -- a critical risk factor for heart attack -- within three months of their trip.
"More vacationers die from heart attacks than any other cause and this survey offers some interesting insight into factors that may contribute to this disturbing trend," said Karol E. Watson, MD, PhD, Director of the UCLA Center for Cholesterol and Hypertension Management.
Mornings Pose Biggest Risk - Research shows 34 percent of vacation heart attacks occur in the morning, while only 16 percent happen during the night. The Harris survey, which questioned 1,165 adult Americans who had taken a vacation within the past year, showed that about one in five respondents engaged in dangerous behaviors during the risky morning hours.
Beware the First Few Days - Vacation heart attacks occur disproportionately during the first two days of the trip and have been tied to stress caused by navigating traffic en route to the vacation site and/or adjustment to unfamiliar accommodations.
Tips for Limiting the Risk of a Heart Attack While on Vacation
Don't Overexert Yourself: Vacationers may participate in activities they lack the physical conditioning for, such as hiking, swimming or cycling. For some, walking in hot weather can cause some huffing and puffing. Studies show that vigorous exertion after periods of inactivity may increase a person's risk for a heart attack. If you aren't physically active on a regular basis, limit activities to a comfortable pace and stop if you feel tired, dizzy or have any type of chest pain.
Minimize Stress: Begin vacation planning early to avoid unpleasant surprises during your trip. Leave when traffic is normally light. At your destination, don’t over-schedule activities. If you must work while on vacation, limit your attention to priorities that can't wait until your return.
Know Your Health Status Before Departing: Visit your physician to check for silent dangers, like hypertension. According to the American Heart Association, more than 31 percent of people with high blood pressure are unaware that they have it.
Maintain a Healthy Diet: Don’t alter your diet too much while on vacation. The survey indicated that many vacationers not only overeat but eat less healthy foods. Studies show that high-fat foods may negatively affect heart blood vessel function for several hours after a meal.
Stay 2 Times, Earn Free Night at Choice Hotels
Choice Hotels offer a free night's lodging after every two separate stays at any Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion or MainStay Suites brand hotel in the U.S. this fall.
To participate in this promotion, which ends Dec. 31, 2004, you must be a member of the Choice Privileges guest rewards program. Members who stay on two separate occasions at any midscale Choice Hotels' brand in the U.S. will receive a minimum of 5,000 bonus points. Along with the points earned from the original two qualifying stays, the bonus will gives enough points to redeem for a free night on a future stay at most midscale Choice brand hotels throughout the U.S. There is no limit on the number of times you can earn free nights during the promotion.
Choice Privileges Membership or 888/770-6800.
WORLDHOTELS Half-Board Specials
Worldhotels guests can enjoy half-board rates discounted by up to 70 percent through May 31, 2005.
Offered at more than 80 member hotels around the world, the half-board package includes accommodations and breakfast, plus a choice of lunch or dinner and other extras offered by the individual hotel. The half-board specials are valid at a range of destinations in South American, Africa, Europe, Australia and Asia.
Worldhotels also offers a Latin American Suite Values special through May 15, 2005 The promotion includes up to 70 percent off the published rates, free breakfast, 1,500 frequent flyer miles per stay and upgrades upon availability.
Fall into America’s Caribbean Promotion
Big savings await travelers to America’s Caribbean this fall with the “Fall into America’s Caribbean” promotion offered by the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism and the U.S. Virgin Islands Hotel & Tourism Association.
Valid for travel through Dec. 15, 2004, the promotion provides ways for visitors to experience all that the USVI offers. Travelers will receive a free room upgrade (based on availability) and their fifth night free when a minimum four-night stay is booked at a participating hotel. The promotion includes a four-day car rental for the price of three days from Avis, Budget Rent a Car (mention promotion code SAQI), Judi of Croix, Cool Breeze Jeep Rental, Amalie Car Rental, and Tri Island Car Rental.
The USVI Department of Tourism provides visitors with spending money in the form of a $50 American Express traveler’s check, which may be stretched further with a $500 coupon booklet filled with discounts for attractions, activities, restaurants, retail shops and entertainment venues on all three islands.
Reservations for the “Fall into America’s Caribbean” promotion must be booked by Nov. 15, through a travel agent. Blackout dates at select properties apply.
U.S. Virgin Islands or 800/372-8784.
Skanplus Hotel Pass
The new Skanplus hotel chain has come up with a hotel pass that provides discounts up to 50 percent and every sixth night free at more than 170 hotels across Scandinavia and northern European countries such as Germany, Denmark, Switzerland and Belgium.
You can use the pass seven days a week in summer, and weekends and holidays the rest of the year. One pass is valid for two adults and accompanying children.
Ask for a hotel pass when making your reservation, and you'll receive it upon check-in. Or you can purchase it online. The hotel pass costs 12 euro or around $15. If you are leaving within two weeks, buy your Skanplus Hotel Pass at the hotel upon arrival.
Sample hotel rates, which are per person, per night in a double room with breakfast, are:
In Norway from 313 kroners (approx. $46), Sweden from 300 kronars (approx. $40), Denmark from 355 kroner (approx. $59) and from 31 euro in Finland (approx $38) .
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Police Capture International Robbers
Malaysian police in Kuala Lumpur arrested five Iranians – two men, one woman, a boy and a girl. Police recovered money in various currencies totaling RM 52,000 (about $13,000 in U.S. dollars) and an undisclosed amount of jewelry. Posing as Interpol police officers, the five were targeting tourists in the city’s tourist belt.
Within 24 hours of arriving at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, they committed their first theft. It is believed they got as much as RM 131,000 (US$34,000) from 23 robberies reported to police in the city.
After flashing a white plastic card with their names and the police department logo to dupe the victims, and using their children as a cover, they accuse the victims of carrying drugs. On the pretext of doing a search they insist the victims hand over their bags. The victims later realize their cash and valuables are missing.
Malaysian police confirm some of the foreigners robbed included a Pakistani engineer, a Sri Lankan and a Yemeni businessman. In a three week period, police received 23 robbery reports involving tourists.
|Star Party on Hawaii's Big Island|
High atop the 13,796-foot dormant volcano, Mauna Kea's mars-like landscape sets the mood for an out-of-this-world adventure. Beginning Oct. 1, the general public will have access to an observatory on Mauna Kea with the introduction of regularly scheduled Subaru Telescope tours.
Subaru Telescope is one of 13 world-class telescopes, representing nine countries and 30 years of astronomy research, that make up Mauna Kea's science reserve. It is operated by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) and the University of Hawaii. "Subaru" is the Japanese word for the constellation Pleiades, also known as the Seven Sisters.
Visitors with four-wheel drive vehicles can meet at the summit of Mauna Kea, where it is easy to appreciate the mountain's unique geographical landscape and cultural significance. Visitors are advised to spend at least 30 minutes at the Onizuka Center for International Astronomy to acclimate to the high altitude (9,300 feet elevation) before the telescope tour.
The 30-minute tour begins at the base of the 120-foot tall telescope enclosure, where visitors are met by an observatory staff member. Once inside the observatory, visitors ride an elevator to the telescope's viewing deck nearly 80 feet above the ground for a bird's eye view of the entire structure. To fully appreciate the magnitude of the telescope, visitors then descend to the ground floor to stand directly next to the telescope and the mirror.
Unlike the limited telescopes of backyard astronomers, the Subaru Telescope features a primary mirror that is 8.3 meters (about 25 feet) in diameter, the largest single-piece mirror in the world. Now scientists are able to see deeper into space, discover new galaxies and photograph a wider area of space.
During the tour, visitors will experience near-freezing temperatures, which are necessary to cool the telescope and maintain its function. Because of the cold and high altitude, where oxygen levels are lower, safety restrictions must be observed. Tours are closed to pregnant women, children under 16 years of age and anyone with health concerns that make them susceptible to high altitude sickness. Scuba divers should schedule dives on a day separate from the day of their Subaru Telescope tour to avoid the extreme change in atmospheric pressure.
The free tours, in English and Japanese, will be offered Monday through Friday at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Individuals and groups may sign up for tours on a first-come, first serve basis by visiting the Subaru Telescope web site. The Visitor Gallery is located at the Base Facility of Subaru Telescope in Hilo, on the Big Island of Hawai'i. The address is 650 North A'ohoku Place, Hilo, Hawaii 96720.
Subaru Summit Tour Inquiry Hotline 808/934-5056.
|Special Holiday Offers at Arizona Biltmore|
BOOK BY SEP. 30 -- Spend Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year's in sunny Arizona. Through the holiday season, Nov. 19 through Jan. 2, 2005, The Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa offers rates from $295 if you book by Sep. 30, 2004. The published rate during this time period is $340.
With a minimum two-night stay, you receive a $100 resort credit which can be used for any spa services, purchases in the retail shops, or dining in any of the resort's restaurants, cafes and lounges. Tax and resort fee are not included.
The resort offers eight swimming pools, seven tennis courts; full-service spa, salon, and
fitness center; two 18-hole PGA golf courses; and 18-hole putting course. The Spa now includes "It's All About Me" teen treatments and a "Poolside Spa" catering to kids. The Kids Korral program features supervised sports, games, arts and crafts for children five to 12 years old.
Arizona Biltmore or 800/950-0086.
Cheap Tix Chart
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sporting events. Discounts can be 50 percent or more. On The Go
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|Wuksachi Lodge Off-Season, Midweek Discounts|
The Wuksachi Lodge, in Sequoia National Park, offers fall and winter midweek lodging rates up to 50 percent off from peak season rates.
Beginning Oct. 1, standard room rates drop to $99 per night, and from Oct. 31 through March 17, 2005, standard room rates drop again to $79 per night. Rates quoted are for Sunday through Thursday stays over non-holiday periods, based on availability, and do not include tax.
Autumn brings crisp, cooler temperatures, less crowds and star-studded evening skies. For recreation, there are hundreds of hiking trails. The new Giant Forest Museum, at the Lodgepole Visitors Center, is open daily and admission is free. Interpretive programs, scheduled and conducted by the National Park Service, are also free.
Wuksachi Lodge or 888/252-5757.
|Viking River Cruises 2-for-1|
HURRY! BOOK BY SEP. 15 -- Viking River Cruises offers a 2-for-1 special on its Dnieper River cruise through the scenic landscapes of Ukraine.
You can save up to $2,859 per cabin with this special on the Oct. 3 sailing. The 14-night Footsteps of the Cossacks cruise sails roundtrip from Kiev and visits Dnepropetrovsk, Nova Kachovka, Odessa, Sevastopol, Kherson and Zaporozhye.
Starting from $2,159 per cabin, the package includes outside cabin accommodations, all meals and daily shore excursions for two passengers. Roundtrip airfare, including transfers, can be added to create a complete vacation. Ask for offer code 002-66River.
The discounted rates are for double occupancy cabins and must be paid in full when you book. The 2-for-1 offer is subject to availability, some restrictions may apply and expires Sep. 15, 2004.
Viking River Cruises or 877/668-4546.
|Song International Service|
Song, Delta Air Lines' low-fare, air service, will begin its first international route, from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport to Nassau, Bahamas. on Dec. 1, 2004. One-way fares start from $139. Tickets are non-transferable and seats are limited . All Song flights are operated by Delta Air Lines.
This new route will feature personal video monitors at each seat, including 24 channels of live, satellite television; 24 channels of audio programming; two video-on-demand, pay-per-view movies and interactive trivia games.
Song’s onboard food program features organic selections and low-carb offerings.
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Each rental comes with a neighborhood guide, breakfast provisions for the first day or two of your stay, a telephone help line, and what to do and see.
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LAKE COUNTY LIGHTS OF LAKE FESTIVAL -- The annual Lights of Lake Festival, in Lake County Florida, will
provide a sparkling setting for holiday celebrations as millions of lights adorn the city beginning Nov. 26.
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