A six-lane security screening checkpoint opened last week, and the original checkpoint was closed for remodeling, at MSP's Terminal 2-Humphrey, which is used by AirTran Airways, Sun Country and other low-cost airlines. The new checkpoint, along with a large new floor mosaic, is located near the skyway to parking and light-rail transit. It can handle 150 more people per hour than could the original, which will reopen in early 2013 to help process the growing number of flyers at Terminal 2. By early next year, the terminal will also host six new concessions, including a Surdyk's Flights cafe.


Hotel upgrades on rise

All of those shiny new amenities you've seen at your hotel lately -- fitness equipment, flat-screen TVs and redesigned lobbies -- are part of a nationwide trend. Hotels are expected to spend $5 billion on improvements in 2012, a 33 percent increase over 2011, said Bjorn Hanson of New York University's Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management.


Once again, step inside the Statue of Liberty

Good news for Lady Liberty fans: The interior of the Statue of Liberty will reopen Oct. 28. The 126-year-old structure has been closed since last October for upgrades to the aging elevators, stairs, restrooms and safety systems. Keep up with details of the reopening at www.nps.gov/stli.


Best vacation spots for all in the family

Multigenerational trips are on the rise, so the members and editors of VirtualTourist.com compiled a list of the "Top Ten Multi-Generational Destinations." They are: Florence, Italy; Washington, D.C.; London; Banff National Park and Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada; Barcelona, Spain; Costa Rica; San Diego; safari in Kenya and Tanzania, Africa; Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and the Gold Coast, Australia.