KERRI WESTENBERGHotel 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.
LOS ANGELES TIMESOnce 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.
DETROIT FREE PRESSBest 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.
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