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Feb 18th
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A new $1.5 billion world-class airport terminal to better serve the millions of international tourists who come to Los Angeles each year moved one step closer to reality Feb. 22, 2010 when city and airport officials broke ground on the project.

When completed in 2012, the Bradley West Project at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) will be able to handle more Airbus A380 super-jumbo jet flights than any other airport in North America.
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The Thunderbird Lodge in Canyon de Chelly National Monument in Arizona will again offer the popular "Magical History Tour," a two-night package that offers a way for visitors to experience the canyon's 2,000 years of human existence and breathtaking, rugged landscape.
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The likelihood of a future runway collision at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) should be reduced now that the Los Angeles World Airports and the Federal Aviation Administration have agreed to fully implement a Runway Safety Status Lights (RWSL) system at LAX by 2012.

LAX, the sixth busiest airport in the world, has been using a prototype system that was installed June 2009. The expanded RWSL system will increase the overall safety of aircraft operations at LAX by reducing the likelihood of a runway collision, officials said.
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Independent and budget-minded travelers will have four new Alaska cruisetour options this summer from Princess Cruises that the company said will be more affordable and more flexible.

These new "A la Carte"cruisetours spend an extra day at one of the Denali-area Princess lodges, but do not include excursions, giving travelers the time to customize their own daily schedules.
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Four Cruise Lines Offering Deals for Using Port of San Diego

Carnival, Celebrity Cruises, Holland America and Royal Caribbean, cruise lines that serve the Port of San Diego, are inviting travelers to experience beginning and ending a cruise from the Big Bay.
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Lake Powell Resorts Renovates Discovery XL Platinum Houseboats

Lake Powell Resorts & Marinas, managed by ARAMARK Parks and Destinations, has completed the renovation of its fleet of 25 Discovery XL houseboats.

The remodeled and renamed 59-foot Discovery XL Platinum houseboats, which sleep up to 12 people, will be ready in time for the 2010 season and are affordably priced at low seasonal rates, the resort said.
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Arizona River Runners Adds Grand Canyon Rafting Spring Trips

Arizona River Runners, an authorized concessionaire of Grand Canyon National Park, is offering three new spring trips designed to offer visitors more time for additional side-canyon hiking and discovery in the milder temperatures of the desert available during the month of April.

This will be the only time that these special trips are being offered during the 2010 season, the company said.
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New Disney Hawaiian Resort Now Has a Name, Web Site

Disney's new plush Hawaiian multi-million-dollar resort, with the first phase opening fall 2011, now has an official name - Aulani - thanks to a selection process that included research by Hawaiians.

According to Disney officials, Aulani translates from the Hawaiian language to English, as meaning "the place that speaks for the great ones" or "the place that speaks with deep messages."
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Hawaii's Kahala Hotel and Resort Expands Adventures Program

The Kahala Hotel & Resort in Honolulu, Hawaii has kicked up the fun factor for guests by adding Keawe Ocean Adventures to its list of activities, which also includes the popular Dolphin Quest and Kahala Kids programs.

According to the resort, Keawe Ocean Adventures sees the beach as a journey of fun and discovery. Their ocean experts are inspirational guides that make seemingly difficult water activities accessible no matter what age or skill level. All activities take place in Maunalua Bay, fronting The Kahala from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
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Stratosphere Las Vegas to Add World's Highest ‘Skyjump'

What is being called the world's highest controlled freefall attraction in the world, SkyJump Las Vegas will open April 2010 at the Stratosphere Las Vegas Hotel & Casino.

Riders of the new attraction will experience thrills similar to skydiving and base jumping - with the added benefit of doing it over the Las Vegas Strip - day or night, the resort said.
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Buffalo Bill Historical Center Launches Winter Wonder Workshops

The Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming launches its Winter Wonder Workshops on Jan. 9, 2010, including the "Learning from the Western Masters" workshop with popular western artist M.C. "Mike" Poulsen.

The studio art class helps participants develop their artistic skills by studying and duplicating the techniques of the great artists of yesterday, all within the extraordinary galleries of the Historical Center.
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Las Vegas Monorail Will Remain Open on New Year's Eve

While Sin City is hosting several hundred thousand revelers on New Year's Eve, the Las Vegas Monorail will continue to transport people from one end of the Strip to the other, even when Las Vegas Boulevard closes to vehicles and buses.
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ARIA Resort & Casino Opens On Las Vegas Strip With Rooftop Fireworks

Under a canopy of fireworks illuminating the night sky, ARIA Resort & Casino, a 61-story, 4,000-room gaming resort, opened its doors Dec. 16, 2009 on the Las Vegas Strip and welcomed its first guests.

The tallest structure in CityCenter, ARIA Resort & Casino redefines the Las Vegas skyline and creates a strong sense of space, according to Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, designers of the resort and casino.
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L.A.'s Ontario International Airport Closing Parking Lot 3

As another sign of the economic downturn hitting the airline industry, effective Jan. 11, 2010, LA/Ontario International Airport (ONT) will close Lot 3 to public parking. Passengers and visitors who normally use Lot 3 are encouraged to park in Lot 5, located just east of Terminal 4.

"Closing Lot 3, which holds 857 spaces and is only at 30 percent capacity throughout the year, will help the airport lower its operational costs," said Jess Romo, ONT's manager. "The closure is projected to save the airport about $650,000 a year in expenses to run the lot. In 2008, we closed Lot F, saving the airport close to $1 million a year."
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Crystals at CityCenter Opens on Las Vegas Strip

Showcasing an array of some of the world's most exclusive retailers and dining destinations, Crystals at CityCenter has opened, helping to redefine downtown Las Vegas' shopping experience.

"In Crystals we have coupled stunning architecture and interior design with one-of-a-kind offerings from the fashion industry's most celebrated brands to create a premier social and cultural environment in the heart of the city," said Frank Visconti, president of retail for CityCenter. "Here, Las Vegas visitors have a unique place to discover the finer things in life."
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Three Airlines Fined for Stranding Passengers on Airplane

The Department of Transportation (DOT) has fined Continental Airlines and ExpressJet Airlines a total of $100,000 for their roles in causing the passengers on board Continental Express flight 2816 to remain on the aircraft at Rochester International Airport on Aug. 8, 2009 for an unreasonable period of time.
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Cruise Into the New Year Queen Mary Style

The Queen Mary, the historic transatlantic liner that is now a hotel resort in Long Beach, California, is offering a New Year's Eve 2009 celebration package that includes five entertainment venues and a fireworks extravaganza for one low price plus a range of accommodation and dining packages.
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Hawaiian Airlines Celebrates 80 Years of Service for Hawaii

Hawaiian Airlines, the pioneering carrier of the Pacific and one of the nation's longest-serving carriers, has celebrated its 80th anniversary of continuous service for Hawaii.

Hawaiian's airport stations statewide were decorated on Nov. 12, 2009 to recognize the historic occasion, and arriving passengers at Honolulu International Airport were greeted with fresh flower lei and serenaded with live Hawaiian music.
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Keystone Resort Opens Early Thanks to Winter Conditions in Colorado

Colorado's Keystone Resort opened Nov. 5, 2009 for skiers and snowboarders with two jumps and more than 20 features from its A51 Terrain Park, thanks to fresh snow on the mountain and a spate of cold temperatures that provided ideal conditions for Keystone's talented snowmaking team.
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Southwest Airlines Adding More St. Louis Flight Service

Southwest Airlines continues to show support for St. Louis travelers with another announcement for expanded service out of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

Southwest is adding nine flights to its May 2010 schedule. Six of the flights will be new destinations from Lambert for the Dallas-based carrier. The new Southwest destinations are Nashville, New Orleans, Seattle, San Diego, Raleigh-Durham and Los Angeles. An additional daily flight to Minneapolis is also part of the expanded service.
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