Passports will soon be needed again to fly to Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean

By the end of the month, air travelers will again need passports when flying between the USA and Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean (including Bermuda). Faced with an overwhelming backlog of passport applications, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a temporary ruling in June that allowed air travelers to fly as long as they carried proof that their passports were pending, according to Travel Weekly (free registration).

But with that temporary reprieve about to expire, the DHS sent out a press release yesterday “reminding air carriers and the traveling public that the temporary Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) accommodation allowing U.S. citizens to travel by air within the Western Hemisphere using a Department of State (DOS) official proof of passport application receipt will end as scheduled at midnight on Sept. 30.” Next year, the law will be extended to include land border crossings, according to Travel Weekly.

The top 10 attractions in the U.S

TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel community, today announced the top 10 attractions in the U.S. according to traveler popularity and TripAdvisor editors.

1. Magical Mecca: Orlando, Florida
2. Circus Atmosphere: Cirque du Soleil, Las Vegas, Nevada
3. Hawaii 6-0: Hana Highway, Maui, Hawaii
4. Grand Plans: Grand Canyon, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
5. Park Place: Central Park, New York City, New York
6. Rock Show: Alcatraz, San Francisco, California
7. Perch Above the Peacock: Top of the Rock Observation Deck, New York, New York
8. Seaing is Believing: Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey Bay, California
9. Water-ful: Bellagio Fountains, Las Vegas, Nevada
10. Animal Kingdom: San Diego Zoo, San Diego, California

Wackiest Festivals and Contests

Here’s the list of some of the Wackiest Festivals and Contests across the globe.

It’s on Fodors

Enjoy:)

Ups and downs of European online travel

eMarketer estimates that online travel sales in the five major travel markets of Europe – France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK – will total nearly $49 billion this year, up 27% over 2006. That’s the good news.

“Over the next four years, as the European online travel market matures, sales growth in the sector will steadily decrease,” says Jeffrey Grau, eMarketer Senior Analyst and the author of the new report, European Online Travel. “Conversely, that means competition for online travel dollars is going to increase.”

After peaking in 2005, personal travel and tourism spending growth (online and offline) by the 25 European Union member states entered a moderate phase, as evidenced by data published by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).

“This year, spending by the EU-25 members is expected to grow only 2.4% over last year,” says Mr. Grau. “The newest members of the European Union — Eastern European nations such as Poland and the Czech Republic — will play a key role in stimulating future growth.”

101 Things To Do in Ohio

Do you really think Ohio is a place where you can’t really hang around? Then I think you should brush aside your thought.

I got an article which has the list of 101 interesting things you can do in Ohio.

Read it here.

Enjoy the ride🙂

China to replace US, as the world’s third most popular tourism destination.

China is likely to replace the United States as the world’s third most popular tourism destination next year, a United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) official said. At present, China ranks fourth, after France, Spain and the United States.

Last year, China accounted for 5.8 percent of the global tourism market, a growth of 0.3 percent compared with two years ago.

Twenty-nine percent of tourists who traveled to Asia and the Pacific last year also visited China.

Xu Jing, regional representative for Asia and the Pacific of UNWTO, said the market share percentages of China and the U.S. last year were very close.

“I am confident China will overtake the US next year,” he said at the 2007 China (Qingdao) International Olympics & Tourism Forum, which concluded on Friday.

Source:ChinaDaily

How big our Earth Is?

Interesting. Now, THIS is really fascinating – it’s rather dazzling to see it presented this way.

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I certainly thought this was enlightening. beyond our sun … It’s a big universe.

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Antares is the 15th brightest star in the sky. It is more than 1000 light years away.

Now how big are you? And how big are the things that upset you day to day? Or for that matter, the things that are important? Keep life in prospective..!

LIFE’S BATTLE NEVER GOES TO A STRONGER OR FASTER MAN. BUT SOONER OR LATER, THE MAN WHO WINS IS THE MAN WHO THINKS HE CAN. SO WIN AND KEEP WINNING!!!

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