In This Issue –
U.S. National Parks
The U.S. National Park Service, is making 2016 Travel News, as it celebrates 100 years of service this year on August 26. Throughout the year, we will be featuring National Parks around the country, things to do, see and experience. In keeping with that, we are featuring Dry Tortugas National Park in the Florida Keys. While the Florida Keys is a well-known destination, many are not aware – or tend to overlook – this National Park ‘gem.’ Discover it on page 52, and add it to your bucket list!
Delaware Tourism on The Rise…and Providing More Employment
There is more good news for many of the states around the country, as they are experiencing new growth in tourism! Among them – Delaware! Tourism is having a large and growing impact on Delaware economy. Tourism brought more people and more money to Delaware than ever before in 2014 making clear the growing value of the industry to the state.New data published today shows eight million tourists came to Delaware during 2014, up from 7.5 million in 2013. Those visitors are staying longer than ever before with an average stay lasting nearly two and a half days. This is especially good news for those out in the workforce because the tourism sector is directly responsible for nearly 41,000 jobs in Delaware, also an increase from its 2013 total. One in nine workers in the state owes his or her job to tourism, which accounted for 14 percent of Delaware’s net new jobs in 2014.The rental home market continued to boom in Delaware, especially at the beaches. In fact, for the first time ever it eclipsed the $1-billion mark in Sussex County on the back of strong occupancy and rising rates. Rental revenue statewide grew 8.8 percent between 2013 and 2014. Maybe the politicians on the campaign trail are promising to do something about unemployment, but States like Delaware are actually doing something about it!
Hagley Museum & Library, In Wilmington Delaware Now Has The World’s Largest Private Collection Of Patent Models
And more good news coming from Delaware – Hagley Museum & Library, in Wilmington Delaware now has the world’s largest private collection of patent models, a collection that is second only to that of the Smithsonian Institution. Approximately 100 of the patent models are currently on display in the Copeland Room in the Hagley Library. Hagley traces its beginning to 1803 when E.I. du Pont settled in Delaware along the banks of the Brandywine River and began harnessing the river’s power to make high quality black powder thus spawning the mighty DuPont Company. Today, Hagley functions as a major museum and research library dedicated to exploring the history of American business, technology and innovation and its impact on the world. Find more information, here – www.visitwilmingtonde.com
Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad Featured on PBS
We are proud to announce that one of our Sponsors – Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad, is being featured on Great Scenic Railway Journeys, which airs on PBS television. Great Scenic Railway Journeys is an Emmy-award winning public television series that profiles some of the worlds most historic and scenic tourist railways. the program is “Trains Around North America.” Find out more, by visiting www.spoonertrainride.com
Bandon Inn in Oregon Made Hall of Fame
More good travel for another of our Sponsors, Bandon Inn in beautiful Oregon. Bandon Inn made trip Advisor’s 2015 Hall of Fame. Now in its 5th year, the prestigious Certificate of Excellence award recognizes establishments that consistently earn great TripAdvisor reviews from travelers. Those looking for accommodations sure to please can definitely count on the recipients of this award. Our congratulations to Bandon Inn for receiving this honor… and being great folks to work with, too! find out more about them at www.bandoninn.com/
Also In This issue – There are plenty of Spring Break ideas, travel deals and great destinations in this issue. for Travel Deals, you can find Travel Packages – including roundtrip air – to the Emirates (UAE) on page 16.
If you are looking for Luxury Travel Packages, you can find an all-inclusive to the South Pacific on page 20.
We also have an all-inclusive to Italy, including Rome, Florence and Venice – on page 22.
Looking for a fun stay? Find 10 of the zaniest hotels in the U.S. on page 36.
If you are looking for a spa getaway for your Spring Vacation, we listed The Best spa Experiences in Hawaii on page 72.
And of course, March means St. Patrick’s Day Parades! Check out our list on page 76!
Much more in this issue, so don’t skip a single page! And coming next month, we take you CAMPING – and GLAMPING – National Parks! You WON”T want to miss it! Until then, happy travels – wherever they lead you!
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