travel and tourism

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Other cities take note as New York City tells Airbnb: Fuhgeddaboudit

BY: - December 2, 2023

NEW YORK — As New York City’s busiest tourist season approaches — with travelers visiting holiday attractions across the city and the famed New Year’s Eve ball drop — the options of where to stay are shrinking. For years, it has been illegal for homes in New York City to be rented out for fewer […]

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Weekend humor from Celia Rivenbark: Italian vacation — Part Tre

BY: - July 1, 2023

Since we returned from our 16-day bucket list trip to It-lee, many have asked, “Just how much DID you eat?” Just kidding. I may be the only person to ever visit who came back 3 pounds lighter. Turns out when you walk 24,000 steps a day for more than two days in a row, (A) […]

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Weekend humor from Celia Rivenbark: Our Italian adventure — Part Due

BY: - June 24, 2023

It was Mother’s Day, and I was in Italy, fairly bursting with gratitude for this trip, a long-planned bucket list goal. I had merrily envisioned a late breakfast, maybe some bottomless mimosas, followed by leisurely window shopping along Rome’s fancy shopping district, Via Veneto.  Instead, I was listening to a local guide who was showing […]

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Weekend humor from Celia Rivenbark: Postcards from “It-lee” — from Bidet to G’day

BY: - June 17, 2023

For a very long time, Duh Hubby and I have dreamed of going to “It-lee.” I have always pronounced it that way and did so on our recent trip until the tour guide literally covered his ears and screamed “Mamma Mia!” repeatedly. Drama queen.  This was a bucket list trip for sure. We did the […]


Weekend humor from Celia Rivenbark: Taking steps to Fit(bit) in with the cool travelers

BY: - October 15, 2022

I was eagerly anticipating a bucket list trip to Italy in a few months until the fine folks at the travel agency began to send increasingly ominous emails harping on the need to be able to “walk long distances” and “negotiate steep steps with rough, irregular surfaces.” Perhaps they misunderstood my desire to visit, which […]


The costs of HB2 continue to pile up

BY: - July 7, 2016

In case you missed it last night, has a solid story about the growing negative impact of HB2 on North Carolina travel and tourism. This is from the story – “HB2 could cost Raleigh up to $40M in convention business”: “Raleigh could lose as much as $40 million in convention business from the state’s […]