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17 Cool Places to Visit in the US in 2020

By MM Travel and Tours in Destinations to Travel

There are a lot of great places to visit in the USA so deciding on where to go isn’t an easy task. There are charming small towns, exciting cities, numerous festivals in 50 states and more than 400 national parks. To help you with your itinerary for next year, we’ve put together a list of destinations that you simply don’t want to miss.

1. Leavenworth, Washington

Leavenworth presently offers visitors a little taste of Bavaria. So put on your optional lederhosen and enjoy beer, bratwurst, and pretzels. It’s reportedly one of the state’s most popular tourist stops. Here you will discover Bavarian-style architecture, bars, breweries, cideries, and local shops. It’s also a great place for outdoor activities too.

2. Gruene, Texas

The three-street town of Gruene was once a thriving cotton industry town, the center of town is the restored dance hall. There’ve been live music events there since 1878. Other highlights include Enchanted Rock, the Grapevine Winery, antique stores, and a general store with an honest to goodness soda and ice cream bar.

3. Raleigh, North Carolina

Raleigh is found in a forest complete with lakes, parks and (naturally) trees. A burst of growth graced this place with some modern, local bars, breweries, and nationally-recognized restaurants. Hot spots include the Laotian eatery, Bida Manda, Benchwarmer Bagels, and one of the most beautiful breweries in the world, Brewery Bhavana.

4. Savannah, Georgia

Savannah features Spanish moss-draped streets and squares, craft breweries, elegant homes, a quaint cobblestoned riverfront walk, local Southern fusion cuisine, and a dark haunted history. The small city simply oozes “Southern Charm” and homespun hospitality and was deemed “the world’s friendliest city.” It’s all about local art, culture, and mystery.

5. Boston, Massachusetts

The Boston experience is a lot different than that of L.A. or NYC. Still, it has a unique charm and significant history. Catch a Red Sox baseball game at Fenway Stadium.

Hit the popular Bleacher Bar and Little Italy too. Veteran visitors suggest the educational and humorous Boston Freedom Trail walking tour.

6. Franklin, Tennessee

Less than 30 minutes from Nashville, one highlight of Franklin is the live music nights at Puckett’s Grocery. You just never know what performer could show up for open mic night. It’s also reported to be “one of the best-preserved downtowns” on the continent. Enjoy boutique shopping on an Instagram-worthy Main street from the 1800s.

7. New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans is a lively city. It has charm, culture, history, music, Mardi Gras and more. Stroll through the Garden District and French Quarter. Don’t forget to explore further out to take in the plantation homes, alligator country, and the bayous too. Foodies will love the Cajun, creole and French-influenced too.

8. Sedona, Arizona

Sedona Arizona has its own scenic identity thanks in part to the red rock formations bursting forth from the verdant valley. Climb the rock faces to take in the memorable views and visit the four main vortex sites, the spiritually-powered Sedona Vortexes. Sign on for the popular Broken Arrow Pink Jeep tour too.

9. Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

Take an easy day trip from Las Vegas to see the popular Valley of Fire State Park. It’s a nice respite from Sin City and is small enough you can explore it all in one day. Take in the pink, red and white wavy rocks via the popular Fire Wave Trail.

10. Lake Lure, North Carolina

Located in the Hickory Nut Gorge, Lake Lure is surrounded by sheer granite cliffs and majestic mountain tops. One worthwhile stop here is Chimney Rock State Park. If you’re into the movie Dirty Dancing, you’ll want to visit during the yearly Dirty Dancing Festival. (The lake lift scene was shot here.)

11. Redfish Lake, Idaho

Don’t be surprised if you’ve not heard of this place. It’s a hidden gem that includes impressive views of the well-known Sawtooth range that frame the five-mile-long lake. Go swimming and kayaking. Take a guided tour and learn about the local flora and fauna. DIne at the Redfish Lodge too.

12. Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah

The Grand Staircase-Escalante is an official national monument. (Why it’s not a national park is another article.) Highlights include hiking trails through raw, narrow slot canyons, hidden waterfalls, waves of unique colorful rocks, and rainbow-colored valleys and scenic drives. Check out Spooky and Peek-a-Boo Canyon too.

13. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Yellowstone is not too far from Grand Teton National Park. It features canyons, geysers that go off randomly, hot mud pits, the underground supervolcano, and sulfur holes. Hike to a hidden waterfall and relax in a multi-colored hot spring. This is the place that inspired Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park.

14. Smith Rock State Park, Oregon

Smith Rock State Park is less than 30 minutes north of Bend. This destination is world-famous as a rock-climbing destination. If you climb, you’ll enjoy the view from the top. If you don’t, you’ll marvel at watching the pros scaling such locations as the scary, steep Monkey Face outcropping.

15. Big Island of Hawaii

While the Big Island doesn’t have as many beautiful beaches as Oahu (the birthplace of yours truly), the Big Island has its own charms. It features Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, thundering waterfalls ensconced in the verdant jungle, and the opportunity to actually swim with manta rays at night.

16. Sand Hollow State Park, Utah

Sand Hollow is a relatively new state park. Veteran visitors praise the place for its “kaleidoscope colored scenery” and spirit of adventure. It’s already one of the top spots for ATV driving and quad biking across the miles of sand dunes here. The Sunset ATV adventure is good too.

17. Channel Islands National Park, California

Situated off the coastline of Ventura, about 70 miles north of Los Angeles, this is the least touristy national park in the state. Here you can explore five different islands including Anacapa, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, San Miguel, and Santa Rosa. See all the beaches, canyons, cliff faces, and sea lions.

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Take Caution: 16 Most Dangerous Cities in America this 2020

By MM Travel and Tours in Destinations to Travel

The United States of America (U.S.A.) is undoubtedly one of the mostly-visited countries in the world. Some of the main factors for its appeal to tourists are clear: It has the largest economic power and cultural center in the world since World War II. Although the country is actually safe as a whole, given its advanced security systems and commendable intelligence force, there are still local areas that you should take caution for.

Based on the FBI’s crime data through its Uniform Crime Reporting Program, the following are the 16 Most Dangerous Cities in America this 2020.

Disclaimer:  In sum, safe places are still dominant in the US, hence, travelers flock into this country without hesitation. Note, however, that the representations of each city in the list below are solely based on the country’s highest violent crime rates. It is good to know what these places are to ensure safety at all times on your out of towns.

1. Detroit, Michigan

Although the crime rate in this city has decreased compared to the past years, its current crime heat statistics still make this area in Michigan as the most dangerous city in the US.

There are 2,007 total violent crimes per 100,000 population. Meanwhile, property crimes per 100, 000 population is 4,304.

The metropolitan area or known as Metro Detroit is home to 4.3 million people making it the most populous area in the whole US. But more than being dubbed as the most populous and most dangerous place, Detroit is known for its contributions to music and storage for historical arts, architecture, and designs. Hence, if you do not want to take risks but still want to enjoy the city’s beautiful tourist spots and culture, only avoid those areas in Detroit with high crime rates. Some other neighboring areas are still safe and friendly to guests.

2. Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis is famous for being one of the influential music landmarks in the country. A go-to private home destination in the city is Graceland, known as the home of the iconic Elvis Presley. However, it is recommended to take extra care when visiting Memphis as the city’s crime rate is quite higher than in some other cities around America.

Per recent data, there are around 1,943 total violent crimes in a population of 100, 000, a little lower than Detroit. But Memphis property crimes are soaring to 6,405 per 100,000 population. 
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Mardi Gras 2020: Behind-the-Scenes of 25 Years of Party

By MM Travel and Tours in Travel

I recently attended my first Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando Resort and it. was. awesome. Between the stunning performers in all their glittery glory, the delicious food that had me wondering how much jambalaya is too much jambalaya, and the thrill of catching as many beads as humanly possible — the entire experience was one heck of a party!

While the 2020 Mardi Gras is my first, it is the twenty-fifth for Universal Orlando. To celebrate the occasion, I took the time to sit down with three members of the Entertainment Art & Design team who have worked the Mardi Gras event for several of those 25 years: Lora Sauls (Senior Manager of Creative Development Show Direction), Curtis Hopkins (Scenic Manager), and David Nadolski (Senior Costume Designer). They took the time to share with me (and now me with you!) the stories behind 25 Years of Party.

KATIE: First, just tell me a little about yourselves and how you came to be at Universal.

LORA: I started as a singer and dancer here as the Bride of Frankenstein, but I also had done choreography for a few shows at Universal Orlando. So I soon left that performing world and became a choreographer, which led me to parades, then onto become a show director. My first Mardi Gras was 2001 and I’ve been here ever since.

CURTIS: I started as an intern in 1999 and then in 2000 my boss, who is still my boss, he brought me in for six months of work. That parlayed into freelance for two years, full time as a scenic designer, and then scenic manager. So I’ve been here 19 years, and involved with Mardi Gras since 2005.

DAVID: I started in 1997 and they actually hired me to be a dresser for Mardi Gras, so the performers would come and I’d just give them their costume and they’d go perform in the parade. I had applied to be the costume designer, but I was told they didn’t have that position at the time. I figured I’d get my foot in the door, though, and then in 2000 I had my first opportunity to actually design for Mardi Gras.

KATIE: Could you all kind of explain what your titles mean and what your job actually entails?

Lora Sauls (Senior Manager of Creative Development Show Direction)

LORA: I’m the senior manager of creative development, show direction. So in Art & Design, there is a show direction team — we call ourselves the Creative Development Group — and we create the content for events like Halloween Horror Nights, Holidays, and Mardi Gras.

CURTIS: I’m the scenic manager and what that entails is, I am responsible for taking what the show direction team and concept development comes up with and putting the artwork to that and seeing the designs all the way through production and installation. So I oversee the design of the floats and make sure that they look and get built the way they’re supposed to.

DAVID: I’m the senior costume designer and my responsibilities are to design any new costumes or to help develop costumes for any characters that are brought into the park.

KATIE: What is some of the process that happens behind-the-scenes of pulling Mardi Gras together?

CURTIS: We take a trip out to New Orleans every year and work with Kern Studios, which is the company that builds our floats and pretty much 90% of the floats for Mardi Gras in New Orleans. We’ll take a team and go out to their giant warehouses and explore their space looking for props. We basically have to duck down, climb up, crawl over — because these warehouses are just jammed with pieces that we end up designing the floats around.

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Curtis Hopkins (Scenic Manager)

DAVID: And I wait for him. My  inspiration comes from the floats so once the floats are designed, I usually get the concept drawing of the float and from there I take the colors and the concept of the floats and the theme that the show direction came up with and that’s where the costumes start coming to life.

LORA: Over the course of the years we really have gotten inspiration from a lot of different things. We’ve done seasons of the year, colors, jewels, animal party… we’ve been inspired by all kinds of things, but the biggest thing to be inspired by is the party.

KATIE: What would you say makes Mardi Gras a unique event at Universal?

CURTIS: It’s the one time of year we get to throw a lot of glitter.

LORA: It’s ours! We’re doing our own concept and it’s our own story and so we can tell a story that’s unique to Universal’s Mardi Gras celebration.

KATIE: You all have obviously worked on Mardi Gras for a majority of the years we’ve held the event. How would you say you’ve seen it evolve?

LORA: We’ve seen it get bigger, better, and longer.

DAVID: I see a refinement as well. Everything is much more put together and themed. Back then, like the year colors was a theme, I designed for orange. I designed these big orange bells and girls with pumpkin sleeves. It didn’t make any sense! It was just whatever was orange.

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David Nadolski (Senior Costume Designer)

CURTIS: I’ve been on Mardi Gras for 15 out of its 25 years and I’ve seen it get more elaborate and more extravagant and more detailed. Kern Studios has even incorporated some of our pieces into their floats in New Orleans, and that’s one of the things I’m very proud of. And then from a fan standpoint, watching my kids over the years chucking beads out into the crowd. As a parent, you can’t help but smile that your kids are loving something you helped create.

KATIE: What are you guys most looking forward to for this year’s event?

LORA: The theme! Treasures of the Deep. We had a lot of fun with it.

CURTIS: The new floats look good and we’ve done some enhancements to some of our stock floats that are really neat.

DAVID: There are some deep sea creature stilt walkers, an octopus, and a squid that are all kind of fun—

LORA: He’s so underplaying right now, they’re fantastic.

KATIE: So you all have been working on this event between 15-23 years. Do you guys have a favorite year?

LORA: Seasons. It was the first time we incorporated smells onto the floats. So when fall went by, it had this apple-cinnamon-pumpkin-pie smell.

CURTIS: There are two years that I feel like we really amped up the level of detail — the storybooks year and then the kind of modes of transportation year. It had a kind of steampunk element to it.

DAVID: Those were my favorites, too. There are so many different float designs those years that I could pull costume ideas from, yet it still felt cohesive because of the theme going throughout all the floats.

LORA: Every year you feel like you can’t think of anything new or different, but as soon as we go to New Orleans, it’s like, ‘there it is.’ It’s just fun working with such creative people. We can see a prop at Kern Studios and I never in a million years would be able to think of how Curtis will be able to use it in a float, but he brings it to life in this unique way. And then David will come up with these creative costumes and bring it all together. It’s pretty amazing. We get to work on so many cool events, but it’s the fact that we get to work on them together. And that may be really sappy, but we’re a family. We’ve been to each other’s weddings and we’ve been around for so much of each other’s lives. Mardi Gras is just one of the things that we get to take on as a team.

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Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras 2020 takes place every night from Feb. 1 – Apr. 2. Get more details and join us for a night of party soon!

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Coronavirus travel advice for visitors to Hawaii in 2020 – Go Visit Hawaii

By MM Travel and Tours in Travel


With all the coronavirus headlines in the news, you may be wondering what sort of effect it’s had on Hawaii and should you be concerned about traveling to the Hawaiian Islands. Naturally, we’re all concerned and paying attention.

So far, a husband and wife who visited Hawaii from Japan have been confirmed to have the coronavirus (COVID-19.)  Both were confirmed to have the coronavirus after returning to Japan from their visit to Hawaii. They visited Maui and Oahu over the period of January 28 through February 3. 2020. The Department of Health does not believe that they caught the virus while in the Hawaiian Islands. For more information about this story, see this link.)

With the source of the coronavirus believed to be from Hubei Province, China, as of February 2, 2020, flights to Hawaii from China have been suspended. Additionally, the Hawaii Department of Health reports that federal authorities are screening passengers at Honolulu Airport. Passengers who have a recent travel history to Hubei Province, China, will be placed in mandatory quarantine until 14 days since they left the province. Travelers that have been to other areas of China in the past 14 days will be allowed to travel to their home or final destination and will be asked to monitor their health at home with public health supervision.

Also per the HDOH, “the U.S. Coast Guard will deny entry to the U.S. any passenger vessels carrying passengers that have been to mainland China (which excludes Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macau) within the past 14 days. Non-passenger commercial vessels that have been to, or have crew that have been to, mainland China, with no sick crew members will be allowed entry to the U.S., but crew must remain aboard the vessel (U.S. Coast Guard bulletin).”

Recently, Hawaii News Now took to the streets in Waikiki to see what tourists are thinking and feeling about the risk of getting the coronavirus. Per their story, though people are concerned, they’re going on as normal. You can read that report here.

The following Hawaii Department of Health’s flyer provides information about the virus and the precautions everyone should take.

 

The risk of catching the coronavirus is relatively low, but it is a dynamic situation. For the latest information, check the following resources:

Hawaii Tourism Authority alerts related to the coronavirus COVID-19 Note that this alert page lists many resources.

Hawaii Department of Health advisories page for the coronavirus

Center for Disease Control page for the coronavirus

 

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Top 20 Airlines for 2020 – Add to Bucketlist , Vacation Deals

By MM Travel and Tours in Destinations to Travel

AirlineRatings.com recently announced their choices for 20 Top Airlines in the World for 2020. This list is only a part of the product and safety rating website’s yearly Airline Excellence Awards, which also features winners in 13 different categories and “the best overall.” To be eligible for nomination an airline must “demonstrate leadership in innovation for passenger comfort” and garner a seven-star safety rating.

The airlines in question must also demonstrate consistency in staff engagement and service. The seven-editor team utilizes the following criteria to determine its annual rankings:

Staff relations
Profitability
Product offerings
Passenger reviews
Investment rating
Fleet age

Without further adieu here are the world’s best airlines for 2020:

1. Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand bumped Singapore Airlines out of the top spot this year. The kiwi airline is the country’s flag carrier airline. Based in Auckland, the airline has charted six times now for its performance and has scored several awards for its in-flight innovations, environmental leadership, operational safety, and staff motivation.

They have booked passenger flights to a total of 20 domestic and 32 international locations in 20 countries, mainly in the area of the Pacific Rim. Air New Zealand has been an official member of the well-known Star Alliance since 1999.

2. Singapore Airlines

Up next at number two, is Singapore Airlines. This is the flag carrier of Singapore. Its hub is located at the Singapore Changi Airport.

This company is reportedly “always at the forefront” when it comes to airline awards. In the past two years, it has been praised for its introduction of its new 787-10 and A350 and revamping of its A380s. The airline offers flights to 60+ destinations in 30+ countries. Skytrax voted it as the “world’s best airline” four times. The airline has also topped Travel & Leisure’s best airlines list for decades.

3. All Nippon Airways

Coming in at number three this year is Japan’s All Nippon Airways. Also called Zennikkū, the airline is the country’s largest airline in terms of passenger numbers and revenues. Headquartered in Shiodome City Center in the Minato ward of Tokyo.

It is said to be the leading operator of the Boeing 787 and noted to be a launch customer for the popular 777X. Heralded as being “at the forefront of cabin innovation”. The company offers flights to domestic and international locations and in 2016 were reported to employ more than 20,000 people.

4. Qantas Airways

Qantas Airways Limited is currently the flag carrier of Australia. It’s the country’s biggest airline in terms of international flights, international destinations, and fleet size. This airline slotted in at number four due to its financial performance and also scored the Best Domestic Service and Best Lounge awards.

5. Cathay Pacific Airways

Cathay Pacific Airways, aka Cathay or Cathay Pacific, made it to number five on the list. Always in the winner’s circle, it is Hong Kong’s flag carrier. Airlineratings.com has given the airline several different awards including one for Best Business Class in 2013 and one for Best Asia/Pacific Airline for 2015 and 2016. The main office and hub are situated in Hong Kong International Airport. The company runs a fleet of Airbus A350, Airbus A330, and, of course, Boeing 777 wide-body aircraft.

6. Emirates

In the 6th spot is the state-owned airline Emirates. It’s headquartered in Garhoud, Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. Its hub is located at Dubai International Airport.

The airline was rated highly in part because it announced that next year it with offer a Premium Economy class to all of its aircraft. The state has also ordered A350s and 787-9s. Emirates, a subsidiary of The government’s Emirates Group, is the biggest airline in the Middle East. They run more than 3,600 flights every week to over 150 cities in 80 different countries.

7. Virgin Atlantic

Now arriving at spot number seven is Virgin Atlantic. The British airline is also known as Virgin Atlantic International Limited and Virgin Atlantic Airways Limited. Among other things, they were slotted into the top ten for their continuous innovations.

The company’s head office can be found in Crawley, England. It was founded in 1984 and first known as British Atlantic Airways. The company co-founders, Randolph Fields, and Alan Hellary, originally intended to only offer flights between the city of London and the Falkland Islands. The name was later changed to Virgin Atlantic Airways.

8. EVA Air

EVA Air Corporation or EVA Air lands at number eight. EVA actually stands for “Evergreen Airways.” Whatever you want to call it, the airline has reportedly always been the leading Taiwanese aviation company.

The company was founded in 1989. Since 1992 this airline has led the way in terms of premium economy and cabin innovation. It’s based out of the Taoyuan International Airport located near Taipei, Taiwan.

Skytrax gave this airline a five-star rating. It is currently the second-largest airline in Taiwan. EVA Air is based in Luzhu, Taoyuan City, Taiwan.

9. Qatar Airways

In the number nine slot is Qatar Airways. The airline, Qatar Airways Company, Q.C.S.C., was credited for being yet another great innovator. It made the charts, in part, because of award-winning Business Class suites and catering.

This state-owned airline is the flag carrier of Qatar. Its main office is in the impressive Qatar Airways Tower in Doha, the company runs a hub-and-spoke network. The airline connects more than 150 international locations across North America, Africa, Central Asia, Europe, South America, South Asia, the Middle East, and Oceania from Hamad International Airport.

10. Virgin Australia

Scraping into the Top 10 we have Virgin Australia. Virgin Australia Airlines Pty Ltd scored for Best Economy and Best Cabin Crew too. It is not only one of the country’s largest airlines, but it is also the largest airline (going by fleet size) to use the famous Virgin brand.

It launched back in August 2000 under the name Virgin Blue. They had only two aircraft and flew one route. It became a major airline when Ansett Australia went under in September 2001. It currently provides service to 42 destinations in Australia from Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane.

11. Lufthansa

Lufthansa came in at number 11. The name Lufthansa comes from the German term luft which means air and hansa which is short for the Hanseatic League. Also known as Deutsche Lufthansa AG, it was praised for offering the “best long-haul Europe.”

It’s Germany’s flag carrier and also the country’s largest airline. When Lufthansa is combined with its various subsidiaries, it is also Europe’s largest airline (in regards to the number of passengers carried). The entire Lufthansa Group presently has more than 700 aircraft which makes it one of the world’s largest airline fleets.

12. Finnair

Filling out the top dozen airlines for 2020 is Finnair. Finnair is the country’s flag carrier and its largest airline too. You can find its headquarters in Vantaa at the Helsinki Airport. Among other things, it scored high for staff relations and how it treats its staff.

That raises a question on how one judges airlines on staff relations since its staff recently went on strike in solidarity with the postal employees.) Finnair and its subsidiaries rule in terms of both domestic and international flights. The government is the airline’s major shareholder. Finnair has close to 6,000 employees.

13. Japan Airlines

Number 13 was lucky for Japan Airlines Co., Ltd., also known simply as Nikkō. This charting international airline, headquartered in Shinagawa Tokyo, is the nation’s flag carrier. The business is praised for its customer service and innovative promotions.

This airline’s main hubs are presently located at Tokyo International Airport. Tokyo’s Narita International Airport, Osaka International Airport, and Osaka’s Kansai International Airport. The entire business group of JAL companies includes ZIPAIR Tokyo, Ryukyu Air Commuter, Japan Transocean Air, JAL Express, JAL Cargo, Japan Airlines, J-Air, and Japan Air Commuter.

14. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

KLM, legally known as Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V., landed at number 14 this year. KLM is the Netherlands flag carrier airline. (It is one of many flag carriers to make the list for 2020.)

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines was founded in 1919 and has its HQ in the city of Amstelveen. Its hub is located close by at the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. KLM is the world’s oldest airline still doing business under its original moniker. At last count, the airline employed almost 36,000 people and had a fleet of 119 aircraft.

15. Korean Air

Slotting it at number 15 this year is the Korean Air Co., Ltd. More commonly known as Korean Airlines or simply Korean Air, it is currently reported to be South Korea’s flag carrier and largest airline according to fleet size, the number of international destinations and the number of international flights.

Korean Air was founded on March 1, 1969, following the Hanjin chaebol’s acquisition of the government-owned company Korean Air Lines. The Hanjin chaebol is owned by the well-known Cho family. The Cho family remains the airline’s controlling shareholder. The airline’s global HQ is situated in the city of Seoul.

16. Hawaiian Airlines

(Isn’t it about time an American airline show up on this list?) Hawaiian Airlines is reported to be the US state of Hawaii’s flag carrier and largest airline. Based in Honolulu, Hawaii. This is the United States’ tenth-largest commercial airline.

This airline has its main hub at the well-known Daniel K. Inouye International Airport on the popular island of Oahu. The company also has a second hub on the island of Maui’s Kahului Airport. Hawaiian Airlines offers flights to the US mainland, American Samoa, Australia, French Polynesia, New Zealand, Asia, and various destinations in Hawaii.

17. British Airways

There is something about this airline that simply appeals to people. So it should be no surprise it made the top 20 list. British Airways is the famous flag carrier airline of the entire United Kingdom.

The airline’s main hub can be found at London Heathrow Airport. The company’s main office is located near there at Waterside, Harmondsworth. Based on passengers carried and fleet size, it is the United Kingdom’s second-largest airline. BA is also the first official passenger airline to earn more than $1 billion on one air route in a single year.

18. Alaska Airlines

This is the second American airline to make the list. (USA! USA!) Alaska Airlines is one of several major American airlines. The company’s home office can be found in SeaTac, in the Seattle metropolitan area, in the state of Washington.

This airline is the United States’ fifth-largest airline in the United States in terms of the number of destinations offered, passengers carried, and fleet size. Alaska Airlines and its partners run a network of routes focused on linking Alaska and the Pacific Northwest to more than 100 locations in the continental United States, Hawaii, Mexico, Canada, and Costa Rica.

19. Delta Air Lines

Delta Air Lines is the third and final US airline to make the list. Its inclusion may be a surprise to some. After all, frequent flyers and certainly any travel writer worth his or her salt is well aware of certain headline-grabbing incidents in this American company’s past.

Still, it’s earned its slot here. Delta Air Lines, Inc. was actually named as the official best long-haul airline for the Americas. Delta is a legacy carrier and one of the United States’ major airlines. Delta’s main office is situated in Atlanta in the state of Georgia.

20. Etihad Airways

Last to make the list is Etihad Airways. This airline is the UAE’s second-largest. The company HQ is located in Khalifa City, in Abu Dhabi.

It’s conveniently close to Abu Dhabi International Airport. Etihad was first open for business in November of 2003. They purport to “offer the best deals on flights worldwide.”

It is the United Arab Emirates’ official national carrier. This airline offers non-stop flights to over 90 destinations in North America, Europe, Oceania, Africa, Asia, and (of course) the Middle East. The airlines’ cabins are configured in several unique ways.

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The Top 20 Places to Visit in 2020 – Add to Bucketlist , Vacation Deals

By MM Travel and Tours in Destinations to Travel

Are you undecided about where to travel next year? We researched several sources to come up with your best options. Here then are the top places to go in 2020.

Lille, France

Located close to the Belgian border, this city will be hosting roughly 50 cultural events and six huge exhibitions. If you are into architecture, the best time to visit this year is in the fall. This is when the denizens will host the first Lille Metropole Design Week. You can stay at the Mama Shelter Lille. It is close to the Euralille business district and the main train stations too.

Japan

Don’t miss the capital, Tokyo, as it’s hosting the upcoming 2020 Olympic Games. Veteran visitors recommend a room at the popular ANA InterContinental Tokyo, which they praise for its Michelin-starred eatery by French chef Pierre Gagnaire. Have a drink at Park Hyatt Tokyo’s New York Bar.  Explore Osaka and Kyoto. Experience the famous hot springs in the resort town of Beppu. Spend the night at the five-star-rated InterContinental Beppu Resort and Spa.
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New Live-Action Stunt Show The Bourne Stuntacular Coming to Universal Studios Florida in 2020

By MM Travel and Tours in Travel

All-New Live-Action Stunt Show The Bourne Stuntacular Coming to Universal Studios Florida

Brace yourself for Bourne.

The chase is on! In Spring 2020, The Bourne Stuntacular, an all-new live-action stunt show, will debut at Universal Studios Florida. Based on Universal Pictures’ blockbuster Bourne film franchise, this cutting-edge, edge-of-your-seat live show will blur the lines between stage and cinema in a hybrid form of entertainment that has never been seen before.

The Bourne Stuntacular will follow Jason Bourne around the globe as sinister characters pursue him. This action-packed show will feature thrilling chase scenes, punishing fistfights, death-defying leaps and danger at every turn.

And it will all happen right in front of you with live performers, interactive props and an immense LED screen – making it impossible to determine where the live-action ends and the screen begins.

You won’t just watch it – you’ll feel it.

Stay tuned to our blog and social channels as more details about the exhilarating new live show will be revealed in the coming months. Sign up for emails to be notified when new details are revealed.

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