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Texas's Other Deep Freeze: The Frozen Margarita

Texas's Other Deep Freeze: The Frozen Margarita

TRAVEL | Feb 22, 2021

Fifty years ago, in 1971, Dallas restaurateur Mariano Martinez invented the frozen margarita machine, forever freezing in time the city's claim to America's favorite cocktail.

First Look: The French Quarter's First New Hotel in 50 Years

First Look: The French Quarter's First New Hotel in 50 Years

TRAVEL | By Matthew Wexler | Feb 22, 2021

Nothing can keep New Orleans down, and a highly-anticipated hotel opening in the French Quarter is just one reason to toss some Mardi Gras beads.

Brewing Up LGBTQ Unity in Coastal Virginia

Brewing Up LGBTQ Unity in Coastal Virginia

TRAVEL | By Kelsy Chauvin | Feb 22, 2021

It may sound daring to open a business during a pandemic. But if you're going to, it may as well be a brewery and bar. Enter out entrepreneur Whitteney Guyton, who's tapping into the best that Coastal Virginia has to offer.

Boeing: 777s with Engine That Blew Apart Should Be Grounded

Boeing: 777s with Engine That Blew Apart Should Be Grounded

TRAVEL | Feb 22, 2021

Boeing has recommended that airlines ground all 777s with the type of engine that blew apart after takeoff from Denver this weekend, and most carriers with the planes in their fleets said they would temporarily pull them from service.

MIckey's Flashy Dress, Glowing Castle Mark Disney World 50th

MIckey's Flashy Dress, Glowing Castle Mark Disney World 50th

TRAVEL | By Mike Schneider | Feb 22, 2021

Walt Disney World in Florida turns 50 in October. To help celebrate, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse will be wearing flashier threads and iconic structures such as the Cinderella Castle and the golf-ball-like Spaceship Earth are getting new lighting.

Airlines Plan to Ask Passengers for Contact-Tracing Details

Airlines Plan to Ask Passengers for Contact-Tracing Details

TRAVEL | Feb 22, 2021

The U.S. airline industry is pledging to expand the practice of asking passengers on flights to the United States for information that public health officials could use for contact tracing during the pandemic.

With No Crowds, Louvre Gets Rare Chance to Refurbish

With No Crowds, Louvre Gets Rare Chance to Refurbish

TRAVEL | By Thomas Adamson, Alex Turnbull | Feb 22, 2021

The 518-year-old Mona Lisa has seen many things in her life on a wall, but rarely this: Almost four months with no Louvre visitors.

Soon-to-Open Gay Camping Site Excludes Trans Men, Then Backpedals

Soon-to-Open Gay Camping Site Excludes Trans Men, Then Backpedals

TRAVEL | By Kevin Schattenkirk | Feb 21, 2021

Soon-to-open Camp Boomerang is in hot water over having announced a ban on trans men from their male-only park, then back-pedaled in their private Facebook group.

Arne Sorenson, President and CEO of Marriott International and LGBTQ Ally, Dies at 62

Arne Sorenson, President and CEO of Marriott International and LGBTQ Ally, Dies at 62

TRAVEL | By Kevin Schattenkirk | Feb 20, 2021

Arne M. Sorenson, President and CEO of Marriott International and longtime LGBTQ ally, died on Monday after a fight against pancreatic cancer.

Air France-KLM Plunges to Huge Loss in Pandemic-Hit Year

Air France-KLM Plunges to Huge Loss in Pandemic-Hit Year

TRAVEL | Feb 18, 2021

Air France-KLM plunged to a 7.1 billion euro ($8.5 billion) loss in 2020 as the global pandemic grounded planes and halted travel plans worldwide causing a 67% slump in passenger numbers at the French-Dutch aviation giant.

Shanghai: Art Deco Decadence in the Year of the Ox

Shanghai: Art Deco Decadence in the Year of the Ox

TRAVEL | By Matthew Wexler | Feb 17, 2021

What will the Year of the Ox bring? If it includes a trip to Shanghai, expect Art Deco details, a rich culinary history, and subtle LGBTQ influences.

Muted Mardi Gras: Closed Bars, Barricaded Bourbon Street

Muted Mardi Gras: Closed Bars, Barricaded Bourbon Street

TRAVEL | By Kevin McGill | Feb 17, 2021

Coronavirus-related restrictions in New Orleans included canceled parades, closed bars and a near shutdown of rowdy Bourbon Street. That, and unusually frigid weather.

Aargh! Tampa Delays Gasparilla Pirate Festival Until 2022

Aargh! Tampa Delays Gasparilla Pirate Festival Until 2022

TRAVEL | By Curt Anderson | Feb 17, 2021

For more than 100 years, Tampa has held a celebration of pirate lore known as Gasparilla. Avast, mateys, it's not to be this time.

Vegas Airport Name Change to Honor Former Sen. Harry Reid

Vegas Airport Name Change to Honor Former Sen. Harry Reid

TRAVEL | By Michelle L. Price | Feb 17, 2021

A county board voted unanimously Tuesday to rename busy McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas after former U.S. Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada.

Graceland Plans In-Person Events During Elvis Week

Graceland Plans In-Person Events During Elvis Week

TRAVEL | Feb 17, 2021

On the 44th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death, fans will get to celebrate the musician once again at the annual Elvis Week event in Memphis, Tennessee.

Google Fined $1.3 Million for Misleading French Hotel Rankings

Google Fined $1.3 Million for Misleading French Hotel Rankings

TRAVEL | Feb 16, 2021

Google has agreed to pay a fine of 1.1 million euros ($1.3 million) after French authorities concluded the search engine displayed "misleading" rankings for French hotels.

Dubai Airport Sees PassengerTraffic Drop 70% Amid Pandemic

Dubai Airport Sees PassengerTraffic Drop 70% Amid Pandemic

TRAVEL | By Isabel Debre | Feb 16, 2021

While the key east-west transit point started to see an uptick in traffic after long-haul carrier Emirates resumed its routes last summer, the airport's 2020 passenger load of 25.9 million is still a trickle compared to 2019.

UK Opens Quarantine Hotels, Pushes on With Vaccine Drive

UK Opens Quarantine Hotels, Pushes on With Vaccine Drive

TRAVEL | By Jill Lawless | Feb 16, 2021

Britain's newly established quarantine hotels received their first guests on Monday as the government tries to prevent new coronavirus variants from derailing a fast-moving vaccination drive.

Germany Ekes Some Fun Out of a Quiet Carnival

Germany Ekes Some Fun Out of a Quiet Carnival

TRAVEL | Feb 15, 2021

One of Germany's first superspreader events stemmed from a Carnival celebration. This year authorities are taking no chances.

Will Premium Economy Become the Goldilocks of Air Travel?

Will Premium Economy Become the Goldilocks of Air Travel?

TRAVEL | By Matthew Wexler | Feb 15, 2021

Air travel has always divided the haves and the have-nots. Will it appeal to more consumers once we all start flying again?

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