A Roundtable Discussion with The Travel Guys
Join us this Sunday as we discuss the ins and outs of airports. Together with Road Reporter Clayton Whitehead, we have about a bajillion hours logged in airports across the country, so rest assured you’re in for a lively discussion and probably a few “insider secrets.” Also joining us this week is Lisa Simon, President of the National Tour Association to report on the current state of the tourism industry including an update on traveling to Cuba and the Gulf Coast. Finally, we’ll be getting another update on “The Big Build” from Karen Doron. All this and more on this weeks edition of The Travel Guys!
Karen will be giving us another update on the status of “The Big Build,” Sacramento’s latest airport expansion project. We’ve been following the project closely for several months now, and we’re anxious to hear how things are progressing!
Simon began her tenure with NTA in 1985 and served as its senior vice president from 1998 to 2004. Simon has managed NTA’s education, certification and marketing activities, as well as served as the director of the National Tourism Foundation and vice president of Marketing.
Simon’s expertise is in organizational change and strategic planning. With more than 20 years’ experience in association marketing and management, her facilitation skills and analytical abilities have proven effective in leadership development, strategic planning, organizational structure and managing change.
She is a member of the American Society of Association Executives, and she serves on the boards of the US Travel Association and Tourism Cares. She also has received the Certified Tour Professional designation from NTA.
NTA has a global membership of tourism professionals involved in the growth and development of the packaged travel industry. It has a membership of nearly 3,000 members including 700 operator companies and the destinations and suppliers that partner with them. NTA tour operators package group and independent travel to, from and within North America. The association is committed to providing business results and information to its members, while offering a collaborative, caring environment in which to build relationships.
What Are the Worst Hotels in the US?
California, Florida and Virginia Beach, VA dominate the list of the Worst Hotels in the USA, according to TripAdvisor. NAJ News looked up the rates for each property online for the evening of July 29, 2010.
In no particular order, the dubious distinction goes to the following properties.
- Heritage Marina Hotel, San Francisco, California: Rate: $58.70/night
- Days Inn Eureka, Eureka, Missouri: $59.99/night
- Tropicana Resort Hotel, Virginia Beach, Virginia: $128.88/night
- Super 8 Virginia Beach/At the Ocean, Virginia Beach, Virginia: $56.09/night
- Quality Inn, Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania: $79.55/night
- New York Inn, New York City, New York: $119/night
- Parisian Hotel & Suites, Miami Beach, Florida: $69/night
- Capistrano Seaside Inn, Capistrano Beach, California: $89/night
- Desert Lodge, Palm Springs, California: $40/night
- Continental Oceanfront Hotel South Beach, Miami Beach, Florida: $79/night
Lincoln Highway AND Route 66
John and Joyce Jackson of Delaware, Ohio set out to cross the country using the Lincoln Highway not too long ago. Now that they’ve completed that, they’re on their way back home using Route 66! These are our kind of people! Take a look at their blog, we’ll be trying to get them on-air for our special Route 66 episode on August 29th.