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IAAPA breaks ground on Orlando headquarters

The biggest trade association for amusement parks in the world broke ground on what will become a 22,000-square-foot headquarters on Thursday, marking the next step in a journey to move its main offices from Virginia to Orlando. The building for the International Association of Amusement Parks...

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  • Florida travel calendar for May

    Florida travel calendar for May

    Check out festivals and events in May across the state. This list is organized by region. Central Florida (including Orlando, Kissimmee, Daytona Beach, Sanford, the Space Coast, Lakeland/Polk and Lake County) Through May 28: Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, Lake Buena Vista. Spring...

  • Florida travel calendar for June

    Florida travel calendar for June

    Check out festivals and events in June across the state. This list is organized by region. Central Florida (including Orlando, Kissimmee, Daytona Beach, Sanford, the Space Coast, Lakeland/Polk and Lake County Through Sept. 21: Bandshell Concert Series, Daytona Beach. The Bandshell Concert Series...

  • Florida travel calendar for July

    Florida travel calendar for July

    Check out festivals and events in July across the state. This list is organized by region. Central Florida (including Orlando, Kissimmee, Daytona Beach, Sanford, the Space Coast, Lakeland/Polk and Lake County) Through Sept. 21: Bandshell Concert Series, Daytona Beach. The Bandshell Concert Series...

The Travel Troubleshooter

  • Why won't Royal Caribbean cover my hotel bill?

    Why won't Royal Caribbean cover my hotel bill?

    My husband had a possible transient ischemic attack — better known as a mini-stroke — while we were passengers on Royal Caribbean's 13-night Vision of the Seas fall foliage tour last year. The cruise, which left from Cape Liberty, N.J., ended in Quebec City. He had his symptoms while we were docked...

  • Customer's TripAdvisor rate triples, refund is MIA

    Customer's TripAdvisor rate triples, refund is MIA

    Last year, I booked a rental at Beach Road Villas in Sanibel, Fla., through TripAdvisor. I confirmed the rental via email and also spoke with the owner by phone a month later. A few weeks ago, I received an email from the owner, saying there was a "mistake" and the correct rate was triple what...

  • Eurostar canceled my train and left us stranded in London

    Eurostar canceled my train and left us stranded in London

    I recently booked four first-class train tickets for travel from London to Paris for me, my daughter and my two grandchildren for $684. As we were standing in line to board, Eurostar inexplicably canceled the train and closed the train station office. Chaos ensued. A Eurostar agent standing in...

  • Waiting for ticket refund leaves airline customer caught in holding pattern

    Waiting for ticket refund leaves airline customer caught in holding pattern

    My partner and I would like to kindly request your help in obtaining a refund from LIAT airline for missing our connecting flight from Trinidad to Toronto due to a two-hour delay of our first leg from St. Vincent. After our late arrival in Trinidad, we were sent to a hotel to spend the night with...

  • Help: Hertz charged me an extra $102 for fuel I already bought

    Help: Hertz charged me an extra $102 for fuel I already bought

    I recently rented an Infiniti Q60 from Hertz in Los Angeles. Before I returned the vehicle, I filled the tank within five miles of the Hertz location. I paid with cash and did not ask for a receipt. I returned the car with a full tank. An attendant marked the fuel level as "full" on the receipt....

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  • Deer hunting, camping, weddings may come to Florida wildlife refuge

    Deer hunting, camping, weddings may come to Florida wildlife refuge

    The wading birds, deer and alligators of a vast Palm Beach County wildlife refuge may end up sharing the land with hunters, airboaters, campers, horseback riders and the occasional outdoor wedding. The Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, which covers an area the size of Chicago, has begun exploring...

  • Once-sleepy St. Petersburg, Fla., awakens with vibrant arts and nightlife scenes

    Once-sleepy St. Petersburg, Fla., awakens with vibrant arts and nightlife scenes

    Sizing up the triangular downcourt target, I wonder if my wife and teenage son realize what an only-in-Florida scene we make. Not only are we playing shuffleboard. We're doing so in downtown St. Petersburg, as card-carrying members of the seaside city's historic shuffleboard club, the largest in...

  • Hurricane Irma pounded the Florida Keys, but now they're back — some say better than ever

    Hurricane Irma pounded the Florida Keys, but now they're back — some say better than ever

    Andi Kimbrel is passionate about sea lions. Good thing, because Hurricane Irma forced her to live with them for five months. When the storm, one of the most destructive hurricanes in history, took aim at the Florida Keys in September, Kimbrel was working as a mammal trainer at Theater of the Sea...

  • Florida travel calendar for May

    Florida travel calendar for May

    Check out festivals and events in May across the state. This list is organized by region. Central Florida (including Orlando, Kissimmee, Daytona Beach, Sanford, the Space Coast, Lakeland/Polk and Lake County) Through May 28: Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, Lake Buena Vista. Spring...

  • Wild Florida makes 'Gator Week' its own

    Wild Florida makes 'Gator Week' its own

    Snowflake and Blizzard have learned the cue: when Wild Florida co-founder Sam Haught makes a popping noise with his mouth, the two hulking white albino alligators crawl slowly into a small pool. That lets visitors get closer to 400-pound, 9½-foot-long female Snowflake and 300-pound, 7½-foot Blizzard,...

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  • Clearwater Beach named top beach in the U.S.

    Clearwater Beach named top beach in the U.S.

    Florida once again is home to the best beach in the U.S., with the title heading back to Clearwater Beach coming in at No. 1 in the TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards. The Pinellas County beach won the accolade in 2016, but dropped to No. 4 last year as Siesta Beach down near Sarasota took the...

  • Florida's Pinellas County beaches offer stretch of sand for every mood

    Florida's Pinellas County beaches offer stretch of sand for every mood

    As winter drags on, thoughts turn to a spring escape, a trip south for warmer weather and the beach. But which one? A beach is just a beach, you say, a place for kids to build sandcastles, adults to spread a towel to take in a few rays and older folks to relax in a lawn chair with a good book....

  • Travel pros say 6 of the world's best beaches are in the U.S.

    Travel pros say 6 of the world's best beaches are in the U.S.

    A list of “The World’s 50 Best Beaches” from FlightNetwork, the largest Canada-based online travel agency, was compiled from its survey last fall of more than 600 travel journalists, editors, bloggers and agencies. I was one of them. One of my favorites was the top-rated on U.S. soil, No. 10: Trunk...

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Chicago's hotel bars provide an escape from the ordinary into the opulent

Chicago's hotel bars provide an escape from the ordinary into the opulent

If I must die, let it be in a hotel bar. A great one. The kind clad in dark wood and illuminated with thick, golden light that hangs heavy in the air. Let it be in an opulent old hotel, one where I could never hope to afford to stay. The drinks will cost too much, and I know I don't belong, but...

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Norwegian Bliss carves up unique space in the cruise ship crowd

Norwegian Bliss carves up unique space in the cruise ship crowd

Norwegian Bliss isn’t a new class of ship, but it feels like one. A lot of that has to do with the go-carts racing around the top deck track that is the signature attraction on board the 167,800-ton vessel, the third ship in Norwegian Cruise Line’s Breakaway Plus class. While Norwegian Bliss made...

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