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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Staycations: Is it truly a trend?

YPartnership just posted the results of its Portrait Of American Travelers survey in which it examined whether the recession and resultant household budget constraints has caused people to choose a "staycation" and vacation closer to home.

The typical leisure traveler, according to YPartnership, averages four leisure trips a year.

Last year, the survey found this "staycation" trend to be "more media myth than reality" since fewer than 10% of respondants reported in the affirmative. The latest survey, however, found that during the previous 12 months nearly one quarter of respondants with an annual income over $50,000 took one or more leisure overnight trips or vacations within a 50 mile radius of their home as an alternative to traveling a greater distance. The incidence is greater among younger travelers, Millenials (age 18-30) and GenerationXers (age 31-44), but has affected all age groups.

Here are their findings:

All Leisure Travelers 26%
Generational Group
• Millennials (18-30) 37%
• GenXers (31-44) 31%
• Boomers (45-63) 21%
• Matures (64+) 15%
Annual Household Income
• $50-$124K 26%
• $125K+ 26%
Children At Home 32%
No Children At Home 21%

Saturday, April 17, 2010

One if by land and two if by sea: Historic Concord Inn offers package specials

Just in time for the April 18 anniversary of Paul Revere's historic " One if by land and two if by sea" ride, the historic Concord Inn is offering luxury package specials. Guest rooms are located in the original building, which dates to 1716, and provides an authentic Colonial experience, complete with wood floors, exposed beams and period accents.

Concord's Colonial Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been operating as a hotel since 1889. The Inn overlooks Monument Square and is surrounded by many literary and revolutionary landmarks.

In 1775, one of the Inn's original buildings was used as a storehouse for arms and provisions. When the British came to seize and destroy the supplies, the Minutemen met them at the North Bridge on April 19th for what became the first battle of the American Revolution. In the early 1800s the Thoreau family moved in and Henry David Thoreau lived in what is now the Colonial Inn from 1835 to 1837 while he attended Harvard University.

The hotel has teamed with local spas, historic attractions and its own award-winning restaurants to offer a variety of packages.

With 300 years of history, Concord's Colonial Inn is one of America's most historic Inns. Guests include Franklin D. Roosevelt, J.P. Morgan, John Wayne, Shirley Temple, Steve Martin, Kurt Russell, Goldie Hawn, Ally Sheedy, Arnold Palmer, Faye Dunaway, Dan Quayle, Glenn Close, Bruce Springsteen, Queen Noor of Jordan, Harry Connick Sr., and Lady Mary Soames, daughter of Winston Churchill.

The Inn is just 20 miles outside Boston. Area attractions include the Old Manse, Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Walden Pond and the Concord Museum.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Copenhagen's Little Mermaid arrives in China

The Little Mermaid, star of the 1989 Disney movie and subject of the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen on which it was based, is now a world traveler. Her statue by Edvard Eriksen has remained in Langelinie pier for nearly a century--since 1913--despite two beheadings and having her arm cut off, and is Denmark's most popular tourist attraction.

Following a Danish and Chinese ceremony at Langelinie March 25 in which the Minister for Economic and Business Affairs, Brian Mikkelsen, and the Lord Mayor of Copenhagen, Frank Jensen, wished her a bon voyage, the Little Mermaid embarked on her journey.

According to Brian Mikkelsen, Minister for Economic and Business Affairs, "We participate in EXPO 2010 to brand Denmark and Danish values to the Chinese and all visitors from around the world who visit the Danish Pavilion. Our loan of the Little Mermaid to China shows that we Danes are interested in other cultures and want to share our art and cultural treasures with them.

Frank Jensen, Lord Mayor of the City of Copenhagen, remarked, "We are proud to lend the Little Mermaid to China. I am convinced that she will be an excellent ambassador of Denmark, particularly since the Chinese already are very fond of Hans Christian Andersen and his fairytales. At the same time I am delighted that Ai Weiwei's video installation will make it possible for the Danes to follow her throughout her journey.

She arrived yesterday at the World EXPO in Shanghai and will be on display in Harbour Pool in the center of the Danish Pavilion from May 1 to October 31, 2010. Visitors will be able to ride bicycles around the pavilion, Copenhagen-style. It is expected that she will be seen by 70 million visitors.

See Notable Travels for more on Copenhagen or Copenhagen Tourism for additional information on the Little Mermaid .