In case you missed it, Travel Channel recently received some unexpected recognition on NBC’s Saturday Night Live. The comedy show featured a skit about Travel Channel’s Ultimate Vacation Giveaway. The fictitious giveaway made for great fun and fodder, featuring British actor Russell Brand and SNL comedienne Kristen Wiig.
Other SNL cast members made brief appearances during the performance to demonstrate their excitement after winning the giveaway. Take a look at the skit and tell us what you think.
And don’t forget about the real Travel Channel Sweepstakes! In February, you can enter to win a trip for 2 to Greece. It’s a different, exciting destination each month. Good luck!
Things may be changing at New York’s JFK airport soon. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey are looking for developers to build a boutique hotel. The proposed150-room hotel would be built between the old TWA terminal and the new JetBlue building, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The now-vacant TWA terminal was designed by Eero Saarinen, who also designed the St. Louis Gateway Arch. The plan is to use the Saarinen-designed space as the hotel’s lobby and entrance, which would also be home to restaurants and shops.
Construction for the new hotel could wrap up 2 years after a developer is signed, but there is an obstacle. The TWA terminal is a New York City landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Shinmoedake, a volcano in southern Japan, erupted for the ninth time in a week. The 4,660-foot volcano spewed a cloud of smoke and ash as high as 4,920 feet on Wednesday.
Japan’s Meteorological Agency issued a level 3 alert, which indicates an eruption may seriously affect places near residential areas. Evacuations are carried out when the alert reaches a level 5.
The volcano, one of 20 inside the Mount Kirishima volcano group, woke from its dormant state on Jan. 26. The JMA says the lava dome in the crater has grown from 10 meters to about 600 meters. On Friday, Jan. 28, volcanic lightning lit up the smoke-filled sky above the volcano.
A major snowstorm that slammed the Midwest has now moved to the Northeast region of the US. The storm hit Boston hard with rain and ice, forcing Logan airport to close.
Although the brunt of the storm has moved, Chicago O’Hare airport remains closed after the Windy City got socked with 19.5 inches of snow. The National Weather Service said winds of 20 to 30 mph will continue through most of the day.
In case you’re wondering, the recent snowstorm rivals the Christmas blizzard of December 2010. According to Huffington Post, 6,500 flights were cancelled Tuesday, and 4,600 were cancelled Wednesday, setting a new record in the airline industry.
If you can’t get enough snow, check out our slideshow of the Worst US Blizzards in history. Leave a comment, and tell us how you’re handling the recent wave of winter weather.
A major storm of ice, snow and freezing rain has forced airlines to cancel more than 4,500 flights. The 2,100-mile stretch of wintery weather – from Texas to Maine – has halted airport traffic and closed airports, including Oklahoma City’s Will Rogers World Airport and Tulsa International Airport.
Airports in Newark, NJ, and Chicago are the hardest hit with more than 600 flight cancellations each, according to Flightware.com. Chicago is expected to get 2 feet of snow, breaking its snowfall record set in 1967. The Windy City is a hub for several major airlines, including United and American.
Windy weather with zero visibility had sparked Delta Airlines to cancel 625 flights today. JetBlue is canceling flights in and out of New York’s JFK airport for the rest of today with some flights expected to resume Wednesday afternoon. The airline plans to shut down its flights servicing Boston starting tonight. Officials at JetBlue say service may not may not be up and running until Thursday morning.
The US State Department has issued a travel alert urging US citizens to avoid all nonessential travel to Egypt, as police and protestors clash in demonstrations going on in Cairo and across the country. According to Huffington Post, the demonstrations are not directed against the US, but the department noted that protests have turned violent, resulting in deaths, injuries and major property damage.
US officials advised those American citizens already in Egypt to remain in their hotels or residences until the situation calms down. Officials decided not to issue a travel warning — a more serious action that usually triggers automatic cancellations by cruise companies and tour operators and affects certain types of travel-insurance coverage.
TravelChannel.com has launched a new franchise! “What We Love …” will feature the things we love about traveling, with a focus on a specific destination’s people, culture, traditions and food.
For January, we decided to throw some love at the UK with our slideshow What We Love About The Brits. The London Eye, David Beckham, high tea and the Royal Family are just a few of our picks. After you check out the slideshow, tell us what you like about the Brits — we want to know!
Make sure you check back in February when we celebrate China.
The official death toll from Brazil’s mudslide disaster has risen to 803. Nova Friburgo, near Rio de Janeiro, is the hardest-hit town, where 389 deaths were recorded. A total of 400 lives were lost in other towns, including Teresopolis, Peropolis and Sumidouro.
According to the LA Times, more than 14,000 people are homeless in one of the worst natural disasters in the country’s history. People were forced to abandon their homes in southeast Brazil, either because the houses were destroyed or deemed unsafe.
The World Bank donated $485 million to rebuild and provide prevention plans. The Brazilian government also plans to revamp its national alert system to warn of future flooding disasters.
More bad weather may be in Brazil’s future. Mudslides are probable as summer rainfall continues.
TravelChannel.com has teamed up with Oyster.com to provide you with cool hotels to book for your next vacation. Travelers now have the opportunity to read hotel reviews, view hotel photos and book the hotel of their choice.
Spring Break is right around the corner, and we have Oyster’s Top 10 Spring Break Hotels for families. Check out the list of hotels and book a fun family getaway to warm destinations like the Dominican Republic, Hawaii, Miami and Los Angeles. All of the featured hotels have something to keep you and your children happy, including a beach, water park, spa or gym.
What are your favorite family-friendly hotels for spring break?
Marriott International plans to remove pornographic movies from its pay-per-view menu. The company wants to pull the plug on skin flicks, starting with its new properties opening in the next few years. After several years of raking in a wad of revenue, Marriott’s earnings are now, um well, limp.
Over the past few years, the hotel chain has noticed a drop in porn and pay-per-view consumption. According to USA Today, one of the reasons for the decrease is that business travelers check into hotels and bring their own entertainment, including Netflix DVDs, an iPod Touch or a laptop.
In a released statement, Marriott is “working with in-room entertainment providers and technology vendors to transition to the next generation of in-room entertainment.” What does that mean? We’re not sure, but for now, we suggest you B.Y.O.P. — bring your own porn.
Do you watch pay-per-view entertainment at hotels? Tell us what you think about Marriott’s new ban.