San Antonio area has 3 of the top 10 ghost tours in the country

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Two spine-tingling San Antonio ghost tours were recently named the very best in the country.

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Nightly Spirits, a haunted pub crawl that explores the creepy side of San Antonio — and several other cities — earned the top spot on USA Today’s list of the 10 best ghost tours nationwide.

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The Nightly Spirits tour leaves from Pat O’Brien’s downtown and weaves through “haunted cocktail bars,” ballrooms, and basements.

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The No. 2 slot on the ranking belonged to the Alamo City alone. Sisters Grimm Ghost Tours, which dives in to the haunted history of Old San Antonio, took home second place.

“San Antonio began as a Spanish settlement in 1691, and it’s acquired its fair share

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23 Five-Star Wellness Getaways

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Wellness in travel was already a popular topic pre-COVID. But the pandemic turned it into a more vital experience, from those looking for a literal breath of fresh air and nature after months in quarantine to those seeking relief from the stress of the moment in a spa.

To help you find your wellness escape, we rounded up some of the newest double Five-Star winners, the properties that earned top marks for both their hotel and spa during the sneak peek of Forbes Travel Guide’s 2021 Star Awards. Whether you want a Swedish massage or something more ground-breaking, these luxurious wellness getaways deliver. (Check with the properties to ensure they are open and that the services you want are available.)

Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at Comcast Center

If you’re drawn to crystals, this is your spa. The 57th-floor space

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The TikTok Saga Would Be a Comedy if It Weren’t So Tragic

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The United States is ceding its position as a world technological power. For decades, the world’s brightest landed here to build. They chose the U.S. for a few simple reasons, among them access to world-class equipment and education, the ability to take high-paying tech jobs, and a business climate that rewarded the hard-working and lucky entrepreneur with potential riches.

That’s gone.

The TikTok saga has been, at best, a comedy. China, long considered the land of clones, had built something world-changing, and the U.S. and its benighted executive legislated it using tactics and tricks that come from some 1990s business playbook.

At issue is the concept of fairness, however that is defined in the realm of global business. For decades, companies wanting to do business in the People’s Republic of China faced draconian requirements, including working with a local partner to

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ARC: August U.S. Corp. Agency Sales Remain Stagnant

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The total air tickets sold in June by U.S.-based corporate travel agencies in August remained relatively stagnant compared with June and July, according to the Airlines Reporting Corp., even as online and leisure ticket sales picked up slightly. 

Total tickets booked in August by U.S. corporate agencies, those with at least 70 percent self-reported corporate and government business, fell 90 percent year over year after declines of 90.8 percent in July and 90.5 percent in June. Trips booked in August through online travel agencies, meanwhile, fell 60.2 percent year over year, compared with a 69.7 percent drop in July.

Meanwhile, the total consolidated dollar value of August air ticket sales by U.S. agencies was $751 million, compared with $387 million in July. The average U.S. round-trip ticket price decreased from $483 in August 2019 to $321 in August 2020.

The total number of passenger trips settled by ARC for its

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MRO and Aero-Engines Asia-Pacific Happening Virtually September 22-24

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NEW YORK, Sept. 16, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —

WHAT: MRO Asia-Pacific and Aero-Engines Asia-Pacific, digital events with enhanced matchmaking opportunities and high-quality educational content from top airlines, MROs and others industry leaders.

WHEN: Live and pre-taped sessions will first be available Tuesday, September 22, 9:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., Wednesday, September 23, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Thursday, September 24, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., in Singapore Standard Time (SST). To accommodate our global MRO community, sessions will be available on demand and networking and “matchmaking” opportunities and appointments are available 24-7 in any time zone that is convenient for the participants. See here to register.

WHY: MRO Asia-Pacific will bring together the most influential members of the aviation MRO industry to discuss the challenges and changes that have impacted the

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How Top Travel Destinations Have Been Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic

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It’s clear by now that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has dealt a devastating blow to international travel, but research from travel insurance comparison site Squaremouth sheds new light on just how hard the impact has been.

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Aerial panoramic cityscape view of Paris, France with the Eiffel tower on a fall day (encrier / iStock / Getty Images Plus)

Analyzing travel insurance policies purchased through Squaremouth over the past year (September 12, 2019 – September 11, 2020) for all future travel and comparing the six months prior to the pandemic (September 12, 2019 – March 11, 2020) to the six months since it was declared (March 12, 2020 – September 11, 2020), the site found that international trips account for only 47 percent of all insured travel over the last six months compared to 86 percent before the start of the pandemic.


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Pompeo tours Middle East as more details of UAE-Israel peace deal emerge

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Sudan on Tuesday for the second leg of a multi-country tour of the Middle East and Africa, as the Trump administration intensifies efforts in the region to promote ties with Israel.

The trip comes after Israel and the UAE announced an agreement earlier this month to open diplomatic relations.


“I am hopeful that we will see other Arab nations join in this,” Pompeo said while in Israel.

On Tuesday, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz had his first official talk with his UAE counterpart. The two discussed security cooperation between their countries and other regional issues. This, after Pompeo met Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem and in a statement afterward slammed others for not supporting more pressure on Iranian leadership in Tehran.

Whether the trip can yield dividends with other nations remains

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Pelosi Talks to Airline CEOs, Says Aid Should Be Part of Package

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(Bloomberg) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke with airline and aviation union officials on Friday and said she believes there is bipartisan support for aid to the industry but only as part of a broader stimulus.

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That approach is at odds with the White House, which yesterday expressed support for a narrow bill to avert thousands of layoffs when a prohibition on job cuts in the industry expires at the end of the month.

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows met with airline leaders Thursday and said afterward that the industry needs $25 billion. He said it should be passed in a separate measure next week.

Pelosi has opposed piecemeal virus relief bills as part of her strategy for Democrats to win agreement on a multitrillion-dollar relief measure.

She and Oregon Representative Peter DeFazio, chairman of the House Transportation Committee, spoke to airline executives

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Trump boat parade could have big turnout at Lake Mead

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Hundreds of vessels could take part in a Trump boat parade at Lake Mead National Recreation Area on Saturday, according to event organizers.

The Facebook group Lake Mead DTOM arranged the parade and the Facebook event page shows that over 800 people plan to attend what it called the “Lake Mead Trump Boat Parade.”

Because of the parade size, event organizers needed a First Amendment permit from the National Park Service. The permit only allows for up to 500 boats to be in the parade, Lake Mead National Recreation Area spokeswoman Christie Vanover said.

Brian Bandy, 42, said his friends Megin and Jason Dick started organizing the boat parade in August after seeing several similar events in other states. As the “boat expert” of his friend group, Bandy said he’s helped secure permits and determine the logistics of bringing nearly 500 vessels onto the lake at once.

Officials with the

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Songbirds Foundation moving into former museum space

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Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter / Songbirds Foundation Director Reed Caldwell, right, sets up a distortion pedal for his lesson with 14-year-old Alex Bell at the Siskin Children’s Institute on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018 in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Songbirds lives, at least as a foundation.

During its relatively short three-year life, the Songbirds Guitar Museum, as well as the live music venue’s spaces that came after its opening, created a buzz in Chattanooga as a world-class museum featuring the largest collection of rare and original guitars on the planet.

It didn’t survive the coronavirus pandemic, closing its doors for good in August, but the Songbirds Foundation, created as a side project of the museum to introduce guitar to area youth, will carry on the brand using the former museum space at the Chattanooga Choo Choo.

Foundation Executive Director Reed Caldwell said the organization’s work in the space will be entirely focused

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