Friday, October 31, 2008

Alaska Airlines Inaugurates Anchorage-Maui Service

PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Alaska Airlines today inaugurates seasonal service between Anchorage and Kahului, Hawaii, on the island of Maui. The flights, which operate three days a week, continue through April 25, 2009.

Flights from Anchorage will depart Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 2:20 p.m. Alaska time and arrive at 6:35 p.m. Hawaii time. Return flights will depart Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8:45 p.m. Hawaii time and arrive at 5 a.m. Alaska time.*

"There is a unique link between the people and geography of the state of Alaska and the islands of Hawaii that we are happy to celebrate with these new flights," said Bill MacKay, Alaska Airlines' senior vice president of Alaska. "We're excited to add Maui to the list of other warm-weather destinations that we'll serve this winter."

The new flights are operated with Boeing 737-800 aircraft, accommodating 16 passengers in first class and 141 in the main cabin. All flights to Hawaii offer Hawaiian-themed beverage and meal service. Customers in the main cabin are offered complimentary Mauna Loa macadamia nuts and a complimentary Mai Tai or POG juice, as well as a Hawaiian-themed meal-for-purchase option for $5. Customers in first class enjoy exotic meals such as macadamia nut-encrusted mahi mahi.

Inflight service includes Alaska Airlines' digEplayer, a personal entertainment system offering a variety of movies, television shows, music and other features.

Alaska Airlines Vacations offers a full line of vacation packages for travel to the islands of Oahu, Kauai, Maui and the Big Island of Hawaii. Packages include air transportation, hotel accommodations, ground transportation and tours.

Alaska Airlines and sister carrier Horizon Air together serve 91 cities through an expansive network in Alaska, the Lower 48, Hawaii, Canada and Mexico. For reservations, visit For more news and information, visit the Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air Newsroom at

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Delta and Northwest Merge, Creating Premier Global Airline

Delta Air Lines, Inc. (NYSE: DAL) and Northwest Airlines, Inc. today merged, creating a premier global airline with service to nearly all of the world’s major travel markets.

The new airline, called Delta and headquartered in Atlanta, will begin its first day as a combined company with a commitment to delivering excellent service to customers in 66 countries and more than 375 worldwide cities – more than any other airline; with a dedicated base of approximately 75,000 worldwide employees; and with a best-in-class cost structure and strong liquidity balance that better positions the company to adapt to the weakening global economy.

“The airline industry faces a very difficult economic environment around the world and this merger gives Delta increased flexibility to adapt to the economic challenges ahead,” said Delta CEO Richard Anderson. “With much of the work to bring our airlines together well under way, the new Delta will be at the front of the pack in achieving the benefits of consolidation and is well positioned to navigate the tough waters ahead in a difficult economy.”

With the completion of the merger, Northwest Airlines is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Delta. Customers should continue to check-in and do business directly with the airline operating their flight just as they did before the merger. Delta will continue operation of the airlines’ separate Web sites, and, as well as the two airlines’ reservations systems and loyalty programs.

The companies will be integrated through a thoughtful process with customer benefits rolled out over the next 12-24 months, including:

The addition of Delta’s code to nearly all of the Northwest system by the end of 2008, creating thousands of additional connecting opportunities.

Immediate complimentary upgrade reciprocity for elite members of both airlines’ loyalty programs, with airport lounge reciprocity continuing as usual.

The launch of a fully consolidated worldwide flight schedule in advance of summer 2009;

The introduction of elements of Delta’s brand throughout the Northwest system beginning in spring 2009, including Delta’s popular Richard Tyler designer uniforms, Delta’s livery, “signature cocktails,” enhanced in-flight entertainment and other onboard amenities.

The consolidation of the Delta and Northwest loyalty programs, ultimately including the ability to combine miles from SkyMiles and WorldPerks accounts at a one-to-one ratio.

The full integration of Delta and Northwest Web sites, kiosks, and customer-facing technology to ensure a consistent worldwide travel experience.

Delta has already invested significant resources to ensure a seamless transition for customers, including receiving clearance from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the airline’s plan to achieve a Single Operating Certificate over the next 14-16 months; adding extra staffing and technology at check-in counters and kiosks to provide added customer assistance beginning today; and posting complete merger information at and to provide customers added assistance.

Employees share in success of combined company with equity stake, platform for future growth
As a result of the merger, employees will share in the success of the new company through an expanded ownership share in the combined company. In the coming days, Delta will distribute an equity stake to substantially all U.S.-based employees with international employees participating through cash payments in lieu of stock.

"Ensuring our employees are able to share in the benefits of the merger from the beginning is a prime example of the Delta Difference," Anderson said. "By sharing ownership with Delta’s people, we are not only recognizing the critical role employees will play in successfully integrating two customer-focused companies, we are also making good on a longstanding commitment that our employees will share in the success of the company."

Delta also has completed other key steps to ensure that employees benefit from the merger and are protected as the two companies’ workforces are combined. Specifically, Delta:

Completed an unprecedented agreement with the Delta and Northwest units of the Air Line Pilots Association, Intl. (ALPA) on a joint contract that unifies both pilot groups under one pilot working agreement effective tomorrow. Additionally, the two pilot groups have agreed to a collaborative process that will achieve a combined seniority list;

Committed that no frontline employees will be involuntarily furloughed as a result of the merger and that no hubs will be closed; and

Implemented a seniority protection policy that ensures that frontline employees of both airlines will be provided seniority protection through a fair-and-equitable process.

Financial footing strengthened, providing increased flexibility to adapt to challenging global economic conditions

The closing of the Delta-Northwest merger brings together two of the industry’s most financially secure airlines to produce a best-in-class cost structure and an industry-leading balance sheet. The transaction is expected to generate $2 billion or more in annual revenue and cost synergies from more effective aircraft utilization, a more comprehensive and diversified route system, and cost synergies from reduced overhead and improved operational efficiency. The company expects to incur one-time cash costs not exceeding $600 million to integrate the two airlines. As approved by both companies’ stockholders earlier this year, Northwest stockholders will receive 1.25 Delta shares for each Northwest share they own. Based on Delta’s closing stock price on Oct. 29, 2008, this exchange ratio is the equivalent of $9.99 per Northwest common share.

“In today’s economic climate, this merger makes even more sense because we can capture $2 billion in annual synergies and build the foundation for profitable growth through improved revenues, a best-in-class cost structure and a strong liquidity position,” said Edward Bastian, Delta’s president and chief financial officer, and the new CEO and president of NWA. “As we have proven, this is a different type of merger for the industry thanks to the complementary nature of the two airlines and the caliber of the people who will make this the most successful merger in airline history,” Bastian continued.

Delta closed the merger after receiving notice from the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) that it would not challenge the merger after reviewing its competitive impact. Earlier this year, the merger also received clearance from the European Commission.

Delta today also announced the members of its new Board of Directors, effective immediately. Delta Chairman of the Board Daniel Carp remains chairman while Northwest Chairman Roy Bostock becomes vice chairman. Other directors will include seven from Delta’s Board – Richard Anderson, John S. Brinzo, Eugene I. Davis, David R. Goode, Paula Rosput Reynolds, Kenneth C. Rogers, and Kenneth B. Woodrow, and four from Northwest’s Board – John M. Engler, Mickey P. Foret, Rodney E. Slater and former Northwest CEO Douglas Steenland. Delta had previously announced the structure of its new Board during the merger announcement last spring.
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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

United Airlines' New Door-to-Door Baggage Service Takes the 'Lug' Out of Luggage

T2F Note: What an interesting concept. The question is whether travelers will pay $149 one way for their favorite clothes to show up. For golf clubs and extremely large items, the convenience factor could make sense. Time will tell.

PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- United Airlines today becomes the first U.S. airline to offer overnight baggage shipping service via an overnight courier that will provide customers with a more convenient and easy way to travel -- without their luggage.

United's new service, Door-to-Door Baggage, enables customers in the continental U.S. to conveniently ship their suitcases, or other travel items like skis or golf clubs, overnight from a home or office directly to their destination within the 48 contiguous United States. At $149 one way for flights less than 1,000 miles, or $179 for longer flights, United's prices are simple and more economical than similar overnight services offered by other luggage shipping services. Door-to-Door Baggage may be purchased on and shipments can be easily tracked online.

"Door-to-Door Baggage is another new service from United's Travel Options portfolio that puts more choices into the hands of our customers and provides them with the flexibility to customize their own travel experiences," said Dennis Cary, senior vice president and Chief Marketing and Customer Officer. "While offering customers a new benefit, it also provides United with a new revenue stream that, when combined with our other ancillary revenue and fee initiatives, is expected to generate more than one billion dollars in 2009."

United's Door-to-Door Baggage service is easy. Up to 10 days prior to travel, customers may visit where they select their appropriate trip and then schedule and pay for their shipment. Next, customers print their shipping documents that will be attached to the bags by the courier service. On the scheduled pickup day, the bags are picked up at a home or office -- generally between noon and 6 p.m. -- or dropped off at any of the courier's authorized shipping centers. By 4:30 p.m. the next day, the bags are delivered to the customer's final destination.

In addition to the new Door-to-Door Baggage service, customers may further enhance their travel experiences with other services from United's Travel Options portfolio. For example, starting at $14 one way, customers may sit in United's Economy Plus seating section that has up to five more inches of legroom (for elite customers, access to Economy Plus is complimentary). Also, with United's Award Accelerator offering, starting at $9, customers may earn travel awards faster by multiplying the amount of miles they receive when they fly.

More information about United's new Door-to-Door Baggage service and other Travel Options by United(SM) offerings is available at

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Jekyll Island Ready for Georgia-Florida Fans

PRNewswire/ -- Traditions are held sacred in southeast Georgia, and for the Jekyll Island Authority and the local community that means hosting one of the largest celebrations surrounding the Georgia-Florida college football rivalry in the area. Beginning at 7:00 a.m. Thursday morning, the first of 576 golfers will tee off in the 29th annual Georgia-Florida Golf Classic. Golfers will compete in the two-day event, and between rounds will enjoy celebrating with old friends at the traditional Cocktail Party and Oyster Roast Buffet Dinner.

"The event is now a tradition on Jekyll Island, and we are proud to host our friends each year -- old and new friends alike," stated Johnny Paulk, tournament director. "It is a lot of work, but we have a great team that knows how to pull everything together so everyone will have a good time when they get here.

"It's got to be one of the largest golf tournaments in the country, and maybe one of the longest running," added Paulk.

While the golf tournament is sold out, there are still rooms available on Jekyll Island for fans coming to the game. Some Jekyll Island hotels offer motorcoach transportation packages to and from the game.

"Most of our bus packages are full, but there are always a few rooms left on the island," stated Eric Garvey, Jekyll Island Authority director of marketing. "The golf tournament along with all the parties and other activities creates a fantastic football atmosphere here on Jekyll Island."

Fans looking for hotel rooms or rental cottages in the area should call the Jekyll Island Welcome Center at 877-4JEKYLL or e-mail to Visitor Information Specialists keep current vacancy information and can quickly direct guests to a hotel with available rooms.

While the Georgia-Florida football game is played in Jacksonville, Florida at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, Jekyll Island is only a 90-minute drive. Many University of Georgia fans enjoy the tradition of staying in the Jekyll Island-St. Simons Island area and take advantage of the easy drive to the stadium.

Fans without tickets will enjoy the nationally televised game at one of the several sports bars and restaurant on Jekyll Island. Blackbeard's Seafood Restaurant along with the new Time Out Sports Grill and the new Sand Bar & Grill all will be creating a game-like atmosphere with food and drink specials.

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Monday, October 27, 2008

Tallulah Gorge Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hike November 12

T2F Note: North Georgia is the place to be right now as nature provides its annual fall show. Here's a new twist we discovered at the Georgia State Park site. Sounds like fun if you're into hiking and moonlight!

Enjoy the gorge in the magical, shimmering light of the full moon. The hike will begin at the Interpretive Center, following the North Rim Trail, with a descent of the Hurricane Falls Trail staircase of about 325 steps to the suspension bridge over Hurricane Falls. This is considered a strenuous hike, consisting of approximately 700 steps. Register in advance. $4 parking. 706-754-7981.

Tallulah Gorge State Park
338 Jane Hurt Yarn Dr
P.O. Box 248
Tallulah Falls, GA 30573

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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Announces End to Fuel Supplement

PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. today announced that the company's fuel supplement will no longer apply to new Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Cruises bookings made on or after November 10, 2008, anywhere in the world, for sailings that depart on or after January 1, 2010.

This decision takes into consideration the recent reductions in global fuel prices. The company has also established specific guidelines that will determine whether fuel supplement refunds will be provided for sailings that begin in 2009 and later, which were booked prior to November 10, 2008, if fuel prices remain below a specific price threshold.

For 2009 sailings and 2010 sailings booked before November 10, 2008, the company will determine on a quarterly basis whether fuel supplements will be refunded. Refunds, in the form of an onboard credit, will be provided if the closing price of West Texas Intermediate fuel is $65 or less, at the closing time of the New York Mercantile Exchange, two weeks prior to the beginning of the upcoming calendar quarter. When those conditions are met, an onboard credit will be provided to all guests on sailings that begin during the upcoming calendar quarter.

The dates on which the price of West Texas Intermediate fuel will be measured, and the quarters during which refunds could apply are:

Fuel Price Determination Date Quarter of Possible Fuel Supplement Refunds

December 18, 2008 First quarter 2009
March 18, 2009 Second quarter 2009
June 17, 2009 Third quarter 2009
September 17, 2009 Fourth quarter 2009
December 18, 2009 First quarter 2010
March 18, 2010 Second quarter 2010
June 17, 2010 Third quarter 2010
September 17, 2010 Fourth quarter 2010

The company will continue to closely monitor the movement of global fuel prices and recognize that an upturn in those prices could necessitate the reinstatement of a fuel supplement.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Wisconsin Native American Communities Full Of Rich Tradition And Fun

(NAPSI)-History, tradition and entertainment are all a part of the "Native Wisconsin" guide from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism. This guide features many popular Native American attractions and festivals found throughout the state and also explores the history and traditions of the 11 tribes that call Wisconsin home.

This full-color, 36-page publication features information on more than 25 different Native American attractions, festivals and events. It also covers the vast array of Native American-owned and operated hotels, campgrounds and RV parks and resorts.

For more information about travel in Wisconsin, the public can visit or call the Wisconsin Department of Tourism's live-operated toll-free number, 1-800-432-TRIP(8747). Travelers can also obtain guides and information at the Wisconsin Welcome Centers, located in select state-border cities.

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

New Word for ‘Coupon’ Spells ‘Revenue’ for Travel Vendors

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Extending vacation values beyond the booking process, launches to provide travel coupons from participating vendors to millions of consumers online. As a sister site to, the site is unveiled by Travel Holdings Inc. to offer values on experiences beyond hotel rooms. Companies from all segments of the travel and entertainment industries participate cost-free by loading customized coupons to Poncou’s secure vendor system,

“We’ve observed how consumers are adapting in tough times. The biggest factor in making trip decisions has become the value of their vacation dollar,” states Uri Argov, President and CEO of Travel Holdings, one of the most expansive travel distribution companies in the world.

Such value-seeking users of Poncou’s vendor discounts are not only found within the consumer retail space, coupons are available to the world’s largest tour operators and travel agencies through Travel Holdings' long-standing wholesale subsidiary, Tourico Holidays.

Gray Line sightseeing tours’ Vice President of Marketing, Mary Lee Harder, says, “This opportunity allows us to reach a vast base of global travelers and drives traffic to our own website for direct reservations. We’re essentially receiving a free outlet for targeted promotions of which we have complete control."

Participating vendors include Wet ‘n Wild water parks, Planet Hollywood, Universal Studios, and more.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Stein Eriksen Lodge Spreads Holiday Cheer with Special December Deal

PRNewswire/ -- Early holiday vacationers can enjoy the magic of an alpine winter getaway for less at Stein Eriksen Lodge, Utah's only Mobil Five-Star, AAA Five Diamond property, with the Lodge's announcement of a special Early December Room Rate. The winter season is a premier time to experience the mountain splendor and luxurious setting of one of the most accessible and decorated resort destinations in North America. Nestled mid-mountain at Deer Valley Resort(R), Stein Eriksen Lodge provides convenient ski-in, ski-out access to the three-time #1-rated ski resort -- ranked as such by the readers of SKI magazine.

From December 9-25, 2008, guests can be treated to an unsurpassed, luxurious vacation with all that a Five-Star, Five Diamond mountain resort has to offer for $350 per room, per night. This rate includes Deluxe Bedroom accommodations and buffet breakfast. A minimum of a two night stay is required. Guests who book 4 nights will receive the 5th night free of charge. This rate is subject to availability based on double occupancy. To book reservations online visit or call 800.453.1302

Terms and Conditions

Non-refundable payment for one night's stay is required at the time of reservation and the full non-refundable payment is due 45 days prior to arrival date. Check-in time is 4 p.m. and checkout time is 11 a.m.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Recharge Your Soul with SAA Vacations’ New, Deluxe “Women in Style” and “Royal Treatment” Packages

(BUSINESS WIRE)--South African Airways Vacations announced two new deluxe packages – “Women in Style” and “The Royal Treatment” – both designed to renew and recharge the soul. At $3,999(a) and $7,999(a), respectively, the flights, 5-star accommodations and amenities are offered for reasonable prices at a time when the dollar is more favorable than ever in South Africa.

Visits through the Cape Winelands, sumptuous meals and stays at some of South Africa’s most renowned hotels and safari lodges will please even the most discriminating travelers. To book a package, call 1-888-722-4872.

“The ‘Women in Style’ and ‘The Royal Treatment’ packages are designed to offer only the best in luxury and escape at a price that is unbelievably reasonable,” said Lucille Sive, president, South African Airways Vacations. “The feedback I’ve heard from knowledgeable travelers is that they can’t believe the packages offer so much luxury at these prices. But there’s no mistake - at SAA Vacations, we’re committed to offering maximum luxury at a minimal price.”

The package details are:

“Women in Style” – $3,999(a) - 10 days of soul enrichment, sights, safari and spa includes:

* International airfare on South African Airways, and domestic flights within South Africa
* 4 nights at the breathtaking Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa in Cape Town, recognized by The Leading Hotels of the World as Southern Africa’s only “Leading Spa 2005”
* A vehicle at your disposal, which will chauffeur you to a shopping jaunt, a session with beading and wire artists, a half-day tour of Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, and a visit to Franschoek that includes cooking demonstrations at a famous restaurant and a visit to a Hugeunot chocolate factory
* 2 nights at Le Quartier Francais in the Stellenbosch wine region, a small, privately-owned intimate inn known for its world-class service
* Half-day winery tour
* A day of pampering at the spa with an “African Revitalization Package”
* Breakfasts while in the Cape Town region
* Two nights at Jackalberry Lodge in the Thornybush Private Game Reserve in Hoedspruit
* Safari game drives
* Breakfast, lunch and dinner while at the lodge
* Meet and greet upon arrival in South Africa and transfers

“The Royal Treatment” – $7,999(a) - 13 days of African culture, nature, wine and safari in the most renowned boutique hotels and lodges includes:

* 3 nights at the picturesque Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa in Cape Town
* A full-day Cape Peninsula Tour
* 2 nights at the sought-after La Residence boutique hotel in Franschoek in the historic Cape Winelands
* Half-day tour of Stellenbosch with wine tasting
* Breakfasts while at The Twelve Apostles and La Residence
* 2 nights at the exclusive Birkenhead House, high above the cliffs in the whale-watching haven of Hermanus
* Breakfasts, lunches and dinners while at Birkenhead House. Tour options available, or time spent at leisure
* 3 nights at the quietly luxurious Royal Malewane Safari Lodge and Spa in a private game reserve at the edge of Kruger National Park
* Safari game drives while at Royal Malewane
* Breakfasts, lunches and dinners while at Royal Malewane
* Meet and greet upon arrival in South Africa and transfers

South African Airways Vacations® offers vacation options for all budgets, with experts on hand to ensure its clients experience the vacation of their dreams. For more vacation packages to Southern Africa, please call 1-888-722-4872 or visit

(a) Price is based on double occupancy and excludes taxes and fuel surcharges. Low add-on rates available from 26 other cities in the U.S.

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Dressed For The Holidays

(NAPSI)-When it's the holiday season in the Valley Forge area and Montgomery County, Pa., the historic sites, villages, inns, malls and more are dressed in their holiday best.

Pottsgrove Manor, once the Pottstown summer home of ironmaster John Potts, showcases the elegance of a traditional 18th century English Christmas from Nov. 24 through Jan. 11. On Dec. 14, the manor hosts its Colonial Candlelight Open House with Colonial music, costumed historians, period fare prepared by Susan Plaisted, and entertainment by the Tapestry Dance Ensemble.

The home of former Pennsylvania Governor Samuel Pennypacker, Pennypacker Mills in Schwenksville, will be wrapped in grand Victorian holiday style from Nov. 28 through Jan. 4. During the site's Victorian Christmas Open House on Dec. 13 costumed historians, as well as Santa and Mrs. Claus, greet guests who also witness toy candy making.

Ft. Washington's Hope Lodge has rooms furnished in the Colonial style (1743-1770) and in the Colonial Revival style (1922-1953). From Dec. 5 through 7, the mansion is trimmed with trees, lights and more.

Thirty-five themed Christmas trees, including one suspended from the ceiling; a multitude of Santa Clauses of many eras; and an extensive Christmas village decorate the seven-room Shearer Elegance Bed & Breakfast in Linfield.

All the area's malls, including King of Prussia (the nation's largest retail mall) are bedecked with ornaments, garlands and Santas assuring hopeful kids.

An outdoor Christmas tree lighting at 7 p.m. on Nov. 28 celebrates the season in Skippack Village, along Route 73, in Skippack. Santa arrives to the joy of little children and choirs perform.

At John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove in Audubon, the outdoors is brought in. On Dec. 7, the museum's halls will be festooned with natural decorations. Music, seasonal treats, a scavenger hunt and a John James Audubon impersonator will be featured.

Natural materials are also the focus at Morris Arboretum's special Holiday Garden Railway Display, which opens on Nov. 28. Bark, twigs, hollow logs, moss, acorns, dried flowers, seeds and stones form a miniature landscape with buildings, loops, tunnels and even rivers. The quarter-mile track, with 15 different rail lines, two cable cars, nine bridges and bustling G-scale model trains is set in the lovely winter garden of the arboretum. Children and adults can even make ornaments to take home.

For more information about celebrating the holiday season in the Valley Forge area and Montgomery County for a day, an overnight or a great weekend getaway, visit

Courtesy of Valley Forge Convention and Visitors Bureau

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

New Oregon Wine Explorer Features Interactive Trip Planner to Help Travelers Choose Wineries, Lodging and Dining

PRNewswire/ -- Oregon wine country remains one of the most idyllic and accessible destinations, but having local knowledge and convenient maps can make all the difference in creating a memorable experience. To offer a one-stop resource for travelers the Oregon Wine Board has added a trip planner to its existing Oregon Wine Explorer,(TM) making it easy for visitors to create personalized itineraries with wineries, lodging and restaurants.

Under the "My Trip" tab, you can search a database of wineries, organize a list of desired stops, create a pin-point map and driving directions with Google(TM) Maps and add in dining and lodging options. Once the itinerary has been created, it's easy to rearrange locations, save online for later reference and send to a friend. With 393 wineries and 16 winegrowing regions in the state, there is a multitude of itineraries for every type of traveler.

The launch of the new interactive trip planner coincides with the busy autumn touring season. Every October and November Oregon's winemakers, cheese makers, brewmasters, chefs, growers and producers come together for a celebration called Oregon Bounty. It's an exciting time as harvest nears its end and wineries host a number of culinary events and packages culminating at Thanksgiving Weekend, which is one of the most popular weekends in Oregon wine country.

"There are many hidden gems in Oregon wine country, including boutique wineries, charming inns, B&Bs and regional restaurants, and this online tool gives travelers the added local knowledge to find them," said Ted Farthing, executive director of the Oregon Wine Board.

Also available from the Oregon Wine Board is the "Discover Oregon Wine Country" tool kit, which was developed through a partnership between the Oregon Wine Board and eight regional wine organizations. This comprehensive package assists travelers in planning a trip outside the virtual world by including an overview brochure of the state, plus regional maps with winery/vineyard listings. To view and order, visit

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Monday, October 13, 2008

Georgia Residents Can Save Up to 60% on a Caribbean Cruise With MSC Cruises

For a limited time only, MSC Cruises is offering residents of Georgia special savings of up to 60 percent on select 7- and 10-night Caribbean sailings of MSC Orchestra and MSC Lirica for the 2008-09 winter season.

Cruise only rates on 7-night sailings begin at $399 per person, double occupancy for an interior stateroom, $499 for an oceanview, $699 for a balcony and $749 for a suite; 10-night cruise only rates begin at $599 for interior and $699 oceanview. Government fees and taxes are additional, as is a fuel surcharge. Offer expires on Oct. 20.

As with all MSC Cruises sailings, kids under the age of 17 sail free when sharing a stateroom with two full-fare-paying adults (government fees and taxes are additional).

Resident Special rates are available on the following sailings:
-- MSC Lirica: Dec. 13 7-night Western Caribbean (a Baseball Greats theme
-- MSC Lirica: Jan. 13 10-night Caribbean Featuring Panama; Jan. 23 and
Feb. 12 10-night Deep Caribbean
-- MSC Orchestra: Jan. 10, 24 (also a Baseball Greats theme cruise) and
Feb. 21 7-night Western Caribbean

For more information about MSC Cruises, visit To book these special Georgia Resident rates, visit a local travel professional.

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Sunday, October 12, 2008

Find Fabulous Fall Colors in National Parks

ARA) - Every year, millions of Americans look forward to autumn and the opportunity to take in the beautiful fall foliage. As deciduous trees across the country begin to shed their leaves, “leaf peeping,” as it is known, becomes a pastime of many travelers.

The national parks offer a serene setting and unmatched views to enjoy this majestic transformation. Our parks preserve hundreds of tree species, which, into November, vibrantly paint the mountains and hillsides and fields with fresh shades of red, orange, yellow and purple.

“Visitors come from miles away each year to experience fall foliage in our national parks. It is truly a spectacular time of year,” says Mark Wenzler, director of Clean Air and Climate Programs for the National Parks Conservation Association. “Unfortunately, many of the trees people come to see face threats like air pollution, most of which is caused by exhaust from coal-fired power plants and automobiles. It is essential we do everything we can to protect our national parks for our children and grandchildren to enjoy, as well.”

Here are a few national park sites beloved for their brilliant fall foliage, but also facing air pollution issues:

Although nearing the completion of this year’s season, Acadia National Park in Maine is well-known for its beautiful fall foliage. Timing varies each year, but peak colors are typically seen in early to mid-October. The park offers nearly 40,000 acres of Maine coastline for visitors to explore the remarkable foliage and views. Leaf peepers come to see the bright yellow birch leaves, the deep red maple foliage, and the orange hue of the white ash. At an elevation of 1,530 feet, Cadillac Mountain allows visitors to enjoy fall foliage at the highest point along the North Atlantic seaboard.

Despite the undeniable beauty throughout the park, Acadia’s forests are threatened by harmful air pollution. To reduce pollution from your car, consider carpooling in the fall, as the park’s shuttle system stops operating after Columbus Day. For more information about fall foliage at Acadia National Park, please see:

Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Tennessee, North Carolina) usually experiences a fall foliage season that lasts several weeks. Park trees change colors at various times, depending mostly on elevation. At mid and lower-level elevations, the color display typically reaches peak between mid-October and early November. The park attracts leaf peepers, who want a glimpse of the nearly 100 native tree species, most of which are deciduous. Some of the more vibrant trees include hickories, sugar maple, scarlet oak, sweetgum and red maple.

The fall foliage display at Great Smoky Mountains remains one of the best in the country, but park forests face air pollution threats like acid rain, which weakens trees by damaging the leaves and limiting the nutrients available to them. Visitors might consider alternative transportation options to lessen their own impact at the park, as automobile emissions are a contributor to air pollution. At Cades Cove, one of the more congested areas of the park, NPCA has partnered with the nonprofit Cades Cove Heritage Tours to offer a guided shuttle service for visitors. For more information about fall foliage at Great Smoky Mountains, please visit

Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky is known for its extensive cave system -- the longest in the world. However, visitors have ample opportunity to explore other features of this national park, as well. Mammoth Cave preserves the forested Kentucky hills, which offer numerous trails for hikers to explore and observe the vibrant fall foliage. Oak, tulip poplar and sassafras are among the trees that scatter park forests and attract leaf peepers annually.

Unfortunately, the park’s beloved deciduous trees are threatened by acid rain year-round. Consider carpooling to the park, and using park trails to explore its changing forests. Mammoth Cave offers trails for every level of hiker. For an updated webcam shot of fall foliage at the park, please visit

Each of these parks is downwind of dozens of coal-fired power plants, which are the major cause of acid rain and ozone which damage their trees. Fortunately, many electric utilities are now offering their customers the choice of green energy alternatives to coal, like wind and solar power. After returning from your fall leaf peeping trip, consider switching to green energy to help protect the beautiful scenery you just enjoyed.

For additional information about reducing your own carbon footprint to help protect our national parks, as well as the tools to actually do so, visit the new interactive Do Your Part! for Climate Friendly Parks Web site, sponsored by the National Parks Conservation Association in support of the National Park Service’s Climate Friendly Parks program at

Courtesy of ARAcontent

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Friday, October 10, 2008

St. Vincent's Annual Historic Tour of Homes and Tea on October 18

St. Joseph’s/Candler presents the St. Vincent’s Academy Annual Historic Tour of Homes and Tea. The tour will be held on Saturday, October 18 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. This popular self-guided tour is of the original 1845 Convent building and eight private homes in Savannah’s Historic District.

St. Vincent’s has enjoyed an enduring relationship with St. Joseph’s since 1875, when the Sisters of Mercy established St. Joseph’s Hospital in downtown Savannah. Proceeds from the Tour & Tea benefit the preservation and restoration of the historic Convent.

This year’s tour of homes promises to take visitors for a fascinating look inside historical residences in Savannah’s beautiful landmark Historic District. Some of the homes reflect their 19th century origin in architectural style, interiors and furnishings, while others offer an exciting contemporary approach to downtown living. Onsite docents will provide history of the sites and will be available for directions and questions.

The centerpiece of Savannah's only fall tour of homes is the elegant tea which will be served on the grounds of the St. Vincent’s Convent. Academy students will serve a delicate repast of tea, homemade confections and traditional tea sandwiches.

Come see for yourself why native Savannahians and out-of-towners alike say this annual fall event is “the best tour in Savannah.”

The tour hours are 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 18. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit, call or 912.819.7780.

Tickets will also be available on event day at the tour ticket office (Walsh Hall at St. Vincent’s, located at the corner of Lincoln and Harris Streets in downtown Savannah) between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Cash, check and credit cards will be accepted.

Tickets are $40 per person (includes Tea at the Convent) plus handling charge for online and phone orders. Buy your tickets early and save $5. Tickets purchased by October 8 are just $35.
For more information, please contact Melissa Yao at 912.644.6431 or

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Thursday, October 09, 2008

Eight Million Lights Stretching More Than Five Miles

(NAPSI)-Let it glow. Let it glow. Let it glow. No, that's not the lyrics to a song. But it is a pretty good description of the 8 million lights stretching for more than five miles marking the 17th Annual Fantasy in Lights® at Callaway Gardens. The spectacle creates more than a dozen larger-than-life holiday scenes.

The holiday glow begins November 14 through December 30 in Pine Mountain, Ga. What's even more enlightening is that Callaway Gardens recently became the first resort in the Southeast to offset 100 percent of its electricity use by purchasing wind power credits. Every kilowatt of power is compensated with "green" power.

Known as the brightest light show in the South, the area offers a number of interesting holiday packages.

What To Expect

Visitors embark on the "Jolly Trolley" or drive through the lighted scenes in their vehicles to enjoy more than a dozen vistas including Snowflake Valley, a winter wonderland filled with enormous snowflakes and thousands of white lights; Magical Christmas Garden, with a 24-foot wreath entrance; and Santa's Workshop, showcasing animated lighted versions of Santa's elves working the night shift. Two spectacular scenes are set apart from the drivable route and incorporate narration, music and choreographed lights to tell the story of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" and The Nativity on Robin Lake Beach. Ninety-nine percent of the frames used to create the scenes in Fantasy in Lights are custom designed, taking 3,900 man-hours to install.

Christmas Village

Families return every year to experience the Christmas Village, an indoor shopping and dining venue that includes visiting Santa Claus and roaming Fantasy In Lights characters. Inside the Christmas Village guests shop for specialty items with an array of Georgia crafters on hand, making and selling their wares.

For more information, call (800) CALLAWAY (225-5292) or visit

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Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Seven Islands Artifacts ID Day October 11 in Indian Springs

Saturday, October 11th, 2008
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
At the Indian Spring Hotel/Museum
1807 Highway 42 South
Indian Springs, Ga. 30216

The public is invited to bring their arrowheads and other artifacts to have them identified and dated. There will be several local collections on display with demonstrations in flint knapping and primitive weapons, by Dave Swetmon and Kim Ruff. Come join in the fun and learn something about the people who lived here hundreds on years ago. Archaeologist Stephen Hammack and several other members of the Ocmulgee Archaeological Society will be on hand to identify Indian artifacts from all periods and any historical artifacts from the earliest days of the settlement. Of special note, John Whatley, author of “An Overview of Georgia Projectile Points and Selected Cutting Tools” will be on hand to identify and record Clovis or other early projectiles.

“Picking on the Porch”. Musicians are invited to bring their guitars, fiddles, mandolins or other acoustic instruments. Whether you play blues or bluegrass, come out, join in the fun, make some new friends, and enjoy some good down home music.

For more information contact:
W.J. Shannon or
Call 770-361-7185

Sponsored by:
Butts County Historical Society

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Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Halloween Hayrides October 10 in Cartersville

October 10, 2008
6:30 - 9 pm

The Red Top Mountain State Park and Lodge is gearing up for a cool October evening with a hayride through the abandoned campground at old Iron Hill.

The ride will stop for a campfire, cider, cookies and family-friendly Halloween stories by top-notch professional storytellers.

Reservations are required and can be made at
$7 (2 or younger free) plus $3 parking.

For more information: 678-792-9554.

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Monday, October 06, 2008

See Extraordinary World Treasures in Atlanta This Fall

PRNewswire/ -- Atlanta will soon celebrate the U.S. premiere for an all-new King Tut exhibition and the Southeast's debut of China's Terracotta Army. "Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs" (Nov. 15, 2008 - May 22, 2009 at the Atlanta Civic Center) and "The First Emperor: China's Terracotta Army" (Nov. 16, 2008 - April 19, 2009 at the High Museum of Art) will open almost simultaneously, making Atlanta the only place in the world where both exhibits can be seen at the same time.

To help visitors explore Atlanta's world of treasures without spending a fortune, a special "Treasures Fit for Kings" combination ticket will offer discounted admission to both exhibitions. The ticket also gives visitors access to other special exhibitions and to the permanent collection at the High Museum of Art.

The combination ticket prices are: Adult (Tues. - Thurs.), $39; Adult (Fri. - Sun.), $41; Youth (Tues. - Sun.), $25. These tickets and special hotel packages will be available online at beginning Oct. 6. Discounted group tickets for both exhibitions can be reserved by calling 1.866.52GROUP.

The simultaneous run of these exhibitions gives visitors to Atlanta the opportunity to explore the treasures of two kings from two ancient cultures in one great city, creating a once-in-a-lifetime experience called "Treasures Fit for Kings."

According to Spurgeon Richardson, president and CEO of the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, "With the U.S. dollar down and vacation budgets tight, these two exhibitions in one location will provide world travelers the chance to experience the treasures of the world without a passport and with a price tag that's easy on the wallet."

Support for "Treasures Fit for Kings" is provided by Arts & Exhibitions International, ACVB, Brand Atlanta, the High Museum of Art and supported by a grant from the Georgia Tourism Foundation.

Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs

"Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs" is a new exhibition featuring more than 130 treasures from the tomb of the celebrated pharaoh King Tut and other ancient sites. Striking objects from some of the most important rulers throughout 2,000 years of ancient Egyptian history will be on view, spanning the 4th Dynasty into the Late Period (about 2600 B.C. - 660 B.C.), many of which have never before visited the United States.

The U.S. premiere at the Atlanta Civic Center will be presented by the Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University from November 15, 2008 to May 22, 2009. Carlos Museum members will have an advance opportunity to purchase discounted tickets to the Tutankhamun exhibition beginning on August 15. Details are available at

Through artifacts that showcase the legacies and splendor of the Egyptian pharaohs, viewers will get a sense of how life -- and art -- evolved over generations and under various rulers. The exhibition will include the largest image of King Tut ever found -- a 10-foot statue that originally may have stood at Tutankhamun's mortuary temple and retains much of its original paint. One of the four gold and precious-stone-inlaid canopic coffinettes that contained his mummified internal organs also will be exhibited.

"Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs" is organized by National Geographic, Arts and Exhibitions International and AEG Exhibitions, with cooperation from the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities. Northern Trust is the presenting sponsor of the tour, and American Airlines is the official airline. More information is available at

The First Emperor: China's Terracotta Army

"The First Emperor: China's Terracotta Army," an exhibition inspired by one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the 20th century, features 100 works, including 15 full terracotta figures. The exhibition represents one of the largest groups of important works relating to China's First Emperor ever to be loaned to the U.S. With rarely seen and recently discovered objects from his famed tomb complex, the exhibition will provide insight into the legacy of China's First Emperor, Qin Shihuangdi, who reigned from 221-210 B.C. He is best known for unifying the warring states of China and building the Great Wall. "The First Emperor" will be on view at the High Museum of Art from November 16, 2008 to April 19, 2009.

The life-sized terracotta figures populated the First Emperor's underground tomb complex, just as they would have been integral to the activities of his actual court. Close to 1,000 figures have been excavated from the tomb, and it is estimated that a total of 7,000 may ultimately be unearthed. No two terracotta figures are identical; all are individualized with a distinctive facial appearance. In addition to the terracotta figures, the exhibition also includes artifacts such as bronze weapons, stone armor, and coins.

"The First Emperor: China's Terracotta Army" is made possible by Lead Sponsor GE, Presenting Sponsor Portman, and Official Global Delivery Partner UPS, Official Airline Partner Delta Air Lines, and Official Media Partner Turner Broadcasting. Generous support is provided by The Henry Luce Foundation. Additional support provided by The E. Rhodes and Leona Carpenter Foundation and The Blakemore Foundation. This exhibition is presented in association with the British Museum with support from Morgan Stanley. More information is available at

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Holiday Travel: Cool Destinations and Hot Deals

(ARA) – Whether packing the minivan for Thanksgiving or heading out for a big city holiday shopping trip, finding true deals is a necessity for many travelers this year. According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, 91 percent of holiday travel is done in a personal vehicle. With gas prices pinching pockets, travelers must find other ways to save on holiday travel.

According to data from, the most popular travel destinations for the holiday season run the gamut from warm beach areas in Florida to urban destinations such as Chicago and New York. Average holiday hotel pricing in a few of these destinations is reason enough to consider the trip -- with plenty to discover for both warm- and cold-weather enthusiasts.

Perfect Tan Destinations
For those looking to escape winter’s chill, the warm Atlantic Ocean off Florida’s coast is a far cry from shoveling snow in the driveway. According to CheapTickets, the sunny beaches of Fort Lauderdale and Miami are where holiday travelers will find reasonable hotel stays at an average daily rate of $87 and $134, respectively.

Another warm-weather option is California’s Pacific Coast. The wine enthusiast will enjoy San Francisco’s world famous wine country -- located just a short drive north. Winter marks the area’s slow season, leaving tasting rooms with plenty of elbow room to sample regional specialties, such as Sonoma Zinfandel. Further south, Los Angeles offers the allure of living like the cast of the television show, Entourage -- even if only for a few days -- while San Diego is home to plenty of family-friendly theme parks.

Jack Frost Nipping at Your Nose
Chicago, known as the “Second City,” is a great cool-weather city alternative this holiday season. According to data from CheapTickets, hotel rates average $135 per night in November and December -- more than $100 less than New York City. While in Chicago, travelers will appreciate the breathtaking views from the John Hancock Observatory, home to the world’s highest caffeine buzz at the Espression Cafe.

For a more remote winter wonderland, Vermont offers several great ski resorts that are worth investigating this year. Skiers and snowboarders will enjoy a variety of mountain trails at Mount Snow, Stratton and Killington. Those not prone to the slopes can satisfy a sweet tooth at the Ben & Jerry’s Factory. Guests can take a tour of the famous ice cream makers’ shop and sample the flavor of the day -- not a bad way to savor winter’s chill.

Whether laying on the beach or going sky-high in the big city, holiday travelers concerned about their budget can rest easy. Travel deals are still out there. For great ideas on planning travel on a budget, check out trip tips from real travelers at

Courtesy of ARAcontent

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Sunday, October 05, 2008

How To Protect Yourself And Stay Secure While Traveling

(NAPSI)-According to a recent survey by American Express, 84 percent of women are generally more concerned than men about safety and security while traveling. However, there are certain precautions women can take to safeguard themselves and their personal information while away from home. Lindsay Moran, former CIA officer and author of "Blowing My Cover: My Life as a CIA Spy," offers some insider tips on how women can stay safe while traveling:

• Undercover Address: Invest in luggage tags for checked bags and carry-ons that shield your name and address from potential prying eyes. Strangers don't need to know where you're going or your last location.

• Hotel Room Etiquette: Keep the "Do Not Disturb" sign on your door at all times and put electronic gear and valuables out of sight. Most hotels offer in-room safes--use them.

• Safe Room: Place a cheap rubber door wedge behind the door for added protection and peace of mind.

• Use a Privacy Filter: When you're working on your computer in close quarters, it can be easy for people to glance over and see what you're doing. Consider using a 3M Privacy Filter, which "blacks out" the view on either side of the laptop screen, keeping personal or sensitive information private. This allows only the person sitting directly in front of the screen to see what is being displayed.

• Silence Is Golden: Be aware of your surroundings when conducting business in public. Crowded settings such as trains, airplanes and airport lounges can be hotbeds of eavesdroppers.

• Valet, Please: It's generally safer to use valet parking when available. Dark, deserted parking garages can be unsafe. Also, when you hand a valet your keys, remove everything but your car keys. He or she doesn't need access to your home, room or luggage.

• Call Someone: Always make sure that someone has a copy of your itinerary and hotel information so that, in case of an emergency, someone knows where you are.

• Trust Your Instincts: If something doesn't feel right to you, it's probably not. When you find yourself in an uncomfortable situation, get smart and get out.

You can find more helpful tips at

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Saturday, October 04, 2008

At Just $244(a) One Way to South Africa, It’s a “November to Remember” on South African Airways

BUSINESS WIRE --The year 2008 will be memorable, not just for its historic election, but also for South African Airways November to Remember sale, which offers fares as low as $244(a) one way from the U.S. to South Africa and Senegal. South Africas flagship airline and the continents most awarded carrier introduced the fares from New York or Washington, D.C., to Johannesburg, South Africa, and Dakar, Senegal, for departures on Tuesdays and Wednesdays(a) from Nov. 4, with all travel being completed by Dec. 3rd. Based on round-trip travel, the fare is available for sale now through Oct. 17th by calling 1-800-722-9675, or at The sale fares do not include taxes and fuel surcharges, and are available on specific dates, which are outlined below.

By the time election day comes around, people from all walks of life will be ready for an escape from the wall-to-wall election coverage and economic news, said Marc Cavaliere, executive vice president, North America for South African Airways. With this low fare, we invite travelers to plan ahead for that escape to a place where their dollar will go far and buy them an unforgettable vacation. The fares are only available until Oct. 17th, so act fast.

Now is the time for American travelers to stretch their dollars in South Africa. With an exceptional exchange rate of 8.4 Rand(b), a visit to South Africa offers Americans a chance at having a vacation with hotel rates, meals and incidentals that could cost less than at other international destinations.

South African Airways features the only nonstop service from the U.S. to South Africa with daily departures from Washington, D.C., and daily direct service from New York that offer travel convenience and award-winning service. Travelers in premium class enjoy 180° fully flat-bed seats with individual entertainment systems, and in economy class enjoy the most legroom versus competitors and individual on-demand entertainment systems. SAAs unrivaled network, featuring connections to more than 20 destinations within South Africa, and more than 20 cities across the rest of the continent, make the airline the savvy travelers gateway to Africa. As a Star Alliance member, South African Airways is able to offer its customers 975 destinations in 162 countries and 18,100 flights daily, including convenient connections from more than 25 cities in the U.S. through code share service with Star Alliance member United Airlines. Members of Uniteds Mileage Plus, US Airways Dividend Miles and Air Canadas Aeroplan programs are able to earn and redeem miles on all SAA flights. For more information on South African Airways, please call 800-722-9675 or visit, where travelers can sign up to be notified of other great travel deals and vacation packages.

(a) Taxes and fuel surcharges apply. Seats are limited and may not be available on all flights. Fare is non-refundable and non-endorsable. The following dates apply:

From NY: Nov. 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26

Return to NY: Nov. 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, Dec. 2, 3

From Washington, D.C.: Nov. 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 26

Return to Washington, D.C.: Nov. 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, Dec. 2, 3

(b) Oct. 2, 2008, according to

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Friday, October 03, 2008

Oktoberfest on the River Celebration Begins October 3 in Savannah

Today is the start of the 25th annual Oktoberfest on the River in Savannah. Join in the fun on Historic River Street with German foods, crafts and live entertainment.

Listen to the oompah bands and visit the Kindervillage. There's something for everyone in the family, whether it's the Weiner Dog Races or Fireworks over the river.

Check the website for more details for the weekend events. There is no charge for admission.

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Wednesday, October 01, 2008

National Mediation Board Upholds Delta Flight Attendants’ Decision To Reject Union Representation

Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) has been notified by the National Mediation Board (NMB) that its flight attendants’ decision to reject union representation will be upheld. The Board dismissed the Association of Flight Attendants’ allegations of interference in the May 2008 representation election at Delta, stating that the union’s claims either “are unsubstantiated…”, ”do not rise to the level of interference under clear, longstanding Board precedent”, or ”constitute isolated incidents…that do not amount to the kind of systematic, pervasive conduct that would have tainted laboratory conditions.”

Delta Senior Vice President of In-Flight Service Joanne Smith issued the following statement today in response to the NMB’s decision:

“Delta has always believed that the AFA’s allegations of interference were unfounded. Armed with the facts and the understanding that this decision had a significant impact on their careers, our flight attendants spoke decisively about their preference for maintaining Delta’s unique culture. We are pleased that the NMB has upheld our flight attendants’ decision. It’s time now to turn our attention to the exciting opportunity ahead of us – creating a premier global airline that will allow our people to share in the airline’s success and provide a legendary travel experience for our customers.”

Delta Air Lines operates service to more worldwide destinations than any airline with Delta and Delta Connection flights to 287 destinations in 58 countries. Delta has added more international capacity than any major U.S. airline during the last two years and is the leader across the Atlantic with flights to 42 trans-Atlantic markets. To Latin America and the Caribbean, Delta offers 315 weekly flights to 43 destinations. Delta's marketing alliances also allow customers to earn and redeem SkyMiles on more than 16,000 flights offered by SkyTeam and other partners. Delta is a founding member of SkyTeam, a global airline alliance that provides customers with extensive worldwide destinations, flights and services. Including its SkyTeam and worldwide codeshare partners, Delta offers flights to 500 worldwide destinations in 105 countries. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes, check bags and flight status at
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Cotton Pickin' Fair Scheduled for Oct. 4 & 5

The 69th edition of The Cotton Pickin’ Fair
Gay, GA

Three hundred skilled artisans feature Art, Antiques & Crafts in a 1910 era farm venue. A unique shopping and entertainment experience for the entire family. Delicious southern foods are baked, fried, boiled, and barbequed on site and music, folk dancing, story telling, and puppetry arts delight both young and old throughout the each day.

8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Saturday and Sunday; Admission: $5 Adults, $3 Children (4-12). Contact: for directions and a preview of our festival or call (706) 538-6814. Sponsored by The 1911 Society, Ltd., a Georgia Non-profit Corporation supporting Sustainable Rural Development Agri-Tourism.

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