Arthur Frommer

Get ready for cheaper prices than ever on air-included trips to China

Having unsuccessfully attempted to contact the top executives at America’s several leading tour operators to China, I’ve concluded that they are all on the way to China to learn how they can reduce the prices of a trip there even below current levels. A representative for one such company indicated that this was, in fact, the case. China’s recent devaluation of its currency, the yuan, has led to predictions that a tour to China, which already is one of the world’s least-expensive travel destinations for Americans, soon will become cheaper. All this is in line with the obvious effort by the Chinese government to increase its export industries (with incoming travel being the same as an export).

Arthur Frommer

More important opportunities in travel, from Italy to Cuba

If you haven’t yet made your summer or fall vacation plans, you might want to note that a sort of world’s fair will continue operating in Milan, Italy, throughout September and October. Called Expo Milano 2015, it’s all about unusual and better methods of growing and producing food (like innovative vertical gardens) and the most enticing preparation of meals (in over 150 different restaurants maintained on the grounds). The world’s most imaginative architects (like Sir Norman Foster, and Renzo Piano) have designed several of the expo’s pavilions, and countries (including our own) have sent their most awesome chefs to prepare meals for visitors. Don’t say you weren’t advised.

Arthur Frommer

Japan, Puerto Rico offer attractive vacation opportunities

With its currency currently selling at a breathtaking 125 to the U.S. dollar, Japan has become a moderately-priced nation for American travelers. Instead of paying $450 for a double room at a top-quality, first-class Japanese hotel, as was once the case two years ago, we now pay as little as $300 for a luxurious accommodation, and far less (even below $100 a night) at so-called business hotels in Japan.

Arthur Frommer

Unrealistic honeymoon odyssey likely hit $30,000 or more

The travel sections of several leading American newspapers seem to engage in an alternating pattern of reality and nonreality. For months on end, they devote pages to recommending ultra-deluxe hotels that no normal American could possibly afford, and then – when called out by critics – they spend a week or two on realistic expenditures before reverting to glamor and luxury.

Arthur Frommer

Norwegian Airlines offering cheap flights to Europe

A significant recent development in travel has been a decision by the low-cost, trans-Atlantic Norwegian Airlines to greatly increase the number of flights it offers between London’s Gatwick Airport and both New York and Los Angeles. That airline entered the trans-Atlantic market rather gingerly in past months, testing the demand for cheap trans-Atlantic prices, and apparently the response has been so positive that it is now taking a plunge into greatly-increased trans-Atlantic services.

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