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New study reveals the U.S. cities most likely to delight travelers — The U.S. destinations that make travelers the most satisfied are Las Vegas, Austin, Orlando, New York and - Columbus, Ohio. That's according to JD Power's inaugural assessment of most popular vacation spots in the USA. The study found a direct link between traveler satisfaction and the money spent at the locale: Happy travelers spend $277 more than the average traveler on restaurants, souvenirs and more.

A week after merging with Starwood, Marriott expands into Africa — The Kigali Marriott is Marriott International's first property in Sub-Saharan Africa. (Photo: Marriott International) A little more than a week after becoming the largest hotel company in the world, Marriott International is already expanding internationally. The company officially opened its first Marriott Hotel in Rwanda on Tuesday, the first time it has ventured into Sub-Saharan Africa in its 90-year history.

West Elm starts hotel chain; new Trump hotel brand to be called Scion — The Cliff House Maine is one of the properties in the Two Roads Hospitality portfolio. Two Roads is the new name of the merged Commune and Destination Hotels companies. (Photo: Two Roads Hospitality) West Elm, the modern furnishings company, is expanding into the hospitality business.

Election spotlight shows D.C. at its best — When Genevieve Villamora moved to Washington, D.C., from Chicago in 1994, a night out on the town would involve a trip to Georgetown or Dupont Circle. Washington's then-limited dining scene was concentrated in those neighborhoods. More than two decades later, the city's culinary world has expanded.

Over-the-top inauguration packages at D.C. hotels — No matter who ends up in the White House, Washington, D.C., will throw its biggest party in four years on Jan. 20, and hotels are already gearing up for it. A number of Washington's historic hotels are offering packages for stays in their presidential suites during Inauguration Week, and some have jaw-dropping price tags.

Virgin Hotels to check into Silicon Valley — This is a rendering of The Fields, the housing and retail complex that will house the new Virgin Hotel Silicon Valley. (Photo: Courtesy of Coe International) Virgin Hotels, Sir Richard Branson's lifestyle hotel brand, is expanding to the West Coast.

Made in Maine: Flavors only found in Portland — Portland, Maine may be a small town but its food scene is large and growing. This coastal city is attracting young chefs from bigger and more expensive cities like Boston and New York while retaining a loyal crew of native Maine chefs. And they're not just making lobster rolls.

Shimla: This is where I got attacked by monkeys — SHIMLA, India - The first sign of trouble is when a monkey tries to snatch a handkerchief from my tour guide's back pocket while we are waiting in line to get into Jakhu Temple, the highest point of this northern Indian town in the foothills of the Himalayas.

All aboard the toy train to the foothills of the Himalayas — ON THE TOY TRAIN FROM SHIMLA TO KALKA, India - Anoop Rawat and his family are on their way home to Delhi from Shimla, the capital of the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, when they decide to adopt a stranger from New York City.

Marriott, Starwood merger is complete, loyalty programs will reciprocate — Marriott International and Starwood Hotels and Resorts officially merged into one company this morning, and the new Marriott has already made its first major decision: to give reciprocal benefits to members of each loyalty program. With its acquisition of Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Marriott International is now the largest hotel company in the world.
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Oct 25, 2016

I'm really missing noodles, soup and dim sum for breakfast. Difficult re-entry!

Oct 24, 2016

32 hours of traveling are finally over (@ John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens, NY, NY) 

Oct 23, 2016

Long journey home. (@ Abu Dhabi International Airport - @auh in Abu Dhabi) 

Oct 23, 2016

I have no clue what to caption this but this happened at my friend's villa in Kho Samui. #amazingthailand @nikadry

Oct 22, 2016

When in Thailand, get a massage with this view. I pretty much looked and felt like this dog after. #KohSamui

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