The birth of Prince William and Kate Middleton's first child is expected to bring $380 million to the British economy in the coming weeks. Talk about a baby bump.
The money will come from the sale of souvenirs and trinkets and other festivities related to the royal birth, according to a report released Monday by the Centre for Retail Research in Nottingham, England. British retailers and even the royals themselves are getting into merchandising for the baby due in July.
"Three million bottles of Champagne and sparkling wine will be opened to celebrate the new baby," the report projects. From July 1 to Aug. 31, the center expects festivities (and that includes alcohol sales) to bring in $136 million; souvenirs and toys, $125 million; and books, DVDs and media to bring in $119 million.
"This is a good news story and there really is no downside. With the birth coming in July, people will have time to get involved, and that means additional spending," the center's director, Joshua...
Conde Nast Traveler has selected the Well Spa at Miramonte Resort & Spa in Indian Wells as one of the top 100 spas in North America for 2013. Here's a chance to sample a spa treatment along with a room for the low midweek price of $125 a night.
The deal: The Simply the Best package charges $125 a night Sundays through Thursdays and offers this choice of spa menu items from the on-site the Well Spa: a 50-minute customized Maestro Massage or Watersource Facial. It's one spa treatment per night's stay. Ask for the package by name when reserving by phone and use the "BeWell" code when reserving online.
When: The offer is good through Aug. 31.
Tested: I found plenty of availability for this offer when I checked online, including the nights of July 14-16. Note the price doesn't include $28 per night resort fee, $8 daily parking fee and tax. If you want to go on a weekend, the spa package is available but starts at $180 a night, plus fees and taxes.
Most of the massive set remains buried in the coastal dunes outside Guadalupe in northern Santa Barbara County. When DeMille shot the film in 1923, he left behind the towering City of the Pharaoh, which stood 120 feet tall and included 21 sphinxes, each weighing 5 tons.
The head from one of those sphinxes, measuring 3 1/2 by 6 feet, was among the artifacts revealed during a celebration on Friday at the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center. It’s in a 1910 Craftsman house along Highway 1.
"This is the only set of its type from early Hollywood that still exists,” Doug Jenzen, executive director of the center, said in a news release.
A giant concrete lion’s paw is among the other ruins unearthed in October from the shifting sands.
The Dunes Center and documentary filmmaker Peter Brosnan, who has spent 30 years...
Things are looking up for tourism in Mazatlan, Mexico.
The Pacific Coast resort, with 20-plus miles of beaches and dozens of high-end resorts, has long been a favorite with American tourists. Mexico’s ongoing drug war, however, caused concern on both sides of the border.
But recent infrastructure changes, coupled with an overhaul of Mazatlan’s police force, have quieted fears.
Now the Mexican Riviera city has just had its best spring season ever and is poised to have a record-breaking summer season, according to tourism bureau statistics.
Several upcoming improvements may increase Mazatlan's popularity as a tourist destination, including a new highway scheduled to open this fall will provide a high-speed land route between Mazatlan and the southwestern United States.
Over the years, cirque-style shows have dealt with themes as wide-ranging as Hollywood and 1960s counterculture, magic and martial arts, evolution and sexuality, fairy tales and mythology, Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson.
But cirque meets the Wild West? That was something I wanted to see.
I caught the new "Boom Town" cirque show at Knott's Berry Farm during an annual passholder preview over the weekend. The new stage show combines the modern circus arts and street performance made famous by Cirque duSoleil with a story steeped in the California gold rush.
Performed by Las Vegas-based Cirque Mechanics, the 20-minute show at the Buena Park theme park mixes aerial acrobatics, trampolines, contortion and gymnastics with cowpoke humor to tell a simple visual story that requires little dialogue beyond a single word: "Gold!"
Cirque Mechanics, a performance troupe that strives to recall Victorian-era circus caravans, draws its...
The "Boom Town" cirque show at Knott's Berry Farm combines modern circus arts and street performance with a story steeped in the California Gold Rush. But is there gold in them thar performances? Take a look at these pictures and then read the review.
Marriott wants you to Travel Brilliantly--and it needs your help in creating the hotel of the future that reflects how travelers increasingly blend time off with time on.
Its new Travel Brilliantly campaign, announced Monday, aims to reflect"the lifestyle of the next generation of travelers, who seamlessly blend work and play in a mobile and global world."
More than half of Americans work while on vacation, and 30% read work-related emails during their down time, according to a Harris poll released last year.
Goodbye, leisure travel; hello, work while you play.
The hotel chain plans to showcase ideas from the company and from the public so that they become co-creators of what hotels of the future should look like. Even the hotel's trademark "M" has undergone an upgrade.
Changes in the near and not-so-near future at the company's 500 hotels and resorts worldwide include:
--Mobile check-in to a room from anywhere in the world, a feature that will be available as early as this summer at...
By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
The Queen Mary in Long Beach hosts a Fourth of July party onboard the vintage ship that starts at noon and shoots off fireworks at 9 p.m. Living Social has a discount offer of $27 for each adult for an all-day ticket.
The deal: The $27 ticket is good for one adult entry for the Fourth of July and for the Rock the Queen concert of tribute bands from '70s to '90s rock 'n' roll on Aug. 10.
On the Fourth, entertainment is themed to different decades during the day. From noon to 4 p.m., it's the 1920s to the 1940s with swing band, stand-up comedy and kid activities such as a balloon toss, potato sack races and more. From 4 to 6 pm., the 1940s to '60s with a Beatles Tribute band, DJs and other musical acts as well as more kid stuff.
Fireworks are scheduled for 9 p.m., followed by DJs spinning music from the 1990s through the aughts at 9:30 p.m. Guests also may choose to watch a screening of "Independence Day" before the party ends at 11 p.m. Check out all activities at the Queen Mary website...
Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger Mary Forgione likes to hit the dirt when she's on vacation. An avid hiker and runner, Mary likes speed-touring cities on foot and sightseeing by running marathons.