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23Nov/100

Orbitz Insider Index Top 10 Least Busy Thanksgiving U.S. Airport Alternatives

The Orbitz Insider Index has good news for travelers still searching for flights to or from airports that have a less frenetic pace than their larger counterparts.  For the second straight year, Orbitz is revealing its top 10 list of the least busy Thanksgiving airport alternatives.

While these airports aren't necessarily the least busy in the top 100 list, they are the least busy alternatives relative to other major airports serving destinations in the area, and should prove easier to navigate over Thanksgiving.

Orbitz Insider Index:  Least Busy Thanksgiving Airports (2)
2010 Rank Airport Name Location Airport Code
1 Akron/Canton Regional Akron, OH CAK
2 Oakland International Oakland, CA OAK
3 Dane County Regional Madison, WI MSN
4 Chicago Midway Chicago, IL MDW
5 Providence T.F. Green International Providence, RI PVD
6 San Jose International San Jose, CA SJC
7 Nashville International Nashville, TN BNA
8 Palm Beach International West Palm Beach, FL PBI
9 John Wayne International Orange County, CA SNA
10 Bradley International Hartford, CT BDL

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23Nov/100

Orbitz Insider Index Top 10 Busiest Thanksgiving Airports in the U.S

This year, the Insider Index looked at the top 100 U.S. airports based on arriving, departing and connecting flights to determine the most and least busy for Thanksgiving travel between occurring between 11/23/10 and 11/29/10.

Chicago O'Hare International once again outpaced all other domestic airports over the Thanksgiving holiday, with 20 percent more flight activity than second place Los Angeles International.  Boston Logan International ranks third on our list of busiest airports, with the three New York tri-state airports capturing the fourth (La Guardia), seventh (John F. Kennedy) and eighth spots (Newark)

Orbitz Insider Index:  Busiest Thanksgiving Airports (1)
2010 Rank Airport Name Location Airport Code
1 Chicago O'Hare International Chicago, IL ORD
2 Los Angeles International Los Angeles, CA LAX
3 Boston Logan International Boston, MA BOS
4 New York LaGuardia New York, NY LGA
5 San Francisco International San Francisco, CA SFO
6 Denver International Denver, CO DEN
7 John F. Kennedy International New York, NY JFK
8 Newark Liberty International Newark, NJ EWR
9 Atlanta Hartsfield International Atlanta, GA ATL
10 Washington Ronald Regan National Washington, D.C. DCA

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22Nov/100

Top Spot – Villas in Javea on the Costa Blanca

Beautiful Javea lies close to the dominating Montgo Mountain in the north of  the Costa Blanca. The town started attracting north Europeans more than 30 years ago and many of these visitors never left leaving a thriving ex-pat community.  Javea is an attractive destination with plenty to offer visitors including some of Spain's finest golden beaches.

Javea is divided into three parts: Javea Pueblo (the old town); Javea Puerto (the bustling port area); and Playa de Arenal (the main beach area). Today the old town and the port are pretty much joined thanks to the property development which has gone on in the town whilst Playa de Arenal lies some 3km along a rocky beach from the Port.

Climate

Javea is protected from harsh winter winds of the north by the massif of Montgó (753 m / 2,471 ft) and it enjoys a unique micro-climate that the World Health Organisation named as one of the healthiest in the world. There are more recorded hours of sunshine per year in Xàbia than in any other place in Spain, making it a popular destination for Northern Europeans during the cold winter months.

  • Average maximum temperatures
    • Jan 16 °C
    • Feb 17 °C
    • Mar 22 °C
    • Apr 22 °C
    • May 26 °C
    • Jun 29 °C
    • Jul 30 °C
    • Aug 32 °C
    • Sep 30 °C
    • Oct 25 °C
    • Nov 22 °C
    • Dec 17 °C

Nightlife

The nightlife in Javea is centred around the Arenal where there is a selection of bars and clubs. During the summer, several chiringuitos (beach bars) spring up along the seafront between the Arenal and the port area. The old town region also hosts a wide variety of nightlife options, ranging from the more traditional Spanish bars to modern nightclubs frequented by the locals.

About Arenal

The sandy beach area is an arc of wide white sand flanked by a promenade of shops, bars and restaurants. During the summer evenings there are a number of stalls selling handmade crafts. Many of the bars offer live music and stay open until the early hours. Sand artists and street entertainers work along the Arenal beach during the summer months. The 'Punta del Arenal' behind the Parador Nacional Hotel was once an important Roman settlement where the fish sauce Garum was produced. On the other end of the small bay once stood the Fontana Castle, built in 1424 and destroyed by the English during the Peninsular War in the early 19th century; the ruins of the castle now lie under modern apartment buildings but some of the castle's surviving cannons sit outside the Church of Sant Bartolomé in the old town.

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21Nov/100

2010 Travel Statis by Office for National Statistics

There was a small percentage rise in the seasonally adjusted number of visits to and from the UK in the three months July to September 2010 compared with the previous three months. The seasonally adjusted number of visits to the UK by overseas residents rose by 1 per cent, while visits abroad by UK residents rose 3 per cent.

Despite the recent rise, visits are depressed longer-term. In particular, those abroad by UK residents which were down 9 per cent (as measured in non- seasonally adjusted terms) in the 12-month period ending September 2010 compared with a year earlier. Visits to Europe and North America are down by a larger percentage than those to other parts of the world.

Non-seasonally adjusted visits to the UK by overseas residents were down 1 per cent in the 12-month period to September 2010 compared with a year earlier. The fall was most marked for the purpose of ‘to visit friends or relatives’, whereas visits for the purpose of holiday and business both rose by a small percentage.

Three-month trends (seasonally adjusted)

In July 2010 to September 2010, the seasonally adjusted number of visits by overseas residents to the UK increased by 1 per cent to 7.4 million, when compared with the previous three months. Associated spending by overseas residents on visits to the UK decreased by 3 per cent to £4.1 billion.

Over the same period, the seasonally adjusted number of visits abroad by UK residents increased by 3 per cent to 14.1 million, while associated spending increased by 1 per cent to £7.9 billion.

Twelve-month trends (not seasonally adjusted)

Visits to the UK by overseas residents
During the 12 months to September 2010, the number of visits by overseas residents to the UK decreased by 1 per cent when compared with the 12 months to September 2009, from 29.9 million to 29.4 million – a drop of 0.5 million.

Visits to the UK by residents of:

  • Europe decreased by 1 per cent, from 22.1 million to 21.9 million
  • North America decreased by 5 per cent, from 3.5 million to 3.3 million
  • other parts of the world decreased by 1 per cent to 4.2 million

Visits for business reasons increased 1 per cent and holiday visits increased 2 per cent while visits to friends or relatives fell 6 per cent.

Visits abroad by UK residents
In the 12-month period to September 2010, the number of visits abroad by UK residents decreased by 9 per cent when compared with the 12 months to September 2009, from 60.7 to 55.2 million – a drop of 5.5 million.

Visits by UK residents to:

  • Europe decreased by 10 per cent, from 47.7 million to 42.9 million
  • North America decreased by 12 per cent, from 3.8 million to 3.4 million
  • other parts of the world decreased by 2 per cent, from 9.1 million to 8.9 million

Visits for business reasons fell 11 per cent and for holidays 9 per cent. Visits to friends or relatives dropped 8 per cent.

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21Nov/100

Gadget Spot: Cool Luggage lock and scales all in one combo

Quirky’s new Weigh to Go takes two boring, tedious luggage tasks and combines them into one almost fun product. The Weigh to Go is both luggage tag and weighing scale, and sits on the handle of your suitcase quietly displaying your name and address. When you need to know just how much crap you have to remove from the case to get through check-in, the little label leaps into action.

The tag comprises an ABS plastic body with a rubber rim, a steel carabiner with combination lock (to stop the tag itself from being stolen — the contents of your bag will still have to take their chances) a pair of Velcro straps to keep the tag from swinging, and a digital scale.

To use it, you just un-stick the Velcro, hit the on-switch and pick up the bag by the tag. After five seconds you get a readout, and you can decide whether you really need to take that fifth pair of shoes with you.

Quirky, if you remember, takes pre-orders for its community-designed products and only starts the factory lines a-rolling once the minimum number is reached (Quirky doesn’t charge your credit card until the products are done). This time the number is 775, and the price is $33, which you’ll save on overweight baggage charges on your first trip.

Weigh to Go

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