About Santa Monica Travel & Tourism

Santa Monica Travel & Tourism (SMTT) is a private, non-profit corporation formed in 1982 and is funded by the City of Santa Monica’s general fund and the Tourism Marketing District assessment. Under contract to the City of Santa Monica, the purpose of SMTT is to promote Santa Monica as a conference, business and leisure travel destination. As a sales and service organization, SMTT acts as the marketing representative for local

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How far can I travel under Lockdown 3?

We're urged to stay local when we exercise, but this isn't the law - Getty
We’re urged to stay local when we exercise, but this isn’t the law – Getty

Another week, another set of rules by which we must live our lives. As a Londoner, I’ve moved from Tier 1, to Tier 2, to a national lockdown, back to Tier 2, to Tier 3, to Tier 4, and now back to another, stricter, national lockdown – all in the space of three months. How

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Northwest Travel Guide 2021: 25 adventures for the year ahead

Needless to say, it’s a strange time for travel.

The coronavirus pandemic has upended virtually every aspect of our lives, including where we travel, who we travel with, and what we do when we get there. The pandemic canceled most of our travel plans in 2020, and trying to predict what 2021 will look like is futile.

All the confusion makes local and regional travel that much more appealing.

This

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US holiday travel surges despite outbreak

Tampa, Fla. — Some are elderly and figure they don’t have many Christmases left. Others are trying to keep long-distance romance alive. Some just yearn for the human connection that’s been absent for the past nine months.

Millions of Americans are traveling ahead of Christmas and New Year’s, despite pleas from public health experts that they stay home to avoid fueling the raging coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than

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Give the gift of Michigan travel this holiday season

The gift giving season is upon us, and 2020 is a year like no other. Presents take on a whole new meaning when you might not see your loved ones this holiday season. This is the year where a gift of experience might be most welcome, and thankfully, Michigan is ready to deliver.

“Giving the gift of travel, or the present of an amazing Michigan experience, is such a personal

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China’s pigeon fanciers race for fame and fortune

Pigeon racing is taking off in China. Eight thousand of the birds were released into the winter sky in northern Hebei province last month, one of the many long-distance races holding out a promise of fame and fortune. Pigeons have been raised in China since at least the 1600s. But lately the ranks of hobbyists have swelled. The Chinese Pigeon

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New Mexico Tourism & Travel

3 Perfect Days in Indian Country

 

DAY ONE: From Albuquerque, head west to tour Acoma Pueblo’s Sky City. After a morning in the ancient village, explore Grants, where the New Mexico Mining Museum re-creates a uranium mine. Spend the afternoon outdoors, hiking around El Morro National Monument or El Malpais National Monument. On the way you may wish to travel the Trail of the Ancients Scenic Byway

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Shenandoah National Park issues travel tips for October : Augusta Free Press

October is a popular time to visit Shenandoah National Park, typically garnering nearly a quarter of the Park’s annual visitation of 1.4 million.

The Park is experiencing

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World Travel Market London will go virtual!

Forget the rush on the tube, forget expensive hotels! Reed Exhibition, the organizer of the World Travel Market London decided to go virtual.|
Look forward to this again in November 2021 facing a new normal for the travel and tourism industry.

In the meantime, rebuilding.travel is working on a global virtual discussion to discuss WTM with leaders on Tuesday, September 21. To be invited to participate in the Q&A and

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Fox World Travel First to Adopt ‘Traxo for TMCs’

Fox World Travel has become the first travel management
company to adopt travel data aggregator Traxo’s tool for capturing off-channel
booking data, the companies announced Wednesday. Fox has made Traxo’s service
available to clients, effective immediately. 

The move will allow Fox clients access to travel spending
data for itineraries booked outside the TMC, according to the companies. Traxo
interfaces with corporate mail servers to identify email travel confirmations,
then collates

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The female travel community exchanging postcards to explore the world

Members of a female travel community on Facebook have been exploring the world through a postcard exchange during the covid-19 pandemic.

From beating the travel blues to discovering more about one’s roots, thousands of postcards are flying across the borders each week as fellow travel lovers share a glimpse into each others’ lives and cultures.

Since its creation in 2015, the Facebook group Girls LOVE Travel has been a platform

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TREK TRAVEL REINVENTS THE WAY WE TRAVEL – See the world your way in 2021

Aspen, Boulder, California Wine Country, Norway, and Costa Brava are just a few of the new and redesigned bike tour destinations. Expanded travel styles, including self-guided, a la carte, private, custom, and trips close to home, offer more ways to see the world by bike in 2021.

MADISON, Wis. (PRWEB) September 18, 2020

Trek Travel, a leading active vacation tour operator specializing in bicycling vacations, unveils a new standout roster

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World Food Travel Association Supports the UN’s Global Tourism Plastics Initiative

LONDON, Sept. 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Today the World Food Travel Association (WFTA) announced that it has become a signatory of the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative, a project led by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).

World Food Travel Association
World Food Travel Association

The Global Tourism Plastics Initiative (GTPI) unites the tourism sector behind a common vision to address the root causes of plastic pollution.

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Travel shaming — another plague of 2020

(CNN) — For many people, travel these days is fraught with second-guessing, extra research and plenty of confusion by way of logistics, travel restrictions and safety — and that’s before you add in what everyone else has to say about your decisions.

Travelers who choose to share what they’re getting up to on vacation right now may find themselves beset with a case of 2020’s latest plague: travel shaming.

For

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Virtual travel offers tourists a chance to see the world

JAMTSO, MY TOUR GUIDE in Bhutan, was scheduled to show us a famous Buddha statue. But under lockdown restrictions, he instead gave us a tour of his colorful wood-beamed house, where his wife, Gyelmo, showed us how to cook a popular Bhutanese dish (lots of hot peppers!).

He also introduced us to his mother. As many Bhutanese people do every day, she was praying for peace for all the world’s

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Adapting Adventure Travel In A Changing World

An ongoing pandemic and geotag-fueled over tourism are sparking innovation from today’s immersive travel guides.

Tristan Hamm sat on the coast of Oregon around a pulsing, orange campfire. The rhythmic sounds of DJ Samuel Lawrence danced through the background as a haze from West Coast wildfires enveloped Hamm’s small crew of adventurers

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Opinion: California Tourism Industry Supports Safe, Responsible Travel Amid COVID

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Tourists from throughout the country are drawn to California’s spectacular coastline like this woman viewing the surf in La Jolla. Photo by Chris Stone

By Gene Zanger | Special for CalMatters

To those who’ve heard it, the history of the Zanger family business represents the quintessential American success story: Italian immigrant family prospers through decades of hard work, innovation and luck.

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It’s a new world of travel in MLS for the Galaxy and LAFC

Nothing has been normal in a Major League Soccer season interrupted by COVID-19. So why should the way MLS teams travel be any different?



a group of men playing a game of football: The Galaxy's Cristian Pavon follows through on a penalty kick against LAFC on July 18. The Galaxy will try the new travel procedures in MLS on Wednesday. (Associated Press)


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The Galaxy’s Cristian Pavon follows through on a penalty kick against LAFC on July 18. The Galaxy will try the new travel procedures in MLS on Wednesday. (Associated Press)

When times were normal, teams used commercial flights, arrived the day

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‘The world reveals itself to those who travel on foot’

In 1989 a tattered copy of Newsweek ended up in a tiny village on the edge of the Kalahari Desert and fell into the hands of a homesick English teacher. It contained the obituary of a writer named Bruce Chatwin, who, after years of far-flung travels, had reportedly died at 48 of a rare disease picked up on one of his adventures. The article recounted the legendary story of how

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Is It safe to travel again? Your coronavirus questions answered

Yes, though still not easily.

On Aug. 6, the U.S. State Department lifted the nearly five-month-old travel advisory warning Americans against all international travel, citing improved health and safety conditions in some countries. But both the State Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) still have advisories in place urging against non-essential travel to dozens of countries, including most of the European Union, Canada and Mexico.

And

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