America sells recreation, as its tourism figures soar

America sells recreation, as its tourism figures soar

(Relaxnews) – As the US celebrates a record-breaking year for international tourism, senior administration officials are already planning how to attract more visitors to one thing their country has plenty of — natural beauty.Perhaps unsurprisingly for a country so large, the US boasts nearly 400 national park units and 556 national wildlife refuges, and in […]

23.03.2012 · Filled under: Destinations, Money & Business ·
Fisker prepares for next debut, hoping for better karma

Fisker prepares for next debut, hoping for better karma

(Relaxnews) – Troubled green automaker Fisker has announced plans for a debut at next month’s New York International Auto Show (April 4-15) The vehicle is believed to be the Fisker ‘Project Nina’, a proposed model which would be larger than its existing $107,000 Fisker Karma plugin but retail for a lower price point. The first […]

23.03.2012 · Filled under: Motoring, Videos ·
(March-April) North America agenda: Kid’s Choice Awards, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival

(March-April) North America agenda: Kid’s Choice Awards, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival

(LOS ANGELES-Relaxnews) – Spring breaks bring events from Easter to Earth Day, the start of the summer music fests with Coachella, film fests from Hot Doc in Toronto to Tribeca in New York, and award shows from The Razzies on April Fools Day to the Comedy Awards. The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier March […]

23.03.2012 · Filled under: Happenings ·
World wine consumption increases in 2011

World wine consumption increases in 2011

(PARIS-AFP) – World consumption of wine increased slightly in 2011 thanks to added consumers in the United States and China, the International Organisation of Vine and Wine said on Thursday. The organisation, an intergovernmental industry group, said 242 million hectolitres (mhl) of wine were drunk last year, up 0.7 percent from 2010. In Europe, consumption […]

23.03.2012 · Filled under: Food & Dining, Money & Business ·
Manga comics in the sky join expanding world of in-flight distractions

Manga comics in the sky join expanding world of in-flight distractions

(Relaxnews) – Fans of cult Japanese manga art will be able to get their fix in-flight from later this year, when a Japanese airline integrates them into in-flight entertainment. JAL announced this week that its new Boeing 787 Dreamliner would offer a new ‘Sky Manga’ feature on its in-flight entertainment systems, in a bid to […]

23.03.2012 · Filled under: Destinations, Videos ·
(March-May) Food agenda: Food & Hotel Asia, World’s Best 50 Restaurant Awards

(March-May) Food agenda: Food & Hotel Asia, World’s Best 50 Restaurant Awards

(Relaxnews) – Italy’s answer to France’s Vinexpo takes place this month. Unlike other wine shows, this one is open to consumers and dedicated oenophiles. Here are some other major food events taking place around the world. 46th Annual Vinitaly March 25-28 Veronafiere Fairground Verona, Italy Vinitaly is the Italian answer to France’s Vinexpo, an event […]

23.03.2012 · Filled under: Happenings, Kitchenomics ·
Things Facebook learns from your relationship status changes

Things Facebook learns from your relationship status changes

(Relaxnews) – If you want to get into a relationship, Valentine’s Day and Christmas are the best days to find love says a new study by Facebook. The large-scale study looks at how relationships — as self-reported by Facebook users via status update changes on the social network — are influenced by seasons, holidays and […]

23.03.2012 · Filled under: Offbeat ·
Tutorials: how to combat daily beauty woes

Tutorials: how to combat daily beauty woes

(Relaxnews) – In light of a recent report commissioned by UK health and beauty fair the Vitality Show divulging that 70 percent of UK women wouldn’t feel confident going to work without a full face of makeup, here is a guide to combating daily beauty problems and finding the right look for the office. Coping […]

22.03.2012 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Videos ·
Images of the week: Prague, Tokyo, Washington

Images of the week: Prague, Tokyo, Washington

11 photos ©AFP PHOTO/ MICHAL CIZEK Prague A 1933 double eagle $20 gold coin on display during the two-day long exhibition at the National Museum on March 12, 2012 in Prague. The coin, one of two 1933 Saint-Gaudens gold $20 double eagles held in the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution since 1934, is […]

22.03.2012 · Filled under: Offbeat ·
Ashton Kutcher signs up for Branson space flight

Ashton Kutcher signs up for Branson space flight

(LOS ANGELES-AFP) – Actor Ashton Kutcher is set to go into orbit after becoming the 500th customer to sign up for Richard Branson’s pioneering space ship, the British tycoon said Monday. The newly-single star, who split from actress Demi Moore in November, is “thrilled” to join the line for the Virgin Galactic service, which is […]

22.03.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
1970s icon Datsun to return to the roads

1970s icon Datsun to return to the roads

(Relaxnews) – Nissan is to revive the Datsun brand after three decades as a new low-cost car brand for emerging markets, it confirmed March 20. The decision will see new Datsuns return to the roads in 2014, over 30 years after the name was dropped by Nissan in 1983 in favor of ‘Nissan’ as the […]

22.03.2012 · Filled under: Motoring ·
Virgin’s airlines hook up for loyalty points

Virgin’s airlines hook up for loyalty points

(Relaxnews) – Virgin’s major airlines — Virgin America, Virgin Atlantic Airways and Virgin Australia — are to allow loyalty point swaps between them for the first time. The deal, announced March 19, allows ‘earning and burning’ virtually without restrictions, allowing  each airline’s loyalty program members to redeem miles or points when flying on any of […]

22.03.2012 · Filled under: Promotions ·
Linsanity spreads to the roads, courtesy of Volvo

Linsanity spreads to the roads, courtesy of Volvo

(Relaxnews) – The seemingly unstoppable craze of ‘Linsanity’ spread to the automotive world this week with the news that Volvo has inked a sponsorship deal with Jeremy Lin. The undrafted Harvard graduate led the New York Knicks to victory in February and quickly became an overnight star in the US thanks to his unconventional background. […]

22.03.2012 · Filled under: Sports & Recreation ·
Opening of Starbucks’ first juice bar a sign of what’s to come

Opening of Starbucks’ first juice bar a sign of what’s to come

(Relaxnews) – A newly opened juice bar by coffee giant Starbucks in Washington provides a first glimpse into what’s poised to become a major trend, akin to the ubiquitous green and white logo around the world. After acquiring California-based juice company Evolution Fresh four months ago, the company has wasted no time in setting up their first […]

22.03.2012 · Filled under: Kitchenomics, Money & Business ·
Record 62 million visit US in 2011: officials

Record 62 million visit US in 2011: officials

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – A record 62 million foreigners visited the United States last year, spending $153 billion on travel and tourism-related services, the US government said Wednesday. Releasing tourism industry data for 2011, the Commerce Department said spending by domestic as well as international tourists grew 8.1 percent in 2011, “supporting an additional 103,000 jobs for […]

22.03.2012 · Filled under: Destinations, Money & Business ·
Dubai to build opera house, museum

Dubai to build opera house, museum

(DUBAI-AFP) – Debt-laden Dubai will build an opera house and an modern art museum, the government said Wednesday, in the first such project since the Gulf emirate was hit by the global economic downturn in 2008. The Dubai Modern Art Museum & Opera House District “aims to further strengthen UAE’s emerging role as the cultural […]

22.03.2012 · Filled under: Destinations ·
Award-winning dishes from Bocuse d’Or Europe 2012

Award-winning dishes from Bocuse d’Or Europe 2012

12 photos (Relaxnews) – During a two-day cookout at the Bocuse d’Or Europe — known as the culinary Olympics of the food world — chefs from 20 countries had five and a half hours to prepare two dishes: a fish and meat platter, each with three garnishes. Here are the winning dishes from the top […]

22.03.2012 · Filled under: Kitchenomics, Photos ·
Blood test could predict heart attacks: US study

Blood test could predict heart attacks: US study

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – US researchers have found oddly-shaped blood cells in heart attack patients, indicating that a blood test could help predict whether a patient is at risk of an imminent cardiac emergency. The study by the Scripps Translational Science Institute (STSI) found that the endothelial blood cells from heart attack patients are abnormally large and […]

22.03.2012 · Filled under: Health & Fitness ·
Angry Birds launches into space with new app

Angry Birds launches into space with new app

(Relaxnews) – Angry Birds Space, one of the most hotly anticipated mobile phone apps of the year has blasted into this galaxy and is now available for iOS, Android, Mac and PC users. “This is Rovio at its finest, and we are more than excited to bring Angry Birds Space to all our fans worldwide,” […]

22.03.2012 · Filled under: Apps, Videos ·
Anti-smoking efforts save 800,000 US lives: study

Anti-smoking efforts save 800,000 US lives: study

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – Higher taxes on cigarettes, limits on selling to kids and campaigns to educate people on the dangers of smoking have saved nearly 800,000 lives, according to a US study released Wednesday. The research is based on scientific models that counted how many people smoked up until 1970 and projected how many would have […]

18.03.2012 · Filled under: Health & Fitness ·