It’s cherry blossom time in the D.C. area, and the famous Cherry Blossom Festival by the Tidal Basin is getting into full swing. Each year, this area bursts forth with cotton-candy pink blossoms on the trees that circle the monuments along the water, and people come from all corners of the globe to witness this rite of spring.
This morning, I did a radio interview on a topic that continues to get a ton of press coverage: declining airfares. It is true that we’ve seen significant year-over-year decreases in the cost of airfare. Our spring data report showed a 10 percent decline, and we’re seeing similar story looking ahead to Memorial Day.
In the interview, I was asked about the fare sales that have been launched over the past couple of weeks. Since the beginning of the year, we’ve seen a bump in the number of sales carriers are launching. On Friday, American Airlines launched a sale promoting roundtrip fares as low as $98.
Last year, I celebrated our planet at Dolores Park in San Francisco, listening to a local band play using power from a bio-bus and watching the Golden Gate Bridge go dark one tier at a time. Tomorrow I’ll celebrate Earth Hour at my place with some of my closest friends.
We will be flipping our light switches off to show our support for Planet Earth. If you love our planet, don’t forget to do the same! No matter where you live, just cast your vote against Global Warming by simply switching off your lights for one hour at 8:30 p.m. local time on March 28.
And if you happen to be traveling to one of the many cities participating in Earth Hour, check out these famous attractions in the dark:
For years, Las Vegas has maintained its ranking as THE top destination in the world. While it’s still at the top of the pack, the economic downturn is hurting the mega-destination. Last week, Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport reported a 15.2 percent year-over-year decline for travel to-and-from the airport in February. Of course, capacity cuts are a contributor to the decline, with 11 percent fewer seats available.
But, anecdotally speaking, many travelers are holding off on a trip to Sin City simply because they end up spending too much money when they get there. Siting this particular reason, several people in my own circle of friends tell me they are cancelling their annual guys getaway.