Travel


FILE - This April 19, 2015, file photo, shows an antiques store in the River Arts District of Asheville, N.C. Lonely Planet has named Asheville the No. 1 destination on its 10 best in the U.S. list for 2017. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz, File)

Lonely Planet gave Asheville the No. 1 slot on its “Best of U.S.” list despite the LGBT controversy because the city “has always been an open, welcoming place, and continues to be after the legislation,” Lonely Planet magazine managing editor Rebecca Warren said. She added that “while Lonely Planet doesn’t condone the political exclusion of others,” Asheville “thrives on diversity and tolerance. The city has many LGBT-owned businesses and there has been an outpouring of support this year for its LGBT communities, including signs cropping up around the city saying ‘Y’all means all.'”


This undated photo provided by Destination Davos Klosters shows a downhill skier in the Madrisa ski area above Klosters, Switzerland. The tiny, welcoming town of Klosters, high in the Swiss Alps, is known as a favorite ski destination among the British royal family. (Christian Perret/Destination Davos Klosters via AP)

The royal connection — one of the cable cars is even named after Charles — has shaped the public’s perception of the tiny town of Klosters in Switzerland, but it’s only one of many reasons to visit. It’s actually traditional, not flashy, and offers skiers, hikers and those simply seeking rest and relaxation a quiet sense of tranquility not found in many glitzier, more crowded Alpine resorts.


FILE - In this April 19, 2016, file photo, Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky speaks during an event in San Francisco. Airbnb is adding local tours and other activities to its travel services in major cities around the world. With the new features, announced Thursday, Nov. 17, analysts say the fast-growing online rental company is hoping to tap into the desire of leisure travelers for distinctive “experiences” that make them feel more connected with the places they visit. In an interview, Chesky said he hopes to add more services, including the ability to book airline flights.  (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

“They want to be viewed as more of a travel company and not just an alternative lodging firm,” said Henry Harteveldt, an analyst with Atmosphere Research. “Our research shows travelers spend as much as 60 percent of their travel budget at their destination. So they want to tap into that very large revenue stream.”