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Registration Opens For Delta Vacations University 2019

Registration has opened for travel agent partners to attend Delta Vacations University. The event takes place September 16-17 at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta. It will be the event’s 24th year, continuing its tradition of industry-leading education and networking opportunities for travel professionals. There will be more than 60 classes offered on new leisure travel information as well as access to more than 200 hotel, destination, and travel partners from across the world. Delta Vacations is the official travel package provider of Delta Air Lines. The company offers travel agents one-stop shopping for packages that bundle flights aboard Delta and its partners - Aeromexico, Air France, Alitalia, KLM, and Virgin Atlantic - with stays at more than 4,000 hotels around the world. Delta Vacations - also offers rental cars and hundreds of activities, tours, and excursions that can be added to packages.

Because he didn't have a passport, he couldn't travel abroad and told the FBI source that he wanted to carry out an attack in the U.S. White House and the Statue of Liberty. He later mentioned other sites he'd also like to target, including the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial and a specific synagogue, the affidavit says. He met with the undercover agent and the FBI source multiple times last month and was also in frequent contact using an encrypted messaging application, the affidavit says. At another meeting, he showed the undercover agent a hand-drawn diagram of the ground floor of the West Wing of the White House and detailed a plan for attack, the affidavit says. He asked the undercover agent to obtain the weapons and explosives needed to carry out the attack, and they discussed selling or exchanging their cars to pay for them.

Last week, Taheb told the undercover agent he wanted to pick up weapons this week and drive directly to Washington to carry out the attack, investigators said. Despite his detailed attack plans, Taheb told an undercover FBI agent he had never shot a gun but could learn easily and also said he had watched some videos of how grenades explode, the affidavit says. Taheb met with the FBI source and undercover agent on Wednesday in a parking lot in Buford to exchange their cars for semi-automatic assault rifles, three explosive devices with remote detonators and an anti-tank rocket, the affidavit says. A second FBI source met them and inspected the vehicles, and a second FBI undercover agent arrived in a tractor trailer with weapons and explosives that had been rendered inert by the FBI. The undercover agent and Taheb talked about the guns, how to arm and detonate the explosives and how to use the antitank rocket, the affidavit says.

The Peach State is home to some of the most breathtaking attractions, from the Bellwood Quarry to Cumberland Island. But when it comes to the top "must-see, must-visit" spot in Georgia, travel experts at Conde Nast Traveler deemed the idyllic Wormsloe Historic - Site in Savannah the true victor. The magazine polled its loyal Facebook following and did some of their own research to determine the most beautiful place in every state. The list of 50 places includes "the kind of sights that make you catch your breath and nearly veer off the highway," such as Arizona’s canyons and the Big Sur in California.

The beautiful and haunting gates of Wormsloe about 15 minutes outside of Savannah, a city considered one of the most expensive tourist destinations in America, can be found off Skidaway Road on the Isle of Hope. Beyond the majestic gates is a 1.5-mile road lined with towering live oaks draped in Spanish moss on either side. While the short drive is most popular among visitors, many will say a visit to the museum and ruins is well worth the trip and offers an eerie look at significant moments in Georgia’s history. The colonial estate belonged to Noble Jones (1702-1775), a carpenter who arrived in Georgia in 1733 alongside James Oglethorpe and England’s first group of settlers.

Russia, Hong Kong and Taiwan said they would quarantine visitors showing symptoms of the virus amid a surging global concern about a possible pandemic. World stock markets fell as investors worried that the deadly outbreak - could go global and derail any global economic recovery. Airlines took the brunt of the selling. WHO spokesman Paul Garwood told The Associated Press. The WHO set its pandemic alert level at level 3, which means there is an animal virus that occasionally causes human cases but that doesn't spread well between people. If the WHO raises it to 4 or 5, that signals that the swine flu virus is becoming increasingly adept at spreading between humans.

That move could lead governments to set trade, travel and other restrictions aimed at limiting the disease's spread. In Luxembourg, European Union Health Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou urged Europeans to postpone nonessential travel to parts of the United States and Mexico affected by swine flu, toning down earlier comments referring to all of North America. The EU health commissioner only makes recommendations - to the 27 member countries; they must make a final decision to set travel advisories through their foreign ministries. Dr. Richard Besser, acting head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, said the EU recommendation was not warranted.

A top German holiday tour operator said it was suspending charter flights to Mexico City. WHO spokesman Peter Cordingley told AP Television News. Spain's first swine flu case - confirmed by the WHO - was a young man in the town of Almansa who recently returned from Mexico for university studies and is responding well to treatment, said Health Minister Trinidad Jimenez. Neither the young man nor any of the 20 other people under observation for the virus were in serious condition. Cordingley singled out air travel as an easy way the virus could spread, noting that the WHO estimates that up to 500,000 people are on planes at any time.

New Zealand was testing 13 students, their parents and teachers who were showing flu-like symptoms after returning from Mexico, said Health Minister Tony Ryall. Britain, Israel, France, Brazil, Switzerland and Sweden were also conducting tests. At Germany's bustling Frankfurt Airport, people suspected of having the disease are being examined before getting off planes, said the health minister for Hesse state, Juergen Banzer. This policy has been in effect since Saturday at continental Europe's second-busiest airport, after Charles de Gaulle in Paris. Governments in Asia - with potent memories of SARS and avian flu outbreaks - heeded the warning amid global fears of a pandemic. Singapore, Thailand, Japan, Indonesia, and the Philippines dusted off thermal scanners used during the 2003 SARS crisis and were checking for signs of fever among passengers arriving from North America. South Korea and Indonesia introduced similar screening.

In Malaysia, health workers in face masks took the temperatures of passengers as they arrived on a flight from Los Angeles. Russia, Hong Kong and Taiwan said visitors returning from flu-affected areas with fevers would be quarantined. Australian Health Minister Nicola Roxon said pilots on international flights would be required to file a report noting any flu-like symptoms among passengers before being allowed to land in Australia. China said anyone experiencing flu-like symptoms within two weeks of arrival had to report to authorities. India will start screening people arriving from Mexico, the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Spain, Britain and France for flu-like symptoms, said Vineet Chawdhry, a top Health Ministry official. It also will contact people who have arrived from Mexico and other affected countries in the past 10 days to check for the symptoms, he said.

Some officials cautioned that the checks might not be enough. The virus could move between people before any symptoms show up, said John Simon, a scientific adviser to Hong Kong's Center for Health Protection. China and Russia banned imports of pork and pork products from Mexico and three U.S. Indonesia, which was hit hardest by bird flu, said it was banning all pork imports. Lebanon's agriculture ministry also banned all imports of pork and pork products, excluding some canned products - . It also says it will destroy any pork shipments to have entered Lebanon from a country declared infected with the swine flu virus by the WHO or countries with suspected cases.

The CDC says people cannot get the flu by eating pork or pork products. Germany's largest tour operator, the Hannover-based TUI, suspended all charter flights to Mexico City through May 4. The suspension includes flights operated by TUI itself and also through companies 1-2 Fly, Airtours, Berge & Meer, Grebeco and L'tur. Russian travel agencies said 30 percent of those planning to travel to Mexico in early May had already canceled. At Madrid's Barajas International Airport, passengers arriving from Mexico were asked to declare where they had been and whether they had felt any cold symptoms. They were told to leave a contact address and phone number.

Spaniard Filomeno Ruiz, back from vacation in Cancun. Passengers were also urged to contact health authorities if they notice any symptoms in the 10 days following arrival. In the airport's baggage claim area, ground crews and police wore surgical face masks. Some travelers took precautions even though they had not been in Mexico. Roger Holmes of Britain, who was traveling to Tunisia from Madrid. ©2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.

BAGHDAD — With the Trump administration reimposing sanctions aimed at cutting off Iran economically from the world, it’s the Iranian people who are feeling isolated. Airfares to foreign destinations favored by Iranian travelers have tripled in cost, putting a getaway from their crushing economic and political woes out of reach for most. The sharp rise in the cost of air travel, resulting from restrictions on doing business in dollars, is further adding to the deep disenchantment of many Iranians, who had enjoyed a brief period of optimism following the 2015 nuclear deal. For a time, tourism to regional and European capitals had spiked as Iran began to shed its pariah status. Economic stagnation, high inflation, and anger over government corruption have fueled low-level but consistent protests in many of Iran’s working-class precincts over the course of this year.

As economic sanctions reimposed two weeks ago take hold, the discontent threatens to spread to Iran’s middle and upper classes, as pleasures such as travel fade out of reach. For most Iranians, traveling to European or regional destinations like Dubai, Istanbul and cities in Iraq was already an arduous proposition. Iranian passports are among the world’s most restricted for obtaining foreign visas. "That’s long been a source of enormous frustration and resentment for people that certainly predates Trump," Karim Sadjadpour, an Iran expert at the Carnegie Endowment for Peace, said. But starting in 2012, many countries like Turkey, Georgia, Serbia, Russia and Azerbaijan began easing requirements for Iranians to visit. They joined Asian countries like Thailand and Malaysia in offering Iranians visa-free or visa-on-arrival travel — contributing to a sense among Iranians that the isolation of the Islamic republic was no longer punishing ordinary people.

After the international agreement in 2015 over Iran’s nuclear program, foreign carriers like British Airways, Air France - and KLM began flying to Tehran, bringing foreign tourists to the country and boosting the local economy. The recent spike in the cost of airfare is again slamming shut that door to the world, and major carriers are now suspending service to Iran. On Thursday, British Airways and Air France announced they would end direct flights to Tehran next month, according to the Associated Press, following a similar decision by KLM last month. This comes on top of President - Trump’s travel ban, which barred Iranian citizens from entering the United States. Many are now unable to visit relatives in large Iranian communities in the United States, and others complain that the stigma of the American ban is also making it harder to gain entry to some European countries.

Now, Sadjadpour said, "the question is . . . Do they blame America? Do they blame their own leaders? Do they blame economic sanctions? Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, appears keenly aware of the mounting public frustrations, which often attribute Iran’s woes to domestic mismanagement and not international pressure. Khamenei echoed that sentiment earlier this month, taking the unusual step of blaming the government of President Hassan Rouhani for the economic crisis. Iranian state TV quoted Khamenei as saying that economic mismanagement, more than sanctions, has been the source of the hardships. "We are in crisis because of the government and people don’t trust the government," said a Tehran resident in his late 30s who requested anonymity for fear of publicly criticizing the regime.

Like others, he did not think the growing despair would lead to widespread demonstrations that could destabilize the government and clerical establishment. Instead, he said, the difficulties will only lead to Iran’s middle class feeling "imprisoned in the country." Like others in the country, he had plans to visit Turkey in September but canceled them when ticket prices soared. Official figures on Iranian travel are not expected for another few months, but according to industry experts, the impact of the hike in ticket prices has been immediate. Compared with the same period last year, bookings to foreign destinations from Iran have fallen by half, said Majid Nejad, founder of one of Iran’s largest travel agencies.

Most carriers charge for seats in U.S. Domestic airlines and some foreign ones had charged in rials, but they are no longer able to convert their rials to dollars at a favorable government-subsidized exchange rate. Last week, Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization said airlines would have to use market rates for foreign exchange. That has been an additional blow to the airlines’ economics, contributing to steeper fares. European airlines like Lufthansa have responded to the dramatic fluctuations in the value of the rial by eliminating the cheapest tickets in their economy cabin, said Nejad. "There is disappointment inside the country," said Nejad, adding that many travelers are frustrated with their government for mismanaging the economy and with the United States for pulling out of the nuclear deal with Iran. "People are more free to travel outside the country, but no one has the money to go.

People are seeing their spending power decrease by half," he said. The forecast for relief isn’t promising, with a new round of U.S. Iran’s most important export, oil, set to take effect in November. She said the falling value of the rial also presents complications for her business. Travel agencies must now quickly demand the ticket fee from travelers, usually within a 24-hour window, or else risk losing money to the volatile fluctuations in the rial’s value. The rising cost of travel is also putting at risk a treasured rite for millions of Iranians. Next month’s Arbaeen religious observance usually sees droves of Iranian pilgrims travel to neighboring Iraq to worship at Shiite Islam’s holiest sites in the cities of Najaf and Karbala. Aware of the financial challenges Iranians face, Iraq’s government said it would reduce visa costs for Iranian pilgrims during the holy month of Ashura. But industry insiders say up to 20 percent of those who had planned to visit will likely stay home.

In a second-floor room overlooking a two-story bank of enormous video monitors, a group of Georgia traffic engineers spent a few minutes Tuesday morning making life a little easier for Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. The team was departing its downtown hotel on buses bound for Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium, where they would practice for Sunday’s Super Bowl. It was a 2-mile trip through 15 traffic signals. But thanks to a police escort and these traffic engineers — who helped the buses catch 14 green lights — the trip took just five minutes. The one red light was a mistake.

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