This Just In!
A temporary theme park dedicated to Pokémon, called PokéPark, takes over Taipei from June 23 through September 24 (pokepark.tw, $26, kids $20).
Yotel, a new chain from the company behind the popular Yo! Sushi restaurants, allows travelers to sleep inside terminals at London's Heathrow and Gatwick airports. The 108-square-foot rooms have fold-out beds, flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi. They can be rented by the night, from $70, or in four-hour increments, from $44 (yotel.com).
Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Mesa Verde National Park June 29 through July 2 with crafts demos, birthday cake, and music. Rangers will also be leading hikes and horseback rides in September to three former Native-American cliff dwellings--Mug House (left), Spring House, and Oak Tree House--that have been closed to visitors for at least 40 years (mesaverde2006.org, park entrance $10).
Musée d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, designed by I.M. Pei, opens July 1 in Luxembourg (mudam.lu, $6).
Discovering Chimpanzees: The Remarkable World of Jane Goodall" runs June 4 through September 3 at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Interactive exhibits teach about walking, communicating, and climbing like the chimps in Gombe National Park in Tanzania (cmnh.org, $7.50, kids $5.50).
Puerto Rico recently passed a law prohibiting smoking in all enclosed public places. It goes into effect in March 2007.
Vancouver's public transportation SkyTrain has launched a SkyTour service. Visitors rent headsets that provide commentary during the ride, and also guide them along walking tours of the Gastown and Chinatown districts, and nearby New Westminster (translink.bc.ca).
Lufthansa announced a new fare program in which round trips within Europe start at $132.
The Southern California CityPass has expanded and now covers admission to Universal Studios, SeaWorld, the San Diego Zoo, and three days in Disney parks ($199, $159 kids 3 to 9).
During off-peak hours, up to four kids under age 11 accompanied by an adult can ride the London Underground for free.
If a Hyatt guest reserves a non-smoking room and the hotel doesn't deliver, Hyatt compensates with a $100 gift card or 5,000 reward points.
Walt Disney World has extended its Magical Express airport shuttle, which allows resort guests to bypass baggage claim in Orlando, through 2011.
Avis and Budget rental cars in Houston and the New York City metropolitan area can be equipped with electronic toll-collection systems such as E-ZPass starting at $1.50 per day (plus the tolls).
Marriott now factors in taxes and surcharges when a guest books, so no one is surprised at checkout.
Bus trips between Midwestern cities cost as little as $1 each way through Megabus.com, which is owned by Coach USA.
The Holland America Line is staging regular 5K walks on cruise-ship decks to raise money for breast cancer.
On its red-eye flights, JetBlue gives out Bliss spa overnight kits with moisturizer, earplugs, and eye masks, and lets passengers help themselves to a pantry loaded with snacks and hot towels.