Cedar Fair adding coasters in Ohio, California, Virginia

Cedar Fair adding coasters in Ohio, California, Virginia


Amusement park operator Cedar Fair Entertainment says it’s adding four new roller coasters around the country next spring.

The Ohio-based amusement park chain says Knott’s Berry Farm near Los Angeles is getting a beach-themed dive coaster while California’s Great America in Santa Clara will open a single-rail coaster that includes three inversions.

The company’s flagship park, Cedar Point, will debut Steel Vengeance that replaces the Mean Streak coaster. The new version tops 200 feet and will flip riders upside down.

Virginia’s Kings Dominion near Richmond also is reviving one of its former wooden coasters with Twisted Timbers. The ride will have three inversions and overbanked turns.

Another addition is in store for Carowinds near Charlotte, N.C., where they’ll add a new children’s area with five rides.

Website reveals ’18 travel predictions

Industry experts at Booking.com have combined customer insights from more than 128 million guest reviews with research from 19,000 travellers across 26 countries to reveal the biggest travel predictions for 2018.

New tech frontiers

Almost a third (29%) of travellers say they are comfortable letting a computer plan an upcoming trip based on data from their previous travel history and half (50%) don’t mind if they deal with a real person or computer, so long as any questions are answered.

From dream to reality

2018 is the year to dream big as 45% of travellers have a travel bucket list and the majority (82%) will aim to tick one or more destinations off their list next year.

Pop culture pilgrimage

In 2018, television shows, films, sport and social media in particular look set to have an increasingly significant sway over booking decisions, as travellers turn to pop culture for their travel inspiration as 36% will look to screen locations from television, film or music videos for inspiration.

To read the full list of predictions, visit booking.com.

TripAdvisor names Best Value Hotels in America this fall


TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel website, recently announced the 10 Best Value Hotels in the U.S. this fall, based on traveler reviews and TripAdvisor price comparison of 200 booking sites for the lowest seasonal hotel rates.

1. Hotel Hive in Washington, D.C.

2. Lone Star Court in Austin, Texas

3. Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort in Tucson, Ariz.

4. Coconut Waikiki Hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii

5. Quarter House Resort in New Orleans, La.

6. Inn of the Governors in Santa Fe, N.M.

7. The Point Hotel & Suites in Orlando, Fla.

8. The Hotel of South Beach in Miami, Fla.

9. Bahia Resort Hotel in San Diego, Calif.

10. Mayflower Park Hotel in Seattle, Wash.

The average nightly rate of a U.S. Best Value Hotel this fall on TripAdvisor is $235.

Best Value Hotel lists were also created for Australia, Austria, France, Italy, Japan, Germany, Spain, Switzerland and the U.K.

To see a selection of some of the world’s Best Value Hotels for fall, visit www.tripadvisor.com.

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