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World's Best Awards Twitter Chat on Tuesday, July 29

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What are the best hotels, destinations, and travel companies in the world? We're discussing topics from the #TLWorldsBest Awards in our Twitter chat on Tuesday, July 29th from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT. Join along to ask the experts for tips and advice!

The Hosts:

T+L's Hotels and Food Editor, Jennifer Flowers, @JennFlowers

T+L's Special Correspondent and New Media Editor, Sarah Spagnolo, @SarahSpagnolo

The Panelists:

Trip Advisor, @TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor's Travel Advocate, Wendy Perrin, @WendyPerrin

SATW & NATJA Travel Photographer of the Year, Gary Arndt, @EverywhereTrip

Fortune Magazine, @FortuneMagazine

Gadling, @Gadling

Stacy Small, @EliteTravelGal

Tiffany Dowd, @LuxeTiffany

Matt Long, @LandLopers

Melanie Nayer, @chic_travel

How does it work?

1. Log in to Twitter before the chat starts at 2pm ET and be sure to follow @TravlandLeisure.

2. Head over to http://twitter.com. Enter the hashtag #TL_Chat into the search bar and select the "All" search option to follow the chat in real time.

3. Remember to always add the hashtag #TL_Chat to your tweets.

4. We'll pulse out some questions for our expert panel to answer, but feel free to post your own responses. Or ask questions of your own! 

All tweets are subject to our social media terms and conditions and may be used in any and all media including editorial. See full social media terms and conditions.

Gabrielle Blitz is Associate Social Media Editor at Travel + Leisure.

The Plaza Hotel Introduces "Plaza-opoly"

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New York's legendary Plaza Hotel has always inspired grand story-telling. There was the little girl named Eloise who lived on the "tippy-top floor" of the hotel. Then the great Jay Gatsby checked in to battle it out with Tom Buchanan. And years later, came the big bad movie Home Alone 2, which was filmed at the property in the 90s. 

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Books About Town Brings Literary-Themed Benches to London

26julysat-london-book-benchesjpgThis summer, grab a seat next to Paddington Bear, Mary Poppins, or Peter Pan as the classic British characters are commemorated in bench form around London.

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Artsy Postcard: The Hamptons

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When the city heads to the beach, the art—and Artsy—follow.

Art happenings are hot in the Hamptons this July and August, from gallery openings to art fairs, benefit auctions, and museum exhibitions. Team members at Artsy, the art collecting and education resource, share their must-see shows on the East End and some of their favorite summer memories so far.

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Palazzo Parigi's New Duomo Suite

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The opulent Palazzo Parigi is taking luxury accommodation in Milan to new heights. The luxury hotel recently debuted its Duomo Suite, which offers residential-style lodging in an elegant space overlooking the city and the Duomo of Milan (of course!). The room features a terrace and multiple balconies, a high-tech kitchen, and the option for one's own private butler. 

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Beauty Road Test: Kiehls' Travel-Tested Solutions Set

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Every traveler wants to step off a plane looking fresh, but let's face it: even an hour in the air can leave skin dehydrated, oily, and lackluster. I know I always feel the need to dash to the nearest restroom for touch-ups before meeting family or friends in baggage claim. Luckily, Kiehl's wants to relieve us of in-flight beauty stress with their new set of travel essentials, which includes a "First Class" Purifying Hand Treatment, In-Flight Refreshing Facial Mist, Eucalyptus Lip Relief, and Midnight Recovery Concentrate.

T+L Editorial Intern Helen Zook shares her take.

The Product: Kiehl's Travel Tested Solutions Set, $49. Available now exclusively at Neiman Marcus.

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Ritz-Carlton Launches Photo-Sharing Social Network for Guests

201407-hd-ritz-carlton-your-memoriesjpgLooks like Ritz-Carlton is already making a run for the 2015 SMITTY Awards. The brand just launched “Your Memories,” an image-based social network where guests can share their favorite vacation moments, and future travelers can preview the hotel experience.

The constantly updating, tiled photo stream showcases snapshots and video shared by guests on Twitter and Instagram with the #RCMemories hashtag. Users can also submit photos for display directly through the website.

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Travel + Leisure Celebrates Charleston with Bow Ties in NYC

201407-hd-bow-tie-day-groupjpgIn honor of Charleston, voted by readers as number one US city in the 2014 World's Best Awards, T+L gave out bow ties from South Carolina's Cordial Churchman.

Charleston's chic, classic style is just one of the many reasons readers rank it so highly. Known for its food scene, historic architecture, and good old Southern Charm,the city has nabbed top spot in the US two years in a row. Last year, it ranked seventh in the world overall, jumping to second place this year—and beating international heavyweights such as Rome, Siem Reap, Istanbul, and Mexico City in the process. Only Kyoto scored higher with readers this year.

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FAA and Europe Ease Flight Restrictions to Israel

Sort of good news for Israel: the FAA has lifted its 36-hour ban on flights into Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport and the European Aviation Safety Agency, which had previously issued a recommendation for carriers to avoid the area, is now only cautioning national aviation authorities to “base their decisions [on whether to allow carriers to fly there]…on thorough risk assessments.”

All the major U.S. carriers have cancelled today's scheduled arrivals into Tel Aviv, though their arrivals for tomorrow are still set to depart. Lufthansa, however, is suspending flights through today and tomorrow—a prohibition that applies to Lufthansa, Germanwings, Austrian Airlines, Swiss, and Brussels Airlines. The carrier issued the following statement: “Lufthansa acknowledges the considerable efforts made by Israel to provide the best possible protection for Ben Gurion Airport with the ‘Iron Dome’ shield. As soon as this protection can be verifiably guaranteed, we will resume flight operations.”

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Hyatt's House Rules

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Hyatt realized that social is a behavior but questioned how to make it part of their business. The answer? Hyatt is going to provide the materials that will inspire action both online and off, in the hopes that social media will give their offline initaitives legs.

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Connecting to Local Culture: ILTM Asia

The term "authenticity" is one we've heard again and again (tired of it yet?), though it remains on the tongue of industry insiders thanks to an influx of travelers who continue to seek out local experiences around the globe. At the recent travel conference ILTM Asia, in Shanghai, which brings together travel agents, hoteliers, and the media, T+L's Sarah Spagnolo once again dug into the trend of connecting travelers with local culture. Watch the video for a couple examples of new programs.

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This is What a $50 Million Ferrari Train Looks Like

201407-hd-thrillist-ferrari-trainjpgThere are sexy houseboatspalatial RVs, and luxe, moveable cabins – but a mansion on rails? Well, that's a thing now in Japan.

Always on the cutting edge of everything, the Land of the Rising Sun is now spearheading the train of the future. A modern spin on old-school travel, the JR East Cruise Train is set to launch in 2017, and, as can only be expected of the work from a designer who dreamt up Ferraris, Porsches and Maseratis, the train is decadent, exclusive, and expensive.

It’ll also cost around $50 million to build.

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Take Travel + Leisure's Summer Travel Trivia Quiz

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

 

Play along with as Kathie Lee and Mark Orwoll as they quiz the Today Show audience on the world's most popular tourist attractions.

Questions: 

1.) What city is home to the world’s tallest Ferris Wheel?

A) Orlando

B) New York City

C) Las Vegas

D) London

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TransAsia Flight Crashes; 51 Passengers Feared Dead

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It’s been a terrible week in aviation. This morning, reports confirm that at least 51 passengers are feared dead following an accident on regional Taiwanese TransAsia flight GE222, from Kaohsiung to Magong. The short, 35-minute flight was stymied by extreme weather on its course and crashed after a failed attempt to land; the wreckage has been found near the village of Xicun, where the plane is said to have gone up in flames. 54 passengers, including four children, were on board, along with four crew members—all of whom are currently thought to have suffered injuries or fatalities from the crash.

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New Shutters on the Beach Program Lets You Order Beach Reads in Advance

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Still prefer real books to e-readers—but hate having to lug them in your suitcase? Shutters on the Beach, the iconic Santa Monica hotel, is introducing a new Beach Book Bag program, allowing guests to order their beach reads before stepping foot on the plane.

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Where to Shop in Shanghai

Shanghai's Former French Concession is the city's style hub: a leafy area filled with boutiques, bespoke tailors, and traditional crafts. A few of must-see sites: Helen Lee's headquarters, around the corner from her atelier, which showcases this season's collection—a collaboration with Disney in honor of the new Disney resort opening in Shanghai soon. Germain Tailoring channels Neapolitan style in its meanswear collection. Stop by Charles Philip on Gao An Road, to find a custom shoe in shape, pattern, and material to fit any style. Head north across town, where Coin Qian's showroom is stocked with her paintings, plus pillows, bags, and other home goods that feature her feminine designs.

T+L's Sarah Spagnolo explored the area on a arts tour coordinated by luxury travel show ILTM Asia and the Portman Ritz-Carlton, and led by Shanghai style insiders Selina Schleh of Time Out Shanghai and Monique Madsen of Zan Style Shanghai. Check out "Where to Shop in Shanghai," and for more, go to the T+L Guide to Shanghai.

 

We Love Urban Cowboy Bed and Breakfast in Williamsburg

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On a Thursday night in June, the open-air communal living room at Urban Cowboy—a new four room B&B on a leafy Williamsburg, Brooklyn, block—is echoing every stereotype about a borough that’s now considered the universal fulcrum of cool.

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FAA Suspends US Flights into Tel Aviv

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After news of a rocket attack near Israel’s Ben-Gurion Airport, the FAA is prohibiting all U.S. airlines from flying into or out of the country's main international airport for 24 hours. The Earlier today, Delta diverted its once-daily flight between New York JFK and Tel Aviv to Paris instead. US Airways, meanwhile, canceled its Philadelphia to Ben Gurion service before the plane departed. United Airlines canceled both of its Newark-Tel Aviv flights for Tuesday. The U.S. Department of State has also issued a new Travel Warning for Israel, cautioning U.S. citizens to consider deferring non-essential travel to the country.

This comes less than a week after a missile shot down Malaysia Airways flight 17 over the Ukraine, killing all 290 passengers and crewmembers aboard. Questions remain as to whether the airspace where the plane was flying should have been subject to restrictions given the growing ground conflict below. American carriers are obviously now approaching the conflict in Israel with an abundance of caution. This will be appreciated by many passengers, but could be devastating for Israel’s air connectivity.

UPDATE 7/23, 12:50 PM: In a new release, the FAA is extending its ban over Tel Aviv-bound flights for at least another 24 hours. Some airlines, such as British Airways and El Al, are continuing their normal operations. In a similar move, Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Oceana, sister cruise lines, are modifying itineraries to avoid stops in Haifa, Israel's northern port town.

Amy FarleyHave a travel dilemma? Need some tips and remedies? Send your questions to news editor Amy Farley at tripdoctor@timeinc.com. Follow @tltripdoctor on Twitter.

Photo courtesy of iStockphoto

Of Course Dubai is Building the World's First Temperature-Controlled City

Dubai is making headlines again, announcing plans to construct an indoor city that will be 100 percent temperature-controlled.

An official statement from investment company Dubai Holding, Sheik Mohammed Bin Rashid's latest project will be called the Mall of the World. Yet with 20,000 hotel rooms in the pipeline, it's far from the average shopping complex.

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Travel Apps and Websites Twitter Chat on Tuesday, July 22

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How do you become a more efficient jet-setter? We're discussing the best travel apps and websites in our Twitter chat on Tuesday, July 22nd from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT. Join along to ask the experts for tips and advice!

The Hosts:

T+L's Tech Correspondant, Tom Samiljian, @SamJam

T+L's Assistant Editor, Nikki Ekstein, @nikkiekstein

The Panelists:

KAYAK, @KAYAK

Google Travel, @GoogleTravel

Weather Channel's Jen Carfagno, @JenCarfagno

Expedia, @Expedia

Priceline, @Priceline

Fortune Magazine, @FortuneMagazine

Cruise Critic, @CruiseCritic

TechCrunch's Josh Constine, @JoshConstine

Viator.com, @ViatorTravel

How does it work?

1. Log in to Twitter before the chat starts at 2pm ET and be sure to follow @TravlandLeisure.

2. Head over to http://twitter.com. Enter the hashtag #TL_Chat into the search bar and select the "All" search option to follow the chat in real time.

3. Remember to always add the hashtag #TL_Chat to your tweets.

4. We'll pulse out some questions for our expert panel to answer, but feel free to post your own responses. Or ask questions of your own! 

All tweets are subject to our social media terms and conditions and may be used in any and all media including editorial. See full social media terms and conditions.

Gabrielle Blitz is Associate Social Media Editor at Travel + Leisure.

Wands At The Ready: Wizarding World Part 2 Opens

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Throngs of people young and old gathered, many in full wizard robes, in 100-degree Orlando humidity. The Wizarding World’s much-anticipated expansion, Diagon Alley, was greeted with much sweat and even more tears of happiness when it opened its doors to fans earlier this month.

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Islamorada, Florida

There’s not much to do in the low-key island village of Islamorada in Florida’s Upper Keys, and guess what? That is precisely the point. Start with a rum runner cocktail from the Holiday Isle Tiki Bar before unwinding at Cheeca Lodge, a popular beachfront hotel that gets bonus points from moms everywhere thanks to its stellar kids camp.

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Last month marked the debut voyage of Pearl Seas Cruises, a new small-ship luxury operator that’s offering itineraries through the Canadian Maritimes, the Great Lakes, and the St. Lawrence Seaway, with Caribbean journeys starting in 2015. A sister company to American Cruise Lines, it currently has one vessel: the 335-foot-long, 210-passenger Pearl Mist, complete with six decks and a balcony on each of the 108 cabins. (There are plans to add another ship in the future.)

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Hotel Offers Farm-to-Table Baby Food Menus

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If you bring your family to a top luxury resort, it's only natural to expect the finest culinary offerings. But while you feast on organic grass-fed filet mignon, your baby is usually stuck with the glass jar purees you brought from home. Esperanza, an Auberge Resort, in Cabo San Lucas, aims to change that. The property recently rolled out a farm-to-table menu just for little ones with ingredients sourced from local farms and the resort's gardens. Among the highlights: pear with banana and cinnamon, baby carrots and zucchini, and baked sweet corn and parsnip carrot. I wonder if they deliver?

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Clara Ogden-Sedlak is Special Projects Editor at Travel + Leisure.

Photo courtesy of Esperanza, An Auberge Resort

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The city of waltz and opera also shimmers with cultural innovation. Christoph Thun-Hohenstein, head of the Museum of Applied Art, and his art historian wife, Karin, take in its highlights.

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The scissor siren will oversee on-site salon services (in addition to his Fifth Avenue flagship and outpost at the W Fort Lauderdale); provide cuts for high-end clients that include Angelina Jolie and Lupita Nyong’o (a service that will set you back $1,200); and, most importantly—take on the newly minted role of Style Curator.

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Surf-to-fork food, Wyeth paintings, and pebbly beaches—the Midcoast is where even Mainers go to find the real Maine.

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The glamorous oceanfront retreat is a treasure trove for style seekers.

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