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Daily Transporter: Game-Changing Ferris Wheels

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Attractions like the London Eye and this Ferris wheel on Chicago’s Navy Pier have been luring tourists downtown; now, cities like NYC, Orlando, and Dubai are climbing on board. Las Vegas adds its own spin to the phenomenon: you can get married on the new 500-foot High Roller.

See the High Roller in 25 Selfies You Have to Take This Year

Editor’s Picks: Great City Trips
World’s Coolest Ferris Wheels
World’s Coolest New Tourist Attractions
World’s Coolest Tram Rides

Ann Shields is a senior digital editor at Travel + Leisure. You can find her on Twitter at @aegisnyc. Get the Daily Transporter newsletter in your in-box.

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International Tourism is Up, According to Latest World Tourism Organization Data

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The World Tourism Organization recently released its annual international tourism numbers, and—even with the economic hurdles affecting parts of the world—the results exceeded expectations. Overall, an additional 52 million people traveled internationally in 2013, a 5% increase from the previous year. Here’s how the numbers break down:

Biggest Increases
In relative terms, Asia and the Pacific is the fastest-growing region for the third year in a row. It saw the strongest growth (+6%), with an additional 14 million visitors over last year—bringing the total to 248 million. Southeast Asia was the best-performing sub-region, with a 10% increase over 2013. Africa experienced an increase of 6%, reaching a new record of 56 million tourists (three million more than last year).

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Where to Travel in 2014: Advice From Our Experts

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Want to know the number one destination to hit in 2014? So do we. T+L reached out to our panel of travel experts during a recent Twitter chat to find where to go this year and why. Here's what they had to say:

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Is Virgin Galactic Space Travel Worth the Splurge? Our Experts Weigh In

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Virgin Galactic has set its space travel packages at a steep $250,000 per flight. We had our panel of experts on Twitter say if meeting the Jetsons is worth the money:

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2014 Travel Trends: Airports, Hotels, Cruises

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T+L reached out to some of the industry's top travel experts during a recent Twitter chat to learn what trends would make it big in 2014. From airports enveloped in botanical gardens to in-cabin WiFi on your next cruise, here are their predictions:

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Travel Trends We're Rooting For in 2014

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From the best destinations to visit to emerging technology and gadgets, we asked a panel of experts for their tips and tricks in our recent Twitter chat on 2014 Travel Trends. Here's what they had to say:

What travel trends are you rooting for (or wish would go away) this year?

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2014 Travel Trends Twitter Chat This Wednesday, Jan. 8th

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It’s a new year and T+L is already scoping out the most popular travel trends of 2014. From the hottest destinations to the latest in tech travel and hotel perks, we've got you covered. Join us for a one-hour Twitter chat this Wednesday, January 8th from 2-3pm EDT for an inside look at what's new in travel this year.

The Host:

Amy Farley, News Editor, @TLTripDoctor

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Facebook 's Top 25 Most Checked-In Places for 2013

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Facebook just released its 2013 Trends report, and the big winner is Disney.

The map of most checked-into destinations for 25 countries shows that the theme park empire holds the number one spot in an impressive four countries: Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, and Tokyo Disneyland.

The California park's ranking increased a slot since 2012, overtaking Times Square to become the most checked-in locale in the US.

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Travel Trends from T+L Rising Star Travel Agents

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Millennials are on the mind of travel industry insiders. What is this group looking for in a travel experience? How can hoteliers and agents entice this growing segment of luxury travelers? 

To help answer these questions, earlier this month T+L hosted the Rising Stars luncheon at ILTM Cannes, the largest luxury travel forum of the year. Sitting around a ballroom-sized table, the 12 Rising Star agents—each handpicked by a member of T+L’s Travel Advisory Board—shared their insights with executives from key hotel groups, from Fairmont to Six Senses.

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Stay Healthy on the Road With These 4 Hotel Juice Offerings

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Juice Press in New York. Pressed Juicery in California. Another day, another juice bar. Over the last year, this all-liquid health food trend has captivated cities across the country—and hotels have been squeezing what they can out of it as well. A few of the latest offerings we’ve come across:  

The Hotel Palomar San Francisco—home to the gluten-free mini bar—has teamed up with Pressed Juicery, which recently opened its first San Francisco location. The “Pressed, Pampered & Purified” package includes six daily juices, a cleansing guide, cooler, and complimentary use of bikes. (If eschewing chewing in America’s best food city seems like torture, try drinking them just for breakfast and/or lunch.)

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