THE POST-SANDY BEACH
Sandy destroyed waterfront attractions, boardwalks and beaches in its wake all along the mid-Atlantic coast. Many communities on the pier in Ocean City, Md., the Jersey shore, and other areas are hoping to have everything re-built by summer.
On Coney Island, the landmark Wonder Wheel and Cyclone rides are in great condition along with other attractions, and it is expected to open in the spring as usual, together with the famous hot dog eatery Nathan’s and the stadium for the minor-league baseball team. The Coney Aquarium has been closed because of flood damage, but it is hopeful that all the exhibits will re-open by summer time.
IN OTHER PLACES
- In Nashville, the Johnny Cash Museum is supposed to open its doors in the spring.
- American Express is reporting a growing interest in safaris, besides Africa, from Indonesia’s komodo dragons, to India’s tigers, from Cambodia’s elephants to Borneo’s orangutans.
- The George W. Bush Presidential Center will open in the spring at the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
2013 Lifestyle and Travel Trends
The director of Trendspotting at JWT, Ann Mack, the ad agency is noting trends for 2013 with implications for travelers. Tech enabled smart device trends – one example offered up by JWT is The Hop, a suitcase that literally follows people around by using a system based on sensors that track smartphone Bluetooth’s signals.
As well, the “Super Stress Era” trend, will lead to boosted efforts to fight stress. Examples of this include the Minneapolis-St Paul Airport’s 1.4-mile walking loop, and the San Francisco International Airport’s yoga room.