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Travelstart Raises $US40m to Extend Market Leadership

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Travelstart, the South African-based Online Travel Agency (OTA) with offices throughout Africa and subsidiaries in the Middle East and Turkey, today announced a US$40 million funding from Amadeus Capital Partners, the global technology investor. With the new funding comes a strategic partnership with Africa’s largest mobile telecommunications provider MTN [JSE: MTN] which has a subscriber base of more than 230 million. The funding will be used for Travelstart’s expansion and to solidify the company’s position as the biggest OTA player on that continent. → Read More

A Holiday in the Dominican Republic May Just Send You Back with a Few Extra Pounds on the Waistline

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An online travel agency in the UK has completed a piece of research that shows whether people were more likely to gain or lose weight in certain holiday destinations. They surveyed more than 2,000 individuals and they found that the Dominican Republic, in the Caribbean and Marmaris, in Turkey, were the most likely destinations for weight gain. Meanwhile, New York was most likely to lead to weight loss. → Read More

Need a holiday? How to find your perfect destination

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Finding the perfect holiday for you and your family can be challenging, especially when you don’t know where to look in the first place! Thankfully you will never be short of online operators keen to share with you all the latest holiday offers and packages, but the real challenge is filtering through the myriad of holidays out there and finding what’s right for you. → Read More

Why the vacation apartment sector is booming

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Over the past decade, while the vacation sector as a whole has gone through a lot of ups and downs, one area has shown remarkable resilience and consistent growth. Vacation apartments doubled as a proportion of travel accommodation between 2007 and 2012, and they have proven popular with budget travelers and affluent travelers alike. So what’s going on? → Read More

Breaking Travel News interview: Colin Stewart, director, UK, Air Europa

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With 22 Boeing Dreamliner planes on order and a host of new destinations on the horizon, the future looks bright for Spanish-owned carrier Air Europa. Here Breaking Travel News editor Chris O’Toole sits down with UK director Colin Stewart to discuss the latest developments at the carrier, the opportunities afforded by the falling price of oil, and the changing political situation in the Caribbean. → Read More

Breaking Travel News investigates: Ocean Adventures

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Ocean Adventures is a highly respected Ecuadorian cruise operator, established in 1999. The brand owns and operates two Galapagos-based vessels: the 48-passenger M/V Eclipse and the 16-passenger M/C Athala II, an adventure catamaran. M/V Eclipse was recognised last year as the winner of the prestigious South America’s Leading Boutique Cruise category at the prestigious World Travel Awards. → Read More

Breaking Travel News investigates: Havana, a city that fell asleep

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For generations Cuba has been a tantalising prospect for American travellers, always just out of reach across the Straits of Florida. Now, with restrictions on travel beginning to lift, the rapidly growing flows of tourists to the capital Havana risk destroying what makes the city so vibrant. Here Breaking Travel News editor Chris O’Toole visits to find a city on the cusp of resurrection. → Read More

How the online retail market has transformed the way we travel

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Do you remember the days when your long-haul airplane journey didn’t have screens showing films on the back of the seat in front? Or when there were a few screens that dropped down the central aisle? Or you didn’t have any screens at all? Ok, we could be going back in time a little, but it’s amazing to think that so many things we take for granted on our travels simply didn’t exist that long ago. → Read More

The growing popularity of historical sites as tourist destinations: can we keep this vital trend ali

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Although classed as a relatively young nation, America has a rich and diverse history and, unsurprisingly, cultural and heritage tourism is fast becoming a lucrative sector within the country’s tourist industry. Every year an increasing number of visitors are flocking to key historical sites to enjoy the myths and stories that have shaped and defined American culture. This boom in popularity is due in part to the efforts of the Part-ners in Tourism, an organization that devised effective and innovative methods to improve the growth of her-itage tourism throughout the US. → Read More

SnapShot Completes Tech Shift, Hires Former Google Exec as CEO

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Former Google Germany Director, Dr. Stefan Tweraser, has been named SnapShot GmbH’s new CEO. The move is a significant moment in hotel tech, with the addition of Silicon Valley-style efficiency, to head an already stellar hospitality industry team. → Read More

How to Organise an Unforgettable Ski Holiday

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There is something really invigorating about spending a day on the slopes skiing or snowboarding and there is nothing better than staying in a luxury ski chalet, so you know you have somewhere to go to curl up in front of an open fire at the end of a long day on the runs. Luxury chalets come in all shapes and sizes, from chalets that sleep more than 40 people through to more intimate chalets that are ideal for couples. Before you begin shopping around for the ideal chalet, you will need to set out a budget as some of the world’s most luxurious chalets can go for £100,000 per week, while others for just a couple of thousand. → Read More

Enjoy a luxurious stay in Malta with Corinthia Hotels

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It’s not hard to see why the archipelago of Malta is such a popular holiday destination, with its mild climate, 300 days of sunshine per year, the picturesque Mediterranean landscape and clear blue waters is the perfect place to relax, take in some culture, or get the blood pumping with some more strenuous pursuits like scuba diving, sea kayaking, and water sports aplenty. Make your holiday in Malta a truly memorable one by staying at the Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa, located centrally in St. Anton, just 15 minutes away from the airport, a stone’s throw from the beautiful ‘silent city’ of Mdina, and only a short drive from Malta’s capital, Valletta. Get an amazing 50% off all rooms when you book online at corinthia.com – see more details on this offer below. → Read More

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