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Tourism spotlight: Turkey

Tourism spotlight: Turkey

As a gateway between East and West, Turkey – and its present Capital of Culture, Istanbul – have been of great significance to travellers for centuries. But as the country’s intellectual centre basks in the world’s gaze, the greater prize of European Union membership remains illusive. BTN examines recent developments in Turkey, and assesses what the future holds.

South Africa bids for sporting glory

South Africa bids for sporting glory

South Africa has hosted the Rugby World Cup, the Cricket World Cup and this summer will welcome the FIFA World Cup finals. In its bid to become a sports tourism powerhouse, football’s biggest event can be the springboard to fulfil the country’s massive ambitions. By Mike Starling

Italy Cautiously Embraces Online Travel

Italy Cautiously Embraces Online Travel

Tourism is a vital part of Italy’s economy. In spite of the current economic crisis, the online travel market is one of the most active segments of the Italian travel industry and will continue to grow in 2010 at a rate of 9%, outperforming the overall market according to PhoCusWright’s Italian Online Travel Overview Fifth Edition.

Il Mercato Italiano dei Viaggi Online

Il Mercato Italiano dei Viaggi Online

Il turismo e’ vitale per l’economia dell’Italia. Nonostante l’attuale crisi economica, il mercato italiano dei viaggi online e’ uno dei piu’ attivi segmenti per l’industria turistica italiana e crescera’ ancora quest’anno.

The Greatest Show on Earth!

The Greatest Show on Earth!

The 2010 FIFA World Cup will be like no other World Cup in history. For the first time the greatest event in football, the most widely-followed sporting extravaganza on the planet, is breaking new ground in Africa – more specifically, South Africa.

A Mobile Revolution

A Mobile Revolution

The mobile device will be the world’s primary connection tool to the internet in 2020. So what exactly are the benefits of a mobile website?

Hoar Cross Hall Spa, Staffordshire

Hoar Cross Hall Spa, Staffordshire

Highly-regarded by both consumers and travel professionals, Hoar Cross Hall was named “England’s Leading Resort” for the fifth consecutive year at the 2009 World Travel Awards. In addition to this “travel industry Oscar”, TripAdvisor users can’t say enough good things about this lavish establishment. BTN went to investigate.

In Search of Excellence in Sport Tourism

In Search of Excellence in Sport Tourism

Sport tourism powers South Africa through global downturn. As anticipation reaches fever pitch ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the success of three mega sporting events hosted in South Africa over the past twelve months has given the country’s tourism sector a significant boost.