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Travel Stocks Takeoff on Wall Street

Travel Stocks Takeoff on Wall Street

The great subprime recession is over. Federal Reserve Chief Bernanke says so. Wall Street says so. Airlines are gearing up for a massive recovery. Hotel stocks are getting buy ratings from analysts. Vegas is back. Travel stocks across the board are zooming into the stratosphere, and we’re now in the initial stages of a sustained recovery.

More on M-Commerce, digital marketing and iPhone apps

More on M-Commerce, digital marketing and iPhone apps

At yesterday’s webinar on Mobile - The Next Platform for Travel, Norm Rose covered a lot of ground and provided useful insight into this topic travel services providers need get familiar with going forward. The changes brought about in consumer behavior by mobile devices, especially smartphones like the iPhoneare affecting a wide range of industries.

More on M-Commerce, digital marketing and iPhone apps

More on M-Commerce, digital marketing and iPhone apps

At yesterday’s webinar on Mobile - The Next Platform for Travel, Norm Rose covered a lot of ground and provided useful insight into this topic travel services providers need get familiar with going forward. The changes brought about in consumer behavior by mobile devices, especially smartphones like the iPhone are affecting a wide range of industries.

Asia Pacific online travel overview

Asia Pacific online travel overview

This latest edition of PhoCusWright’s Asia Pacific Online Travel Overview Third Edition addresses the Asia Pacific (APAC) region’s fragmentation a defining characteristic of this area of the world where economic performance has differed considerably with growth rates exceeding 6% in China and India at one end and a 4% decline in Japan and Malaysia at the other.

Barbados Month: TotallyBarbados.com - the online face of a destination

Barbados Month: TotallyBarbados.com - the online face of a destination

On the Caribbean paradise island of Barbados, TotallyBarbados.com has become the leading resource for local information by blending detailed travel and destination information for visitors with a strong business and investment section. BTN investigates how it has used indepth local knowledge to attract a global audience.

BTN Destination Focus: Barbados Month

BTN Destination Focus: Barbados Month

Barbados is BTN’s Destination of the Month. In the first of a series of features, Adam Hakansson looks at how the Caribbean hideaway continues to prosper during the global downturn.

Japan prepares to host three world-class sporting events

Japan prepares to host three world-class sporting events

With Japan now confirmed as hosts for the 2019 Rugby Union World Cup (announced on 28 July), and with a strong proposal for the 2018/2022 FIFA World Cups well under way, BTN Asia Pacific Editor Daniel Rourke is in Japan to investigate its next major bid. The hosts for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be announced by the XXXI Olympiad Congress in Copenhagen, Denmark on 2 October, with Tokyo tipped as the city to beat.

BTN spotlight: Westin Miyako, Kyoto

BTN spotlight: Westin Miyako, Kyoto

The 120-year-old Westin Miyako is one of Kyoto’s oldest and best loved hotels. As Japan welcomes a new government and Prime Minister to power, BTN’s Daniel Rourke spoke to Junko Funakoshi, Westin Miyako’s Manager of Advertising and Public Relations, about growing markets and changing ideas in Kyoto and Japan.

Japan raises its sport tourism credentials with the Conrad Tokyo

Japan raises its sport tourism credentials with the Conrad Tokyo

With Tokyo a front runner to host the 2016 Olympics and also juggling bids for both the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups, BTN travelled to Japan to check out its sport tourism facilities, starting at the Conrad Tokyo, one of the capital’s newest and most vibrant hotels.