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American Airlines teams up with the next iron chef

American Airlines teams up with the next iron chef

As recession conditions linger, the travel industry continues to seek out ways to reach, and excite, its audience into parting with discretionary dollars. American Airlines thinks food could be that special ingredient.

Orbitz blogger day

Orbitz blogger day

Orbitz Worldwide hosted their first annual Blogger’s Day early this week at their headquarters in the beautiful city of Chicago.

The Olympic effect – Chicago Lost, but Chicago tourism strikes gold

The Olympic effect – Chicago Lost, but Chicago tourism strikes gold

Chicago has been eliminated in the first round in it’s bid to host the 2016 Olympics, inspite of a spirited team effort by the Chicago delegation – including President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. But there may still be a consolation prize in something called the Olympic Effect.

BTN spotlight: Brett Callaghan, TotallyBarbados

Brett Callaghan is the brains behind TotallyBarbados.com – the number one website for everything related to the beautiful Caribbean island. BTN caught up with the former professional jockey turned web entrepreneur to find out how a site that started small has grown big by tapping into local knowledge.

Jetsetter Brings Daily Deals to Gilt-Edged Upscale Travel

Jetsetter Brings Daily Deals to Gilt-Edged Upscale Travel

New York based Jetsetter (http://www.jetsetter.com) is a new flash-sale website that sells hand-picked upscale travel experiences at flash-sale prices which you won’t otherwise get directly from the travel company responsible for the experience.

Can Restaurants Save New York City or Las Vegas Economies?

Can Restaurants Save New York City or Las Vegas Economies?

The Old Guard is in trouble when it comes to making a living on the New York City restaurant scene. Tavern on the Green declared bankruptcy in September, not even two weeks after Café des Artistes closed its doors. The owners said after 92 years in the restaurant business, the company could no longer pay employees’ health and pension benefits. Indeed, reports say they were $250,000 behind in health insurance and $116,000 in pension payments

BTN spotlight: Louis Sailer, CEO Fullerton Hotels

BTN spotlight: Louis Sailer, CEO Fullerton Hotels

Louis Sailer is the new CEO of Singapore-based Fullerton Hotels. BTN met up with the veteran of five-star hospitality to find out his thoughts on the industry as well as his grand plans for expanding the Fullerton portfolio worldwide.

MASSIVEGOOD Health Funding

MASSIVEGOOD Health Funding

On Sept 23, during the UN General Assembly, major players in the travel and tourism sector came together with UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown and World Bank President Robert Zoellick, to announce MASSIVEGOOD - an innovative travel-related fundraising initiative that will help finance health care for the world’s poor.

Ski Pass Insurance - Creative fees on the slopes

Ski Pass Insurance - Creative fees on the slopes

Ed Silver here—guest blogging again—This morning I received an email from Vail Resorts, owners of some of the best ski resorts in the world, including Vail, Breckenridge, Beaver Creek, Keystone, and Heavenly. It included an offer to insure my ski season pass. I’ve seen plenty of insurance offerings in the past, but this latest one just amazes me.

Change your thinking about social media

Change your thinking about social media

I have always disliked those inspirational viral e-mails that are circulated by friends. They always struck me as much too manipulative. I particularly despised the inclusion of superstitious taunts daring the receiver to forward the message, for example, “Forward this message to 10 friends within 24 hours” in order to a) receive unfathomable riches or b) avoid unimaginable despair…