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Are OTAs Taking Over Online Hotel Reviews?

Are OTAs Taking Over Online Hotel Reviews?

Traveler review sites—led by TripAdvisor—created and drove the growth of the traveler hotel review category, demonstrating the potential role of user-generated reviews in the trip-planning process.

Antoinette Vermooten talks about Bayede!

Antoinette Vermooten talks about Bayede!

As the first Bayede! Conference Centre opens in South Africa – with the aim of creating jobs and uniting the nations – Breaking Travel News sits down with chief executive Antoinette Vermooten to get to grips with the venture.

Editor’s Blog: Was airspace ban necessary?

While the ash cloud lingers, the Civil Aviation Authority – under huge pressure from the vested interests of the major European carriers – has declared it safe to fly. But was it necessary to ground all flights for such a period? Here Chris O’Toole takes a look.

Ash crisis sparks fears of double dip recession

Ash crisis sparks fears of double dip recession

The ash cloud could not have come at a worse time for airlines. The industry is losing around $200m a day. How much longer can the crisis go on before its sparks a double-dip recession, and airlines start going to the wall? BTN’s resident vulcanologist Adam Coulter investigates.

Volcano fallout: how will it affect you?

Volcano fallout: how will it affect you?

With experts now predicting that the ash crisis could continue for months, what will be the effects on the travel industry, and the macro economy at large? Could it spark a double-dip recession, and what would our world be like without business travel, foreign holidays or air freight?

Back in business

Back in business

Business travel has been the hardest hit sector of the industry. But what are the most likely patterns to emerge over the next 12 months?

Boost for World Cup fans as SAA releases discounted tickets

Boost for World Cup fans as SAA releases discounted tickets

Football fans travelling to this summer’s World Cup have received a boost following news that the national carrier South African Airways is releasing a number of new tickets at discounted rates. And beyond FIFA 2010, the national carrier has ambitious plans for continuing its expansion.

Half Moon unveils landmark development

Half Moon unveils landmark development

A new landmark luxury villa development at Jamaica’s Half Moon promises to position the resort as one of the world’s leading timeshare developments. BTN caught up with Managing Director Richard Whitfield to find out more about the development.

Latin American Online Travel: An Interview With Despegar.com CEO

Latin American Online Travel: An Interview With Despegar.com CEO

Competition is heating up in the Latin American online travel market. As the number of Internet savvy consumers in the region grows exponentially, online distribution is becoming a “must” for travel companies. Travel booking is still a largely offline process in Latin America, but that is about to change.

How Big Is Social Media in Travel?

How Big Is Social Media in Travel?

New PhoCusWright Study Analyzes Nearly 1.9 Million Traveler Reviews and Traffic from More Than 50 Social Media Web Sites to Online Travel Categories