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BTN Interview: Rocky Mountaineer VP Hubert Wat

Offering unique vacation packages over four spectacular rail routes through British Columbia and Alberta, Rocky Mountaineer has established itself as the largest privately owned passenger rail service in North America. Here Breaking Travel News sits down with Rocky Mountaineer vice president for marketing, Hubert Wat, to discuss what the future holds.

Sandals Negril offers best of Jamaica

Sandals Negril offers best of Jamaica

Sandals Resorts is riding high, having been recognised as the Caribbean’s Leading Hotel Brand by the World Travel Awards last month. Here Breaking Travel News heads off to the beach in Jamaica to see what is just so special about this idyllic haven.

The Long Tail Opportunity of Vacation Rental Search

The Long Tail Opportunity of Vacation Rental Search

When travelers go online in search of vacation rental information, a search engine is often their go-to source. Search engines and portals generated over 50% of referrals to the vacation rental category from May 2009 – April 2010, with Google and Yahoo! together contributing four in 10 visitors.

InterContinental Almaty, Kazakhstan has it all

InterContinental Almaty, Kazakhstan has it all

The InterContinental Almaty hotel in Kazakhstan was opened in December 1996, offering a country on the threshold of independence a taste of five star luxury and refinement like nowhere else. Today, after decades of successful operations, the hotel continues to offer all the modern amenities of its western rivals, yet retains the subtle, aesthetic beauty and warm hospitality so important to Kazakh tradition.

The Canary Islands making a comeback for winter sun holidays

The Canary Islands making a comeback for winter sun holidays

Despite a turbulent year of economic uncertainty, the liquidation of some high profile travel industry companies, increases in airline taxes, further job losses and government cuts, Britons are increasingly booking winter sun holidays year-on-year to escape the harsh British weather.

Brazil – the heat is on

Brazil – the heat is on

Even a sharp global downturn has failed to dampen Brazil’s booming economy, and its tourism industry in particular has emerged tougher than ever. This weekend sees the spotlight turn to Sao Paulo as its famous Interlagos circuit plays host to the 39th Brazil Formula One Grand Prix.

Beckham, Arnie and Spacey nominated for face of travel

Arnold Schwarzenegger, David Beckham, Kevin Spacey, Usain Bolt, Rafael Nadal, Kevin Costner and Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickenson are among the favourites to win the World Travel Awards “Face of Travel 2010”. The winner will be announced at this year’s WTA Grand Final 2010, which takes place at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel on Sunday 7 November.

Reinvigorated Sandals looks to future

Reinvigorated Sandals looks to future

On the heels of its 30th anniversary earlier this year, Sandals Resorts International has confirmed it will reinvigorate its product with multi-million dollar development projects at a numbers of its resorts. Sandals Grande Ocho Rios Beach & Villa Golf Resort, Sandals Whitehouse European Village & Spa resort and Beaches Boscobel Resort & Golf Club in Jamaica are all set for major upgrades.

Joburg – Africa’s business capital

Joburg – Africa’s business capital

Hot on the heels of its World Cup success, Johannesburg Tourism Company is beefing up its capacity at a convention and events hub to reflect its fast-growing reputation as the business capital of Africa.

Pacific Paradise

Pacific Paradise

Situated on a triangle-shaped atoll rising four thousand metres from the floor of the Pacific Ocean, Pacific Resort Aitutaki is an enclave of romance, refinement and luxury that will overwhelm even the most discerning traveller.

Ferrari World prepares for grand opening

With the Commonwealth Games now over,  the public gaze moves to the next sporting extravaganza on the world stage – the opening of Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. When the ribbon is cut later this month, the attraction will take its place as the largest indoor theme park in the world.