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Middle East & North Africa expansion for Rotana

Middle East & North Africa expansion for Rotana

Rotana has outlined ambitious expansion plans for the Middle East and North Africa. With an ambition to offer a property in every key city in the region, the hotel management company has signed deals to operate hotels in Egypt, Jordan, Oman, Iraq, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

Luxury breaks at Convento do Espinheiro

Luxury breaks at Convento do Espinheiro

Steeped in history, the Convento do Espinheiro has entertained kings of Portugal for centuries. Now, following a thorough modernisation, the property offers international visitors the finest the country has to offer, be it the relaxing spa, exquisite cuisine or the simple bucolic pleasures of the region.

Honeymoon holidays at Taveuni Palms

Honeymoon holidays at Taveuni Palms

Holidaymakers are being offered a chance to indulge their sensuous side, with the ultimate honeymoon break on the islands of Fiji. Set among the swaying coconut trees, overlooking sandy beaches and turquoise waters, Taveuni Palms is one of the world’s most exquisite luxury accommodation estates – ideal for that special break.

Editor’s Blog: Is Thailand safe?

Thursday’s explosions in Bangkok have bought weeks of simmering internal discontent to international attention. But with large parts of the country untouched by protests and local tourist chiefs urging visitors not to alter their plans, Chris O’Toole here examines how dangerous the country really is.

FIFA 2010 - more than just a game

FIFA 2010 - more than just a game

With Fifa officials downgrading the numbers expected to travel to South Africa for the World Cup to less than half the original half million estimate, what implications does it have for the travel and tourism industry, and who will be the winners and losers?

Web Site Glitches Can Create Lasting Damage

Web Site Glitches Can Create Lasting Damage

Just over one-third of consumers (34%) report that a technical glitch will lower their likelihood of visiting a travel Web site again. According to Consumer Response to Travel Site Performance, business travelers in particular are less tolerant of glitches than leisure travelers.

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?