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Prince William and Kate – an African love affair

When Clarence House announced that Prince William had proposed to Kate Middleton in a continent he considers his “second home”, Kenya’s travel and tourism industry received the ultimate endorsement. BTN looks at the Windsors’ special relationship with Africa, and Kenya in particular.

Editor’s Blog: England 2018 selling soul to FIFA

While an element of chicanery can be expected in any contest with a prize as lucrative as the FIFA World Cup, the bidding process to host the 2018 competition has fallen to new depths of duplicity, subterfuge and deception.

Can Kayak Get Public in the Face of Uncertainty?

Can Kayak Get Public in the Face of Uncertainty?

Kayak announced plans for an initial public offering today. While details around the deal are scarce, offering documents provide some illuminating financial detail and really set the stage for what is sure to be a big debate.

Editor’s Blog: An Affair to Remember

A holiday romance can be as much part of the adventure of travel as the destination itself – an invigorating break from the norm in a tropical climate. But when one of those involved is heir to the British throne, things can be a touch more serious. Here we look at those locations made famous as the backdrop to the love lives of the British royal family.

Anantara steps up global expansion

Anantara steps up global expansion

Luxury hospitality developer and operator Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas is expanding its portfolio across Asia, the Indian Ocean and the Middle East with the opening of seven new resorts next year in China, the Maldives, Bali, Oman and the UAE. This comes as part of an expansion programme to operate 50 properties within the next five years. 

Te Manava’s road less travelled

Te Manava’s road less travelled

The idyllic Cook Islands retreat of Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa was created for travellers in search of beautiful surroundings and luxurious accommodation, whilst also valuing their independence. Set on the beautiful white sand beach, of Rarotonga’s stunning Muri lagoon, the 5-star resort has set a new level of luxury in the Cook Islands.

Licence to trill

Licence to trill

Tobago’s Coco Reef has just devised a novel solution to ensuring birdsong keeps in tune with the paradise resort’s remit to provide the ultimate relaxation experience. BTN finds out more

U.S. Online Travel Penetration Stalls: Corporate Market Leads Recovery

U.S. Online Travel Penetration Stalls: Corporate Market Leads Recovery

Corporate travel led the U.S. travel market’s 2009 plummet and is now fueling its recovery, in a dramatic swing that is temporarily disrupting the overall market’s shift to online channels. In 2010, offline travel distribution will grow faster than online for the first time since the rise of online travel, according to PhoCusWright’s U.S. Online Travel Overview Tenth Edition.

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.