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UNWTO: International tourism to reach one billion in 2012

UNWTO: International tourism to reach one billion in 2012

International tourist arrivals grew by over four per cent in 2011 to 980 million, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. With growth expected to continue in 2012, at a somewhat slower rate, international tourist arrivals are on track to reach the milestone one billion mark later this year.

The BTN Interview: Richard Wax, Chairman, St Andrews Golf Festival

The BTN Interview: Richard Wax, Chairman, St Andrews Golf Festival

Scotland - dubbed the ‘Home of Golf’ - is gearing up to stage its first ever Golf Festival at St Andrews. With the event set to draw international visitors from around the world to celebrate over 600 years of the sport, Breaking Travel News caught up with festival chairman, Richard Wax, to find what the event will bring to St Andrews and why he feels the need to put the fun back into golf.

Breaking Travel News Interview: Casa de Campo’s Claudio Silvestri

Breaking Travel News Interview: Casa de Campo’s Claudio Silvestri

Hot on the heals of its major $42 million renovation, the multi award winning Casa de Campo, which boasts its own marina and international airport and the famous Teeth of the Dog golf course, is already planning its next innovations. BTN caught up with Dr Claudio Silvestri, president and CEO of Premier Resorts and Hotels and Casa de Campo to find out how business is faring at the luxurious hideaway in the Dominican Republic.

Budget hotel brands eye Qatar ahead of FIFA 2022 World Cup

Budget hotel brands eye Qatar ahead of FIFA 2022 World Cup

As major international hotel chains compete for space in Qatar, a growing number of mid-market and budget hotels have also been eyeing the landscape, hoping to get a piece of the FIFA 2022 action. More than US $100 billion worth of infrastructure is expected to be developed by 2022 including the construction of 77 new hotels and 42 hotel apartments in Qatar bringing a total of 21,107 new rooms into the Qatari hospitality market.

Sea fishing in Sweden

When it comes to fishing holidays, Sweden is not a place that immediately springs to mind, nor one that tends to trouble the upper echelons of lists detailing casting hotspots around the globe. This, however, is a good thing as much of the charm and adventure of fishing in Sweden comes from its relatively undiscovered and unknown nature. Unique experiences are on offer in this part of the world that will blossom into unique tales and fond memories.

Qatar boom brings spate of new hotels in 2012

Qatar boom brings spate of new hotels in 2012

Qatar and in particular Doha continues to experience a major boom in hotel development with large international hotel chains and companies rushing to become a part of one of the fastest growing countries in the world.

The top 5 luxury holidays

The top 5 luxury holidays

What is your idea of a luxury holiday? The answer depends very much upon what kind of activities you like to enjoy and who you want to travel with. For some people, it is the exclusivity and seclusion of a fabulous palm-fringed beach resort, whereas others enjoy one of a range of quality package ski holidays with friends. With that in mind, let’s sneak a peek at the list of five top luxury breaks below to see which would best match your blueprint for a fantastic luxury getaway.

Top 10 days out in 2012 without breaking the bank

Top 10 days out in 2012 without breaking the bank

We are in an age of austerity and all need to be tightening our purse strings in 2012 but we still need to have fun and enjoy time with the family. Below we have listed ideas for days out in 2012 that won’t leave you broke. Eden Project - Bright Young Things arts and music showcase (28 Jan). A vibrant event showcasing young talent in the South West, including dance, photography, art, film and music. Winners from the Bright Young Things competition will be performing their work throughout the day, and under 18s can watch for free.

Rotana outlines 2012 expansion plans in the Middle East

Rotana outlines 2012 expansion plans in the Middle East

Abu Dhabi based Rotana has announced it will embark on a $750 million investment plan in 2012 designed to help the group maintain its position as the largest hotel brand in the Middle East. The hotel management group – recognised as the Middle East’s Leading Hotel Brand by the World Travel Awards - will open eight new hotels in 2012 including its first properties in Bahrain, Jordan and Oman and its second hotel in Qatar.

Coldplay return to Abu Dhabi for New Year’s Eve

Coldplay return to Abu Dhabi for New Year’s Eve

Grammy award winning indie band Coldplay will headline a special concert in Abu Dhabi on New Year’s Eve, following what has been a phenomenal year for the Emirate, which has is close to hitting its ambitious hotel guest target.

With unemployment at record highs and recent graduates struggling to find suitable jobs

With unemployment at record highs and recent graduates struggling to find suitable jobs

The recession, the record high unemployment, the gloom, the encroaching cold, the ever circling bouts of flu, none of it’s looking terribly inviting, particularly, one imagines, if you’re a fresh graduate. Still, not to worry, you can just pop out and get a nice job… Oh no, hang on, there’s grads fighting in pits for a chance to stack shelves. Truly, there’s never been a better time to go traveling. Adventure, warmer climates and the exotic aromas of night markets and those hammocks that swing lazily over turquoise seas. Ride out this recession far away and then ease back in when it’s all blown over: wiser, bolder and more attractive.