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Christmas dreams come true at LaplandUK

LaplandUK, the winter theme park, is enjoying a healthy start to the new season as a 30 percent reduction in ticket prices has led to a surge in bookings. BTN takes a closer look at the finest Father Christmas experience this side of the Arctic Circle.

Tony Gonchar to head up ASTA

Tony Gonchar to head up ASTA

The American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) has set its sights on the next level with news of the appointment of industry veteran and marketing guru Tony Gonchar as the new CEO. Gonchar will take up the role at the world’s largest association for travel professionals on 3 January 2011, and brings more than 25 years of experience, including top roles at Virtuoso, Expedia and Microsoft.

CHTA 2011 preview: James Hepple, Aruba

CHTA 2011 preview: James Hepple, Aruba

Aruba is one of the most tourism dependent nations in the world, with 90 percent of the population working in the industry. In the build-up to Caribbean Marketplace 2011, BTN speaks to James Hepple, President & CEO, Aruba Hotel & Tourism Association.

Travelling Near, Travelling Far: 2011 Holiday Ideas

With numerous cheap flights available online, finding the right holiday may seem like a daunting task. With volume, though, comes choice; more destinations and activities are open to the holidaymaker now than ever before.

Hilton Vilamoura launches classic golf tournament

Hot on the back of winning “Portugal’s Leading Golf Resort” at the 2010 World Travel Awards, Hilton Vilamoura is boosting its Sport Tourism credentials yet further with the announcment that it will host the inaugural Hilton Vilamoura Golf Classic. The tournament takes place 14-17 January 2011 and includes two days of golf in two of the finest golf courses in the Algarve.

Bruce Ashby takes up the oneworld reins

Bruce Ashby takes up the oneworld reins

Aviation veteran Bruce Ashby has been named as Chief Executive of oneworld. The appointment comes as part of the leading airline alliance’s relocation to new headquarters in New York following a breakthrough year in 2010.

BTN Spotlight: Alex Willats, Dusit Thani Bangkok

BTN Spotlight: Alex Willats, Dusit Thani Bangkok

Thailand is set for double-digt growth in international arrives this year as the land of smiles positions itself as Asia’s hub of Sport Tourism. BTN talks to Alex Willats, the new Resident Manager of the capital’s iconic Dusit Thani Bangkok.

Who Generates More Online Travel Revenue? European or U.S consumers

Who Generates More Online Travel Revenue? European or U.S consumers

In a cross-pond comparison of online travel bookings, Europe tops the U.S. European online leisure/unmanaged business travel bookings surpassed U.S. bookings in 2008 and will continue to retain a lead in 2010, according to PhoCusWright’s European Online Travel Overview Sixth Edition and PhoCusWright’s U.S. Online Travel Overview Tenth Edition.

Abu Dhabi - the new superstar of sport tourism

Abu Dhabi - the new superstar of sport tourism

As the FIFA Club World Club kicks off in Abu Dhabi this week, the eyes of the sporting world will once again be turning to the fast-growing emirate, and the style with which it setting a new benchmark for Sport Tourism.

Paris Hotels: Visit One of the World’s Most Beautiful Cities

Is work getting to you? Deserve a break but are unsure of exactly where you want to go? If you want to have the chance to visit a beautiful, historic and world famous international city, look no further than the French capital and start checking out the many hotels in Paris.

Delicious Mauritius

Delicious Mauritius

There are over 200,000 islands in the world, but at last month’s World Travel Awards 2010 Grand Final, Mauritius was voted the finest of them all. BTN takes a closer look at why the paradise island is currently enjoying such a rich run of form.