Groupon is the fastest growing business of all time. Since its launch in November 2008, deal-of-the-day website it has grown into a business valued in excess of $1.3 billion. And now it is moving into travel after a new tie-up with Expedia. Can Google launch of Offers catch it?
A weekend of mega-yachts, celebs and fast cars is lined up as Monaco gears up to host the most glamorous leg of the Formula One season. BTN looks at the enduring appeal of this glitterati favourite.
Mexican President Felipe Calderon said that drug violence has yet to harm his country’s tourism, nor will it hinder his plans to continue growing the industry. Speaking to delegates at the WTTC Global Travel & Tourism Summit, he said there were “almost zero” incidents of tourists encountering crime related to drug cartels.
The online travel and tourism industry is poised to “experience solid growth” over the next five years – with the Middle East and Africa leading the way, according to new research released by Euromonitor International at Arabian Travel Market 2011.
Hot on the heels of its victory at this week’s World Travel Awards, Grosvenor House Dubai has launched a new range of clothing for staff, with pop star Peter Andre among the glitterati attending the launch party.
The crowds are gathered outside, the red carpet in Westminster Abbey is laid, and the first of the 1,900 guests are started to arrive for the royal wedding. Thousands of people have camped out overnight on the procession route between the church and Buckingham Palace.
A quarter of all advertising is now being spent online. According to a new study by Price Waterhouse Coopers and the Internet Advertising Bureau, web advertising grew 12.8 percent last year, three times the 2009 level, with social media, mobile advertising and digital magazines fuelling the growth.
A number of hotels in London have been accused by tourism authorities of hiking room rates during next year’s Olympics, with one hotel found to charging five times the standard rate. The revelations come ahead of London 2012 tickets going on sale this Tuesday.
Sri Lanka’s tourism economy is enjoying a miracle recovery, and with the capital Colombo a host city of the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, the good times are expected to continue. BTN looks at how the island nation is preparing for even greater things to come.
VisitBritain is leveraging the power of Sport Tourism in its new marketing campaign, which features billboard adverts of Olympic athletes in some of the country’s favourite tourism hotspots. The Royal Wedding is also expected to play a key role in raising the UK’s tourism profile.
Just six months after launching the iPad, Apple is believed to lining up the release of a successor to its groundbreaking tablet computer. According to component makers in Taiwan, the “iPad 2” could hit the shops as early as February 2011, but is more likely to be nearer April 2011.
Having bagged rights to the 2018 World Cup, Russia must spend billions to get its infrastructure up to Fifa standards. However the legacy and possible gains are unlimited, as BTN finds out.