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Maldives orders resorts to close spas

The Maldives government has ordered hotels to close their spas, possibly in a nod to a conservative religious group’s claims that the spas double as brothels. The tourism minister last Thursday instructed all resorts on the Maldives’ islands to close down spas and health centers that offer beauty treatments and massages immediately, the BBC and […]

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6 Top Tips for Travelling With Kids This Winter from Direct Travel Insurance

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM — Youngsters are brimming with excitement, it’s the winter holiday period and the family are off on a skiing trip or chasing some winter sun. To stop all that high energy turning to bored impatience en route, here are six top tips from Direct Travel Insurance for making travelling with children easier on […]

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Travelling on Australia’s longest train journey

Coast to coast … the Indian Pacific train offers the longest rail journey in Australia. Photo: Jessica Hromas Will Brodie is changed by his trip through the outback on Austalia’s longest train journey. Most of my images of inter-city train travel have come from TV, usually reruns of movies. Orient Express. Wild West. Improbable action […]

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Cruise line tour in Antigua draws local ire

Should cruise lines be allowed to operate tours on Caribbean islands without involving locals? The question has come up in Antigua, where a German line owned by industry giant Carnival Corp. is operating mountain biking tours with its own guides and bikes it carries on its ships, according to the Antigua Observer. The Observer reports the […]

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IHG loyalty club to raise point rates

If you’re one of the more active members of InterContinental Hotels Group’s loyalty program, get ready for a change that might make you frown. IHG’s 61-million member Priority Club program on Jan. 18 will raise reward-night redemption rates on 25% of hotels as the industry continues to recover from the recession, IHG loyalty chief Don […]

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Frugal Traveler Blog: A Portuguese University Town, Both Familiar and Foreign

Visiting a college town can sure bring back memories: dorm living, late night studying, partying to excess, roaming the campus dressed like vampires. The vampire apparel may be less familiar if you didn’t attend the University of Coimbra, founded in 1290 — making it one of the world’s oldest continually operating universities — and still […]

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Travel Insurance Claim Tops One Million Dollars

SYDNEY, Dec. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — In the last year, Southern Cross Travel Insurance’s highest paid claim for an individual Australian was in excess of $200,000 (AUD). The company paid one New Zealand claim costing over one million dollars. Both claims were for overseas medical expenses and repatriation. Southern Cross Travel Insurance CEO, Craig Morrison […]

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Visit Virginia’s Mountain Resorts this Winter

(Richmond, Va.) – Virginia’s four mountain resorts, Massanutten, Wintergreen, The Homestead and Bryce, offer families the chance to completely connect on a winter vacation in Virginia. New programs, packages and special celebrations are just a few of the offerings that make Virginia an ideal place for families looking to hit the slopes together to learn […]

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Cruise mogul on Forbes ‘biggest losers’ list

Cruise industry mogul Micky Arison saw his net worth plunge by more than a billion dollars in 2011, ranking him among the “biggest losers” of the year, according to wealth watcher Forbes. The Miami-based billionaire, who owns a controlling stake in cruise giant Carnival Corp., is one of five titans of finance and industry to […]

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Hawaii hotels welcome same-sex unions

The new year could bring Hawaii hotels a wave of same-sex marriage ceremonies. At least, that’s what they’re hoping. Many hotels in Maui especially, where there were 5,900 non-residential marriages in 2010, are specifically targeting same-sex couples now that a law went into effect Jan. 1 legalizing civil unions. The Grand Wailea, for instance, is […]

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