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Redone London hotel climbs TripAdvisor rankings

Two years ago, when Amerimar Enterprises bought the St. Ermin’s Hotel in Central London, its TripAdvisor ranking was in the 400s. By the end of 2011, the hotel was ranked 29 on the travel review site, and has jumped as high as 18. How did one of London’s least favorite hotels become one of its […]

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Hotel giants embracing guest reviews — good or bad

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T Magazine: Lumière | India in Paris

Gabriela PlumpRue du Faubourg Saint Denis in Paris. There are times when Paris is touched by other cultures. The touch may be temporary — like a spritz of perfume. Or it can open up a well-established world hiding in plain sight. This is Paris’s India moment. In December, Karl Lagerfeld took inspiration from India for […]

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How to Avoid a GBP 40,000 Ski Bill: From Direct Travel Insurance

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM–(Marketwire -01/23/12)- Would you pay GBP 40,000 for a ski holiday? That’s how much some winter sports fans are forking out – not because they’re celebrities or rich, but because they’ve failed to take out travel insurance. One in five travellers do not have ski insurance when they head to the slopes, yet […]

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Travel photo of the day: A golden dragon for the New Year

Peter Parks / AFP – Getty Images Thousands of people visit a lantern festival to celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Dragon in Shanghai on January 23, 2012. The Lunar New Year begins on January 23 and is the beginning of the Spring Festival holiday. Monday marked the start of the Chinese New Year, […]

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New hotels open in time for Mardi Gras

Heading to New Orleans for Mardi Gras? You’ll have plenty of new and rehabbed hotels to choose from. The Huffington Post has the run-down on new and re-opened hotels. Hotel Modern, a new 135-room hotel on Lee Circle, will have parade viewing stands in front on St. Charles Avenue, with prices ranging from $30 to […]

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Cruise lines mum on ‘sail-by salute’ policies

North America’s largest cruise lines are not answering questions about whether they allow captains to take ships close to shore in so-called ‘sail-by salutes’ — a practice that some are blaming for this month’s Costa Concordia disaster. USA TODAY’s Cruise Log sent questions on the topic Tuesday to spokespeople for the six major U.S.-based lines […]

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Practical Traveler: The Super Bowl Sunday Travel Plan

If you’re willing to skip the game, set for Sunday, Feb. 5, here are areas where you aren’t likely to run into much competition. Restaurants Opentable.com, the restaurant reservation site, typically seats half the number of reservations on Super Bowl Sunday that it does on the Sundays before or after. That’s a bigger drop than […]

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Chicago Travel & Adventure Show 2012: An Ethnic Extravaganza

 Now that the freezing temps and snow have arrived in the Chicagoland area, the early feelings of cabin fever begin making its way into our everyday lives.  A few joy filled days of sledding with the kids and some light shoveling of the driveway tend to be quickly outlived and before we know it, we […]

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Debut of new Oceania Cruises ship delayed

Oceania Cruises today announced that the debut of its next ship, the 1,250-passenger Riviera, has been delayed due to recent strikes at the shipyard in Italy where it is being built. The Miami-based company says the maiden voyage of the 66,000-ton vessel has been pushed back to May 16 instead of April 24. Two cruises […]

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