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Why the Olympics could hurt London tourism

Olympic organizers “needlessly” reserved thousands of hotel nights for bigwigs and media attending the Games this summer, driving up hotel rates throughout London and sparking a tourism slump that could cost the city billions, according to industry analysts. London’s Independent newspaper reports that in the early stages of planning for the event, organizers reserved a […]

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In Transit Blog: Fables and Fantasy Infuse 40th Hong Kong Arts Festival

Hugo Glendinning“TeZukA,’’ a multimedia show by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. Hong Kong Fables, fantasy and spirituality inspire many of the performances in the 40th annual Hong Kong Arts Festival, which runs through March 8. This year’s festival features over 160 productions, staged at 17 venues. For  “Of Mountains and Seas,” a play by the Nobel laureate […]

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STI adds medical travel to line of products

By ROSEMARY ONUOHA Sovereign Trust Insurance Plc, STI, said it has added the Medical Travel Insurance Product to the line of products and services under its stable. The company said the move is part of its commitment to provide insurance services and products across all sectors of the Nigerian economy in the non-life and general […]

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Travel and Dining Blogs: A Meal at Seattle’s Pok Pok and More

In today’s Link Love, superb Thai food, grocery shopping in Taipei, and more stories from food blogs you should read ‘; } else { extracss = imageCaption; } document.getElementById(‘bigPic’).innerHTML = ”+extracss; } function hide_it(){ document.getElementById(‘bigPic’).innerHTML = ‘ ‘; } Jan 31, 2012 @ 5:26 PM Posted by Jessica Chou, Editor Three times a week, The Daily […]

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Hilton Waikiki tower gets $45 million update

Welcome to our fourth weekly Makeover Monday column. Hotel Check-In intern Julia Ryan spoke to Hilton for this report… The Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort just completed a $45 million renovation of its iconic Rainbow Tower. Hilton gave all 800 rooms a complete makeover so they have new furnishings, carpet, bathrooms, bathtubs, fixtures, drapery […]

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Deal on FAA bill targets unions, adds DC flights

WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration would get a four-year authorization after years of temporary extensions, under a compromise that congressional negotiators announced Tuesday. The bill calls for $15.9 billion a year for FAA through fiscal year 2015. Lawmakers released only highlights publicly – not the actual legislation – until members of the conference committee […]

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In Transit Blog: In Berlin, a Festival Focuses on the Contemporary Arts

Jonathan GrögerThomas Pynchon, Gravity’s Rainbow (1973), a work presented at transmediale10.  Berlin This year is the 25th anniversary of Berlin’s alternative media arts festival, Transmediale. This five-day event, which starts on Tuesday at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt contemporary arts center, has a rich international program of artworks, installations, video screenings, workshops, performances and […]

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Travel tips and ideas: cruises in Northern Europe

Marine transport has always played a special role in Northern European countries, separated from each other by the Baltic Sea. Since cruises in the region are reportedly becoming more popular, Baltic Review suggests some ideas about the possible itineraries. Tallink ferry | Photo: Telegraf.lv As the sea lies between Northern European cities, getting from one […]

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St. Louis hotels help fight sex trafficking

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch had a fascinating story Sunday about meeting planners in St. Louis enlisting hotels to fight sex-trafficking. The article features Kimberly Ritter, an event planner with Nix Conference Meeting Management, who has adopted an interesting ritual every time she checks into a hotel: She pulls out her laptop and a copy of […]

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Royal Caribbean response to crash wins praise

Even as Costa Cruises comes under fire this month for its handling of the Costa Concordia accident, another line is winning kudos for its response to an accident — albeit one on a much smaller scale. CruiseLog reader James Stiles, who was aboard a Royal Caribbean-contracted tour bus that crashed over the weekend in St. […]

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