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Gaylord CEO: ‘We’ve locked in higher prices’

In a sign that hotel rates for groups are on their way up, Gaylord Entertainment’s four massive hotels booked fewer group rooms in the fourth quarter of 2011 – but at higher rates, according to industry tracker HotelNewsNow.com. Gaylord hotels overall fetched an average room rate of about $178 a night, up nearly 9% from […]

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United exchanges frequent flier miles for unused gift cards

United-Continental frequent-flier members will be eligible for the MileagePlus Gift Card Exchange program if they’ve got a gift card from one of more than 60 major retailers on the airline’s approved list, such as Starbucks, Target and Home Depot. United will determine how many miles the remaining dollars on the cards are worth. Airlines increasingly […]

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In the Indian Ocean, Paradise Above the Sea, Another Below

A fruit seller near the ferry dock. Credit: Erica Gies for The New York Times

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Austerity Tourism: Greek Travel Deals

Athenians rioted in the streets following Greece’s passage of fiscal austerity measures on Sunday. But for tourists who aren’t put off by the turmoil there, experts say now may be the time to visit. Flights to Greece are less than half of what they cost in the summer and, even for this time of year, […]

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Patrón introduces travel retail exclusive keepsake tin packaging

Patrón introduces travel retail exclusive keepsake tin packaging Published: 13/02/12 Source: ©The Moodie Report By Mary Jane Pittilla, Brands Editor Print Email Patrón Spirits International will showcase travel retail exclusive packaging for its tequilas and XO Cafe liqueur at the 2012 IAADFS Duty Free Show of the Americas in Orlando next month (Booth 531). The […]

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Verdi, Puccini on tap for ‘opera cruise’

Opera fans looking to get away from it all this year might want to take a look at the latest offering from upscale cruise line Compagnie du Ponant. The France-based company says it will hold an opera-themed Mediterranean voyage in May that will feature the music of Rossini, Puccini, Verdi and other opera-composing greats, with […]

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Police: Boss sexually assaulted housekeeper

The manager of a Days Inn hotel in Albion, Mich., faces charges that he sexually assaulted several of his employees, CBS affiliate WWMT reports. The manager, Rajeshkuma Tiwari, 38, is facing criminal sexual conduct charges, WWMT-Channel 3’s article says. He is to face a judge today in a Calhoun County courtroom. ALSO ONLINE:  Hotel a […]

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Hotel CEOs talk about Wi-Fi and other tech issues

USA TODAY assembled five of the industry’s top executives last month at the Americas Lodging Investment Summit in Los Angeles in the LA Live JW Marriott hotel for a discussion of the industry’s latest developments. They were: Marriott International CEO J.W. “Bill” Marriott Jr.; InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) CEO Richard Solomons; Carlson CEO Hubert Joly; […]

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In London, Choices Abound for Indian Food

In the kitchen at New Tayyabs, also known as “meat heaven.”

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Obama budget proposes new security, airline fees

Airlines and their passengers would pay up to $32 billion in new air traffic and security fees over 10 years, and grants to big airports would fall sharply under White House budget proposals on Monday aimed at deficit reduction. Brazil embraces the microbrew Brazil’s growing economy is helping push the subculture of local microbreweries into […]

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