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Wrong Goals in Arab World Tourism Development?

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Wrong Goals in Arab World Tourism Development? The usually upbeat Arab News.com was, as usual, upbeat in projecting solid growth for Middle East tourism, even as it writes off 2011 because of home-grown revolutions against Arab dictators. Quite literally banking on the area’s historic and religious sites, its world-class shopping, infrastructure and growing wealth, the site reports that “the tourism ... Read More »

Hotel Ratings Fraud

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Hotel Rating Inflation So far no international classification for hotels exists, but that hasn’t stopped ambitious hotel marketers from slapping any number of stars, diamonds, cacti on their properties and touting them as 5 or 6 or even 7 star properties, whatever that may mean in real service and amenities. I think the ratings inflation trend began with the Xanadu-like ... Read More »

Luxury Travel Bows to Social Media

Luxury Travel Bows to Social Media In Cannes, France, members of the elite International Luxury Travel Market crowd (ILTM) paid grudging respect to the power of the social media “crowd”. The elite at the classy Riviera resort had to admit that the power and wisdom of Face Book, Twitter, and “invite only” travel web sites was changing the face of ... Read More »

Travel Tip: Portugal’s Solares – Historic Mansions to Live In

From Blogger Pictures Calheiros by Wendie Hansen One of Portugal’s greatest gifts (other than its wine) is its vibrant Solares de Portugal (“houses of family heritage), an unique way to see a country still far from the often homogenized destinations of Central Europe. Rather unknown by North Americans, these are Portugal’s historic family homes, the manors, cottages and mini-palaces open ... Read More »

Six and Seven Star Hotel Rating Inflation

Hotel Rating Inflation From Kaleel ftp etc So far no international classification for hotels exists, but that hasn’t stopped ambitious hotel marketers from slapping any number of stars, diamonds, cacti on their properties and touting them as 5 or 6 or even 7 star properties, whatever that may mean in real service and amenities. I think the ratings inflation trend ... Read More »

Rocky Mountaineer: Train Travel in Canada

Train Travel in Canada is the Rocky Mountaineer. Family Travel in Canada is Train Travel in Canada. Train travel on the Rocky Mountaineer starts in British Columbia, one of North America’s queen cities. The Rocky Mountaineer Rail Tour is a two-day train trip in a glass bubble train making train travel through the Canadian Rockies a close and personal experience ... Read More »

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