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Sharia-compliant hotels: The next big thing in Arabia

The so-called Sharia-compliant hotels or the Islamic hospitality market is pegged to be one of the fastest growing hotel segments in the Middle East and elsewhere today.

A cloudy outlook for summer travel?

A national survey by Access America, a leading travel insurance and assistance provider, has found that summer vacations will likely be down seven percent this year compared with 2007. The survey of 1,000 adults, ages 18+, found that 40 percent of respondents took a vacation last year, while just 33 percent plan to take one this year.

Canadian travel executives address business travel trends for 2008

TORONTO - A panel discussion involving top names in travel, hospitality and finance occurred in Toronto last week, concentrating on business travel trends and solutions in 2008. Findings from the discussion tied closely to results of a survey of North American corporate travel managers conducted by Best Western International (BWI) and the National Business Travel Association (NBTA).

Strong growth for US inbound, but outbound travel still sluggish

Berlin – Preliminary results from IPK International’s World Travel Monitor for 2007, which will be presented at the ITB Future Day at ITB Berlin 2008, and published in the World Travel Trends Report 2008 the same month, confirm that US inbound tourism is well on the way to making a full recovery.

Trend in luxury hotels to continue upward climb: industry experts

SINGAPORE (TVLW) - There may be worries about the world economy – especially with the ongoing subprime crisis and rising standards of living – but that hasn't stopped interest in luxury hotels from making a steady comeback. With the recent entry of a new player in Singapore's luxury hotel industry, the exclusive St Regis, competition looks set to heat up.

The state (by state) of ‘green’ hotels

(TVLW) - They plunk hotels down in the midst of some of the nation's most beautiful natural settings. Santa Barbara's East Beach. Rhode Island's Narragansett Bay. The Florida Keys. The reason is simple. Travelers are drawn to places of natural beauty. Yet the environmental footprint of a hotel can have a significant negative impact on the very surroundings that we find so desirable.

Travel guidebooks expand online presence

LONDON (TVLW) - About a dozen years ago, the Rough Guides and Lonely Planet series of travel books, rival bibles for the footloose and fancy-free, crossed a new frontier, venturing onto the Internet. But they found their road maps to the digital future hard to read.
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