Seva Cafe Ahmedabad, an experiment in ‘peer to peer’ generosity

Seva Cafe Ahmedabad

Imagine a restaurant where there are no prices on the menu and where the check reads ‘Rupees Zero’ or ‘Free’ with only this footnote: “Your meal was a gift from someone who came before you. To keep the chain of gifts alive, we invite you to pay it forward for those dine after you.” That’s […]

No rooms at Christchurch hotels during Cricket World Cup 2015

Chricket world cup opening ceremony

Thousands of crickets fans have descended on Christchurch for the opening of the Cricket World Cup, packing out the city’s hotels and motels. Only a handful of rooms are left in a city that “seems to be growing” in anticipation of one of the world’s largest sporting events. There was a “genuine, general feeling of […] affiliate program is biggest ongoing online scam

HotelsCombined Scam

In 2005, Yury Shar, Brendon McQueen and Michael Doubinski (all three formerly worked for HotelClub) partnered to create a hotel comparison site where users could access the best rates from a variety of top travel sites all in the same place. Today, HotelsCombined has nearly 200 employees and 17 million users monthly. The site is […]

Your guide to 100% successful Schengen Visa Application!

Schengen Visa Application

Obtaining a Schengen visa can be a nightmare at the best of times for the national of countries like India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Thailand and most of the Middle East and African countries. You need to obtain a ton of forms for your application and jump through hoops for the embassy but there […]

Taj Dubai opening deferred until first quarter of next year


India’s Taj Group has delayed the opening of its flagship hotel in Dubai until the first quarter of next year from this year’s fourth quarter. The launch of the 296-room Taj Dubai, which will be located in Burj Khalifa downtown, is part of Taj’s plans to expand its footprint in the Middle East. Taj Group, […]

What Should Cruise Agents Do to Increase Revenue in 2015?


By: Susan Young As cruise sellers look ahead to Wave Season and taking advantage of new cruise products in 2015, Travel Agent asked several trade and cruise executives what agents should do 2015 to ensure success and increased revenue. Much of their advice goes back to the basics of being a proactive, professional agent. Here’s […]

Danish hospitality giant acquires Copenhagen Marriott Hotel

The Marriott Copenhagen

Solstra, the brand behind Copenhagen’s Hotel Bella Sky and Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers, has acquired the Copenhagen Marriott Hotel. The sale makes Solstra – a majority owner of Scandinavia’s largest exhibition and conference facility the Bella Center – one of Denmark’s largest operators in the hotel, conference and hospitality industry with a revenue of approximately […]

Amazon to Get Into Hotel Booking With Launch of Travel Site

Amazon-Logo-940x627 is poised to launch its own travel service, featuring booking at independent hotels and resorts near major cities. The initial rollout of Amazon Travel would feature a curated selection of hotels within a few hours’ drive from New York, Los Angeles, and Seattle. The service will likely go live around January 1, 2015. We […]

Deck the Malls: Christmas shopping tips for New York, Boston and Chicago

It's the Great Lakes' great escape. Every Thanksgiving, millions of folks from Midwest suburbia make the SUV haul into Chicago for Holiday season bargains.

Thomas Breathnach breaks out his big city Christmas shopping tips for travellers heading to New York, Boston and Chicago this season.   by Thomas Breathnach 1. New York Over 100,000 Irish travellers fly Stateside for the annual transatlantic shopping splurge and, unsurprisingly, most of them fill their Christmas stockings in NYC. The Big Apple might […]

Couple ‘Fined’ £100 By Hotel For Bad Review on Tripadvisor


A couple were “fined” £100 by a Blackpool hotel after they wrote an internet review describing it as a “rotten stinking hovel run by muppets”. Tony and Jan Jenkinson stayed at the Broadway Hotel in August and were so disappointed with their accommodation that they took to TripAdvisor to share their experience. The couple later found their credit […]