Amazon to Get Into Hotel Booking With Launch of Travel Site

Amazon.com 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 contacted representatives of three independent hotels, two of which signed up for the new Amazon service and one that was strongly considering the option. Properties would load their room types, availability, pricing information, and photos…

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

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 still be struggling to find itself a post-Carrie Bradshaw style icon, but in terms of trends, bling is out – and with the city’s Garment District booming again, local designers are most certainly in. This…

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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 card had been charged £100, with the hotel stating its policy was to charge for “bad” reviews. The policy, included in a booking document, reportedly says: “Despite the fact that repeat customers and couples love…

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Thailand ‘one of the most dangerous tourist destinations on Earth’: Expat investigation lifts lid on dark side of the Land of Smiles

Australian author John Stapleton suggests that widespread police corruption, violence and crime are all blighting a country once commonly referred to as the ‘Land of Smiles’. In his book Thailand: Deadly Destination, Mr Stapleton attempts to expose the reputation of Thailand as a welcoming country, claiming a boom in tourism since the 1960s has created a hatred of foreigners and a ‘murderous indifference’ to the millions of tourists who flock to the country’s white-sand beaches, picturesque countryside and thriving nightlife each year. He also says that the death rate among…

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Here’s How To Book The Best Hotel In Town With Just One Tweet

Stefano Pozzebon A new service on Twitter allows users to reserve a hotel room with just a couple of tweets. The system is called #TweetStay, and is from the hotel booking website Stayful. Here is how it works: First the costumer tweets their request to a Stayful account, including destination, price range, arrival date and number of nights. At this point, the Stayful team negotiates a private deal with the hotels available in town, securing a cheaper offer than most of the costumers would get on their own. Here is…

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Travel ideas from all time great explorers

by Anis Ibrahim I HAVE always been an advocate of long-term travel — not necessarily non-stop travel, but extended trips beyond three weeks. If you work full-time and can wrangle an arrangement with your bosses to take a month off, go for it. But what do you do and where do you go for (at least) a whole month? If you haven’t decided on a route or destination, borrow a few ideas from books, movies or explorers who have gone before you. Ibn Battuta Ibn Battuta, regarded as the greatest explorer…

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10 of the best Indian and Pakistani restaurants in London

Yesterday was Pakistani Independence Day and today is Indian Independence Day. What better excuse to dwell on one of India’s finest exports, its amazing cuisine?   By Rebecca Hobson   1. Taste of India, 340 High Street North, East Ham (vegetarian) Okay, I know East Ham might be a slog for many of you, but it’s also home to a vibrant Indian community including, once upon a time, LondonlovesBusiness.com reporter Shruti Tripathi, who swears by this place. According to Shruti (a Delhiite), Taste of India serves up North and South…

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How Will Japan Celebrate Summer Without Unagi

The freshwater eel is now endangered, but who is to blame and what are the best substitutes? By Amanda Arnold As summer temperatures approach 90 degrees, restaurants boast their outdoor patios and decks, and Americans pull out their biggest knives to hack through watermelons and cantaloupe, the Japanese fill up on charcoal-grilled unagi, glazed with a sweet, rich sauce and served on a bed of steamed white rice. Gone are the days of simmered kabocha squash and stew-like oden. In Japan, summer is eel season and being the pragmatists that…

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Saratoga Wine & Food Festival 2014

The annual Saratoga Wine & Food Festival is coming up September 5-7 at SPAC. The headlining “personalities,” and a new event, this year: + NYC chef/restauranteur Marc Murphy, who’s also one of the judges on the popular Food Network show Chopped. + Wine expert/educator Kevin Zraly is returning. + New event: BBQ, Brews & Blues: “Hosted by Food Network ‘Chopped’ star Marc Murphy, this BBQ bash will serve as the kick-off event with six (6) of the Capital Region’s finest restaurants competing against six (6) Manhattan Grill masters.” The list…

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Europe’s New Shopping Hotspot: Reykjavik (Seriously!)

There is no city I would rather have a layover in than Iceland’s capital Reykjavik. Sure, I love spending longer than a day in the picturesque island country. You need at least three days to do the fjords, the volcanoes, the glaciers. It takes that long for the locals to get comfortable enough around you to regale you with their personal stories about Bjork and the elves that live under their house. Still, with a nine-hour layover you can easily do the Blue Lagoon, conveniently located on the main highway in…

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