Which Travel Search Site Is Best It Depends on Your Goals

In the beginning, you called an airline or travel agent when you wanted to book a trip. But if you’ve done any traveling at all within the last 15 years, you’ve probably come across a fare aggregator or metasearch site. Hundreds of perfectly legitimate ones exist; you’ve undoubtedly heard of Expedia, Priceline and Hotwire, to name three. Does it matter which site you use, or are they all basically the same? These online travel agencies, or O.T.A.s, and search sites scrape data from other sources, reorganize it and present it…

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Despite closer strategic ties, Australia advisory discourages travel to India

Australia may be considering India a priority country in its international relationship as the two nations move towards closer strategic and security cooperation following Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s just-concluded visit to India, but in its official travel advisory Australia continues to flag India as a travel destination that warrants a “high degree of caution” . In fact, an intending Australian traveller to India may be well discouraged from planning a visit to the country — or even cancelling a planned visit — if he or she were to read all…

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FCM Travel Solutions and KPMG release white paper on “Business Travel in India”

FCM Travel Solutions and KPMG today released industry first insights via a white paper titled “Business Travel in India” Emerging Trends & Opportunities. With business travel rapidly evolving, and travel gradually emerging as the second-largest area of controllable business spend for corporates, the paper delivers a comprehensive look at where and how business travellers in India are spending. The report also details business travel spending in top 15 countries across multiple sectors over a period of five years. India is all poised to lead this growth and accordingly by 2030…

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10 of the best winter city breaks in Europe: readers’ travel tips

Winning tip: Tobogganing in Zurich The best way to see Zurich is from the top of its own mini mountain, Uetliberg, from where you get a view of the whole city, the lake and the countryside with mountains in the distance. It’s particularly magical in winter when everything is dusted with snow and the toboggan run is open – two miles of downhill fun from Uetliberg to Triemli! You can hop on a direct train from Zurich main station to the mountaintop, which takes just 20 minutes and costs CHF8.60…

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Mahabaleshwar Travel Guide

Mahabaleshwar is a charming hill station surrounded by the great mountain ranges of Western Ghats. It is full of lush green forest, beautiful orchards and wildlife. It is situated at an elevation of 1372 meters and provides panoramic view of the surrounding area with spectacular peaks and splendid greenery. With Mahabaleshwar just few hours away from Pune, Puneites love to take a short trip to this magnificent hill stationby hiring one of the Pune to Mahabaleshwar cabs. Things to do Mahabaleshwar is a perfect place to seek peace and inhale…

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‘Let’s get more travel stories on Africa by Africans’

This month actor Louise Linton caused a social media storm when an extract of her African gap year memoir was published by the Telegraph and was widely panned online for being a tick list of cliches and stereotypes in the way the west has always liked to portray the continent. On Twitter, #LintonLies, set up by Zambian writer Lydia Ngoma, was trending as people started to pour scorn on Linton’s version of certain events and her take on life there. Think: “close encounters with lions”, “brutal tales of rape and…

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ALTO outlines portal plan in drive to standardise study travel

The concern over education agencies selling language school courses “based on what makes us the same, not what makes us different”, was an argument pitched against standardisation of language study booking in the Big Debate at the IALC Workshop last week. Thiago Espana explains ALTO’s plans to the audience of IALC member schools and agencies. Photo: IALC Amy Baker is a founder of The PIE News and has been writing and working in international education since 1997. She is the recipient of the IEAA Award for Excellence in Professional Commentary. “We…

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World Travel Awards unveils nominees for Middle East Gala Ceremony 2016

World Travel Awards has unveiled the nominees for its upcoming Middle East Gala Ceremony 2016. The second stop on the annual Grand Tour, the ceremony will this year take place at the all new luxury The St. Regis Dubai on April 24th. More than 400 senior industry figures from the region’s leading travel and tourism companies, as well as a host of international media, will be in attendance. With more than 1,300 nominations now revealed, voting is expected to be highly competitive up until the March 20th deadline. World Travel…

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Hayleys Travel & Tours joins Radius Travel Network

Radius Travel announced that Hayleys Travels and Tours has joined the Radius network in Sri Lanka. Radius Travel is a global travel management company that designs and delivers programs for multinational companies through a network of best-in-market agencies. The Radius network operates across more than 80 countries and manages more than USD 23 billion of annual corporate travel spending. The Radius Global Hotel Program, featuring the world’s leading hotel brands, is one of the largest in the corporate travel market. Radius corporate offices are in Washington, DC, London, Sao Paulo…

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