FIFA World Cup™ Provides Strong Kick to South Africa Tourism Revenues

While Spain celebrated their first ever FIFA World CupTM championship on Sunday, host country South Africa was also celebrating the end of a successful tournament that saw hundreds of thousands of soccer fans descend upon the country. While blasting their vuvuzelas and celebrating their countries’ involvement in the FIFA World CupTM, international visitors have used [...]

Travelodge advances growth with 52-hotel lease deal

In a deal that sees its portfolio increase to 452 hotels, Travelodge has agreed to lease 52 properties at a cost of £91 million (US$139.9 million) from PRUPIM, the property investment arm of Prudential PLC. The 25-year lease to the budget hotel chain was made after U.K.-based pub group Mitchells & Butlers PLC sold 52 Innkeeper’s [...]

Google sees travel searches surge 21%

Google has seen stronger growth in travel searches in January 2010 compared to January 2009, the search engine reporting a 21% increase in queries and a 7% increase in clicks.
Travel queries in January 2009 saw only a 9% increase year-on-year.
Cost-per-click rates on travel keywords fell in 2009 with average CPCs now 7% less than this time last year following [...]

TripAdvisor Honors World’s Top Hotels With 2010 Travelers’ Choice Awards

TripAdvisor®, the world’s most trusted source of travel advice, today announced the winners of its 2010 Travelers’ Choice® awards. With 719 properties winning awards this year, the eighth annual competition is the largest ever, including new categories such as trendiest hotels, best relaxation/spas and world’s top hotels by region.
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