Study Reveals European Business Travellers Main Priorities

Safety, keeping in touch with friends and family, and a healthy diet were ranked among top priorities by European business travellers in a study conducted by The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) and sponsored by AirPlus International. The 2013 European Business Traveller Well-Being Study also revealed European business travellers stresses and showed that they are […]

Eurovision 2013 Final Set: An Inferno of Talent

If Cezar wins - Courtesy © Erica Guilane-Nachez - Fotolia.com

The second semi-final of Eurovision 2013 took place last night in Malmo. Ten winners move forward to this weekend’s Grand Final that will reveal Europe’s best performer and song of the year. This year’s contest is loaded with more talent than any previous contest in memory, but a lot more by way of political and artistic expressiveness too.

Marina Bay Sands Hosts Branson’s “Carbon War Room”

Sir Richard Branson enjoying the view atop Sands SkyPark

One of the world’s most magnificent hotels, Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands played host to Sir Richard Branson for a meetup of his Carbon War Room.
200 meters above ground at the Sands SkyPark. The media was invited to a press conference with Branson and other executives this week.

European Parliament Open House This Weekend

European Parliament

This Saturday the Festival of Europe begins in Brussels and Luxembourg and to commemorate the fest the European Parliament and other EU institutions will be open to the public. For those interested in witnessing how the Parliament works, this is a unique opportunity for a hands-on experience.

Accor Axes Hennequin – Stocks Reactive

Accor Ac as of this writing

French hotel conglomerate Accor has had bad economic news for some time now, and 2013 first quarter results are blamed for the Europe hotel giant having fired CEO Denis Hennequin. According to news from Accor, the board voted to terminate Hennequin effective yesterday.

Frommer’s Back in the Travel Game

The Frommer's Website

Arthur Frommer has decided at age 83 that his world famous travel books should not be slated for obsolescence. The travel publishing legend will re-acquire the brand sold by Wiley & Sons to Google last year. The Frommer’s Guides appear to be alive and well in their founder’s hands again.

Zanzibar Collection Engages India Luxury Market

Baraza Resort & Spa Zanzibar

In a move to tap travelers from India, The Zanzibar Collection has appointed Renuka Natu as their Representative in India. News from the Travel Biz Monitor tells of Natu’s product and destinations expertise via the Kuoni and the Swiss Tourism Board. India execs may need take a look at a luxury Island getaway not so often mentioned, or EU execs for that matter. Look.

Harvest Time at Entre Cielos with the Andes Out Your Window

Harvest time in Mendoza

I was just speaking via Facebook IM with Cécile Adam, one of the owners of Mendoza, Argentina luxury resort Entre Cielos, which we covered in this article last year. News today from there speaks of what Cécile says may be a record grape harvest for their wine operations, and the hotel being picked a favorite by Travel & Leisure recently.