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Best frequent travel programs unveiled

Marriott has won two major awards at the Frequent Traveler Awards, held April 28 in New York. The chain’s Marriott Rewards scheme picked up the award for Hotel Program of the Year in both the Americas and Europe and Africa, although Priority Club by rival chain InterContinental took the Program of the Year in Middle [...]

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Carnival takes delivery of newest ship

As guests on board cruise lines around the world prepare to toast the royal wedding April 29, Carnival Cruise lines has bucked the trend by announcing that it will be toasting its new ship, the Carnival Magic. Guests on board all 100 of Carnival’s ships — some 227,000 in total — will be offered a [...]

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Royal for a day: London’s luxury hotels cash in

In a bid to stand out among the host of deals marking Prince William’s wedding, London’s luxury hotels are offering guests the chance to live like a royal for a night. A red carpet and champagne reception awaits customers buying the “royal opulence” package at the Hyatt Regency London, which includes four nights in the [...]

Ayia Napa Cyprus

Top 10 Beaches in Europe

If you’re beginning to think about booking a summer sun getaway in Europe, Cyprus offers some of the best beach destinations, according to TripAdvisor users. The island nabbed two of the top three beach destinations in Europe, with Ayia Napa, the party capital which made its name as a notorious party paradise, in top place. [...]

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China opening up Hainan Island to the world

The marketing spin has been that Hainan Island is the “Hawaii of China” but up until the past 12 months the reality has not quite matched the hype. Times, though, are fast changing on China’s southernmost territory with the local government this year adding duty-free shopping and opening up its pristine waters to the international [...]

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The best cruise ships on which to get married

If you’re planning a wedding on the high seas, some options are better than others, according to one cruise specialist. Miami-based cruise company Landry & Kling released its top ten ships for group events and business meetings this week, naming vessels from a variety of lines for the suitability of hosting a special event. The [...]

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