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Old-world elegance mixes with avant-garde

Old-world elegance mixes with avant-garde

You'll encounter Basque culture with a hint of England in Bilbao

Amenities take a quantum leap on river cruisers

I have mentioned on more than one occasion that river cruising is growing faster than ocean cruising. Growing faster on a percentage basis, that is.

Priceline resurrects Shatner's Negotiator

William Shatner's Priceline Negotiator isn't a goner, after all. He just went surfing.

Ikea to launch chain of budget hotels in Europe

Best known for its budget flatpack furniture, Scandinavian retailer Ikea is planning to launch a chain of budget hotels in Europe.

Britain hopes for post-Games rush of visitors

British tourism officials wasted no time in trying to capitalize on the Olympic Games' closing ceremonies, seen by at least 300 million people around the world, according to organizers' estimates.

Web stream brings Alaska's brown bears to the people

A new video initiative is bringing the famed brown bears of Alaska's Katmai National Park directly to your computer or smartphone.

The best and worst of Europe

North Americans' vacations are among the shortest in the industrial world. With so little time, the pressure is on to make all the right choices when planning a trip.

Cruise lounger hogs, your time is up

Carnival Cruise Lines won the first Gold Medal of London's Olympic Games.

Five ways to explore Beijing for free

The capital of China is quickly becoming one of the priciest cities in the world, driven by several decades of breakneck economic growth.

Shades of Grey boosts tourism in Seattle, Portland

Could the erotic bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey do for Portland and Seattle what the Twilight series of books and movies did for the sleepy town of Forks on Washington's Olympic Peninsula? Tourism promoters hope so.
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