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Hotels

Does anyone care if hotels invest millions in high-end art?

Bragging rights, for now, but as the world becomes more design obsessed, art becomes a differentiating factor for the high end hotel customer.

Airlines

American Airlines’ CEO reiterates that he’s really the one who first thought of a merger

Horton's team has done a relatively good job getting its house in order over the last few months, but he's allowed himself to become a bit of a clown as he's played defense and made what sound like extreme claims the last few weeks.

American Airlines’ CEO reiterates that he’s really the one who first thought of a merger

Airlines

Foes of EU’s carbon scheme turn to UN for alternative

As EU officials have pointed out, the regulations aren't a surprise. If the anti-scheme lobby is serious about coming up with a global alternative (which they likely aren't), they need to stop hiding behind the UN and local laws.

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U.S. appeals court orders TSA to explain why it hasn’t held hearings on scanners

It's obvious why the TSA doesn't want to hold the hearings: The anti-TSA crowd hyperventilates merely upon mention of its initials. But the agency needs to add a layer of transparency if it ever wants to get the public back on its side.

Tourism

Is London really empty this summer? Not if you’re trying to get into a good restaurant

Top tables might be filled, but they're not exactly top draws for visitors even in high season. The real story is at Madame Tussaud's and other spots along the tourist trail.

Is London really empty this summer? Not if you’re trying to get into a good restaurant

Online Travel

Aussies can finally use Map Maker to add details to their Google Maps

Joining 200 countries where Map Maker has already launched, Australia can now add its local flavor -- from resorts to hiking trails -- to a list of contributions to be approved by Google.

Airlines

FlyerTalk uses old-school social tools to help connect travelers in the real world

Between social seating features from KLM and Malaysia Airlines, as well as two new meet-up tools from FlyerTalk, air passengers should never have to travel alone if they feel like engaging other passengers.

SkiftX

Aer Lingus officials beg European officials to prohibit Ryanair’s third attempted takeover

It’s questionable whether the Heathrow bid would work, or if EU’s antitrust laws would allow Ryanair to control 70% of Irish air travel, even with Aer Lingus' inept handling both of Ryanair's bid and its business operations the last few years.

Hotels

Happy birthday Holiday Inn! Only two years until you get the AARP rate in your own hotels

From Tennessee back roads to Chinese mountains, the McDonalds of the hotel industry democratized hotel travel and continues to grow today, thanks to a $1 billion facelift in 2007.

Travel Booking

Qunar — the Kayak of China — is having a very good year

With Baidu's might behind it after it took a stake, Qunar has carved out a rather large budget-yet-trusted niche for itself despite fierce competition from national heavyweight Ctrip.

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Saudi Arabia plans to build first electric subway train for capital city

Is Saudi Arabia, a nation with one of the largest oil reserves, warning the rest of the world to curb fuel use by accepting bids to build its first electric subway, or do they simply benefit by selling more oil abroad?