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Kayak IPO or TripAdvisor: Which is the better bet?

TripAdvisor's path to global growth is a much easier one than Kayak's and it is not hard to envision heightened competition or even a merger of the two over time.

Online Travel

How Android users get access to over 10,000 indoor maps

Google's indoor initiative has now gone beyond large museums and notable points of interest to office buildings that don't mind showing where the coffee maker is hidden -- just so long as you're using an Android device.

Business Travel

All the products and services Silicon Valley types use to ease biz travel

TheĀ New York Times' new travel column "The Getaway" debuts with a checklist of helpful tips and more product placement thanĀ Lucky magazine.


Visit Britain’s summer staycation push for Brits undone by truly awful weather

A stronger pound and bargains in destinations like Greece are two more reasons why outbound tourism from Britain is up this year, despite campaigns to get people to enjoy "staycations."


Hotels on edge while waiting for the GSA to set new per diem rates

Everyone wants the government to cut spending unless it effects them. The GSA should be able to set rates so that government employees are in line with everyone else without grandstanding politicians making a fuss about over spending.


UK border officers at Heathrow are missing possible security threats

Normal training for a border officer is six to eight weeks, yet new staff managing desks are coming in with a day under their belts. When you layer on top the ambitious incompetence of the Home Office's political appointees, you've got a real mess on your hands.


Waikiki residents take on the city’s rodent menace by themselves

Paradise isn't supposed to have rats. Hotels and resorts should consider teaming up to eradicate Waikiki's problem; who knows what wide ranging cooperation could do for the industry.

Media and PR

Burson-Marsteller lands a $3 million Nevada state tourism account

Burson-Marsteller is able to sell the most challenging destinations, so it shouldn't be too tough to continue selling people on the promise that Vegas is going to get them a little closer to their dreams.


Bahrain halves port fees in an effort to lure back leery cruise lines

The Bahrain government is doing what it can to help offset the hefty insurance cost for ships calling on its main port. The fee break, while not able to offset the insurance, tells the industry that Bahrain feels its pain and wants to help.


Weekend Read: Can artists and hipsters create vibrant cities on their own?

Great critique of the efforts to revive American cities based on arts and trying to attract the entitled creative types. Great read.


Why US Airways is the only partner for American Airlines that makes sense

Ahles' story points out the obvious speed bump for AMR's leaders: If they merged with US Airways their executive team would likely be gutted.