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Wyndham Vacation Rentals launches new site and starts to rebrand

The new Wyndham Vacation Rentals site offers some modern, e-commerce pizazz. The rebranding to a more widely known brand makes sense, too.

Online Travel

Kayak’s delayed IPO to hit road next week

With better quarterly number this year than last, the story's a bit better than 2011, it will try to sell that growth story.

Cruises

Turkey’s growth and popularity expands offshore to the cruise industry, too

Between its position as a financial and political leader in the region and its compelling cultural offerings, Turkey is having a moment right now and the tourism industry wants a piece of it.

Airlines

People who want to fly more also want to fly greener

Airbus has used this study to promote what it says are greener measures at the aircraft builder, including new heat-capturing seats and new tail-wing designs, as well as take a dig at the EU's carbon-emissions scheme.

Cruises

Concordia captain thanks “divine hand” for help, God doesn’t say “you’re welcome”

The Concordia's ex-captain seems more and more the nautical equivalent of a flopping Italian soccer player every day: He thinks he's a skilled genius wronged by unseen powers, everyone else thinks he's a pitiful clown.

Hotels

Carlyle Takes Control of China’s Mandarin Hotel Chain

Private equity, like everyone else, is looking at China, and Carlyle's investment in mid-tier Mandarin Hotel Holdings Ltd. is a hedge against economic downturns.

Cruises

Carnival not cruising on corporate governance issues

Carnival Corp. and CEO Micky Arison are feeling the heat on corporate governance issues in the wake Costa Concordia disaster and other missteps. However, the corporate governance problem isn't exclusively Carnival's -- just look at the makeup of the Expedia and Orbitz boards.

Airlines

United is #1 … at losing your luggage

Airline and airport industry execs quake in their boots when Conde Nast Traveler's Barbara Peterson comes knocking. Her expose on lost bags is one reason why.

SkiftX

A new type of top cities list from the Economist Intelligence Unit

Vancouver has lost its spot at the top of the list (and in the top 10 overall, too) as the EIU re-jiggers its ranking system to announce a new set of livable cities, this year topped by Hong Kong.

Hotels

How Flipkey plans to get back in the game

Flipkey will continue to try to differntiate itself through reliable user reviews and inbound traffic from TripAdvisor, but it will need to overcome its parent company's propensity to under-invest in its non-TA properties.

SkiftX

Airbnb for dog sitting site DogVacay goes nationwide

Anyone who underestimates the potential market of pet owners who love to travel with or without their furry friends is missing out on a startup opportunity.