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2/14/2018  |  by Maria Lisella

Europe welcomed upward of 671 million international arrivals in 2017, positioning the continent as the world’s leading destination.

2/9/2018  |  by Maria Lisella

Tickets will go on sale as of February 20 when the inaugural service will take place.

1/26/2018  |  by Maria Lisella

Hotels and tour operators are moving into the region, giving travelers new options to get off the typical European tourist path.

1/26/2018  |  by Maria Lisella

Icelandair says it will add a new route to San Francisco this coming summer, with seasonal flights beginning on June 1 with four direct flights a week.

1/25/2018  |  by Maria Lisella

Known for its upscale luxury properties, such as Inn by the Sea in Maine and The Alfond Inn at Rollins in Winter Park, Florida, The Olympia Companies’ 2018 portfolio will soon total 22 properties. 

1/16/2018  |  by Maria Lisella

The year-long promotion is designed to bring attention to Switzerland as a special interest destination—from adventure to gastronomy.

1/16/2018  |  by Maria Lisella

Contiki is trying to fix that and encourage more young people to travel by offering American travelers the opportunity to get their first passport, for free and 15 percent off their Contiki trip.

1/16/2018  |  by Maria Lisella

Historic Hotels of America has nominated and accepted 20 additional properties into the National Trust for Historic Preservation Historic Hotels of America program that range in age from 246 years to 52 years old with the oldest dating back to 1771.

12/27/2017  |  by Maria Lisella


Gaining global recognition in the hospitality industry is one goal of Nobu Hotel's three owners: Nobu Matsuhisa, Robert De Niro and Meir Teper. With seven hotels already open, 2018 is anticipated to be year of major growth for the brand with five new hotel openings including their first Mexican property.

Joining the Nobu Hotel portfolio next year will be Nobu Hotel Marbella, Nobu Hotel Riyadh, Nobu Hotel Los Cabos, Nobu Hotel Chicago and Nobu Hotel Barcelona, with an expectaction of growing Nobu Hotels to 15 properties globally by 2020.

The Nobu Hotel Marbella, the brand’s second property in Spain, is scheduled to open in March 2018 and is designed exclusively for adults just as the recently opened sister property in Ibiza earlier this year.Following in the next quarter will be the Nobu Hotel Riyadh is a 23-story glass-panelled skyscraper will with 134 guestrooms and suites.  Nobu’s very first hotel in Mexico will be the 200-room Nobu Hotel Los Cabos with views of the Pacific Ocean. The 119-room Nobu Hotel Chicago will be situated area in Chicago’s west loop; and will open onto Randolph’s famed Restaurant Row. Finally, the 250-room Nobu Hotel Barcelona will also feature a Restaurant and panoramic views from the 23rd floor.

12/27/2017  |  by Maria Lisella

Surprise Surprise, who would have guessed: Amsterdam and Edinburgh will be the most expensive destinations in Europe for overnight stays on New Year's Eve, according to a survey by French website Allovoyages.fr.

The survey compared the cost of accommodation across 40 popular European locations for the night of Dec. 31, 2017. The properties surveyed were all centrally located and rated at least three stars.

In Amsterdam, a New Year's Eve reveler will have to plunk down an average of €314 Euros or $372.92 (at current rate of .84 Euro to the U.S. dollar) for the cheapest available double room, making it the priciest European city.

Edinburgh came in second with an average of €293 Euros or $347.98, according to the survey. This equates to a premium of over 200% compared with regular hotel rates in the Scottish capital.

For those paying special attention to statistics, Edingburgh topped the list Edinburgh was Europe's second most expensive summer destination, based on the cost of accommodations in three, four and five-star properties, according to an earlier survey from Cheaprooms.co.uk conducted back in August. Only Formentera, one of the Baleraic Islands in Spain was even more expensive than the Scottish capital.

The biggest rate hikes for New Year's Eve were discovered in Prague, where visitors will have to cough up an eye-popping 700% or more, compared with a regular night in the Czech Republic capital. Dublin and London also feature in the Top 10 most expensive cities, with average rates of €220 or $261.28 and €196 or $232.78 Euros respectively for the least expensive double room. 

The following table shows the 10 most expensive destinations in Europe for New Year's Eve 2017. The rates indicated reflect the price for the cheapest available double room in each destination for Dec. 31, 2017.  A comparison with regular rates appears in brackets, based on average rates during January.

1. Amsterdam €314 Euros (+147%)
2. Edinburgh €293 Euros (+218%)
3. Prague €274 Euros (+697%)
4. Venice €272 Euros (+274%)
5. Vienna €264 Euros (+256%)
6. Budapest €243 Euros (+465%)
7. Dublin €220 Euros (+144%)
8. Milan €207 Euros (+93%)
9. London €196 Euros (+97%)
10. Riga €194 Euros (+361%)