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Electronic luggage tag to enable a smooth travel experience

Lufthansa and Rimowa were jointly awarded the prize for "Best Baggage Initiative" for the new "Rimowa Electronic Tag" at the airline industry conference...

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South African food chains in UK examined on CNN Marketplace Africa

Yesterday on CNN Marketplace Africa, CNN correspondent Rosie Tomkins explored how South African restaurants in particular are staking their claim in the UK food market...

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Etihad Airways partners Brand USA

Etihad Airways has entered into a partnership with Brand USA, a destination marketing organisation for the United States, in order to boost tourism to the US. The airline sponsored a Brand USA reception at the Armani Hotel in Dubai, as part of the annual Arabian Travel Market global travel and tourism exhibition...

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Big data used as tool to track Ebola

WASHINGTON, USA: Nine days before Ebola was declared an epidemic, a group of researchers and computer scientists in Boston spotted the haemorrhagic fever starting to spread in Guinea.

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Uber now offers dining, travel services

SAN FRANCISCO, USA: Uber has moved into dining and travel smartphone applications in a moved at at settting itself up at the heart of mobile lifestyles.

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Zofari app will boost Yahoo's search capabilities

NEW YORK, USA: Yahoo said it was bolstering its local search capabilities by absorbing the team from the smartphone recommendation app Zofari.

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'Big data' deal sees Oracle buy Micros Systems

NEW YORK, USA: Business software specialist Oracle confirmed it will buy rival Micros Systems for $5.3bn in a deal that will expand its 'big data' efforts in the hotel and restaurant sectors.

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Google online maps give you time travel

SAN FRANCISCO, USA: Google has added virtual time travel to its Internet offerings by letting them turn back the clock on Street View images to show how places have changed over the seven years it has been collecting pictures.

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Gotta pee? There's a website for that

WASHINGTON, USA: It has been the ruin of many a pleasant outing: Nature calls, but there's nowhere to go. Now, a new website is making it easier for tourists to get much needed relief when travelling in an unfamiliar city or town.

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FAA says portable electronics allowed on flights

WASHINGTON, USA: Airline passengers will soon be allowed to use a range of mobile electronic devices in flight with very few restrictions, US aviation authorities said last week

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Bugs, service, food - reviews expose all

CHICAGO, USA: Bed bugs, bad service and terrible food used to be inevitable risks when travelling, but a host of online review sites such as Yelp and TripAdvisor are helping savvy consumers pick the best hotels and eat like locals.

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Obama's itinerary for his Africa trip

WASHINGTON USA: President Barack Obama will leave on a first African tour next month, visiting Senegal, Tanzania and South Africa, but his itinerary released on Monday (20 May) bypasses Kenya, an ancestral homeland.

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US consumer online travel spending surpasses US$100bn for first time in 2012

RESTON, US: Total online travel spending up 9% to US$103bn, led by Air Travel Southwest, Expedia and Marriott led respective travel sub-categories in 2012 web page views.

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Big Mac hack attack on Burger King

WASHINGTON, USA: Burger King sustained a virtual Big Mac attack on Monday (18 February) when its Twitter account was hacked then redesigned with a bogus claim of a corporate takeover by McDonald's.

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Wikivoyage gives you free online travel guides

SAN FRANCISCO, USA: The foundation behind crowd-sourced knowledge compendium Wikipedia on Tuesday (15 January) launched a free online travel guide built collaboratively by volunteers from around the globe.

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Avis buys Zipcar for US$500m

NEW YORK, USA: Car rental giant Avis will buy the popular car-sharing service Zipcar in a deal valued at $500m.

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Beat the heat... Take a group vacation to Idaho to enjoy the snow

Joining up with a travel group is a great way to see Idaho. In the winter, there is plenty to do and numerous ways to enjoy the snow, including skiing. This is the perfect location to get some fresh air and enjoy the outdoors. And you'll find it a great deal cooler than South Africa right now.

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Tripadvisor sold to Malone's Liberty group

NEW YORK, USA: Travel ratings website TripAdvisor was sold on Tuesday (11 December) to media tycoon John Malone's Liberty Interactive, which paid US$300m for a controlling stake in the operation.

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2.9m travellers in SA in August

A total of 2.9m people‚ both arrivals and departures‚ passed through South African ports of entry in August compared with the 3m in July‚ Statistics SA said on Monday (26 November).

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