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By 2016, the Chinese Will Spend More on Business Travel than Americans

By 2016, the Chinese Will Spend More on Business Travel than Americans Oct 29th, 2013 at 11:56AM: As China grows, so does how much the country's inhabitants travel, especially when it comes to business travel. While the United States has lead the pack in terms of spending on business travel, Americans are about to be overtaken by the Chinese: by 2016 China will have the world's largest business travel market, according to Global Business Travel Association (GBTA). What does that...

Delta Speeds Passengers To Their Flight In Sports Cars

Delta Speeds Passengers To Their Flight In Sports Cars Sep 11th, 2013 at 1:45PM: Automotive Rhythms, Flickr We've all seen (or been) those passengers running through the airport, suitcase flying behind them, as they desperately try to make their connecting flight. Now, Delta Airlines has come up with a solution to get connecting passengers to their aircraft as quickly as possible -- whiz them there in a Porsche. Passengers that are running late for their next flight have...

AAA Says Labor Day Weekend Travel Will Be Highest In Five Years

AAA Says Labor Day Weekend Travel Will Be Highest In Five Years Aug 22nd, 2013 at 11:45AM: Eric Polk A report by the American Automobile Association shows a bright spot in the nation's economic news. The AAA predicts that 34.1 million people are planning to take a trip of more than 50 miles from home this Labor Day weekend, up from 32.7 million last year and the highest in five years. The rise is due to increased consumer confidence, with one poll saying it's at a six-year high. A...

Selling Fake Bomb Detectors Lands UK Businessman In Jail

Selling Fake Bomb Detectors Lands UK Businessman In Jail Aug 20th, 2013 at 10:20AM: What Bolton and McCormick really deserve. (Image courtesy Wikipedia) Back in April we brought you the story of James McCormick, who was found guilty in a British court of selling fake bomb detectors to several nations, including Iraq. When I was traveling in Iraq I saw his useless products, based on a novelty golf ball detector, being used at checkpoints everywhere. McCormick endangered the lives...

Springtime In Green Spain: Time To Get Out Into The Countryside, And Under It!

Springtime In Green Spain: Time To Get Out Into The Countryside, And Under It! Apr 29th, 2013 at 10:00AM: Green Spain has finally emerged from a miserable winter into a glorious if unreliable springtime, so it's time to get out and enjoy the region's natural beauty. The northern coastal strip of Spain consisting of Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria and the Basque Region has the best outdoor and underground adventures the country has to offer. Its combination of scenic hikes and extensive caves is...

Meet The Reclusive American Billionaire Who Bought Lonely Planet

Mar 20th, 2013 at 3:00PM: Last year, the Wall Street Journal called Brad Kelley "the man with a million acres." Now the American billionaire and land addict has expanded his kingdom to include the world's biggest travel-guide publisher. Kelley's NC2 Media bought Lonely Planet from BBC Worldwide in a deal announced yesterday. Most of the headlines focused on the huge loss BBC is taking by selling the company for...

Cochon 555 Pork Competition Turns Five, Kicks Off February 17 In Atlanta

Cochon 555 Pork Competition Turns Five, Kicks Off February 17 In Atlanta Feb 8th, 2013 at 12:00PM: Much ado about pork products is made on Gadling, with good reason. Even if you're sick to death of pork-centric eateries, and lardo this and sausage that, it's hard to deny the allure of the other white meat (I can't tell you how many vegetarians and vegans I know who still have a jones for bacon). For those of you wanting to attend the ultimate porkapalooza, get your tickets for Cochon 555, a...

How To Find The Best Souvenirs While Traveling On Business

How To Find The Best Souvenirs While Traveling On Business Sep 13th, 2012 at 11:00AM: Souvenirs are tricky for business travelers. It's all too easy to be overwhelmed by work or a busy itinerary only to find yourself grabbing something in duty free in the airport – or stopping by a gift shop to purchase an anonymous object created 12 time zones away from your destination. A T-shirt of thin cotton made in Bangladesh that says, "I Heart Vienna" may be fun in a kitsch sort...

10 Smartphone Apps For Business Travelers

10 Smartphone Apps For Business Travelers Sep 12th, 2012 at 1:00PM: Traveling for business can be stressful. Juggling clients and projects away from your desk with unreliable Wi-Fi, especially in an unfamiliar city, will make you wish you had some serious help. For assistance on the road, check out these 10 apps for business travelers. TripIt The first step to getting work done efficiently while traveling is to be organized. TripIt allows you to forward...

Airline Fees: You Get What You Pay For Or Weapons In Travel Class Warfare?

Airline Fees: You Get What You Pay For Or Weapons In Travel Class Warfare? Jun 29th, 2012 at 1:00PM: Last month, the media was abuzz over increased airline fees for pre-assigned seating, with many concerned that it would especially affect families who want to sit together for no additional cost. Even New York Senator Chuck Schumer got involved, asking airlines to waive fees for families traveling with children. Rather than look for victims or call airlines "anti-family," however, look at the...

British Brewery Campaigning To Save Traditional Pubs

British Brewery Campaigning To Save Traditional Pubs Apr 10th, 2012 at 12:00PM: I've talked before here on Gadling about how British pubs are in danger. In 2011, an average of 14 per week shut down, and the trend is continuing. This is due to a number of factors, including the economic downturn, competition from cheap supermarket alcohol and ever-increasing taxes. Now Wychwood Brewery has started an online petition to "Stop the Beer Duty Escalator." Taxes on beer go up...

SkyMall Monday: StarScreen Social Backdrops

SkyMall Monday: StarScreen Social Backdrops Oct 17th, 2011 at 1:00PM: Working from home is dramatically different from working in an office. For one, those of us who work from home rarely put on pants. Beyond that, we often spend most of our time alone, sitting at our makeshift, on our couches or even laying in our beds in front of our computers. The vast majority of the time this unconventional work environment is irrelevant, because no one sees us. So long as...

Samoa leaps over International Date Line, be careful when booking a flight

Samoa leaps over International Date Line, be careful when booking a flight May 10th, 2011 at 9:30AM: The Pacific Island nation of Samoa has changed its time zone ahead one hour. This isn't some sort of island paradise version of Daylight Savings Time, but rather a shrewd business move. By doing this they're actually hopping over the International Date Line. The Samoan government wants the country to be in the same day as more westerly Australia and New Zealand, their main trading partners. So...

Planning an Alaskan cruise this year? Better book early!

Planning an Alaskan cruise this year? Better book early! Feb 13th, 2011 at 8:00AM: If you're planning on taking an Alaskan cruise this year, you may want to book the trip sooner than later. Experts say that several factors, including high demand and limited supply, could make it very challenging for travelers to get the cruise experience they are hoping for in 2011. According to this story on the Adventure Travel Trade Association's website, Alaskan cruise operators have seen...

A new place to spend euros: Estonia

A new place to spend euros: Estonia Jan 2nd, 2011 at 11:00AM: One of the greatest boons to travelers in recent years is the expanding eurozone. Gone are the days when you spent a few days in France, then wasted money getting your francs exchanged into lire in order to visit Italy. There were always a few odd coins left over that ended up sitting useless in the sock drawer. At the start of 2011, Estonia has become the 17th country to join the eurozone. The...

Photo of the Day (12.20.10)

Photo of the Day (12.20.10) Dec 20th, 2010 at 6:30PM: There's nothing more frustrating on a road trip then getting stuck behind a slow-moving bus or truck that you are unable to pass. Not only are they holding you up, but after a few miles (or worse, a few hours), you simply just get sick of seeing the exact same vehicle in front of you. The only saving grace is if, when you finally do get to pass, the driver of that massive vehicle honks the...

Five real reasons behind business traveler hotel choices

Five real reasons behind business traveler hotel choices Dec 9th, 2010 at 8:00AM: It's not just flights – business travelers are easing up on cost when it comes to hotels, too. Rather than try to stretch their dollars until they squeal, road warriors are finally looking for ways they can be a little happier when sleeping in beds that aren't their own (unless, of course, they're sharing a bed with ... well, you know). Hotels tend to love business travelers, because they...

Five perks business travelers MUST have

Five perks business travelers MUST have Dec 8th, 2010 at 8:00AM: If you've ever been a road warrior, you know that the following is true. Spending hours upon hours on a plane several times a week, every week of the year, even the smallest benefits can make a profound difference. It's sad but true that happiness is measured in on-time arrivals and exit rows, but such is the nature of frequent business travel. According to the latest Orbitz for Business /...

Consumers spending again, travel included ... but what's next?

Consumers spending again, travel included ... but what's next? Dec 1st, 2010 at 8:00AM: We know that people around the world are traveling again. U.S. travel exports are up, and the airlines are having a solid year (relative to 2009, at least). Meanwhile, two years after the financial crisis erupted only a few miles from where I sit now, people are spending money again. Consumer credit is once again the culprit, as Black Friday deals touted financing with long periods of...

Long-haul travel decline result of visa difficulty

Long-haul travel decline result of visa difficulty Nov 30th, 2010 at 2:30PM: Where did all our long-haul travelers go? According to a CNBC report, Americans just aren't crazy about long distances. From 2000 to 2009, long-haul travel fell by 2.2 million in the United States, while it surged by 46 million for the rest of the world. Difficulty in securing visas for U.S. access is part of the problem, and the impact is one that affects our economy, as it makes it more...

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