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Travel chaos after gas leak shuts Charing Cross station

Commuters are facing major disruption after a gas leak closed parts of London’s West End. Roads are closed and Charing Cross station is shut. Police manning the cordons say they may not be lifted for another four to five hours. About 1,450 people were evacuated from a nightclub and hotel after the leak was discovered on Craven Street, just off the Strand, just after 02:00 GMT. A ruptured gas main has been detected, London Fire Brigade said. Train services are currently not running into Charing Cross and Waterloo East, which…

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News: Strong bookings ahead of Caribbean Travel Marketplace 2018

Registration for this month’s Caribbean Travel Marketplace, to be held at the Puerto Rico Convention Centre in San Juan, Puerto Rico, is strong, according to organisers. Following a meeting with the host committee in San Juan, the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association reported demand among travel industry stakeholders to do business in the region was encouraging, given the continued interest and registration response for the annual event. CHTA director general, Frank Comito, said plans for Marketplace 2018, to be held from January 30th-February 1st, were now in the advanced stages…

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Focus: Looking for the Bet of Your Life? How to Travel the World Casino by Casino

While many punters are being wooed by online casinos offering plenty of free bonuses and promotions, traditional land-based casinos are currently enjoying a new wave of popularity, as vacation destinations. Yes, while it has always been popular to pack your backpack and buy a round trip ticket to see the world, many vacation companies are now offering special package deals and casino based itineraries for those travellers who wish to experience some of the best land based casino in the world. Here is our pick of the top casino travel…

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Focus: Breaking Travel News interview: Patrick Divall, vice president, Western Europe, Wyndham Hotel Group

Something of a stately presence on the global hospitality scene, Wyndham Worldwide has been undergoing a significant reorganisation over the past 18 months. The giant is currently splitting itself in half to create two separate, publicly traded companies. Wyndham Hotel Group, with more than 8,100-hotels and based in Parsippany, New Jersey, will become a standalone hotel company, while Wyndham Vacation Ownership will move to Florida to become the largest publicly traded timeshare company. At the same time, Wyndham Hotel Group is itself expanding, having just this week announced a $…

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Travel disruption as high winds and snow hit UK

Severe gales have been causing disruption to much of the UK – with gusts of up to 83 mph (134 kph). Police in several areas, including Lincolnshire, Norfolk and Gloucestershire, have reported fallen trees on or near roads. Damage to overhead electric wires is causing problems for train services in the Midlands, and drivers are being warned to take extra care on the roads. In East Anglia and south east England more than 59,000 homes have lost power. In Scotland, police are urging motorists to drive with “extreme caution” in…

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Focus: Breaking Travel News investigates: Roughing it, minus the rough part, at Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite

If you were to capture a hotel by its tagline, the team at Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite have pretty much nailed it with, ‘It’s like roughing it, minus the rough part.’ Nestled in a pine forest just two miles from the entrance to Yosemite National Park, the resort serves as a sumptuous retreat to rest weary limbs after a day exploring one of the world’s finest areas of outstanding beauty. Nestled among the cedars and sweet pines of the Sierra National Forest, Tenaya Lodge has grown into a favourite weekend…

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News: World Travel Awards gears up for silver anniversary

World Travel Awards has begun preparations for its 25th anniversary – honouring a quarter of a century recognising leaders in the international hospitality sector. Celebrations for the silver anniversary will kick off this April in Ras Al Khaimah. An up and coming United Arab Emirates holiday hotspot, the destination boasts a balmy climate, traditional culture, sandy beaches, and a wealth of activities to keep visitors entertained. World Travel Awards will host the annual Middle East Gala Ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah on April 19th. As part of…

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