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Cost-cutting and fewer fashion parties in Milan

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30/09/2009

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After eight days of frenzied shows and presentations, Milan fashion week officially ended on Wednesday, but the majority of the international press and buyers had already gone.

As the luxury goods sector also feels the pain of the global downturn, its fans and followers are also under pressure to cut costs
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Cyprus tourism eyes options as climate warms

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30/09/2009

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Sun and sea tourism to the Mediterranean could feel the brunt of climate change and the industry should start diversifying if it is to survive, say scientists.

The Mediterranean basin attracts about 20 percent of the world’s tourists each year, but its appeal as a sunny holiday destination may diminish as temperatures inch higher.

“Climate change is going to affect this region in a relatively strong way, and differently than northern Europe,”
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Will savers stifl holiday sales

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30/09/2009

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It’s not just lower credit limits and the difficulty of getting a credit card that’s striking fear into the hearts of retailers desperate for holiday sales — it’s consumers’ new desire to save.

No matter if their personal credit scores are good or bad, shoppers will manage their money more carefully.

That bodes ill for the holiday shopping period in which the bulk of most retailers’ profits are made. In addition, tougher restrictions on credit card fees and other terms mean many stores will offer more creative ways to use debit, or cold hard cash, to pay for gifts.
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Morocco’s star magnet hotel La Mamounia re-opens

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29/09/2009

mamounia1Marrakesh’s Mamounia hotel opened its doors on Tuesday after a three-year facelift aimed at fending off rival establishments trying to lure its free-spending guests.

None of them competes with the Mamounia on history. Since it opened in 1923, the world’s top stars and leading politicians have passed through its tranquil gardens laid out by 18th century Sultan Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah for his son, Mamoun.
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How to market your business like Playboy

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29/09/2009

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This article is an edited excerpt fromBuilding Brand Value the Playboy Way, available from Palgrave Macmillan.

Whats the first thing you think of when you hear the word, Playboy? If you said sex, then youre just one of hundreds of millions of people around the world who make the same association, and Im going to tell you two things right now based on that association:

1. The Playboy brand is working.
2. This book is not about sex.
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Capri,the isle of the sirens

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27/09/2009

capri1How can I begin to describe the island of Capri? “Capricious” – playful, unpredictable? Or, how about “capricciosa”, a rather delicious pizza? Maybe it’s a little of both: something utterly special, unique, delicious, florid.
It had started on the wretched internet with a picture of the island’s Hotel Punta Tragara; a simple image of a table and two chairs on a balcony high on a cliff, and a blissful-looking sea below. A late booking saw us on a British Airways flight over the Alps to Naples, where we were to take a taxi to the ferry for Capri. A kindly fellow passenger warned: “Get the ‘legit’ taxi. Don’t go with the hustler.”
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Milan catwalks go for short but demure womenswear

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27/09/2009

dolceDesigners at Milan fashion week preferred the demure to the provocative in womenswear collections for next spring, with some names sticking to their roots and what they are best known for to woo crunched buyers.

As the warm season brings out more of the skin, designers in Italy’s fashion capital made sure to show off the flesh with bare backs,
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Danger zones for business travelers

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26/09/2009

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A decade ago, the main terrorism risk for business travelers was that they could be caught up in an attack targeting an embassy, government office or airliner. Now, they are increasingly becoming targets themselves.
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48 hours in Pittsburgh

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25/09/2009

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Once known as America’s Steel City, these days Pittsburgh is more famous for its Super Bowl winning “Steelers” football team, its universities, hospitals and its lush, hilly vistas.

Reuters correspondents with local knowledge provide hints to help visitors make the most of a short stay in the city where leaders of the Group of 20 rich and developing countries are meeting for a two-day summit.
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Somber environment for luxury industry

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25/09/2009

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Even the world’s mega-rich are feeling the effects of the worst recession in seven decades.

Luxury isn’t what it used to be. Conspicuous consumption is frowned upon and greed has been replaced by a new frugality, according to research on the spending habits of the wealthy.
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“experience with Malindo Air is horrible”

Never travel Malindo Air: I traveled from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur. My experience with Malindo is horrible. Μalindo Air employees with bad English, inability to understand the nationality of a passport, difficulties to communicate with other Malindo employees, to resolve such traveling issues,holding for an hour the passenger till to know that as a citizen of the European Union does not need a visa to final destination in Hong Kong. Employees are not qualified most of them young people,low pay, from Philippines and Malindo never apologize when customer complain,for his trouble. I will never travel with Malindo again.

Wellington,Best Western,Kai,Bad Hotel Experiences You Need To Avoid

Wellington hotel in New York,some negative points to note which made our experience an unfortunate one: the air conditioning did not work .. Although the receptionist did not come & have a look bothing further was done. We also had an extremely unpleasant experience during check out, primarily due to the absolute incompetency of the hotel staff and especially the Asian origin manager(he refused to tell us his name) in charge was extremely unhelpful ! Best Western Hong Kong and Shenzhen rooms was not clean and not well maintained and especially in Hong Kong cuseway Not sufficient room for the baggage.Kai hotel in Singapore,rooms like a box,charging 150 Singapore Dollars,never again.

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Greece invite you to experience an unforgettable summer

chinafood8Hotel waiter delivering room service, breakfast in foregroundEvery day of Greek summer feels like a celebration – and that’s because it is! Greece celebrates summer from May until October. Hospitable, bright and colourful, it offers incredible treasures to all. Welcome to summer in Greece! Historic treasures Summer in Greece: ancient temples gaze out at the Aegean Sea. Portara in Naxos, Delos, Skarkos in Ios, Faistos in Heraklion, Crete. Famous summer destinations where Greece’s past is illuminated by the Mediterranean sun. Ancient Olympia, Knossos and the Ancient Valley of Gortyna, the monasteries of Mt Athos, Akrotiri in Santorini: all are just a stone’s throw from the sea, and should be high priority on your summer holiday itinerary. As should the archaeological museums, Byzantine monasteries, castles, towers, and ancient trails. In Greece, even the smallest sight has a big history. Discover it. Authentic moments in the Greek islands Discover authentic Greece when you travel to the islands of the Aegean and the Ionian. Donoussa, Schinoussa, Anafi, Kimolos, Halki, Kastelorizo. From Symi to Ikaria and Amorgos, Tilos, Kalymnos, Alonissos, Samothraki, Ithaca, Paxi, exotic Antipaxi, and the lush, green island of Lefkada. You’ll share meze, ouzo and local wine with fishermen, village leaders, and housewives who bake bread in wood-burning ovens. Over treats and delicacies like amygdalota (crushed almond shortbread), soumada (almond syrup), mastiha, homemade lemonade, and aromatic Greek coffee, the locals will share the stories of their land. Myths, customs and traditions are still alive today, passed along from generation to generation through word of mouth. They’ll share improvised poems and songs, and you’ll want to hum along. Summer in Greece is generous and pure. Water sports and boundless energy For water sports enthusiasts, the Greek summer provided the perfect backdrop: Perivolos in Santorini. Psarou, Paradise and Paranga in Mykonos. Punda Beach in Paros. Mylopotas in Ios. You’ll knock back shots at the fun-filled beach bars all day long. Multicoloured kiteboards and windsurf sails play in the waves and in the wind. Vouliagmeni in the Athenian Riviera. Paros. Mili and Vassiliki Beaches in Lefkada. Prasonisi in Rhodes, Sigri in Lesvos, Sarti in Halkidiki. Everyone is one under the sun. Beach volleyball and paddle ball. Scrabble and backgammon under the shade of your umbrella. Diving from the dock, tubing and water skiing. Beautiful bathing suits, colourful sarongs, tanned bodies and smiling faces. Greece’s beaches always emit a positive and vibrant vibe, thanks to young people from all over the world. Panoramic view of Navagio beach Sailing experiences in Greece A woman with a bathingsuit and sun hat in the Greek islands The famous beach of Navagio in Zakynthos Navagio in Zakynthos from above Balos beach in Crete The beautiful Balos beach on Crete island A taste of Greece and the Mediterranean Day after day your palate will be pleased. The Greek summer is overflowing with flavours and aromas: wild greens, fragrant fruits, legumes, vegetables, cheese, warm bread, extra virgin olive oil, fresh fish and seafood, homemade wine. Every place in Greece has its own microclimate. Every village, island and city has its own recipes. Whether you are walking with a slice of juicy watermelon along the beach, or indulging in a gourmet meal made with local produce, whether you’re dipping a slice of bread into pure olive oil or eating an oyster straight from the sea, the delicious flavours will overwhelm you. Wind in your sails Sea routes in the Greek islands: Santorini. Mykonos. Milos. Crete. Lefkada. Corfu. Zakynthos. Paxi. Award-winning marinas, picturesque fishing ports, hidden beaches, and bays with emerald water. More than 6,000 islands and islets, on a coastline more than 14,500 kilometres long – what more could yachting and sailing enthusiasts ask for! The summer winds in the Aegean are perfect for competitive sailing, while the calmer waters of the Ionian are ideal for smooth sailing. Dive into the fun Bonfires on the beach. Conversations, music, night swimming in a peaceful sea, under the moon. The barman concocts a new cocktail recipe, and treats you to shots with exotic flavours. The music pulses and the dancing begins. The same happens in the bars of Hora, where the Djs let the beat lift the lively crowd. Greek summer is synonymous with nightlife, that lasts until the sunrise. You’ll go straight from the club to the beach, and with that first dip in the sea your mind and body will be revived. It’s romantic and emotional, without a schedule or obligation. Just live it! You are all invited... To the fairs and festivals of August 15th throughout Greece, with their rituals, lutes and treats. To the traditional weddings, and the bridal procession through the island’s cobblestone streets. At the Saints Day fairs, where the locals serve you homemade food, raki and wine. To the big parties. To the cultural events and concerts at the open-air theatres overlooking the sea, or in the mediaeval fortresses. To the gastronomy festivals and ouzo celebrations. Hospitable, open-hearted, always ready to treat you, Greeks will welcome you with open arms. Because they want you to get to know Greece as it is – pure and authentic. And you will invite them into your heart forever. The hinterland No matter what beach in Greece you may find yourself on, it’s worth taking a trip into the hinterland. Nearby you’ll find traditional villages with shady squares lined with coffee shops. An archaeological site. A significant museum. Trails and parks. Lakes and wetlands. Popular destinations that offer unforgettable summer experiences are: Pelion, Crete, Messinia, Mani, Nafplio, Katerini, Preveza and Parga, Ilia and of course the Athenian Riviera with Sounion are just some of the places that will impress you, without ever having to leave the sea breeze.