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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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Foods That Make You Look Younger-New life for old cuisines

chinafood8Hotel waiter delivering room service, breakfast in foregroundYou can head off a lot of your most common beauty concerns simply by downing the right foods. That's right—eating well not only does wonders for your waistline and bolsters your immune system but can also provide some very real get-gorg benefits, such as smoothing wrinkles, giving hair a glossy shine and strengthening flimsy nails. "Your diet directly affects your day-to-day appearance and plays a significant role in how well you age," says Joshua Zeichner, MD. The smart approach, Dr. Zeichner says, is to create a plan that includes what he calls "the building blocks of healthy skin and hair"—nutrients, minerals and fatty acids—as well as antioxidants to protect your body from damaging environmental stresses. Get ready to nab some beauty-boosting perks by tossing these essential face-saving edibles into your grocery cart.What to eat to keep young and beautiful and among those products is Feta cheese is packed full of vitamin B12, which speeds up the replacement of dead skin cells. cfood1Central Asian restaurants have made a place for themselves in Beijing's Russian district, and diners are licking their lips, Erik Nilsson reports. Erik Nilsson The old Soviet Union is reuniting in Beijing - for dinner. At least its cuisine is. Central Asian fare has taken a central place at the table in the Yabaolu neighborhood's dining scene, as the city's "Russiatown" transforms into "Beijing-istan".Natives of the "stans" are making culinary inroads into China's capital as the New Silk Road Economic Belt develops, while fewer Russian traders are frequenting the declining Yabaolu fur market that spurred the original development of the surrounding Slavic enclave.This means compote, a juice of mixed fruits, is diluting volumes of vodka, as the tides of the boiled dried-fruit juice rise and the hard-drinking part of town dries up. (Actually, many of the area's Central Asian eateries are halal, but allow you to bring your own booze.) There's more yogurt and less mayonnaise. More kebabs and fewer cutlets. More plov (Central Asia's rice staple) and fewer potatoes.These eateries dot the Shenlu dining street behind the fur market, sprinkled among restaurants serving sustenance from China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, Mongolia,Greece,Turkey and Italy.food7People will choose larger portions of food if they are labeled as being "healthier," even if they have the same number of calories, according to a new study."People think (healthier food) is lower in calories," said Pierre Chandon, a marketing professor at the INSEAD Social Science Research Center in France, and they "tend to consume more of it." That misconception can lead to people eating larger portion sizes of so-called healthy foods, and therefore more calories."Foods are marketed as being healthier for a reason, because food producers believe, and they correctly believe, that those labels will influence us to eat their products and perhaps eat more of their products,"