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Americans love a dicey holiday: Las Vegas named as the most popular destination in the US by Expedia

  • Stacks of data have been analysed since the company began in 1996
  • Vegas is the top attraction, with Mexico the top international destination
  • has averaged a booking on its site every other second




Las Vegas is Expedia’s most-searched-for destination since the travel website launched 20 years ago. To celebrate the company’s anniversary, stacks of data have been analysed to determine the places users in the US show the most interest in. And it’s Las Vegas that stands at the top of the tree, followed by Orlando and New York.

Las Vegas has been named by Expedia as the most popular destination for people living in the US

Mexico is the top international destination for American travelers, specifically the sun-drenched resort of Cancun. Other trends that emerged from the anniversary report are that over the past 20 years, more people have flown out of New York than from any other American city, based on flight bookings, and the most popular domestic flight route is between Los Angeles (LAX) and New York (JFK). The data has been extracted from the travel preferences of users in the US only.

Over the past 20 years, has averaged a booking on its site every other second, with US residents booking to travel to more than 2,100 cities in more than 220 countries, territories or colonies. Mexico is the top international destination for American travelers, specifically the sun-drenched resort of Cancun

The most popular domestic flight route is between Los Angeles (LAX) and New York (JFK), pictured


Over the last ten years alone, travelers who booked through Expedia have flown 534billion miles, or the equivalent of 72 round trip flights from the sun to Pluto. The largest group of travelers booked on a single itinerary on Expedia was exactly 100 people. This happened three separate times in 2009. One of those was a group trip to Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

The most complex trip booked with a single itinerary was a 14-stage trip spanning 80 days, departing from Budapest and ending in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Expedia has sold enough hotel room nights in the last 20 years to account for every person living in the US.

‘Through Expedia, consumers have fueled a wholesale transformation in travel over the past two decades,’ said Aman Bhutani, Expedia Group president.

‘Today, travelers can dream, plan and book vacations when and how they want: by computer, via mobile devices, even with a good old fashioned phone call. Expedia is with them at every stage of the travel process.

‘We are thankful to have worked with so many travelers over this time, to have helped millions of people explore.

And we are very excited about what the next 20 years will bring.’

Over the last ten years, the top 10 most popular cities, judged by hotel bookings, are Las Vegas, Orlando, New York, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Miami, Chicago, Cancun and Orange County.

Formed in 1996 as a small division within Microsoft, Expedia’s growth has transformed the entire travel marketplace.

IHG® Signs First InterContinental Hotel & Resort in Phuket

IHG® Signs First InterContinental Hotel & Resort In Phuket

15 February, 2016

IHG Signs First InterContinental Hotel & Resort in Phuket

IHG1 (InterContinental Hotels Group) today announced the signing of a management agreement with Proud Resort Phuket Co., Ltd to develop InterContinental Phuket Resort, as part of a luxury community project, MontAzure, in the most exclusive area on Phuket s stunning west coast marking InterContinental Hotels & Resorts debut on Thailand s largest island.

Scheduled to open in 2019, the luxurious InterContinental Phuket Resort is located on Kamala Beach, between Millionaire s Mile and the Amanpuri headland, one of the island s most popular destinations and perfect for travellers looking for a relaxing and luxurious getaway. This well-enclosed bay and fishing village situated off the west coast of Thailand in the Andaman Sea, is surrounded by forested hills and is one of the most beautiful places in Phuket. Kamala Beach is known for its expansive white sands and crystal clear waters, providing travellers the choice of both tranquillity and exclusivity with easy access to Phuket s vibrant night life, with the popular Patong Town just a short drive away, as well as the Phuket International Airport. Alan Watts, Chief Operating Officer AMEA, IHG said: Phuket has always been an important destination in South East Asia for IHG, with the island s tourist arrivals recording double-digit year-on-year growth since 2011. We are glad to be able to work with our long-term partner Proud Phuket Resorts Co, on what will be a key resort property for us in a prime destination in Thailand.

Guests can look forward to a luxurious stay at the new InterContinental Phuket Resort with exceptional service and standards that can be expected from InterContinental hotels and resorts.

The resort will be the sixth IHG property in the Greater Phuket area, and the 19th IHG property in Thailand. Khun Pasu Liptapanlop, Executive Director of Proud Real Estate Co., Ltd., commented: We are focused on creating destinations and neighbourhoods through visionary real estate projects with a presence across segments in hospitality, entertainment, residential and retail. Following up on the success of our mixed-use developments in Bangkok and Hua Hin, including the InterContinental Resort Hua Hin, Proud Real Estate has envisioned a plan to replicate the mixed-use model in Phuket by developing the very first InterContinental Phuket Resort to cater to the growing number of luxury travellers to the region.

Located on Kamala beach, InterContinental Phuket Resort will be one of the most exclusive luxury resorts in Phuket. It features a two-kilometre long stretch of beautiful beach surrounded by forested hills and is one of the most pristine and exclusive places in Phuket. The resort itself will be within the exclusive development of MontAzure and will include a sophisticated beach club, luxurious private residences and lifestyle mall surrounded by a protected forest reserve.

InterContinental Phuket Resort will comprise of a mix of villas and hotel rooms, with unobstructed views of the glittering Andaman Sea and surrounded by forests of pine trees and facilities designed by award-winning designers and architects. Guests will have direct beach access, experience an exquisite gastronomic adventure with the resort s F&B offerings, as well as enjoy breath-taking views from the swimming pool, an uncompromising spa, the Club InterContinental, the Fitness Centre and Kids Club. Designed as a complete leisure destination, the resort is also a place for both of honeymoons and families, with an exceptional ability to cater for weddings and meeting functions. InterContinental Phuket Resort will be a key component in the overall MontAzure development. The entire 454 rai site includes 75 upscale beachfront branded condominiums, 13 exclusive private hillside estate villas, beach clubs for public and private use, a lifestyle retail component, a medical and wellness centre and a 200 rai protected nature reserve.

Setthaphol Boottho, Director, MontAzure added: We are delighted to have found two such distinguished partners who fully embrace the philosophy behind MontAzure. They both perfectly compliment our vision to create an exclusive community project that reaches from the mountainside where we have a 200 rai nature reserve containing primary rainforest forest to prime beach frontage in Kamala.

We pride ourselves on the quality of our development and the announcement today is testament to our commitment to creating a luxury community in the heart of the most exclusive area in Phuket. Across South East Asia, there are currently 14 InterContinental properties open, with an additional eight InterContinental properties due to open within the next three to five years. IHG currently has 58 hotels operating across five brands in South East Asia, including: InterContinental 2, Crowne Plaza 3, Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn 4, Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn Express 5 and Hotel Indigo 6 with a further 59 in the development pipeline, including InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay, Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong and Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach7.

Notes to Editors:
IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group)8 LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs) is a global organisation with a broad portfolio of hotel brands, including InterContinental Hotels & Resorts9, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants10, HUALUXE Hotels and Resorts11, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts12, Hotel Indigo 13, EVEN Hotels14, Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts15, Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn Express 16, Staybridge Suites 17 and Candlewood Suites 18.

IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns more than 5,000 hotels in nearly 100 countries, with more than 1,300 hotels in its development pipeline. IHG also manages IHG Rewards Club19, the world s first and largest hotel loyalty programme with more than 90 million members worldwide.

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC20 is the Group s holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales. More than 350,000 people work across IHG s hotels and corporate offices globally. Visit www.ihg.com21 for hotel information and reservations and www.ihgrewardsclub.com22 for more on IHG Rewards Club.

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Alex Dowsett’s five training tips to make you fitter and faster

Former Hour Record holder Alex Dowsett tells us how to go faster

Alex Dowsett’s Five Training Tips To Make You Fitter And Faster

4 July 2015 102nd Tour de France Stage 01 : Utrecht – Utrecht ITT DOWSETT Alex (GBR) Movistar Photo : Yuzuru SUNADA

Having won a time trial stage at the 2013 Giro d Italia1 and been an Hour Record holder2, Britain s Alex Dowsett knows what it takes to be at optimal fitness and peak race condition. The 27-year-old has launched his own coaching company, Cyclism3, and here he tells us five ways to improve your fitness and prepare for your race or event.

Don t be afraid to rest

Alex Dowsett’s Five Training Tips To Make You Fitter And Faster

You have to know when you re tired and when to take a rest. You can be tired from work don t be afraid to rest.

>>> How to improve your V02 max4

There s time to train and time to rest. A clever coach could be the one who could assess when a rider s tired, and a power meter and heart rate monitor can also be a good judge of that. It s being realistic with how much you can train within a week.

Make the most of little time

Alex Dowsett’s Five Training Tips To Make You Fitter And Faster

How much you should train is completely dependent on people s workloads. If you do have a job that s quite intensive and it s only allowing you to have eight hours a week training, you have to be really clever with how you use those eight hours.

People say that they re doing base mileage in the winter but they are only riding six to eight hours. If you have the time to do base mileage, that s fine, but it needs to be 25 hours a week of base miles.

Dowsett shows us his scars from his career

One of our coached riders at Cyclism is in a similar position: he s an elite level road racer and he has to use the time he has really wisely.

He had to do fairly grueling intervals in November/December time because he has to maximise the time he has.

Tailor your training around your objectives

Alex Dowsett’s Five Training Tips To Make You Fitter And Faster

If you re doing crits, your training has to be punchy and repeating real top end over-your-threshold training and intervals.

>>> Training zones: what are they and why do they matter?5

If you are a time trialist your training needs to geared around your functional threshold power (FTP), so your training needs to be going a little bit over your functional power, and then coming back and then back over and under.

It s an absolutely disgusting session but it s one of the only ones that will lift your FTP up.

Just get on the turbo

Alex Dowsett’s Five Training Tips To Make You Fitter And Faster

I am one of the world s worst for getting on the turbo trainer when I need to. I despise the thing.

I have Zwift set up now which has made it a lot more bearable. The thing is, there s no getting away from it in the winter. You need to use the turbo.

>>> Turbo training sessions: Get the most out of your indoor training6

You have to believe in your training if it s going to be successful

Alex Dowsett’s Five Training Tips To Make You Fitter And Faster

Make a training and recovery plan that suits you. Photo: Jesse Wild

I have to believe in my training. If my coach sets me something and I don t really believe in it, especially if it s a real hard session, I ll make sure I ask him.

I have to know the end game to the session.

If he sent me intervals, and I m saying why am I doing 20 second intervals when I want to be good at 25 mile time trials? , then he ll explain all the science behind it and then I ll see that it makes sense and I can commit myself to it.

>>> Pro rider tips for winter cycling7.

On the turbo, especially, minutes become hours so if it s fully broken down, I find the time goes a lot quicker because you re constantly thinking about the next interval.

The more structure you have, the better I train and that s especially true on a turbo trainer.


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  4. ^ >>> How to improve your V02 max (
  5. ^ >>> Training zones: what are they and why do they matter? (
  6. ^ >>> Turbo training sessions: Get the most out of your indoor training (
  7. ^ >>> Pro rider tips for winter cycling (