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Arctic Adventure: Svalbard

Mid-February, Visit Svalbard invited me to discover the Norwegian archipelago Svalbard in the Arctic Ocean. Svalbard is the northernmost settlement in the world with a permanent civilian population. Longyearbyen, the largest settlement (2100 inhabitants) on the island of Spitsbergen is located 1338 km (831 mi) from…

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The spectacular rise of Club Carlson

Pic: Deluxe room at Park Plaza Soi 18 Sukhumvit Bangkok (July 2012) Pic: Rooftop Pool Sunset at Park Plaza Soi 18 Sukhumvit Bangkok (July 2012) Back in March 2011, the Carlson Hotel Group (Radisson, Radisson Blu, Park Inn, Park Plaza…

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Business Class Deluxe room at Radisson Blu Cebu

Pic: Guarded entrance gate Radisson Blu Cebu, Philippines (Nov 2011) Pic: Hotel sign at entrance Radisson Blu Cebu (Nov 2011) For my first night in the Philippines, I booked a room at the number 1 rated hotel for Cebu City…

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