By Anastasia Moloney, BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Child marriage is widely accepted in Brazil, where girls seek older husbands to escape from sexual and other violence in the home, or because of teenage pregnancies or the lack of job opportunities, according to new research. Continue reading →
By Walter Brandimarte, RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Brazil poses a larger threat of contagion for global financial markets than other emerging economies, far eclipsing Russia and China, Fitch Ratings said on Wednesday, giving highlights of an upcoming survey of European fixed-income investorsContinue reading →
More travelers are trading in their mousepads for the ease and convenience of booking trips on the go. Globally, mobile bookings are gaining notable traction among travelers, with more than one in four transactions booked on mobile devices, according to the 2014 Hotels.com® Hotel Price Index™ (HPI®). The data also revealed a significant over 80 percent increase in Hotels.com bookings made by U.S. mobile users, solidifying the importance of mobile for years to come.
Value in Last-Minute Bookings The last-minute booking trend has proven to be at the helm of the mobile surge, with 50 percent of travelers booking same or next-day hotel stays. Hotels.com mobile users are also privy to more than 20,000 mobile-exclusive, last-minute deals, making spontaneous travel plans more exciting and affordable.
Top Destinations for Mobile Users Domestically, the perennially popular destination of New York City (No. 3; $243)* took a back seat to Las Vegas(No. 1; $104)* and Orlando (No. 2; $94)*. Rounding out the top five domestic destinations are Los Angeles (No. 4; $151)* and San Diego (No. 5; $133)*.
U.S. mobile users were charmed by their northern neighbor, as two Canadian cities, Toronto (No. 3; $147)* andVancouver (No 5; $167)*, made the list of top international destinations. Travelers also jetted off to London (No. 1; $265)*, Cancun/Riviera Maya (No. 2; $242)* and Paris (No. 4; $245)*.
Hotels.com Advancements in Mobile Hotels.com continues to make inroads into mobile with the recently announced first Apple™ Watch compatible app. The app enables its users to seek nearby hotel deals, view upcoming reservations and locate their hotel via GPS.
Downloaded over 40 million times since launch, the Hotels.com portfolio of apps for various devices offers customers access to approximately 435,000 hotels worldwide, and access to more than 14 million genuine user reviews.
* The average prices paid by U.S. mobile users during the full year of 2014, according to the Hotel Price Index™.
– NBA Plays Preseason Game in Brazil for Third Consecutive Year –
The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced today that the Orlando Magic will face Flamengo, the current champion of the Brazilian Pro-Basketball Tournament (Novo Basquete Brasil – NBB) and FIBA’s Intercontinental Cup, in NBA Global Games Rio 2015 on Oct. 17 at HSBC Arena. This marks the third consecutive year that the league will play a preseason game in Brazil. Continue reading →