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Hotel Shampoos, Tubs and Taxes

Hotel  Shampoos, Tubs and Taxes It’s not one of travel’s burning issues: shower wall shampoo and conditioner or those small bottles that travelers can take home if they don’t use them? Or even if they do. So it was interesting to read that Hotelmarketing.com was just as curious, and asked the question. But the AP’s Beth Harpaz, in a piece ... Read More »

Social Media Bullies Hold Hotels Hostage

Social Media Bullies Hold Hotels Hostage There is no doubt that hotels and retail will go to great lengths to avoid negative publicity. It’s in their DNA. In many instances, whether or not a guest or customer’s complaint is legitimate or warranted, companies, and hotels in particular, will “buy” the guests good will or silence by providing an upgrade or ... Read More »

TripAdvisor Hits 50 Million Mark. Last Hurrah?

TripAdvisor Hits 50 Million Mark. Last Hurrah? The Champagne should have been popping in the Massachusetts offices of TripAdvisor when it was announced that the review giant just became the first stand-alone travel site to top 50 million unique visitors a month. Using data from Comscore, TripAdvisor reported that the big event happened July 2011 when traffic was up 22% ... Read More »

Government Investigates Fake TripAdvisor Reviews

Government Investigates Fake TripAdvisor Reviews A few weeks back we reported on the stink being raised by the discovery that hotels were bribing their guests with discounts and free room stays if they wrote positive reviews about a property. We noted the corrupt or compromised reviews seemed most prevalent  in UK, and quoted TripAdvisor’s UK spokesperson as being rigorously opposed ... Read More »

Acadian Culture, Alive and Well in New Brunswick, Canada

Acadian Culture, Alive and Well in New Brunswick, Canada “This is the forest primeval. The murmuring pines and the hemlocks…” And so goes the epic, deeply moving poem of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, about the star-crossed romance  of two Acadian lovers, Evangeline and Gabriel, lost to each other on their wedding day in the harsh deportation of the French Acadians from ... Read More »

Southampton Inn: Close to the Stars but Down to Earth

Southampton Inn: Close to the Stars but Down to Earth A random drive along First Neck Lane in fabled Southampton, Long Island, New York brings you very close to gorgeous homes with endless driveways, selling for 20 to 80 million dollars, and that’s in a depressed housing market. But a few feet away is the Southampton Inn an attractive, Tudor ... Read More »

Traveling With Pets: Fido, Your Bone and Room are Ready…

Traveling With Pets: Fido, Your Bone and Room are Ready… A huge 14 per cent of Americans travel with their pets, that’s 36 million households, so hotels and inns are creating pet-friendly rooms or floors to make traveling with Fido or Muffy easier, and safer. Some Westins, a brand of Starwood Hotels it clear they want your pet to feel ... Read More »

Best Picks for Summertime Travel Novels

Summertime Travel Novels It’s summer “ and the reading should be easy,” so I came up with a short list of a few travel novels that I found especially rich and exciting. Very often a travel novel is a far better read than a guide book. It creates a vividness and depth of a town or village or city more ... Read More »

The Appeal of Intimacy: B &B’s Make a Come Back

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Bed and Breakfasts Make a Come Back: What’s the Appeal? Not so long ago we reported on the study that most travelers avoided Bed and Breakfasts as a destination or place to stay. The reasons primarily had to do with lack of familiarity with the B &B culture, and the apparent preference of younger travelers for the anonymity of a ... Read More »

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