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Who Writes Hotel Reviews Anyway: The Demographics of Reviews and Reviewers

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Who Writes Hotel Reviews Anyway: The Demographics of Reviews and Reviewers Reviews are critical to the hotel industry’s success. In fact, they’re critical to just about any business, but hotels are especially vulnerable because a hotel stay is a big emotional and financial investment, and travelers want to get it right. So they read many hotel reviews, and read them ... Read More »

Who Will Review and Rank the Review Sites?

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Who Will Review and Rank the Review Sites? Or who will turn the tables and keep review sites and their reviews honest? By now we’ve heard enough to know fraudulent, unverified reviews on heretofore sacrosanct review sites are rampant. In many ways, they’re a violation of the trust travelers place in those sites. TripAdvisor has been cited by UK authorities ... Read More »

Inn Style: Cliffside Inn Review, Newport, RI

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Inn Style: Cliffside Inn Review, Newport, RI In the land of the Great Gatsby there’s no shortage of towering, masterpiece theatre- like mansions that look like PBS’ Downton Abbey. But for mere mortals interested in enjoying the sea, shops and charms of Newport, RI, we easily recommend the Cliffside Inn. This more modest masterpiece built in  1876, sits just above ... Read More »

Travel Tips, Trips and Traps: Update

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Travel Tips, Trips and Traps: Update In Travel, It’s Mobile That’s Seeing All The Growth Compared to overall online retail sales, online growth for travel is slow, indicating maturity in the market. However, the US mobile travel market is growing more quickly, and the number of mobile users booking travel on their devices is expected to more than double until ... Read More »

​Women ‘Family Travel’ Bloggers Rule

Women Family Travel Bloggers Rule the Internet Used to be they were called “mommybloggers,” but that was before their Klout scores soared and corporations avidly courted them. And while I may be exaggerating, I’m not by much. This group of bright, engaged mothers (and some dads) who travel with their kids and run homes and blog, now run the family ... Read More »

Babymoons, Booties and B&Bs

Babymoons, Booties and B&Bs Jennifer and Craig Ruckert, a very attractive 30 something couple were sitting in front of a terrific fire, enjoying some great cheeses and local wines, a regular pre-dinner ritual  at the Tidewater Inn, in the laid back, classy Connecticut shore town of Madison. Except Jennifer wasn’t drinking wine. She was nursing a sparkling-something drink because she’s ... Read More »

When Technology Fails: Guests Locked Out of Rooms

When Technology Fails: Guests Locked Out of Rooms Guests at the Denver Marriott Tech Center would have loved a set of hard keys to their rooms on New Year’s Eve because, as if by magic, a computer malfunction locked every guest out of their hotel rooms. And locked the elevators shut. Bad enough, but this was just before the stroke ... Read More »

Can You Find (and Trust) a Babysitter When You Travel?

Finding (and trusting) a Babysitter While Traveling It’s not easy or always reassuring. You’re on the road for a family vacation. You’ve done lots of family-friendly things and now you and your significant other want a night out. Or at least a dinner in the hotel’s much touted dinning room. But who’ll watch the kids? Hotels will often provide staff ... Read More »

Battle of the Review Giants: HolidayCheck vs. TripAdvisor

Battle of the Review Giants: HolidayCheck vs. TripAdvisor In the unfolding drama of  TripAdvisor vs. Fake Reviews that has played out in various travel publications, HolidayCheck has upped the stakes by trumpeting its differences with TripAdvisor relative to the integrity of hotel reviews. In fact, the Swiss-based online travel portal, Europe’s largest, wasted no time in setting out its marketing ... Read More »

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