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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 »

Buying Fake Reviews on TripAdvisor

Paying for Positive Reviews on TripAdvisor If power corrupts then as they say absolute power corrupts absolutely. TripAdvisor, with it’s 45 million reviews of some 500,000 destinations is the undisputed powerhouse in shaping people’s perceptions of what hotel they should stay in and where. Good or bad reviews on the giant site can profoundly affect a hotel’s bottom line. So ... 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 »

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 »

Why Hotel Information Matters More Than Airline Stuff

Curated Hotel Information vs Crowd-sourced Content Sarah Lacy, in her typically classy and insightful travel content, points out in TechCrunch that basically we all know what to expect from an airline, no matter what airline or in what country. We all get the bad legroom, the free soda, the predictable (if you’re lucky) arrival and departure times) all of which ... Read More »

Groupon & Expedia Deal Means Deep Discounts for Travelers

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Groupon & Expedia Deal Means Deep Discounts for Travelers It certainly was a deal that most people either saw coming or could easily imagine: Groupon and Expedia launching “Groupon Getaways With Expedia.” The new company, says Hotelmarketing.com, will offer consumers deeply discounted deals from among the 135,000 hotels in Expedia’s data base…and then the partnership will move on to offer ... Read More »

“B&B Kick Gas” Campaign Drives More Visitors to B&Bs

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“B&B Kick Gas” Campaign Drives More Visitors to B&Bs After paying $4.45 a gallon for gas in Connecticut, the idea of $6/gallon prices before the end of the summer seems more probable than possible, recent slight trends downward not withstanding. And this, according to Marti Mayne, B&B marketing guru, is making travelers very anxious about their summer vacation plans. Mayne ... Read More »

Wrong Goals in Arab World Tourism Development?

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Wrong Goals in Arab World Tourism Development? The usually upbeat Arab News.com was, as usual, upbeat in projecting solid growth for Middle East tourism, even as it writes off 2011 because of home-grown revolutions against Arab dictators. Quite literally banking on the area’s historic and religious sites, its world-class shopping, infrastructure and growing wealth, the site reports that “the tourism ... Read More »

Hotel Ratings Fraud

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Hotel Rating Inflation So far no international classification for hotels exists, but that hasn’t stopped ambitious hotel marketers from slapping any number of stars, diamonds, cacti on their properties and touting them as 5 or 6 or even 7 star properties, whatever that may mean in real service and amenities. I think the ratings inflation trend began with the Xanadu-like ... Read More »

LivingSocial Adds Hotels and Dealradar Delivers Deals

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LivingSocial Adds Hotels and Dealradar Delivers Deals Not so long ago, the new, travel “catch term” in a struggling travel economy was the “staycation”. The idea that people could really vacation in their own back yards, getting to know, appreciate and experience their own neighborhoods was novel, and widely accepted. It made sense. Many of us don’t really know our ... Read More »

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