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Can Nude Travel Increase the Bottom Line?

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Nude Travel Increases the Bottom Line There are 270 clubs and resorts in the United States, Canada, Mexico offering clothes free vacations of all kinds. And the American Association for Nude Recreation reports 213,000 members spending 400 million plus bucks on nude vacations. It’s a global industry. The Florida-based site is pretty savvy about its mission (“to responsibly enjoy nudity ... Read More »

Are Social Media Travel Sites a Bust?

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Are Social Travel Sites a Bust? The header at Hotelmarketing was pretty blunt:  Social travel sites are screaming for attention-but users and suppliers are not impressed. According to the latest PhoCusWright data, social media in general generates so little traffic to travel websites it makes anyone wonder if there really is a need for “dedicated social media sites for travel.” ... Read More »

FlightCar Engages Collaborative Consumption With Car Shares

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A rising star called FlightCar is going up against Avis, Enterprise and Hertz in the $11 billion airport car rental industry. Since February, it’s been offering car-share rentals at 50%-70% off conventional rental prices and giving car owners ecological and financial incentives to share. The collaborative travel and car sharing trends the service represents could be good news for travelers.  ... Read More »

TripAdvisor’s Big Blunder

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Did TripAdvisor Make a Big Mistake in Removing Reviews? The case involves Mr. Ziggy Hussain who runs the popular Ziggy’s Spice House in downtown Halifax (Nova Scotia), Canada. According to the Halifax Courier, TripAdvisor summarily removed 280 reviews after its “fraud detection system indicated suspicious activity.” The result: Hussain’s restaurant was demoted from the number one position in the town ... Read More »

How TripAdvisor Bested Expedia

How TripAdvisor Bested Expedia The Wall Street Journal report pretty much says it all: At $6.9 billion, Expedia is now worth 40% less than TripAdvisor, which is worth more than $11billion. How did TripAdvisor, a recent former subsidiary of Expedia, pull off such a gain when just a year and a half ago, it was an Expedia holding? Hotelmarketing quite ... Read More »

The Perfect Travel Website

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The Perfect Travel Website Seeking the perfect travel website is a bit like seeking the Holy Grail. A long, usually fruitless endeavor. But if the perfect travel website is ever built, we’re pretty sure “they will come.” And maybe the website that Fi designed is it. For now, at best, most if not all travel web sites are pretty “ho ... Read More »

Travel, or Refrigerators and Stoves?

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Travel, or Refrigerators and  Stoves So, it was an easy chat with a friend who knew I had something to do with the travel biz. He knew I traveled. He knew I produced content (videos, Audio PostCards, travel news reports, trends) for our own site, New Media Travel,  Technorati Travel,  Tripatini, and others. But he was fixated on the actual ... Read More »

Data Darwinism: Good, Bad and Ugly Reviews, and Who Writes Them

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Data Darwinism: Good, Bad and Ugly Reviews, and Who Writes Them Reviews do matter, but what seems to matter more is who writes them, and the question, can they be predicted? And it seems Airbnb is saying, “yes.” Booking an Airbnb place anywhere can be a 50-50 proposition, but it’s the very unpredictability and rich individuality of each place that ... Read More »

Making Business Travelers Happy

Making Business Travelers Happy Business road warriors have at least this much in common with ET: Calling home while away is their top priority. But it seems in the 21st century, just hearing a voice on the telephone no longer suffices. And that means they expect free Internet connections. The InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) says it very clearly: “Being able ... Read More »

Social Media’s Big Data Puts the Fun Back in Travel

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Social Media’s Big Data Puts the Fun Back in Travel “Big Data” derived from social media has almost become a buzz word in decision-making, product-innovation circles. Now, a report coming out of Amadeus, a technology company that provides IT solutions to the travel and tourism industry, says that big data is poised to “shape the future of the travel industry.” ... Read More »

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