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London, Rome, Paris Top TripAdvisor's Most-Reviewed Cities List

London, Rome, Paris Top TripAdvisor's Most-Reviewed Cities List Dec 17th, 2013 at 2:11PM: Alamy The litany of year-end travel-related lists continues. Today, it's TripAdvisor, which unveiled its most reviewed cities. Leading the way: London, Rome and Paris, according to the Telegraph. The top U.S city was New York, which ranked fourth overall -- a stunning blow for American exceptionalism....

New York City Expected to be Top Thanksgiving Destination

New York City Expected to be Top Thanksgiving Destination Nov 19th, 2013 at 2:05PM: Associated Press Whether it's for the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, to visit relatives or just to do a little drinking, New York City is expected to be the top U.S. travel destination this Thanksgiving, according to TripAdvisor. If you're planning on being part of that in-crowd, here are some dining and entertainment options for you. And if you're heading home to New York City,...

Tour Owner's Response to Bad TripAdvisor Review Recorded, Set to Music

Tour Owner's Response to Bad TripAdvisor Review Recorded, Set to Music Nov 15th, 2013 at 4:45PM: Flickr/Silentsnake09 It's a story almost as old as the Grand Tour of Europe itself: traveler takes tour in Italy, traveler gives it a poor review on TripAdvisor, guide allegedly calls traveler to complain about the review, traveler records phone call, call gets set to music and posted on YouTube where its language makes it NSFW (at least without earphones).....

Should Travel Reviewers Be Anonymous?

Should Travel Reviewers Be Anonymous? Jul 24th, 2013 at 4:00PM: Alamy Yesterday New York Times reporter Pete Wells published a review of the Manhattan French restaurant Daniel, removing one of its four stars in part because of the unequal treatment he received as a recognized journalist. He and a lesser-known colleague ordered the same meal, but had totally different experiences, with Wells receiving additional items, extra wine pours, and more doting service....

Prehistoric Bones Big Draw To Small Indiana Town

Prehistoric Bones Big Draw To Small Indiana Town Jul 8th, 2013 at 5:00PM: Courtesy Indiana Caverns (Photo by Matt Forir) The small town of Corydon in southern Indiana may soon get an influx of tourists thanks to a new attraction. Just discovered a few years ago, much of what is now Indiana Caverns was inaccessible to the public because all entrances were on private land. But a new passage not only opens up the underground caverns to the public, it gives visitors access...

New Airline Ratings Resource: It's All About You, Eventually

New Airline Ratings Resource: It's All About You, Eventually Jun 15th, 2013 at 2:00PM: Chris Owen Pretend you had never been a passenger on one of today's commercial airlines, but had the need to choose one. How would you do that? Look for airlines with a good safety record? One that is rated highly on service, a low cost leader or some other criteria that is important to you? A new, free airline rating service promises to cover all that and more. Launched this week,...

TripAdvisor Dealt Another Blow: Hotel PR Exec Admits To Posting 100 Fake Reviews Online

TripAdvisor Dealt Another Blow: Hotel PR Exec Admits To Posting 100 Fake Reviews Online May 28th, 2013 at 2:00PM: TripAdvisor Hotel and travel review site TripAdvisor.com has come under fire in recent years for the abundance of fake reviews on its website, but many travelers still see the platform as the industry's leading place for "real" information about a hotel or destination. But the site was dealt another blow this week when Peter Hook, a general manager of communications with Accor hotels in...

Jetsetter Purchased By TripAdvisor, What Does This Mean For Flash Sales And Travel?

Jetsetter Purchased By TripAdvisor, What Does This Mean For Flash Sales And Travel? Apr 12th, 2013 at 1:00PM: Flash sale site Gilt Groupe has unloaded its lagging travel brand Jetsetter, which was quickly snapped up by TripAdvisor, news outlets reported this week. Despite offering a well-respected reputation in the industry for decent flash sale deals for consumers interested in luxury travel experiences and recent advancements in its mobile application with tonight-only deals, Jetsetter has not been a...

Get Personalized Guides For Food And Drink With Eight Spots

Get Personalized Guides For Food And Drink With Eight Spots Mar 28th, 2013 at 2:00PM: If you are traveling in a big city and want restaurant recommendations, it can be overwhelming to turn to online review sites like Trip Advisor or Yelp that list hundreds of places, many of which are irrelevant to your tastes and preferences. A new website launches today, giving you personalized guides of where to eat and drink, focused on spots you'll like. Eight Spots gives you just that: a list...

Facebook Timeline For Travel Industry

Facebook Timeline For Travel Industry Mar 21st, 2013 at 1:00PM: The World Travel and Tourism Council has introduced a fun element to their Facebook page: rather than a timeline of their own milestones, they've designed a timeline highlighting all of the events in the travel industry. Starting in 1400 with the first passport, and ending with the 1,000,000,000 international tourist arrival in December 2012, it puts the whole development of tourism in context....

Cheap Spring Break Ideas For Broke People

Cheap Spring Break Ideas For Broke People Mar 17th, 2013 at 4:00PM: Spring break may be full of fun, sun and adventure for students and families who plan ahead, budget wisely or just have travel as a priority when it comes to spending. Some make wise, thoughtful decisions on where to go, while others head out on the open road with no plans at all. Spring break can be a time of renewing, head-clearing goodness that resets brainpower, allowing a return to school or...

Budget Guide 2013: Columbus, Ohio

Budget Guide 2013: Columbus, Ohio Jan 31st, 2013 at 11:00AM: Columbus, Ohio, is known as both "Cowtown" and "The Biggest Small Town in America," nicknames that begin to shed light on the destination's Midwest charm mixed with big city amenities. Relative to other urban centers, the streets are safe and the people are friendly, yet you'll find restaurants, galleries, shops and other attractions that have Columbus competing with cities two and three...

Updated SeatGuru Brings New Features, Recommendations

Updated SeatGuru Brings New Features, Recommendations Jan 25th, 2013 at 2:00PM: SeatGuru has been providing unbiased seat information to air travelers, removing some of the mystery when selecting an airline seat, for over ten years. Tapping a rich library of flier reviews and tips, SeatGuru has hundreds of airline seat maps covering nearly 100 airlines, enabling travelers to find the best seats before they fly. Now, SeatGuru has a new look, better layout and more content in...

TripAdvisor Review Costs Hotel Employee His Job

TripAdvisor Review Costs Hotel Employee His Job Oct 11th, 2012 at 2:00PM: While many travelers enjoy using TripAdvisor to browse reviews of hotels and excursions, employees of tourism organizations have reason to fear the popular website and its unverified critiques. In fact, Fred Keeler, a former bartender at the Four Points by Sheraton Philadelphia Northeast hotel for almost 14 years, was fired after being the target of a TripAdvisor review. "I've never heard of...

A Conversation With Rick Steves

A Conversation With Rick Steves Sep 18th, 2012 at 10:00AM: Rick Steves doesn't want you to go to Orlando. For more than thirty years, Steves has been trying to sell Americans on leaving the country in his work as a tour guide, author and host of the PBS Series "Rick Steves' Europe." These days, Steves thinks that it's more important than ever for Americans to travel overseas, both to broaden their own horizons and to serve as citizen diplomats who can...

Fitness A Popular Travel Option Says Survey, Cruise Lines

Fitness A Popular Travel Option Says Survey, Cruise Lines Jul 19th, 2012 at 6:00PM: Fitness centers have been a standard amenity at hotels, resorts and on cruise ships for quite some time. Used or not, those facilities boast some of the latest equipment along with programs designed to maintain physical fitness on the road. Results of a new survey suggest a growing variety of reasons to work out while traveling, something cruise lines know all too well. "Among those that...

How To Spot Deceptive Hotel Websites And Fraudulent Trip Advisor Reviews

How To Spot Deceptive Hotel Websites And Fraudulent Trip Advisor Reviews Jun 29th, 2012 at 9:00AM: I was seduced by a lovely brunette lounging in what looked like a gorgeous pool. But I was looking for a hotel in Naxos, not a date, and should have known better. The website of the Aeolis Hotel looked superb, the price was right, and when I read a review of the place on Trip Advisor, which claimed the hotel offered "5 stars rooms," I was sold. But when I showed up at this hotel with my family...

Popular Guidebooks Go Digital

Popular Guidebooks Go Digital May 4th, 2012 at 2:00PM: Frommer's has a new series of guidebooks out. Nothing new there; that's what they do. Unique to Frommer's new "Day by Day" series though is that they are digital guides, which allow users to search, bookmark and navigate through the content easily. Enabled by Inkling (the interactive textbook people), the Frommer's "Day by Day" digital books retail between $10 and $15, and are available as...

Travelers Want To Be More Eco-Friendly, Says TripAdvisor Survey, But Hotels Need To Do More

Travelers Want To Be More Eco-Friendly, Says TripAdvisor Survey, But Hotels Need To Do More Apr 22nd, 2012 at 9:00PM: According to a new survey from TripAdvisor, 71 percent of travelers say they plan to make more "eco-friendly" travel decisions in the next 12 months, compared to 65 percent in the past 12 months. But with varying opinions on what constitutes eco-friendly anything these days, what does that mean? As per the release, the top "eco-friendly" efforts practiced by individuals participating in the...

TripAdvisor Names Best Hotels For Families

TripAdvisor Names Best Hotels For Families Apr 17th, 2012 at 2:00PM: Want to know where to travel with the kids? TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel review site, has named their top family-friendly hotels in 25 markets around the world, based on those ranked highest by travelers who identified themselves as traveling with family in their reviews. The good news? The hotels on the list aren't too pricey – the average rate is $274 per night with...

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