Travelistic, Experience Rewards and other “strangers” or some usefull stuff

February 26, 2007 at 12:10 pm | Posted in Europe, hotels, internet, news, video | Leave a comment

Going through different web pages and RSS feeds I gathered some interesting and usefull stuff both for hoteliers and travelers. So here we go:

  • Travelistic.com – as they claim themselves “videos for travelers”. Site contains both professional (like BBC) and amateur videos of places, events and hotels.
  • Subway Maps – now this may be very usefull place. Site contains subway maps of cities all over the world. Maps are printable as PDF or Word documents.
  • HotelClub has anounced survey (competition or award if you wish) for Best Great Britain and Ireland`s hotels. Tell them about your favourite hotel and You may get one of the prizes. Nominations are open till March 31. You can vote for three hotels, like 1st choice, 2nd choice and 3rd choise, rating rooms, cleanliness, location, staff and other features.
  • TripAdvisor has nominated Westin Excelsior, Florence (from Starwood Hotels group) to be Best Service -Europe hotel. Of only we could fully trust TripAdvisor`s reviews…By the way, TA has it`s own blog now.
  • 2006 Travelers' Choice - www.tripadvisor.comVivatour 2007, travel trade exibition in Lithuania happens 2nd – 4th March in Vilnius.
  • Online travel giants such as Expedia.com, Priceline.com and Travelocity.com says, that their sales are growing in Europe market for 20 and more percents. Such growth has several reasons. One is that Europeans were slower at using internet for online travel purchases, but now they are catching up. Second, Europeans travel more than Americans and Europe is huge market itself. Third, Europe`s travel market is fragmented with many small lodging and travel companies. These companies have found out the power of e-comerce.  

“Small hotel chains that don’t have the wherewithal to reach intended customers have finally discovered the power of the Web,” said Scott Kessler, an equity analyst for Standard & Poor’s.

Merchant hotel dealings — buying rooms in bulk from hotels and selling them at discounts to consumers on Web sites — is also picking up in Europe. This is helping online travel agencies, which have seen this practice wither in the U.S. as large hotel chains balk at offering deeply discounted rooms.

More at Investors.com here

  • Hilton Hotels has launched new rewards category, Experience Rewards. It`s new level in hotel loyalty programmes. Hilton Honours members with those rewards can use points for different experiences, from sky diving to private yoga lessons, for example. Seems, that for now it`s only for USA market.
  • Two new web pages for Europe hoteliers considering online booking possibilities. Check out Kayak.com and Lonely Planet. Kayak has launched Kayak.co.uk and signed cooperation with Amadeus to provide cheaper airline deals for Europe. Lonely Planet has launched Lonely Planet Haystack. It`s LP author reviewed and recomended online accommodation booking service. They got more than 1000 properties in more than 58 countries and list is growing. As they say

We launched Haystack because we believe that travellers want to find and book accommodation that is unique and that they can trust. We also want to offer travellers the opportunity to book accommodation at places that you won’t find anywhere else on the internet.

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