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Internet Use In Hotels Up 50%

Internet use by both business and leisure guests at hotels increased more than 50 percent in 2009, according to a new report by iBAHN, an Internet service provider for 2,200 hotels globally.

Hotel guests spent 60 percent more time online and downloaded 50 percent more data, based on tracked packet and session length information. This confirms the predictions from an iBAHN– commissioned, 2009 study of business travelers conducted by Ypartnership.

Houston Files Lawsuit Against Online Travel Companies
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The city of Houston has filed a lawsuit against online hotel bookers for keeping money the city claims should go towards its occupancy tax.

"We believe the (online) companies are, essentially, pocketing the money that should go to occupancy tax," Mayor Bill White told the Houston Chronicle. "It’s unfair to those who are paying the price where the full taxes are paid."

Farecast Launches Hotels Search

Travel search site Farecast has launched the beta version of its hotels search.

(Some) Hotels Get Special Yahoo Shortcuts

I’ve stayed in a pretty wide range of hotels; none of them seemed dangerous, but some were definitely less pleasant than others.  Now Yahoo Shortcuts is stepping up its effort to help users find the best possible lodgings.

Traveloctiy Tweaks Hotel Review Tool
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Travelocity has launched a new hotel review tool that provides users with more relevant results for their own personal tastes and interests.

Hotels Reserve Space In Yahoo Search

Yahoo has enabled some travel assistance within its search results for people looking for hotels at a vacation destination.

Local SEO – Comparing Hotel Sites

I’ve been doing a few local searches recently to find some examples of well-optimised Abingdon websites, I found a Google search for "Abingdon hotels" brought up an excellent example of both good and bad SEO for various local accommodation websites.

Google Base Changes Vertical Search Results
Google Base has a bunch of search verticals, mini search engines built on data uploaded to Base, and they’ve changed the results format of those search engines. The old:

Google Maps Get Photos, Weekend Trip Advice

For some of us, there’s nothing better than a good map…well, there are some things better that decent, modest folks won’t mention…which is why we squeal (not me, I don’t squeal) with delight as we watch online mapping services get better over time.

Maybe that’s because maps are reminders that there is much, much more out there than what you’ve seen…

Starwood Blog Misses the Point

Starwood Hotels & Resorts is the first major hotel company to make the leap into the blogosphere, says the Wall Street Journal, with a blog called TheLobby.com.

A Valentine for Google Click-to-Call

Dear Valentine,

Google Click to Call

Hey, this is interesting. Google is testing some pay per call ads with a program called Click to Call.

Google Tests Local Ads on Maps

ClickZ has details of a new experiment Google is conducting with ads on Google Maps.

Kayak Adds Google Maps To Hotel Search

An updated version of travel search engine Kayak.com provides Google Maps of hotel locations and lets users add hotels to the index.

Hotels Can’t Sleep On Bedbug Return

Cimex lectularius enjoys a strong comeback in the wake of ongoing bans on effective pesticides.

WebTrends Optimizes La Quinta Hotels with WebTrends 7 On Demand WebTrends Optimizes La Quinta Hotels with WebTrends 7 On Demand
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WebTrends, the web analytics market share leader and a business unit of NetIQ Corporation, today announced that La Quinta Corporation, one of the most recognized hotel chains in the United States with more than 560 hotels in 39 states has leveraged WebTrends 7 On Demand to optimize…

Yahoo FareChase Launches Beta for Hotels

The new Yahoo! FareChase hotel product offers a variety of powerful search, sorting, and refining capabilities, which are presented to users through an easy-to-use interface.

Trump Hotels and Equity Committee To Reach Agreement

Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts has reached a resolution that will result in the Equity Committee agreeing to support the Plan and withdrawing its opposition to the Plan.

Hilton Plans 50 Conrad Hotels by 2010

Hilton Hotels, Hilton International, and Conrad Hotels announced plans to have up to 50 Conrad Hotels by 2010.

Experienced Travelers Don’t Use Search Engines

MediaPost released some data about online travel searches and how only .47% of all online travel traffic is coming from the major travel search engines.

Priceline.com Partners with InterContinental Hotels Group

Priceline.com has been notified by InterContinental Hotels Group that its Name Your Own Price Priceline Hotels service and its Priceline Vacation Packages service have been certified as online distributors for IHG’s more than 3,500 hotels worldwide, including InterContinental Hotels and Resorts, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites.

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