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Google+ Local and Google Places for Hotels - The Ultimate Guide

Google+ Local and Google Places for Hotels - The Ultimate Guide | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Google has made a mess of things with all of their Google Local pages, maps, and products. In this article, we break it all down and offer instructions.

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Good descriptions of what the heck is going on with Google. It's a mess and this post at least helps make sense of it. 

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#Marriott to track guests and offer deals via mobile

#Marriott to track guests and offer deals via mobile | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
USA TODAY Marriott to track guests and offer deals via mobile USA TODAY Robert Cole, founder of RockCheetah, a hotel marketing strategy and travel technology consulting firm, says other hotels are starting to experiment with "geo-targeting." He...

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Are Travel Upgrades Worth it?

Are Travel Upgrades Worth it? | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Are hotel upgrades and flight upgrades actually worth it? Find out from George Hobica, founder of travel site AirfareWatchdog.com.
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Ads for Zoo Exhibit Give New Meaning to ‘Animal House’

Ads for Zoo Exhibit Give New Meaning to ‘Animal House’ | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
The campaign is designed to promote the Los Angeles Zoo’s new rain forest attraction.
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TSA to U.S.-Bound Flyers: Turn On Your Cellphones Before Boarding

TSA to U.S.-Bound Flyers: Turn On Your Cellphones Before Boarding | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
The TSA has introduced a new rule that requires passengers traveling directly to the U.S. to turn on their cellphones before boarding airplanes.
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How to avoid bad web reviews from hotel guests by being fab offline

How to avoid bad web reviews from hotel guests by being fab offline | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
In the hotel industry, no matter how much you are on top of your game, and how hard you try, sometimes things simply do not go as planned.
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Going keyless is the key: The hotel room key goes mobile

Going keyless is the key: The hotel room key goes mobile | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
The hotel room key card may become as obsolete as the brass room key. Door lock vendors have developed the technology to let Smartphones function as keys.
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Spring Airlines trials Google Glass for customer service

Spring Airlines trials Google Glass for customer service | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Chinese LCC Spring Airlines has become the first airline to equip its flight attendants with Google Glass to help improve onboard customer service.
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Breathtaking Road Trip Instagrams

Breathtaking Road Trip Instagrams | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
The top's rolled down, the pavement stretches on, and there's nothing but a ceiling of blue sky above: These Instagrammers inspire us to pack our bags and hit the road.
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30 Gorgeous Travel Locations: Most-Pinned Places on Earth

30 Gorgeous Travel Locations: Most-Pinned Places on Earth | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
See which destinations broke the top 30 most-pinned places on earth, based on more than 750 million place pins on Pinterest.
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United Airlines Loses Rory McIlroy's Golf Clubs, Then Totally Redeems Itself

United Airlines Loses Rory McIlroy's Golf Clubs, Then Totally Redeems Itself | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
On Rory McIlroy's flight to Dublin where he was scheduled to tee off in the Irish Open, United Airlines lost the golfer's clubs. But they worked it out on Twitter.
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Visit Orlando Plans Visit to NYC for US Open

Visit Orlando Plans Visit to NYC for US Open | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

Looking to add to the already record number of people who travel to the area, Visit Orlando, the region's official tourism association has signed a global alliance with the U.S. Tennis Assn.,  the sport's national governing body, which includes status as the exclusive global tourism partner of the grand slam U.S. Open.

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Albuquerque sparkles on Travelocity's July 4 travel list

Albuquerque sparkles on Travelocity's July 4 travel list | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Albuquerque’s cheap hotel rates have ranked it as one of the top 10 spots for a Fourth of July vacation.
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Hotels Should Manage Their 'Voice' Reputations - By Doug Kennedy :: Hospitality Trends

Hotels Should Manage Their 'Voice' Reputations - By Doug Kennedy :: Hospitality Trends | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Most hoteliers these days seem well aware of the importance of managing their online reputations by monitoring social media postings and online guest reviews. However many are neglecting the reputations they are making every day based on their agents performance on their 'voice' channels.

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Study: Business travelers value reputation

Study: Business travelers value reputation | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
According to a study presented at HSMAI’s ROC, the sentiment of reviews is the most important factor in business travelers’ booking decisions.
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Why You Should Use Priceline for Your Next Car Rental

Why You Should Use Priceline for Your Next Car Rental | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Online booking site Priceline.com recently launched a feature that lets users reserve luxury and specialty cars through Avis, Budget, Hertz, and Sixt.
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The Honeymooning Habits of Marrying Millennials in the U.S.

The Honeymooning Habits of Marrying Millennials in the U.S. | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
The millennial generation -- a prime target among travel marketers -- is growing up and starting to get married. We look at their honeymooning habits.
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Facebook Testing Local Rankings On Pages For Restaurants, Hotels? - AllFacebook

Facebook Testing Local Rankings On Pages For Restaurants, Hotels? - AllFacebook | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Facebook appears to be experimenting with a little dash of Yelp on its pages for business such as restaurants and hotels, as local rankings are appearing on some of those pages.
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British Airways' 'Happiness Blanket' Changes Color With Flyers' Moods

British Airways' 'Happiness Blanket' Changes Color With Flyers' Moods | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
British Airways, the airline that pioneered the flat-bed seats in the 1990s, has taken the business of in-flight sleep to its next (logical? absurd?) level: The airline has deve...
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How well do 100 major accommodation and destination websites perform on mobile?

How well do 100 major accommodation and destination websites perform on mobile? | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
When it comes to mobile website experience among hotel and destination related websites, the top seven positions are taken by hotel brands.
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Welcome to the Good Country Index, a new way of looking at the world

Welcome to the Good Country Index, a new way of looking at the world | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

"The idea of the Good Country Index is pretty simple: to measure what each country on earth contributes to the common good of humanity, and what it takes away. Using a wide range of data from the U.N. and other international organisations, we’ve given each country a balance-sheet to show at a glance whether it’s a net creditor to mankind, a burden on the planet, or something in between."


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There are 125 country balance sheets graded across seven categories, including things like science and technology, world order, prosperity and equality and health and wellbeing. Each of those seven has got five datasets in them. Take for example world order. That includes five data sets representing things like how much each country gives in charity and overseas development, its population growth, and its status of ratification and signatories of UN treaties.

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Win a wedding by the mayor — Seattle launches gay tourism sweepstakes

Win a wedding by the mayor — Seattle launches gay tourism sweepstakes | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
In a bid to attract more gay and lesbian travelers, Visit Seattle is rolling out a national Marry Me in Seattle sweepstakes. Prizes include having Mayor Ed Murray preside at your wedding.
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Hot heads the only downside of Google Glass for Copenhagen Airport

Hot heads the only downside of Google Glass for Copenhagen Airport | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Hot on the heels of its Google Glass trial with Virgin Atlantic, SITA has unveiled a second pilot scheme, this time at Copenhagen Airport.
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Delta social media giraffe gaffe offers reminder for rest of World Cup

Delta social media giraffe gaffe offers reminder for rest of World Cup | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Delta Airlines had the first highly visible error in the increasingly lucrative - and high stakes - real-time marketing game.
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Chinese toast wine tourism

Chinese toast wine tourism | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Countries are working to lure a bigger chunk of the growing number of winery visitors from the world's second-largest economy.

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Using emotion and LOVE to make a successful hotel

Using emotion and LOVE to make a successful hotel | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

“…Lovemarks thinking works—anywhere, anytime. All it takes is having the brains to implement it, the guts to see it through, and an abiding faith in emotion as your compass.” – Brian Sheehan


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WIHPhotel's curator insight, June 17, 2:55 AM

Brian Sheehan and the CEO worldwide of Saatchi & Saatchi got together to write a book about how creating a love for your company (or hotel in our case) is how you build a company that lasts. Replace "brand" or "company" by "hotel" and you have the recipe for a big success.