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In the Battle of the Golf Booking Sites EZLinks and GolfNow, Golfers Score As the Winners

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/31/2013, 1:30 PM

In April, the golf booking website EZLinks.com, founded in 1995, got a new CEO. He came over from Redbox, the DVD rental jukebox that took over seemingly every grocery store lobby in town. His objective is war. He wants to make EZLinks the dominant player in the online golf reservations game. Think of his site as an OpenTable, which match-makes customers with reservation times. There are o...

From Frommer's Forums: A Website That Compares the Value of Pre-Paid SIM Card Plans Worldwide

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/30/2013, 2:00 PM

Frommer's community member Drobert360 posted about a little-known tool for international travelers that could potentially save them hundreds on phone charges. The website is http://prepaidwithdata.wikia.com, and country by country, it lists the major available SIM card providers that provide data plans (for Android, iPhone, and iPad) and the ins and outs of each one's plans. Being a wiki, it's...

It Now Seems More Probable Than Ever That Some of Those "User-Generated" Reviews Were Written by Hotel Executives, Lauding their Own Properties and Condemning Their Competitors

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/29/2013, 3:45 PM

     A news item richocheting around the Internet tells of a top p.r. executive of Accor Hotels (world's largest hotel chain) who has admitted to writing 100 fake reviews for submission to TripAdvisor, praising his own hotels and castigating his competitors.  The news was revealed by a British p.r. firms called KwikChex, which has set for itself the task of defending hotels and hotel chains ag...

Add this Website to Your Vacation Planning Bookmarks: Hotel Coupons.com Can Halve the Going Rates

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/29/2013, 1:45 PM

Think about the times you have been on a road trip and you pulled over for a quick meal at a chain restaurant. You know those piles of free booklets piled by the door of seemingly every Denny's, Waffle House, or Perkins (and thousands of other places) in America?  Don't ignore them. Pick one up. One of the biggest titles is published nationwide by HotelCoupons.com, and its "Green Guide" ne...

Add this Website to Your Vacation Planning Bookmarks: Hotel Coupons.com Can Halve the Going Rates

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/29/2013, 1:45 PM

Think about the times you have been on a road trip and you pulled over for a quick meal at a chain restaurant. You know those piles of free booklets piled by the door of seemingly every Denny's, Waffle House, or Perkins (and thousands of other places) in America?  Don't ignore them. Pick one up. One of the biggest titles is published nationwide by HotelCoupons.com, and its "Green Guide" ne...

For Summer Road Trips, a Smartphone App That Avoids Traffic and Finds the Cheapest Gas

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/28/2013, 3:15 PM

Last week, at the Webby Awards, which is like the Oscars for online ventures, an interesting travel app took home the "Best Connected" prize. Here's what it can do: If you leave it running while you drive, it uses data from everyone else who also has it open and it determines the fastest route to your destination. So if there's an accident between you and your goal, when it finds out, it r...

Viking River Cruises Are Moving Into Ocean Cruising--And With a Different Approach That May Cause the Other Lines to Mend Their Ways

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/27/2013, 6:00 PM

        In an interview which we conducted yesterday on the Travel Show (wor710.com)  with the marketing vice-president of Viking River Cruises, we learned about plans they have to correct one of the most controversial policies of the longer-established ocean-cruising companies.  A great many travel pros were surprised by last week's announcement of Viking River Cruises that it is building...

In Sharp Contrast to Other European Travel Products, Mediterranean Cruises Are Slow to Sell This Summer, Opening Up All Sorts of Opportunities for You

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/25/2013, 8:15 PM

     "Carnival Cruises is pulling out of the Mediterranean".  That was the surprising headline of several days ago, indicating that the world's largest cruise line is facing tough sledding in selling cabins on its cruises of the storied Mediterranean.  Though the pull-out willl not occur until the spring and summer of 2014, the fact that Carnival is already acknowledging defeat is a big item o...

San Francisco's Bay Lights Are a New Tourist Attraction and Hotels Take Notice

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/24/2013, 1:00 PM

Since March, San Francisco's Bay Bridge has been bursting with light nightly from dusk to 2am. At 1.8 miles long and in places 500 feet tall, the Bay Lights is now the largest LED light display in the world. It's been a big year for moving LED displays on American landmarks. Last fall, New York City's Empire State Building got its own dancing display, although it is usually static and rare...

San Francisco's Bay Lights Are a New Tourist Attraction and Hotels Take Notice

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/24/2013, 1:00 PM

Since March, San Francisco's Bay Bridge has been bursting with light nightly from dusk to 2am. At 1.8 miles long and in places 500 feet tall, the Bay Lights is now the largest LED light display in the world. It's been a big year for moving LED displays on American landmarks. Last fall, New York City's Empire State Building got its own dancing display, although it is usually static and rare...

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