Lodging Interactive Rolls Out Mobile Website Design & Marketing Services for Hotels

Lodging Interactive, a leading interactive marketing agency servicing
the hospitality industry, today announced the roll out of its mobile
website design and mobile marketing services for hotels. Lodging
Interactive's new mobile services enables hotel websites to be rendered
on all major smart phones and cell phones and provides direct website
reservations capabilities for mobile users.

Lodging Interactive Mobile Services

Survey shows demand for leisure travel remains stable

The recent fluctuations of the U.S. stock market are beginning to
affect the leisure travel plans and habits of Americans, according to
the most recent travelhorizons(TM) survey, co-authored by Ypartnership,
a worldwide marketing services firm that specializes in the travel
industry, and the Travel Industry Association (TIA) in Washington, D.C.
The nationally-projectable survey of approximately 2,300 U.S. adults
was conducted during the week of October 13, 2008.

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Travel websites usher in new era of guest reviews – Hotel & Motel Management

Travel websites usher in new era of guest reviews – Hotel & Motel Management.

CONVERSATION

The age of the customer comment card has passed.Today, hotel guests have the endless expanse of the Internet on which to write
their rants and raves about properties around the world.

The playing field has been leveled for everyone, from the ubiquitous brand giants to the smallest independents, as they each
battle the same monster: online customer reviews and their effects.


FRetailers Get Social with Facebook – eMarketer

Facebook is the social media site of choice for many US online retailers, judging by an August 2008 study by Internet Retailer and Vovici.

Nearly one-third of responding businesses said they had a
Facebook page, compared with 27% that had a MySpace page and just over
one-quarter that had a page on YouTube.

Retailers Get Social with Facebook – eMarketer.

Paul Gillin’s Social Media Report: Tips for Dealing with Online Negativity – iContact Community

Paul Gillin's Social Media Report: Tips for Dealing with Online Negativity – iContact Community.

Anyone who embarks upon a social
media campaign risks opening him- or herself to attack. Even the most
noble causes can run afoul of extremists. In the vast majority of
cases, these problems can be contained with sufficient planning. The
trick is not to get caught flat-footed by criticism you didn’t expect.
In fact, when managed professionally, negativity can actually enhance
your image by demonstrating that you’ve thought through the issues in
detail.

Hospitality Net – Industry News – TripAdvisor Travelers Offer Glimpse into 2009 Trends

Hospitality Net – Industry News – TripAdvisor Travelers Offer Glimpse into 2009 Trends.

TripAdvisor(R), the world's largest travel community, today announced
the results of its annual travel trends survey of more than 3,000 U.S.
travelers. The primary trends identified are that travelers appear to
be going lean and green by visiting national parks, hiking, and
engaging in adventure activities. A greater amount of Americans said
they will be environmentally conscious in their travel decisions in
2009, and more plan to visit eco-friendly hotels in the coming year.

Pew Internet report: Search engine use grows – DMNews

Pew Internet report: Search engine use grows – DMNews.

Search engine use continues to grow,
with 49% of Internet users saying they use search engines on a typical
day, according to a Pew Internet & American Life Project report
released this week.

 

“People are basically putting
themselves in the driver's seat,” said Susannah Fox, an associate
director at the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life
Project. “They have ideas about what they want to find vs. waiting for
it to be served up to them.”

Google Puts Tunes From YouTube a Click Away – NYTimes.com

SAN FRANCISCO — In its continuing effort to find a way to make money from its YouTube unit, Google introduced on Tuesday a type of e-commerce ad that YouTube users can click to buy digital goods from Apple’s iTunes or Amazon.com.

Google Puts Tunes From YouTube a Click Away – NYTimes.com.

Phocuswright Re-Examines its Top 10 Predictions For Travel Technology In 2008 :: Hotel Resource

Phocuswright Re-Examines its Top 10 Predictions For Travel Technology In 2008 :: Hotel Resource.

In March, PhoCusWright predicted the top 10 trends and themes in travel technology for 2008. The accuracy of those predictions will be explored at The PhoCusWright Conference next week-especially during The Travel Innovation Summit that kicks off the conference on November 17.

How Much Will Online Travel Slow? – eMarketer

How Much Will Online Travel Slow? – eMarketer.

Online travel bookings will total $98.2 billion in 2008, up just 9% over 2007, according to PhoCusWright. The company said that some online travel providers would fare better than others, with rail sales growing by 28%, while hotel bookings would rise only 8%.