The Hotel and Travel Week

Monday, 27th June 2011

Ritz-Carlton announce that their concierges will work with Foursquare and add their expertise to the location-based social media network. They say, this marks the first time a luxury hotel brand extends services that are usually exclusive to hotel guests to a public audience.
Tips will be populated by concierges from all 75 Ritz-Carlton hotels and provide valuable insight into the destination.
Tuesday, 28th June 2011
Google’s +1 button – similar to the Facebook ‘Like’ – has already been available in the United States for a few months on search pages and on individual websites for several weeks. It will now be expanded to google.co.uk, google.de, google.jp and google.fr.
Developers can now add the +1 button to their websites: www.google.com/+1
Spire, the member-only flash sale site for luxury hotels worldwide is the first such site to offer cancellations for up to 72 hours in advance. While they charge a 30 US$ cancellation fee, the package price is refunded. Moreover, Spire promise to offer the lowest price and back this with at least 30% discount on the lowest comparable offer found anywhere else: www.spire.com
Wednesday, 29th June 2011
Great Wolf Resorts, a company that runs 12 waterparks in the U.S. has launched a system to connect their wristbands with the guests’ Facebook accounts to automatically share photos. Guests can have their pictures taken at certain points throughout the resorts. Using the radio-frequency identification technology of the wristbands, the guest is identified and the photos posted to their Facebook page.
Thursday, 30th June 2011
Four Points by Sheraton sponsors a Facebook contest with a 25,000 US$ prize for an unbelievable business story generating the most votes. In order to take part in the competition, a user has to ‘Like’ the Facebook page and can then submit a story of 500 words or less.
Voting fans also have the chance to win weekly prizes of 2-night stays at Four Points hotels in the U.S. and Canada. The winner of the main prize will be announced on 7th September.
Friday, 1st July 2011
Hotels.com shares a list of top hotels for royal roadies, i.e. those who want to follow the royal couple Prince William and Kate (Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) throughout their first international trip to Canada and the United States or catch a glimpse of them in a city they visit this and next week. The list features hotels like the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac in Quebec and the Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles and is meant to make roadies feel like royals themselves, Hotels.com say.
However, the royal couple themselves will stay in different hotels. The most obvious one – The Beverly Hills Hotel Los Angeles, a famous luxury hotel of the Dorchester Collection.

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