Thursday, July 23, 2009

Thursday's Travel InsideOut

It’s definitely a tough thing to hack when your company’s Twitter account gets hacked and the Twitter help desk screens its phone calls.

Dennis Schaal Blog: Update: Travelzoo's Twitter Account Hacked and Just Try To Get Someone from Twitter on the Phone: I reported yesterday that Travelzoo's Twitter account was suspended.

Travelzoo spokeswoman Mindy Joyce told me today that the account, which has some 8,000 followers, was hacked by an unknown party on Sunday. Travelzoo couldn't even get into its own account, and the deal-publisher on Monday asked Twitter to suspend the account, which it did. Read more


Shout-outs to the Budget Travel Blog and TripAdvisor for taking decidedly different angles in their bids to stimulate travel.

Budget Travel Blog: Should you take a staycation?: NO. Your mind won't be refreshed unless you change your routine. So get away from it all! Read more

PR NewsWire/Yahoo Finance: Photos: As Temperatures Heat Up, TripAdvisor Bares All Revealing Top 5 Naked Events and Top 5 Nude Beaches: NEWTON, Mass., July 23 /PRNewswire/ -- In honor of the recent Nude Recreation Week, TripAdvisor is bringing opportunities to go "au naturel" out into the light, from a massive skinny-dip to relaxing sans suit on sunny shores. TripAdvisor®, the world's most popular and largest travel community, today announced the top 5 naked events and top 5 nude beaches according to TripAdvisor editors and travelers. Read more


United Airlines purposefully sought to ease into its introduction of its new credit card policy, presumably to test its workings and to avoid creating a stir. But with much of the nonair segment of the travel industry miffed at its prospects and politics coming into play, United’s new policy may soon be in the spotlight.

Travel Weekly: United could be headed for congressional hearings: United’s plan to cut off a number of agencies from its credit card merchant accounts could become the focus of congressional hearings as early as September. Read more


Meanwhile, United Airlines could be a company to watch -- from Standard & Poor's perspective.

Seeking Alpha: S&P Not So Friendly to United Airlines: Standard & Poor’s has placed United Airlines NYSE: UAUA) on CreditWatch with negative implications, due to concerns about its cash flow and liquidity. This despite the fact that the airline company reported a smaller-than-expected loss on Tuesday. Read more


The decline in leisure and business travel, coupled with adverse publicity about an AIG junket, contributed to the forfeiture of a St. Regis-managed property in Dana Point, Calif.

Wall Street Journal: Resort Where AIG Held Sales Junket Is Foreclosed: The owners of the 400-room St. Regis Monarch Beach resort, the site of a maligned retreat last fall for top sales performers of bailed-out insurer American International Group Inc., turned over the beleaguered property to its mezzanine lender, Citigroup Inc. Read more


Expedia took a step to expand its footprint, striking a deal with an airline consolidator in India. EAN signs deal with Travel Boutique Online: Expedia Affiliate Network (EAN) has announced a partnership with Travel Boutique Online (TBO), India’s airline consolidator. The Expedia global hotel portfolio consists of more than 100000 properties, which includes an extensive choice of one to five-star properties, individual guest houses and Bed and Breakfast units. The organisation’s size and scale enables EAN to offer the broadest spectrum of accommodation options at best prices, both in popular and emerging destinations. Read more


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