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TRAVEL
April 16, 2000
Here are central reservation numbers and Web sites for some of the larger or better-known hotel chains and groups: Amanresorts (800) 637-7200 www.amanresorts.com AmeriSuites (800) 833-1516 www.amerisuites.com Aston (800) 922-7866 www.aston-hotels.com Best Western (800) 528-1234 www.bestwestern.com Budget Host (800) 283-4678 www.budgethost.com Camino Real Hotels & Resorts (800) 722-6466 www.caminoreal.com Canadian Pacific (800) 441-1414 www.cphotels.com Choice Hotels Int'l. (800) 4-CHOICE www.
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TRAVEL
December 11, 2005 | James Gilden, Special to The Times
BEFORE booking my airplane ticket, I carefully researched the availability of a hotel room in Barth, a small town on the Baltic Sea in Germany. In early November, the Ringhotel Speicher, the only hotel in this town of 10,000, had plenty of rooms when I checked on Expedia. I waited three more weeks before trying to book the room. When I checked again on Expedia, I found a notice saying no rooms were available for my dates. I checked Hotels.com and Travelocity with the same outcome.
TRAVEL
July 4, 2004 | James Gilden, Special to The Times
Despite high gasoline prices, Americans are likely to hit the roads in near-record numbers this summer, according to the Travel Industry Assn. of America, which predicts a 3% increase in driving vacations this year over 2003. "The summer travel season will start off with a bang, and we expect it to stay strong through August," said Suzanne Cook, senior vice president of research for the association. "But there are some causes for concern, including rising gas prices and higher inflation."
TRAVEL
May 9, 2004 | James Gilden, Special to The Times
Web shoppers soon may no longer see Holiday Inns or Crowne Plaza Hotels on such sites as Expedia, Orbitz, Travelocity and Hotels.com. InterContinental Hotels Group, or IHG, the nation's third-largest public hotel company, has said it will remove its properties from the sites unless those sites meet new standards, including clearly labeling fees and taxes. It's widely known that many third-party travel sites collect fees on hotel bookings.
BUSINESS
December 22, 2004 | David Colker, Times Staff Writer
Barry Diller, who created an Internet conglomerate by melding online ventures in businesses as diverse as travel, dating and party planning, has decided there's value in specialization after all. Diller said Tuesday that he planned to divide his IAC/InterActiveCorp into two companies: one that would combine travel firms, including Expedia and Hotels.com, and one for everything else.
NEWS
October 3, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
With electronic frills being the draw of the day, which hotels are the most high-tech? Online travel site Hotel.info points to gadgets and amenities like responsive lighting and TVs embedded in bathroom mirrorsĀ that rank these trendsetters ahead of the curve. Forget peepholes: Four Seasons Silicon Valley in East Palo Alto, Calif., has replaced door peepholes with in-room LCD displays of whomever is knocking at your door. Oh, and they offer printers in each room along with Wi-Fi options too. Forget room keys: Blow Up Hall 5050 in Poznan, Poland, issues iPhones to guests that guide them to their rooms.
TRAVEL
August 2, 2009 | Jen Leo
Travelaxe.com compares hotels from different booking sites so you can find a cheaper room and feel good about the money you're saving. What's hot: Travelaxe gives side-by-side hotel price comparisons in a grid format; the cheapest rate is highlighted, which not only helps you save money (and time) but also instills confidence that you're getting a good deal by booking online. Travelaxe checks Hotels.
TRAVEL
January 19, 2014
Major lodging companies' phone numbers and websites are listed below. Several hotel and motel brands may be managed by one umbrella company. Thus, different chains may share central reservation staffs and Internet systems. It's why Internet users logging on to http://www.westin.com get the URL for corporate parent Starwood Hotels & Resorts. To reduce confusion and indicate which brands may share frequent-guest programs, corporate affiliations are noted in parentheses. 3 Palms Hotels (877)
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September 26, 2004 | Arthur Frommer, Special to The Times
Travel news -- industry disputes, general trends, new companies and travel services -- sometimes has as much bearing on your next vacation as a special airfare or hotel bargain. Here are some recent travel stories that may affect your plans: * The only cruise ship allowed to visit Hawaii's major islands without stopping at Fanning Island, hundreds of miles away, or without originating from a Mexican port, thousands of miles away, is Norwegian Cruise Line's Pride of Aloha.
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