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Expedia launches image library


Empowering the travel community with incredible access to free high-quality travel visuals, Expedia launched Expedia Viewfinder Image Library - a free online resource containing more than 40,000 images for media outlets, journalists, bloggers and other content creators.

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Splendia launches crowdsourced travel guides


Luxury travel site Splendia has launched Instagramers City Guides that crowdsource photos to create information on popular travel destinations. Built in conjunction with Paris agency Kindai, the website features photos from cities such as New York, Rome and Barcelona.

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Expedia’s Wotif acquisition delayed again


Wotif said the NZCC letter focused on its continuing investigation of the competitive constraints between online travel agencies, metasearch sites and other evolving online business models and from other distribution channels, including direct hotel bookings.

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The world’s best hotels and resorts according to Conde Nast Traveler’s readers


Conde Nast Traveler today announced the results of its 27th annual Readers' Choice Awards, ranking the best hotels, resorts, cities, islands, airlines, and cruise lines in the world. Over 76,600 dedicated readers cast votes for 7,721 hotels, 642 cities, 453 cruise ships, and 148 islands, in an average survey time of 16.5 minutes. The result? The 1,182 best travel experiences in the world.

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Airbnb listings mostly illegal, state contends


Airbnb, the pioneering home rental service, presents itself as useful and virtuous, but the reality is far less benign, according to a new report, which reveals nearly three-quarters of all Airbnb rentals in the city are illegal, violating zoning or other laws.

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