All posts by Karen Bullard

Consumers Risk Their Vacations When Relying on Online Travel Reviews

Consumers who rely on online review sites to plan their vacation might want to check with a professional travel agent before they pluck down their hard-earned money. Today, you can buy anything online, including positive reviews for your travel business. Just as the sharing economy has created websites that connect potential buyers and sellers of apartments, it’s also created some that connect buyers and sellers of personal services of all kinds. And on those sites lurk thousands of unscrupulous folks who will pay someone a few dollars to post some five-star comments about their products. Research shows consumers put a high value on review sites because they believe the reviews are credible and first-hand from people who actually used the product or service. To that end, Amazon in October made news when it sued 1,000 users of Fiverr.com, a freelance website where people offer to do jobs for as little as $5—including writing positive reviews of things they have never used. Often the suppliers actually wrote the reviews themselves; the freelancers simply posted them.

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A New Overwater Bungalow Hotel Is Coming to the Caribbean

There’s a new hotel coming to the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba, and it will have something very rare in the Caribbean: overwater bungalows.The 126-suite Zoëtry Isla di Oro will be one of the only resorts in the Caribbean with overwater suites.The all-inclusive hotel will be located about 20 minutes from Aruba’s Reina Beatrix International Airport.The resort will be the fourth Zoëtry-branded property in the Caribbean, joining resorts in Cancun, the Riviera Maya and Punta Cana.The property is slated to debut in 2018, according to parent company AMResorts.

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Hawaii Golf Guide: Info on Golf Courses, Resorts, Vacations | GoHawaii.com – http://www.gohawaii.com/

Golf in HawaiiWelcome to golf heaven. Blessed with breathtaking scenery, unforgettable signature holes and championship caliber course design, it’s no wonder why Hawaii attracts so many golfers from around the world.

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