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USA Today: 10 Most Misleading Travel Terms

Old Jun 29, 2018, 8:26 am
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USA Today: 10 Most Misleading Travel Terms

USA Toda explores ten misleading terms used in Travel Today in a slide show. They include, as frequent travelers might expect, the terms “De Luxe Room”, “Continental Breakfast”, “High Speed Internet”, “Quaintt”, etc.

Each term could be the source of an entire article - e.g. the terms hotels use tomdescrubd their rooms and facilities. Or cruise lines (What does “partial ocean view” mean? A bit of blue between the lifeboat top and the davits?), or how many stars a property claims for its rating.

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Old Jun 29, 2018, 8:35 am
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What does “partial ocean view” mean?
I once saw an ad in the real estate section of the LA Times for a house with "a view that relates to the ocean".
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Old Jun 29, 2018, 6:18 pm
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They left out "guaranteed reservation/guaranteed for late arrival."
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Old Jun 30, 2018, 11:09 am
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one of most discussed on FT is calling jr suites or rooms "suites"
"partial" view applies to hotels as well
official stars exist, then there is slang, then marketing "6+ stars"

Originally Posted by DenverBrian
They left out "guaranteed reservation/guaranteed for late arrival."
"guaranteed" is funny, basically can mean increasing compensation when not delivered

except when upgrade is "guaranteed" (and received) at booking for example
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Old Aug 7, 2018, 1:17 pm
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Originally Posted by JDiver
USA Todaynexolores ten misleading terms used in Travel Today in a slide show. They include, as frequent travelers might expect, the terms “De Luxe Room”, “Continental Breakfast”, “High Speed Internet”, “Quaunt”, etc.

Each term could be the source of an entire article - e.g. the terms hotels use tomdescrubd their rooms and facilities. Or cruise lines (What does “partial ocean view” mean? A bit of blue between the lifeboat top and the davits?), or how many stars a property claims for its rating.
yeah high speed internet really belongs on that list haha!


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Old Aug 7, 2018, 4:03 pm
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official stars exist, then there is slang, then marketing "6+ stars"
Just out of curiosity, who administers what you consider to be "official stars"?
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Old Aug 13, 2018, 6:11 am
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Just out of curiosity, who administers what you consider to be "official stars"?
Sometimes this would be the local tourism board, sometimes this would be OTAs (like Expedia or Agoda), and other times the hotel like to spruce things up a bit
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Old Aug 19, 2018, 3:36 am
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Originally Posted by CPRich
Just out of curiosity, who administers what you consider to be "official stars"?
In some jurisdictions (France comes to mind), the government. Otherwise the ultimate authority on how many stars the hotel should have is the travellers themselves. It's very much in the eye of the beholder.
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Originally Posted by Kagehitokiri
one of most discussed on FT is calling jr suites or rooms "suites"
"partial" view applies to hotels as well
official stars exist, then there is slang, then marketing "6+ stars"
I always think of the "7 star" Burj Al Arab when it first opened...
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Old Sep 15, 2018, 5:50 am
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Originally Posted by tom tulpe
France
+ "Palace" (24 hotels) >
us.france.fr/en/holiday-prep/palace-status

+ new zealand as well, though they expanded "Exclusive" to way more than 24, IIRC

+ AA UK also does five star

+ corporate in US >
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forbes_Travel_Guide
Founded by Mobil in 1958
In October 2009, ExxonMobil licensed the brand to the Five Star Ratings Corporation
Five Star Travel Corporation entered into a licensing agreement with Forbes
doesnt matter if rating is meaningless, its rating (not review) rather than self-proclaimed
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What? “Direct flight” is not on the list?
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Old Oct 14, 2018, 7:17 pm
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What? “Direct flight” is not on the list?
I was thinking the same thing, but I just realized that this is more about "exaggerating" a description/term to sell, rather than not understanding the actual definition such as "direct" vs. "non-stop".
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Old Oct 14, 2018, 7:40 pm
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My partial ocean view on my first cruise only happened during rough seas.

So next time I stayed in a full blown suite with a balcony. I have closets bigger than that room. It was my last but I did enjoy the article
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Old Oct 17, 2018, 4:49 pm
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I feel like "walking distance" is one of those that's fairly well understood by people to be within a few blocks of the hotel. Even extremely fit people are going to be annoyed if the hotel is actually several miles away from where they're going.
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Old Oct 17, 2018, 8:36 pm
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walking distance is a good example where most people use it certain way, but businesses think lying outweighs upset customers

an increase in business may be due to something else, not the new lie that was published

harder and or impossible to measure losses from people who recognize and or are upset by lie

seem to recall examples of even more than several miles and extremely difficult if not impossible to actually walk it
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