Tuesday, 29 May 2012

TripAdvisor reveals 10 idyllic getaways in the hills this summer!

-  Top 10 hill station hotels in India for a perfect summer retreat

As the temperatures soar across the country, the hills seem to be the ideal solution to keep your cool on vacation. TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site*, today announced the list of top 10 hill station hotels in India to consider for your summer holidays. The rankings have been based on millions of valuable reviews and opinions from travellers from India and around the world.

Himachal Pradesh’s breathtaking natural beauty with its dense deodar forests, snow capped mountains and apple orchards have made it the top destination in the list, followed by Jammu & Kashmir. With as many as five hotels in the top 10 list, Himachal Pradesh and J&K with two hotels in the list are ahead of Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Uttarakhand all of which have one property each.

The list offers options to suit the travellers seeking serenity as well as those looking to taste a little adventure in the outdoors. For those who prefer a vacation amidst the natural surroundings, Machan & Camp Canopy in Lonavala is a perfect getaway. Unique tree house that provides a spectacular view of the Western Ghats also offers luxury comparable to some of the best hotels in India. For those contemplating an adventurous trip, staying at the Ladakh Sarai really completes the Ladakh experience. As a TripAdvisor traveller puts it One can stay in Mongolian tents and still enjoy all the comforts of a home.

“TripAdvisor’s top hill station hotels list shares some beautiful escapes in the country for those looking to head to the hills to beat the scorching summer days ahead” commented Nikhil Ganju, Country Manager -India.  

India’s Top Hill Station Hotels:

1.      Wildflower Hall, Mashobra
2.      Chapslee, Shimla
4.      Oberoi Cecil, Shimla
8.      Honeymoon Inn, Manali

Monday, 28 May 2012

TripAdvisor city guides now available for 50 global travel destinations

-          Highly rated mobile app adds 30 cities, plus new features like transit maps and customised itinerary suggestions for Android users

TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site*, today announced that City Guides, the highly rated and free mobile app, is now available for 50 leading destinations around the world, more than doubling its original portfolio of travel guides.  Conveniently accessible even when the user is offline, the app now includes three new features on its Android version, giving travellers the ability to view local transit stations, create personalised maps, and see itinerary suggestions from travel experts, in addition to reviews and opinions from the greater TripAdvisor community.

“Users have already raved about the ease of use and helpfulness of TripAdvisor City Guides, with more than a million app downloads to date,” said Adam Medros, vice president of global product at TripAdvisor. “We are excited to bring more cities and enhanced functionality to travellers, and ultimately help them enjoy their trips even more.”

New App Features for Android Users

1.      Transit – Users can now view metro or subway stations on a map. Unique to City Guides, the “Nearby Station” feature helps travellers find the closest station to their current location, or to a particular restaurant, hotel, or attraction.

2.      TripIdeas - TripIdeas are customised itinerary recommendations based on popular travel themes, such as travelling with family, foodie destinations, and places off the beaten path. Each itinerary includes beautiful large photos for inspiration. Users can keep track of their favourite TripIdeas in their “Saves” list.

3.      Offline Map Update – Users can now fully customise their own maps. This feature displays saved destinations, metro stations, and any restaurants, hotels, and attractions of interest, to help travellers plan and have their perfect trip.

30 New City Guides, Now Available for Download on Android and iOS
  1. Athens
  2. Austin
  3. Bangkok
  4. Budapest
  5. Buenos Aires
  6. Dubai
  7. Dublin
  8. Edinburgh
  9. Istanbul
  10. Kuala Lumpur
  11. Madrid
  12. Manchester
  13. Marrakech
  14. Miami/Miami Beach
  15. Milan
  16. Montreal
  17. New Orleans
  18. Philadelphia
  19. Prague
  20. Rio de Janeiro
  21. San Antonio
  22. San Diego
  23. Seattle
  24. Seoul
  25. Shanghai
  26. Singapore
  27. Taipei
  28. Toronto
  29. Vancouver
  30. Vienna
The City Guides app, featuring all 50 destinations, is now available worldwide in English. To download the free app(s), please visit Google’s Android Market or Apple’s App Store. More information about TripAdvisor mobile offerings can be found at www.tripadvisor.com/apps

About Mobile City Guides
Mobile City Guides offer convenient smartphone access to a wealth of detailed destination information including traveller reviews and opinions on hotels, restaurants and attractions, as well as suggested itineraries and offline-accessible interactive walking tours. The Mobile City Guides are automatically synched with the freshest TripAdvisor content available so users can access the latest traveller reviews and opinions on the go. This feature also offers walking tours and insider tips that can be viewed on the app without a data connection, including in-depth information on neighbourhoods, history, culture, architecture, weather and transportation. Access to offline information is particularly useful for travellers abroad, who can download the apps before they go, sparing them from expensive roaming charges.