Queenstown and internet top the wishlist for Kiwis

Hi Travelbuggers,

We’ve just finished tallying the results of the Travelbug and Holiday Houses survey that we conducted in July that over 8,000 travel-mad Kiwis completed. The results are in and once again Queenstown tops the list as the most preferred next destination, but more on that later.

 

The more interesting result is the growing demand for cheap internet at paid accommodation with Kiwis demanding low-cost connectivity more than ever. The survey results show a 45% jump in the number of Kiwis who want internet included in accommodation room rates versus last year’s survey, and 59% state that internet is at least somewhat important in choosing where to stay.

 

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Travelbug Awards 2013 – here are your winners!

It’s that time again, time to announce the winners of this year’s Travelbug Awards! This is the third time we’ve given out these awards and we’re always stoked to be able to recognise excellent performance by accommodation operators. The the winners were selected based on the number of bookings made at each property, the quality of guest feedback, and the overall quality of their Travelbug listing and this year we had to make the criteria even tougher to make sure we only awarded the very best.

As you’ll know, we have the widest range of bookable accommodation in New Zealand and all properties – from holiday parks and backpackers to luxury lodges – are automatically eligible for the awards. There are five categories in the Travelbug Awards:

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Verified vs unverified reviews: the battle continues

Thumbs-up reviewOn Travelbug, we like to foster an environment where travellers help keep each other informed. We want our users to have great accommodation experiences, and we ask them to place reviews on places they’ve stayed. We prompt them with an email after their stay and we show an accommodation provider’s rating in search results and on their listing page. I outlined this stuff in my blog post of September last year, and none of this is terribly different to any other site. What is different is that we currently allow reviews by people who have not booked on Travelbug to place a review with us, but should this change? Read more…

Head West, it’s best: a Taranaki weekend

TaranakiThere are plenty of reasons for heading out West to Taranaki – quiet roads once you turn off highway 1, gorgeous mountain, warm black sand beaches with wild surf, and green paddocks full of friendly cows as far as the eye can see…

Having grown up as a Naki girl, this is all common place coolness to me. What really makes me want to head back home these days though is all the great things that have happened over recent times to transform New Plymouth and surrounds into a pretty groovy place. Read more…