Fred Olsen cruise ship suffers new outbreak of stomach bug
Fred Olsen has confirmed passengers on its cruise ship Boudicca have been struck down by a stomach bug, the fifth outbreak on the ship so far this year. Earlier this year law firm Irwin Mitchel revealed it was investigating cases of gastric illness on four separate cruises on Boudicca, in March, April and May, as well as in previous years. Fred Olsen said 84 passengers out of a total of 763 guests have been infected in the latest outbreak. They are on a 10-night cruise which left Belfast on September 23 for a tour of Scandinavia. A spokeswoman said Boudicca would return early to Belfast tomorrow for "an intensive cleaning and sanitisation programme" which will include 'fogging' of the ship by professional external contractors. She added: "It is extremely unfortunate that a number of guests on board this Scandinavian cruise have experienced this illness. "Fred Olsen would emphasise that, as with all its sailings from regional UK departure ports, it works closely with the relevant local health authorities and port health authorities to ensure the safety, health and well-being of all its guests and crew, which are the company's utmost priority. " Source: Travelmole
Reasons for booking a particular hotel vary among travellers worldwide
In the end, most travellers from around the world are very similar. Price and location are among the top factors in picking a hotel, according to a new study of more than 200,000 hotel guests from eight countries, according to a new study written by researchers from JD Power & Associates. The study was aimed at helping hotel chains, with properties around the globe, better serve guests with different cultural backgrounds. Among the travelers from eight countries, most ranked location and price as the top reasons for choosing a hotel. The exceptions were Italian travelers, who ranked a hotel's reputation above price, and Spanish travelers who ranked previous experience higher than price when booking a room. Still, the report said travelers from some countries are harder to please than others. For example, Japanese travelers typically give the lowest ratings when asked about their satisfaction with hotels while Americans usually give the highest ratings. But when it comes time to check in, Americans have the shortest tolerance for waiting too long, while travelers from Japan have the longest tolerance, the report found. "These findings underscore the importance of staff training to delineate the differences in cultural preferences of guests from various countries," the study concluded. Source: LA Times
And the most expensive city in the United States is...
Boston is the United States' most expensive city based on the cost of lodging. That finding is according to a new survey from CheapHotels.org, which compared the 50 most popular U.S. cities. Each locale's hotel rates during the month of October served as the basis of comparison. For comparative purposes, October is quite a good month. That's because, according to data from CheapHotels.org, the majority of the big cities reach their highest hotel rates during that month. Only a few cities, for example New York City and Atlanta, are slightly more expensive in September. As might be expected, certain beach destinations, such as San Diego and Virginia Beach, are more expensive during August, of course. In Boston, travellers will have to pay $242 per night during October, and that's for the most affordable double room. Only such hotels rated a minimum of 3 stars were considered for the survey. Thus the Massachusetts capital is significantly more expensive than even New York City, which ranks as the runner-up with an average rate of $226 nightly. Third most expensive and perhaps a bit surprisingly is Nashville. In the Tennessee capital the most affordable double rooms are going for $217 per night. Least expensive according to the survey are Las Vegas and Orlando, where guest can secure a 3-star hotel room for less than $50 nightly. Source: Hotel Online