This isn’t directly Niagara Falls-related, but it is still interesting. I’m sure some (or all) of the local operations use TripAdvisor and may try to cheat the system.
From The Times Online:
A row has broken out over the reliability of the hotel-review website TripAdvisor, with hoteliers alleging that the market-leading giant is no longer capable of policing its own content.
With 25m user-generated reviews and opinions on more than 490,000 hotels and attractions worldwide, and with more than 11m registered members, the Expedia-owned website has become a hugely powerful marketing tool, with many hotels admitting that the majority of their bookings come either directly or indirectly via the site.
But in the current grim economic climate, with businesses fighting harder than ever for a share of the dwindling market, a dirty war has broken out with hotels and restaurants using the site to attack rivals or boost their own ratings by posting fake reviews.
From the Niagara Falls Review:
As families started checking into their hotels Monday for what has become a Niagara fall tradition, organizer Jim Diodati says this will be “an odd year” for Sleep Cheap, Charities Reap.
“It has been great, especially having the water parks all on board and having a great big inventory. It’s been great,” said Diodati, who will become mayor Dec. 6.
Some hotels have booked the rooms they set aside, but more than a dozen listed vacancies on the city’s website.
Yet, the organizing committee and participating hoteliers aren’t sure if some behind-the-scenes changes will affect the number of families walking through the doors of the city’s hotels.
I’m sorry I’m a couple of hours late on this…
You can book rooms for Sleep Cheap as of 8 am this morning. There are 28 hotels participating, and a few other extras. The Niagara Falls Review reports about it this way:
The phone lines are now open for anyone ready to book a room during the fifth annual Sleep Cheap Charities Reap event.
Founder and co-ordinator Jim Diodati started getting calls from people over the summer – all eager to know when the hotels will begin taking reservations.
They also want to know if they’re eligible to join in.
“You have to live in the Niagara Region to take part, but I keep getting calls from Simcoe, Toronto, Buffalo and beyond,” said Diodati, a city councillor.
Local hoteliers will open their doors to Niagara residents at a reduced rate from Nov. 9 to 12.
From the Niagara Falls Review:
It’s almost that time of year again.
Local hoteliers are getting ready to open their doors to Niagara residents for the wildly popular Sleep Cheap Charities Reap event.
Jim Diodati, founder and coordinator of the event, says he’s already hearing from people who want to know when the participating hotels will begin accepting registrations. While the event is scheduled to run from Nov. 9-12, Diodati said he’s not yet prepared to say when registrations will begin.
“I’ve gotten a bunch of emails from people who say, ‘I’m reading the newspaper everyday.’ They are dying to know when it is,” says Diodati.
“Obviously, that’s the one little bit of information we try to hold back on so we can have a little bit of fun with it.”
So Nov. 9-12 it is!
The article also mentions that there will be discounted admission to Niagara’s Fury and Journey Behind the Falls.