Daily Archives: February 10, 2009

Media Looks At Dirtiest Hotels

A few weeks ago TripAdvisor released its top 10 list of the nation’s dirtiest hotels, based on travelers’ reviews. And then, not much.

There were a flurry of stories in the New York press about the hotels in that area. USA Today took note and even sent a reporter to stay at the Hotel Carter in New York, which topped the list for the third year in a row.

And then yesterday, something interesting happened. The Bangor Daily News in Maine published a story about the Travelodge Bangor, which placed seventh on the list.

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Carnival Faxes Spur Lawsuit

A New York travel agent has won a lawsuit against Carnival Corp. for sending him a whole lot of unsolicited faxes.

Federal law prohibits sending unsolicited advertisements by fax. The judge was not impressed by Carnival’s argument that the fliers the company faxed were informational, not advertising. He called the claim “frivolous and specious,” which I believe is judge talk for “give me a break.”

Damages could be as much as $2 million, but the agent’s lawyers note that changes in the law will make it much harder to pursue such claims in the future. This is bad news for me because I just traded all my personal information for a chance to wear a Carnival hat at The New York Times Travel Show.

D’oh.