U.S. Travelers To Europe Carefully Counting Their Euros This Year
NEEDHAM, MA - April 25, 2005 - Sixty-seven percent of Europe-bound travelers are changing their plans due to the weak condition of the U.S. dollar, according to a survey conducted this week by TripAdvisor (www.tripadvisor.com), the leading travel information and recommendation destination on the Web. Nearly 60 percent of TripAdvisor users surveyed say they will plan a shorter stay in Europe, 65 percent will shop less, 60 percent will dine more modestly and 59 percent will stay in more modest hotels.
"Americans traveling to Europe this year will have to be better prepared, more creative and savvy than in recent times to effectively manage their travel budgets," said Christine Petersen, senior vice president of marketing for TripAdvisor. "Travelers are coming to our site to plan and share information that will help them get the most out of their European vacation. Every insight could lead to big savings."
As part of the survey, TripAdvisor asked its visitors for suggestions on how best to navigate through Europe on a tighter budget. Common suggestions from the survey and TripAdvisor forums include:
TripAdvisor recently introduced an advanced hotel selection tool, available on the main "hotels" tab in top destinations, that enables travelers to easily view a destination's most popular hotels by price, as well as neighborhood and star class. The following is a list of hotels in London, Paris and Rome, rated highly by satisfied TripAdvisor users, with reasonable prices*:
Luna & Simone Hotel, 47/49 Belgrave Road, London SW1
Ramada Encore London West, 4 Portal Way, London W3
Windermere Hotel, 142-144 Warwick Way, London SW1
Hotel Des Croises (Langlois), 63 rue Saint-Lazare, 75009 Paris
Hotel Britannique, 20 avenue Victoria, Paris 75001 Paris
Saint Christophe, 17 rue Lacepede, 75005 Paris
Hotel Giuliana, Via Agostino Depretis 70, Rome 00184
ARS Hotel, Via Monte Altissimo 20-24, Rome 0014111
Hotel Oceania, Via Firenze 38, Rome 00184
*TripAdvisor calculates an average price for each hotel, which is based on the rates of available rooms obtained from booking partners and other independent sources of pricing information. In addition, average hotel prices are updated nightly based on prevailing conversion rates. These are only estimates and not guarantees.