Join our new blogger promotion “Go There”

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Are you a travel blogger? Share your top destinations so others can “go there”.

Destinations

What is Go There?

We ask travel bloggers to write about the 5 places they visited and loved most of all, places they would like to return to and why.

Then we rate these places according to the impressions of travelers, and choose top destinations to help those, who haven’t decided yet, where to go for the next vacation.

Why use Go There?

Inspire others by sharing your travel experience. Get more followers and connect with other bloggers. Be a part of something bigger. Let other people know that your favorite destinations are worth visiting.

How to participate in Go There?

What are your top 5 destinations? Share your travel knowledge, your posts and photos with Go There in 3 easy steps:

  1. Write a blog post and upload photos of 5 places you loved and would return to.
  2. Nominate five other bloggers to share their top destinations.
  3. Copy and paste this sentence:
    Booked.netTop Destinations to Go There

Once our moderators have checked your post (this can take several days) we will share it here.

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Ten shopping capitals of the world

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Cool Britannia – why Olympic city London is tops

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LESS than month out from the spectical that will be the London Olympics and several weeks on from the pageantry of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee – the United Kingdom particularly its capital London are basking in the global spotlight.

So, it should come as no surprise London was this month named as the world’s top visitor destination by credit card company MasterCard.

It is a title the city also won last year in the MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index, which measures the number of international visitors alongside their anticipated spend.

Some 16.9 million people are expected to fly to the Olympic city and their expected spending will bring a windfall of $21 billion.

Second placed city Paris lagged behind by 1 million while New York only managed 13th on the list with an expected 7.6 million arrivals.

So what puts London ahead of the rest?

Here’s Booked.net‘s top five best of London.

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Euro 2012 in Ukraine – the final analysis

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Fireworks erupt above Kiev’s Olympiyskiy (Olympic) Stadium to conclude the 2012 European Football Championship – Photo By GLEB GARANICH/REUTERS

THE sport and, of course, the party that was Euro 2012 is over.

Euro 2012 kicked off in Warsaw, Poland and came to an end three weeks later in Kiev, Ukraine on Sunday. The final match for the European Football Championship title saw Spain rightfully claim the title of best team in Europe (and the world) in a 4-0 drubbing of Italy at Olympiyskiy Stadium.

Now, comes the dissection of the tournament.

It was the largest event to be hosted in Eastern Europe since the 1980 Moscow Olympics. Much has changed since then, the “Iron Curtain” fell, the map of Europe has been redrawn several times, what hasn’t changed is traditional East/West bias.

Months of warnings, perpetuated by the British and European media, proved groundless and largely overblown with the tournament hailed as a success.

The criticism of Ukraine was particularly harsh. Mass media alleged Ukraine’s hosting of the Euro 2012 would be marred by racist violence and organizational chaos.

Instead, Ukraine is enjoying the success of an event that has, for now at least, transformed its image.

Booked.net has followed the championship since it was in its’ preparation stages, here’s our thoughts.

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Hilton Worldwide joins forces with Booked.net

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ONE of the most recognized names in the hotel industry globally has signed a distribution agreement with one of the world’s fastest growing online reservation websites.

The agreement, inked last month, means Hilton Worldwide’s portfolio of 10 brands, 3,800 hotels and 630,000 rooms in 91 countries will be available for reservation directly on Booked.net and its’ network of affiliate websites.

Booked.net director Andrei Grudiy said the agreement created a direct link between Booked.net’s customer base and Hilton’s properties.

“This agreement marks our commitment to bring our customers the best range of hotels and having such a prestigious and recognizable brand on our database is exciting for us and our customers,” he said. “It means we can deliver high-speed and reliable bookings as every booking made on our web site quickly accesses the hotel reservation system.”

Hilton’s loyalty program was also for every booking made via Booked.net, he said.

“We are eager to develop this relationship and we continue to expand as a company.”

We’re not just about hotel reservations

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WANT to keep track of the time and the weather as you travel? Want to monitor what is happening at home while you are abroad? Or simply want to know the time and what the weather is doing where you are?

Hotel reservation website www.booked.net can make it happen.

As the headline says: “We’re not just about hotel reservations”.

As well well as offering your the best deals on more than 90,000 hotels in 17,000 destinations, Booked.net is committed to providing you with the best travel information and news as it comes to hand. We are also equally committed to providing you with practical applications that are useful long after you have returned home.

With this in mind, the team at Booked.net has developed weather and clock widgets for websites and blogs with capabilties that extend beyond the ordinary.

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A special offer from Booked.net and Hilton

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NOW you have the chance to stay in the comfort of a Hilton hotel and save up to 40 percent with a partnership offer available at Booked.net.

Hilton hotels are a great choice for those planning holidays this summer offering the standards of comfort and service synonymous with the Hilton brand.

To take advantage of this offer simply Book a room from May 17 to August 31 and save up to 40 percent off your reservation at your pick of any Hilton hotel across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

In South Africa, Hilton properties offer an escape from hot coastal beaches and adventurous safaris, while appealing natural beauty and ancient architecture surround them in the Middle East and glossy European capitals like Amsterdam, Berlin, London and so on.

The Hilton Durban hotel, South Africa.

Hilton experiences constant change, but its’ warm hospitality is permanent.

Considering the high demands on accommodation in the tourist season of 2012, the Booked.net/Hilton initiative means both brands are offering you the opportunity to experience traditional hospitality with 21st century comforts.

Whether you are about pampering yourself in the spa in the Hilton Durban Hotel, South Africa or relaxing in a swimming pool in the Hilton Munich Park, Germany, Booked.net offers listings of all participating Hilton properties.

Float off to another place – without leaving your room

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WHAT about starting your stay at a hotel in one city, having a romantic dinner at sea and then float to another place all without leaving your hotel?

The outlook from a botel.

Svetlana Malukha writes about boat-hotels, a style of accommodation to harks back to a time when travel was not just about the destination, but how you got there as well.

Boat-hotels, or botels, are floating hotels, which allow you to stay and travel on a real boat.

Botels are a rare and typical to particular cities, which lie next to a river, lake or sea.

So,why are they are becoming more and more popular each year and what are the main advantages staying in this kind of accommodation?

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Top 10 haute couture hotels of the world

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THEY aren’t just about catwalks and clothes.

Increasingly big-name fashion designers are lending their name to anything including hotels.

Armani Hotel Dubai

Modern fashion houses are increasingly turning their skills to hotel interiors and rooms.

What’s more, some of them open their own hotels throughout the world or collaborate with big hotel chains, bringing that additional touch of class to the properties.

Elena Kozmenko looks at the design hotels available on Booked.net’s hotel reservation database.

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