Expedia – travel insights

Among the many Expedia predictions for 07, an interesting one – new travel requirements and the weak US dollar is not expected to dampen the spirit to travel abroad. Once considered an insular country with a majority of the population enjoying their getaways within the US and never visiting another country in their lifetimes, America is finally discovering the adventure of popular international tourist destinations. Online travel with its expressive travel sites, blogs, videos, and user-generated-content surely helped the cause of international tourism somewhere along the way! Word-of-mouth from other foreign-returned travelers helps as does the incessant media coverage of celebrities and their holiday destinations!

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Vijay Dandapani

Co-founder and president of a New York based hotel company for 24 years. Grew the firm to five hotels in Manhattan and also developed a greenfield project at MacArthur airport, New York. Speaker at numerous prestigious forums including Economy Hotels World Asia, Lodging Conference, NYU, Columbia University Real Estate Roundtable, Baruch College's Zicklin School and ALIS. President and ceo of New York City Hotel Association since January 2017.