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I’m Thrilled to be Quoted in Tnooz (Talking Travel Tech)

It was so great to find out I’m quoted (and that’s my instagram picture) in this Tnooz post about Great Hotel Customer Service and Social Media.

The latest version of Instagram also includes a super-cool photo map feature, where you can see images based on geo-tags. Here’s a screen shot of the images that pop up on my Instagram photo map for Bratislava, Slovakia.

There is no doubt the Sheraton Bratislava proved they were on the cutting edge when I checked in to find a book of Instagram photos waiting for me.

Starwood has been one of the most savvy brands with social media. The Sheraton Bratislava also had a great FourSquare offer that offered $15 in concert cash when I linked my Live Nation and FourSquare accounts. As a live music fan who you attends a lot of concerts this was a no-brainer.

 Here are the pictures from the St. Regis Punta Mita

Here are the pictures from the St. Regis Punta Mita that come up on my Instagram photo map.

The St. Regis Punta Mita was another Starwood property that skillfully tweeted me when there activities on the properties that I shouldn’t miss. More posts on my stay at the St. Regis Punta Mita can be found here.

After having such great experiences with the Starwood brand at those two properties, it was a no-brainer for me to stay at the Westin Excelsior Rome on my recent trip to Italy. Stay tuned for more posts on this grand classic luxury property.

Veneto Suite livingroom evening

The dramatic living room of my Veneto suite at the Westin Excelsior Rome was large and glamorous and totally worked in the environment.

Social Media Tip: if you are nervous about geo-tagging your location, you can check in on FourSquare off the grid and still unlock on-the-spot deals at businesses you frequent. I think of FourSquare not as a social network, but as a source of quality tips and personalized deals for stores, hotels, and restaurants.

Apps like Instagram and EyeEm have a lot of great visual information painting the globe.You can decide which of your pictures go on your photomap. As a traveler who likes to find and share cool stuff.