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Currencies of the world unite (it would make my life easier)

I’ve started adding rates to my hotel comparison sites.  As the sites cover several countries, they also cover several currencies which has added a new twist: how to display the correct currency symbol. Not all browsers support unicode currency characters so should I use an image?  Possibly, so now I’ll have to look into that and find simple solution to check which currency it is then dispaly the correct symbol in the correct way.

Still, I’m pleased that the provider of the data ( ) has started adding minimum rates in. It will make my sites sdo much more valuable.

Now if they’d just add brief descriptions …


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Best hotels in Kazakhstan

Ok, so it’s not going to be a huge money spinner but Wikipedia lists Kazakstan as being in Central Asia so I’ve added it to my site so that you can now find the best hotel deals in Kazakhstan.

One problem being that my site is in English only and I’m not sure how many of the locals speak English … but perhaps English-speaking foreign travellers will find it useful.

Or perhaps the links to Tajikistan Hotels or Uzbekistan Hotels will be of more help.

Which brings up the issue of the domainance of English – or the presumption by many of those of us that speak it – that everyone else does too. Certainly I’ve often (to my shame) relied on the friendly help of English speaking natives when travelling rather than trying to speak their language – or some other immediary language we both share.

Many larger hotel sites do supply transalations for other languages but I often wonder how complete and therefore how useful they are.



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100 Top Hotel sites

One of the blogs I read regularly is THE BOOT by Tim Hughes.

Recently Tim posted an article on a site that claims to rank the top 100 hotel sites.
If you love a list of hotel sites, you’ll like (and hate) TOP 100 HOTEL SITES

Using one of my SEO test sites I set up a link as the TOp 100 requested and lo-and-behold I’m at number 309:

So a site about New Zealand Hotels is the 309th most popular hotel site on the planet.

It’s even more popular than (Number 312) which describes itself as:

“ROOMS-MANAGER.COM, part of (Nasdaq:PCLN) is Europe’s leading online hotel reservations agency by room nights sold, attracting over 15 million unique visitors each month via the Internet from both leisure and business markets worldwide.

Established in 1996, ROOMS-MANAGER.COM offers competitive rates for any type of property, ranging from small independent hotels through to a five star luxury. The site is available in 15 languages and offers over 30,000 hotels in more than 8,000 destinations.”

Update 4 Sept 2007: I’m now number 205, rising fast.

Rating: 3550 points* (was 3650 so someone has removed me …)

Update 12 Oct 2007: I’m now down to number 244. Looks like my popularity is fading ..

*amount mentions of word ‘’ on the other websites

Update 3 August 2008: Looks like it’s time to remove it. I’m number 1660… nto getting much benefit from it now.

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